MIC Injections: Adjunctive Weight Reduction Treatment

June 13th, 2009 | Posted by Fred Bloem, MD in Nutrition | Obesity

MIC injections are among the newest adjunctive therapies that I am offering to my patients as part of their weight reduction treatment.

The primary weight reduction protocol that I recommend to my patients is the Dr. Simeons HCG Diet Protocol. Most of my patients experience great results with this protocol alone. However, some patients do benefit from additional support.

MIC is an acronym which stands for L-Methionine, Inositol, and Choline. These are lipotropic agents that are believed to support liver function and promote the excretion of fat. L-Methionine is an amino acid. Inositol and choline are cofactors. Together they are able to aid in the mobilization and elimination of abnormal  fat deposits.

L-Methionine is an essential amino acid, which means that it is not synthesized in humans. Therefore we must consume methionine or methionine-containing proteins. Foods that contain high levels of methionine include cheese, eggs, fish, meats, spinach, potatoes, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, and some other plant seeds. However, by injecting L-Methionine into the muscle we can achieve high levels in the body’s tissues and this is believed to result in more effective mobilization and elimination of abnormal fat deposits.

Other reported benefits of L-methionine include improvement of liver disease, improvement of skin tone and elasticity, nails, and hair; improvement of cardiovascular and muscular functions through its role in the production of creatine. It has been used to treat premature ejaculation, chronic depression, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS myelopathy.

Inositol, also known as myo-inositol, is best described as a carbocyclic polyol and forms the basis for many signaling and secondary messenger molecules. As such it is involved in many biological processes, including the breakdown of fats and reduction of serum cholesterol, serotonin activity modulation, gene expression, and insulin signal transduction. It is not considered a vitamin because the body is able to synthesize it.

It has been shown to be helpful for the treatment of depression, panic disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and fatty liver. It also promotes healthy hair growth and it is important for optimal metabolism and brain function. Inositol deficiency may manifest as symptoms of constipation, high cholesterol, vision problems, and hair loss.

Although it is naturally found in certain foods such as nuts, beans (especially red beans and kidney beans), grains, cantaloupe melons, and oranges, it is more effective in breaking down fat when given as an intramuscular injection.

Choline is a natural amine that is involved in the synthesis of carnitine, cell membrane phospholipids, and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is a major source for methyl groups via its metabolite trimethylglycine (betaine) that participates in the S-adenosylmethionine synthesis pathways.

Food sources of choline include peanuts, soybeans, wheat, chicken, fish, beef, cauliflower, eggs, and lettuce.

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