What Is a MIC Injection, and Are They Safe?

Elite HRT

Written by Elite HRT on September 10, 2021

Medically reviewed by

Camille Frecking, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, MEDICAL ADVISOR

A MIC injection includes methionine, inositol, and choline, which all work together to burn fats in the body. Each of these amino acids and nutrients works slightly differently in the body, but they all ultimately work together in a MIC injection to burn fat. They also have other benefits as well — here’s what you need to know, starting with a primer on each ingredient.

Methionine

Methionine is not only an amino acid, it also works as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants work in the body by removing free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and damage to the body. As an amino acid and lipotropic agent, methionine works in the body to aid the metabolism of fat, specifically in the liver where many fat deposits can be stored. It can also help support collagen production for healthy nails, skin, and hair.

It’s also one of the eight essential amino acids necessary for the creation of proteins. Your body doesn’t produce these amino acids naturally, so you need to get them through your diet or supplements. Methionine is found in spinach, sesame seeds, and potatoes, but supplements like MIC shots are a more effective way to get an adequate amount. Methionine helps inositol and choline (the “I” and “C” in “MIC) do their jobs, specifically helping the liver process fat cells and boosting the breakdown of fat.

The methionine also has sulfur in it, which is an important mineral that helps to support normal bodily functions. It can also help to prevent fatigue and help you feel more energized throughout the day so that you can live your best life. 

Inositol

Inositol is not an amino acid, but is more similar to a vitamin. Specifically, it is very similar to the B vitamins, which are essential for the body to run smoothly. It is very similar to choline in function as well. 

Inositol is involved with the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter. Inositol can help increase the activity of serotonin, which plays an important role in controlling mood and appetite. 

On another level, inositol can help the body to break down fats and cholesterol, a type of fatty substance. You can find inositol in beans, nuts, and cantaloupes.

Choline

Choline is not an amino acid or a vitamin but is instead an essential nutrient. This nutrient is heavily involved with the breakdown of fats and cholesterol. It also provides part of its structure to create the cell membrane, a barrier that decides what can go in and out of each cell. It is also involved with the transport of lipids, i.e. fats, from the liver. Choline plays a huge role in the body, and this is why it can be so helpful in the MIC injection. 

What Are the Benefits of MIC Injections?

MIC injections have many benefits, which is why so many people are interested in them. They have benefits spanning emotional and physical spheres of health. 

For emotional wellness, they may help to improve mood and make you feel more alert during the day. 

There are also physical benefits like helping to support healthy weight loss, skin and nail health, and joint mobility. 

Support Healthy Weight Loss

The main use of MIC injections is to support healthy weight loss. Methionine, inositol, and choline all have a role in metabolizing fat which helps to support your body in breaking up stored fat in the liver and cholesterol in the body. Targeting the liver is very important because it is the key organ in the control of body fat. 

By boosting your metabolism, your body can break down the fat more effectively and to support you on your weight loss journey. MIC injections can help to support weight loss even more when paired with a healthy diet and exercise routine. This way, you have the MIC injections to help supplement the hard work and effort you’re already putting in.

Provide Vitamins and Nutrients

Many MIC injections also have additional ingredients in them such as vitamins and minerals, which is always a plus! The two most common additives to MIC injections are vitamin B12 and L-Carnitine.

Vitamin B12 is also known as cyanocobalamin and is an essential vitamin that the body needs to function everyday. Vitamin B-12 works in the body by helping it to make red blood cells as well as supporting the digestive system. The red blood cells are important for carrying oxygen around the body and delivering it to all the different cells, tissues, and organs. B-12 shots may also help to boost your energy levels throughout the day making it ideal for keeping your energy up to work out. 

L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is sometimes included in MIC injections. L-Carnitine works well in supporting your body in breaking down fats and also helping to boost your energy levels. 

In addition to B-12 injections, you’ll commonly also find vitamins B1, B3, and B6 as ingredients alongside your MIC injections to help metabolize proteins, fatty deposits, and carbohydrates. 

What is the Dosing of MIC Injections?

How often you get your MIC injections will depend on a few things. 

It can depend on how much weight you are hoping to lose, your current weight, your healthcare provider, and your health background. Generally, you can get up to two injections per week of MIC, but most often it is only one injection per week. 

After working with your healthcare provider, they will determine how often you should be taking your MIC injections and provide you personalized instructions on how to do your injections and when.

Where Can You Get MIC Injections?

Your MIC injection site will likely be your thigh or buttocks, but you’re probably more interested in where you can find the injection itself.

There are a few places you can get MIC injections. The first place is from your primary care provider. Some physicians are willing to support weight loss with means on top of diet and exercise, and can prescribe you MIC injections. However, this will vary from provider to provider, so you will have to discuss this with your specific provider. 

The next place you can get it from is a medspa or weight loss clinic. Many of these specialty clinics have MIC injections readily available. The only downside is that, due to the specialized nature of the clinics, it can be more costly.

Finally, a wellness and hormone-specialized specialist like Elite HRT offers a safe place to get MIC injections. Elite HRT offers telemedicine visits from the comfort of your home to determine if MIC injections may be right for you. You can even use our online pharmacy to have them delivered directly to you. 

What Are the Side Effects of MIC Injections?

There are many benefits to MIC injections, but like with any medication or supplement, there are some side effects that you should be aware of. 

Side effects may include pain or soreness where the injection is placed. You may also have diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue. Other side effects may include difficulty falling asleep, feelings of anxiety, and an increased heart rate. 

Side effects will be different from person to person; if you experience any of the above, bring it up to your healthcare provider. 

Are MIC Injections Safe?

MIC injections are generally safe and have few serious side effects. Most side effects are mild and can either be addressed by your healthcare provider or otherwise managed for the duration of your treatment. 

Of course, there is always a possibility of a serious allergic reaction. 

Additionally, MIC injections are not usually recommended for people with heart conditions due to the way that they can interact with the heart. They are also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women because there have not been studies on how it can impact this population. 

If you are in one of these categories, you can trust your doctor to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks of taking this medication. 

Conclusion

MIC injections are a wonderful lipotropic injection that helps to burn fat in the body and support healthy weight loss. 

When paired with healthy exercise and diet habits, it can be an effective tool to burn some excess fat buildup, help you boost energy, and possibly even improve muscular functions. 

Athletes and fitness lovers alike will want to include MIC injections in their exercise plan, whether to help see weight loss results or simply help their workouts feel more efficient. 

MIC injections are a generally very safe option for weight loss support, but they are not recommended for some populations such as those with cardiovascular conditions and pregnant people. 

MIC injections can be prescribed by your healthcare provider and Elite HRT. 

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Resources:

Lipo (MIC) Injection (Methionine Inositol Choline)

Choline – Health Professional Fact Sheet.

Vitamin B12 – Consumer