The Nutrients We Use

 

B12

Vitamin B12 is the only vitamin that is synthesized strictly by microorganisms. It is involved in fat + carbohydrate metabolism + is necessary for the synthesis of myelin. B12 supports healthy nerve cells, red blood cell production, DNA/RNA production, iron function + many other vital bodily functions important for optimal health.

The potential for B12 deficiency is common because it's not readily absorbed when taken as an oral supplement or consumed in the foods you eat + while it's the only water-soluble vitamin that can be stored in the body, it's only in very small amounts. Additionally, glutathione supports transportation of B12 in the body + glutathione is depleted as we age. Glutathione is part of several shots we offer + can be added to any shot for an additional fee. This is recommended if you've been getting a B12 shot + have not experienced a good effect—you may be deficient in glutathione. 

Symptoms of B12 deficiency include anemia, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, numbness + tingling in the hands + feet, weakness, depression, dementia, poor memory, oral soreness + an increased risk for cardiovascular events. 

Additionally, many medications—OTC (over the counter) + prescription—deplete B12 in the body. These include antacids, oral estrogens, oral contraceptives, anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories (corticosteroids, prednisone, etc), metformin + antiviral agents. 

A typical blood test for serum cobalamin (B12) is not a good marker; look at MCV + MCH that's part of the CBC (complete blood count). You can also look at methylmalonic acid (MMA) + homocysteine levels. A high level on a typical B12 test when supplementing with B12 is not of concern as there is no upper limit (UL) or toxicity associated with B12. However, a high level when NOT supplementing with B12 may necessitate further testing to rule out any underlying condition or genetic SNP including MTHFR.

Methylcobalamin is the form of B12 we use in all our formulas.

See our (B)LOG for more information about B12


B-Complex

The B-complex in our formulas contains thiamin (vitamin B1) , riboflavin-5-phosphate (vitamin B2), niacinamide (vitamin B3) + pyridoxine (vitamin B6). These water soluble vitamins work synergistically to promote health + energy. 

Thiamin (vitamin B1) helps break down fats + protein, improves digestion + supports the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, liver + the immune system. It is easily depleted by alcohol consumption + deficiency is quite common, which can significantly affect the functioning of the central nervous system (CNS). Symptoms of deficiency can lead to depression, irritability, memory loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, muscle weakness, fatigue + heart issues. 

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) supports metabolism, carbohydrate conversion, digestion, functionality of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, liver + helps metabolize fats + protein. Deficiency is quite common with symptoms that may include anemia, decreased free radical protection, cataracts, poor thyroid function, B6 deficiency, fatigue + elevated homocysteine, which can lead to heart issues.

Niacin (vitamin B3) improves energy, digestion + circulation; supports the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes + liver; eliminates toxins + balances hormones. Deficiency may result in cracking + scaling skin, swollen or enlarged tongue, diarrhea, digestive problems, confusion, anxiety + fatigue. Once absorbed, the body converts niacin into nicotinamide + the coenzymes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) + nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). Research shows NAD regulates metabolism + the aging process. 

Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) supports protein metabolism, RBC (red blood cell) production, homocysteine reduction + enhanced immune function. It also supports nerve + muscle cells, DNA/RNA synthesis + B12 absorption. Deficiency is fairly common + may cause depression, sleep disturbances, skin problems, confusion, anxiety + fatigue. 

Medications that can cause deficiencies in these water-soluble vitamins include anti-inflammatories, diuretics, cardiovascular drugs, antibiotics, anti-depressants (especially B2), oral contraceptives + HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). Anticonvulsants can cause a deficiency of thiamine. 

B-complex (B1, B2, B3, B6) is in our (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Pain Free™, (B) Ripped™, (B)(a) Rockstar™ + (B) Skinny™ shots.

In addition to the above listed shots, pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is also in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Fit™, (B) Invincible™ + (B) Wonder Woman shots. 


Biotin

Biotin is an important vitamin involved in many metabolic reactions + is a component of enzymes that breaks down substances in the body like fats, carbohydrates + others. It's commonly used to treat hair loss (including alopecia), brittle nails, nerve damage + many other conditions + supports healthy hair, skin + nails in general. Additionally, it plays a role in maintaining normal blood glucose when carbohydrate intake is low. 

Biotin is found in our (B) AGELESS™ shot. 


Carnitine

Antiviral agents + anticonvulsant drugs can lead to a deficiency in carnitine leading to elevated cholesterol, abnormal liver function, impaired glucose (blood sugar) control, various cardiovascular problems, a weak immune system + low energy. 

Carnitine improves energy, supports heart function + helps burn fat. It also oxidizes amino acids for energy + metabolizes ketones. 

When carnitine is consumed—eating red meat or taking a dietary supplement—gut bacteria transform carnitine into TMAO—trimethylamine oxide—which is absorbed back into the body within only one hour of consumption. TMAO is a toxin; it increases the risk of cholesterol buildup + puts you at risk for deadly disease—heart disease, heart attack, stroke, cancer— + death. The higher the carnitine is in the gut, the higher the TMAO levels are in the body.

Interestingly, vegans or those who follow a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet don't develop TMAO-producing bacteria in their gut. Therefore, any carnitine vegans get from eating certain veggies, grains + fruit is not turned into TMAO. Carnitine is not the concern, it's the toxic TMAO. 

When carnitine is injected, it bypasses the gut, which means gut bacteria can't turn it into TMAO. The healthiest way to supplement carnitine is by injection. 

Carnitine is in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Fit™, (B) Invincible™, (B) Pain Free™, (B) Ripped™, (B) (a) Rockstar™, (B) Skinny™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots.


Choline

Choline is a vitamin-like essential nutrient + methyl donor involved in many physiological processes including normal metabolism + transport of lipids (fat), methylation reactions + neurotransmitter synthesis. It is commonly known as a lipotropic, or a nutrient that emulsifies fat. That means it helps metabolize fat + cholesterol by breaking down lipids into smaller particles that are easier to remove + reduces fatty build-up in organs, especially the liver.

Deficiency causes muscle damage + abnormal deposition of fat in the liver, resulting in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Studies show that choline is essential for optimal brain development + influences cognitive function in later life. 

Many people believe eating eggs, rich in choline, is key to a healthy diet. However, gut bacteria can turn choline into the toxic byproduct + cardiotoxicant TMAO—trimethylamine oxide—which is absorbed back into the body within only one hour of consumption. Aside from eggs, other major dietary sources of choline include milk, liver, red meat, poultry, shell fish + fish. The more you consume these foods, the higher the choline is in the gut + the higher the TMAO levels are, putting you at high risk for deadly disease—heart disease, heart attack, stroke, cancer— + death.

Interestingly, vegans or those who follow a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet don't develop TMAO-producing bacteria in their gut. Therefore, any choline that vegans get from eating beans, veggies, grains + fruit is not turned into TMAO. It's not the choline itself we're worried about, but the toxic TMAO. 

When choline is injected, it bypasses the gut, which means gut bacteria can't turn it into TMAO putting you at risk for deadly disease. The healthiest way to supplement choline is by injection. 

Choline is in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Fit™, (B) Invincible™, (B) Pain Free™, (B) Ripped™, (B) (a) Rockstar™, (B) Skinny™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots.


Dexpanthenol

Dexpanthenol is a pro-vitamin of vitamin B5—a precursor needed for acetylcholine synthesis, which in turn causes parasympathetic activity to maintain normal GI activity. It forms coenzyme A in the body, which is essential for many universal reactions involved in carbohydrate, fat + protein metabolism within the krebs cycle. It reduces abdominal bloating (distension) due to reduced intestinal function + benefits chronic fatigue syndrome. It's an essential contributor in the adrenal cascade. High concentrations of B5 are found in the adrenal glands to support the energy needed to produce adrenal hormones. It plays an important role in nourishing, supporting + strengthening your adrenals as well as other glands + biochemical pathways involved in the stress response.

Dexpanthenol is in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Fit™ + (B) Invincible™ shots. 


Glutathione

Glutathione is a complex of three amino acids, referred to as a tripeptide. It's important for proper immune function + detoxification. It also has anti-aging properties, decreases inflammation + improves muscle fatigue. 

Glutathione is depleted in the body as we age. Deficiency is very common + can cause free radical overload, elevated homocysteine, elevated cancer risk, cataracts, macular degeneration, impaired immune function + buildup of toxins. Glutathione supports transportation of methylcobalamin (B12) in the body, meaning if you're deficient, you may not be getting full benefit from a B12 shot. 

Medications that deplete glutathione include Tylenol® + any acetaminophen (APAP) containing drug including hydrocodone/acetaminophen + oxycodone/acetaminophen.

Glutathione is found in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Allergy Free™, (B) Invincible™ + (B) (a) Rockstar™ shots; it can also be added to any of our shots for an additional fee, which is recommended if you've been getting a B12 shot + have not experienced a good effect—you may be deficient in glutathione.


Inositol

Inositol is sometimes referred to as a vitamin, although it's not officially recognized as such. It's a water soluble fatty lipid that's required for the formation of healthy cells, synthesized in the body from glucose by intestinal bacteria. It has been shown to be effective in treating some cases of depression, anxiety, OCD + other psychological disorders that respond to serotonin uptake inhibitors, as well as sleep disorders + female hormone imbalance. It is also a second messenger regulating several hormones such as insulin + TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). A recent random controlled study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences demonstrated that inositol + selenium help restore normal thyroid function in Hashimotos patients with subclinical hypothyroidism having a TSH level between 3-6 mIU/L, elevated TPO +/or thyroglobulin antibodies + normal free T4 + T3 levels.

This nutrient functions very closely with choline + is in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Fit™, (B) Invincible™, (B) Pain Free™, (B) Ripped™, (B) (a) Rockstar™, (B) Skinny™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots.


Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It supports muscle + nerve function, heart rhythm, the immune system, strong bones + helps regulate calcium, copper, zinc, potassium + vitamin D.

Deficiency of magnesium is extremely common + affects appetite, personality + heart rhythm. Deficiency can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, cramps, numbness, tingling, seizures, heart spasms, tension + headache. 

Magnesium for injection is currently unavailable due to a national shortage. However, magnesium is part of all our LXR blends for oral consumption. 


Methionine

Methionine is an amino acid + plays an important role in many cell functions. It is used to prevent liver damage caused by acetaminophen (Tylenol) + is used to treat liver disorders, depression, alcoholism, allergies, asthma, copper poisoning, radiation side effects, schizophrenia, drug withdrawal + Parkinson's disease. It also improves wound healing + helps the body process + eliminate fat.

This nutrient is in our (B) Ageless™, (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Fit™, (B) Invincible™, (B) Pain Free, (B) Ripped™, (B) (a) Rockstar™, (B) Skinny™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots.™. 


Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid that serves as a neurotransmitter + antioxidant, helping to regulate the immune system. It helps lower blood pressure + calms the sympathetic nervous system—the part of the nervous system that responds to stress. Studies suggest that taurine supplementation may improve both athletic + mental performance. Taurine is involved with body temperature regulation, maintenance of normal retinal structure + normal heart function (Zelikovic and Chesney, 1989). It also helps maintain proper hydration + electrolyte balance in your cells. 

Deficiency can lead to vision problems, hypertension, sleep difficulties, hyperactivity, problems with endurance + delayed recovery after workouts, as well as depression, anxiety + weight gain. 

This nutrient is found in our (B) Balanced™, (B) Brilliant™, (B) Calm™, (B) Energized™ + (B) Invincible™ shots; it can also be added to any of our shots for an additional fee.


Trace Minerals

Because the events of everyday living demand a continual ingestion of minerals, ionic trace minerals are part of all our LXR blends. Experts estimate that 90 percent of Americans suffer from mineral imbalance + deficiency, which can cause many disturbances in the body including muscle cramps + general fatigue, as well as food cravings. Nutrient-rich soil is a rarity these days, so it's important to supplement with trace minerals, specifically ionic trace minerals to ensure proper balance + absorption.

We use a full spectrum of trace and ultra-trace elements in ionic form. These minerals have been derived from the weathering and erosion of the huge variety of soils and rocks found in the drainage basin of Utah’s Inland Sea.

Trace minerals are part of all our LXR blends for oral consumption.