The Nutrients We Use

 

B12

Vitamin 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 very common. Symptoms of 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. 

Many medications deplete B12 in the body including antacids, oral estrogens, oral contraceptives, anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories (corticosteroids, prednisone, etc), metformin + antiviral agents. 

B12 is not readily absorbed when taken as an oral supplement or when consumed in the foods you eat. Most foods do not contain B12 unless it's fortified or enriched with supplemental B12. 

A blood test showing low levels of B12 has clinical significance. A high level when supplementing with B12, however, is not of concern as there is no upper limit (UL) or toxicity associated with B12. Typical B12 tests reveal what is circulating in the blood stream at the time of the blood draw. A true measure of B12 necessitates testing methylmalonic acid (MMA). 

We use methylcobalamin + hydroxocobalamin, which is longer lasting + the preferred form of injectable B12. Every shot on our menu contains B12. 


B6

Vitamin B6 deficiency is common. Its role in the body includes protein metabolism, RBC (red blood cell) production, homocysteine reduction + enhanced immune function. It also supports nerve + muscle cells, DNA/RNA + B12 absorption. 

B6 deficiency may produce depression, sleep disturbances, skin problems, confusion, anxiety + fatigue. Elevated longterm levels of B6 in the body can mimic B12 deficiency including numbness + tingling in the hands + feet. 

This vitamin is found in our (B) Fit™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots. It's also in the B-complex found in some of our other formulas (please see below). 


B-Complex

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

Vitamin B1 helps break down fats + protein, improves digestion + supports the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, liver + the immune system. Deficiency is very common + depleted by alcohol consumption. Symptoms of deficiency can lead to heart issues, depression, irritability, memory loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, muscle weakness + fatigue. 

B2 deficiency is also quite common. Symptoms may include anemia, decreased free radical protection, cataracts, poor thyroid function, B6 deficiency, fatigue + elevated homocysteine. B2 supports metabolism, carbohydrate conversion, digestion, functionality of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, liver + helps break down fats + protein. 

Vitamin B3 deficiency is less common. However, it improves energy, digestion + circulation. It also supports the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes + liver; it eliminate toxins + balances sex + stress hormones. Deficiency may result in cracking + scaling skin, swollen tongue, diarrhea, digestive problems, confusion, anxiety + fatigue. 

For information about B6, please see above. 

Medications that can cause deficiencies in these B vitamins include anti-inflammatories, diuretics, cardiovascular drugs, antibiotics, anti-depressants (namely B2), oral contraceptives + HRT. Anticonvulsants can cause a deficiency of B1. 

B-complex is in our (B) Balanced™, (B) a Rockstar™ + (B) Svelte™ shots.


Carnitine

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

Carnitine improves energy + heart function. It also oxidizes amino acids for energy + metabolizes ketones. 

This nutrient is in our (B) Balanced™, (B) Fit™, (B) a Rockstar™, (B) Svelte™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots.


Choline

Choline is a vitamin-like essential nutrient + a 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, which means it helps metabolize fat + cholesterol by breaking down fats 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. 

Humans can synthesize choline in small amounts but not enough to maintain optimal health. 

This nutrient is in our (B) Balanced™, (B) Fit™, (B) a Rockstar™, (B) Svelte™ + (B) Wonder Woman™ shots.


Glutathione

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

Deficiency is very common + can cause free radical overload, elevated homocysteine, elevated cancer risk, cataracts, macular degeneration, impaired immune function + buildup of toxins. 

Medications that deplete glutathione include hydrocodone/acetaminophen (APAP) + oxycodone/acetaminophen (APAP).

Glutathione is found in our (B) a Rockstar™ shot. 


Inositol

Inositol is sometimes referred to as Vitamin B8, although it's not officially recognized as a vitamin. 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.

This nutrient functions very closely with choline + is in our (B) Balanced™, (B) Fit™, (B) a Rockstar™, (B) Svelte™ + (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 and affects appetite, personality + heart rhythm. It can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, cramps, numbness, tingling, seizures, heart spasms, tension + headache. 

Magnesium is in our (B) Calm™, (B) Headache Free™ + (B) Pain Free™ shots. 


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) Balanced™, (B) Fit™, (B) a Rockstar™, (B) Svelte™ + (B) Wonder Woman™. 


Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid, 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 might improve both athletic + mental performance. Taurine helps maintain proper hydration + electrolyte balance in your cells. 

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

This nutrient is found in our (B) Balanced™ + (B) Energized™ shots—both of which pair great with our (B) Fit™ shot for a 2-fer.