The Role of Methionine in Your Body

You’ve probably marveled at your body’s ability to create new cells. When you have a cut, it knits back together. Your hair and nails also continue to grow. But have you ever thought about the resources your system needs to do that work? 

In many cases, it’s the amino acids doing the work, which are proteins in your organs and tissues. While your body can make some amino acids on its own, you need to get others from outside sources.

That includes methionine. Fortunately, we can give your body a dose of this amino acid with the booster injections we offer here at LH Spa & Rejuvenation in Livingston and Madison, New Jersey. At our offices, Robert M. Olson, MD, and our team can help you determine if you need more methionine and, if so, prepare the right injection for you. 

Why methionine matters

You can find methionine in the organs and tissues throughout your body. It’s important because your body can convert it into a sulfur-containing molecule, which it uses to power your cells and protect your tissues. Long story short — your body needs sulfur-containing molecules. 

Out of all of the amino acids your body uses to make proteins, just two have sulfur: cysteine and methionine. Your body can make cysteine on its own, but you have to get methionine from outside sources. This amino acid becomes even more important because your body uses it to make cysteine. 

As we mentioned before, you need to get methionine from outside sources, such as your diet, since your body can’t make it. Another way to get it is from a booster injection at our office.

Getting enough of this amino acid

Here at LH Spa & Rejuvenation, we include methionine in our “Skinny Shot.” This shot gives your body a wide range of nutrients. Theoretically, you can get all of these from your diet, but most people don’t get enough.

The shot includes:

  • Methionine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Adenosine
  • L-Carnitine

It also contains choline and inositol. If you’ve heard about MIC (methionine, inositol, and choline) injections to speed weight loss, you’re most likely familiar with this combination. 

You don’t necessarily need to be working toward a weight loss goal to benefit from the Skinny Shot. Because it gives you a dose of nutrients, including methionine, anyone can feel better after getting this boost.

If you want to learn more about methionine or booster injections in general, don’t hesitate to talk to us. Dr. Olson can tailor a program to help you feel your best in this new year. To get started, call LH Spa & Rejuvenation the office nearest you in Livingston or Madison, New Jersey, today.

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  1. Submit the Patient Inquiry Form

  2. Fax or email a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card (front & back) to lhlean@lhmedspa.com or (973) 735-2645.

  3. A required TSH/thyroid panel and CMP/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel will be ordered by one of our Nurse Practitioners.

    1. These panels can be ordered to Labcorp, Quest OR you can schedule a convenient appointment at our Madison office to have your blood drawn. ($50 draw fee applies)

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  3. Don’t have recent lab work? Contact your primary provider to request labs.

    1. You may also purchase a panel out-of-pocket without an e-script through Labcorp Link

CMP https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/lab-tests/comprehensive-metabolic-panel

TSH https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/lab-tests/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-tsh-test

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  2. You will receive an email from LH Lean admin with your candidacy for the LH Lean Program.

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Ending Treatment:
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