Encapsulating the Nutrients of Nature: Liposomal Vitamin C
If liposomal technology sounds Greek to you, that’s because the roots of the word lie in the Greek language. Lipo means fat, and soma means body. The technology incorporates these two words, fat and body, to define the mechanical process developed originally by the pharmaceutical industry.
Liposomal technology is a method that encapsulates a liquid medicament with a bubble of fat so the medicament can navigate through caustic stomach acids intact and go into the bloodstream intact. In the bloodstream it’ll be tossed around until it bumps into the cell membrane. The bump will allow the encapsulated medicament to enter the cell.
Entry into the cell membrane is the most efficient delivery of whatever medicament is held in liposomal form, and the most effective.
Liposomal encapsulation technology is a particularly effective method in the delivery of some nutrients. One such nutrient is vitamin C. When vitamin C is taken orally, in doses higher than 1000 milligrams, the body has trouble absorbing it all. Ingest it in powder form and, when subjected to stomach acid, some of it will be broken down before it reaches the cell. This all lowers its bioavailability.
Liposomal technology allows the encapsulated nutrient to be absorbed through its targeted delivery system. This targeted delivery means almost all of the vitamin C taken will be available for your body’s use.
That’s a good thing because, orally speaking, vitamin C is an antioxidant powerhouse. Your best option is getting it from real food. Real food has more than just this nutrient or that, it has interrelated components that work together in a synchronized fashion. In some situations, supplementation can play a vital role obtaining the proper amount of vitamin C. For oral heath this is critical because, in the mouth,
- stimulates the immune system
- reduces the potential for infection
- maintains the integrity of bone, connective tissue and teeth
- helps us recover quickly
- maintains dental health
- strengthens blood clots, post-surgery
- constructs scar tissue
- lays down collagen
But this is not just a nutrient of the mouth. It’s also associated with a lower risk of:
When it comes to supplementing, it’s not a one size fits all sort of thing. You have a unique medical and lifestyle history. Everything from illness, disease, medication, stress, smoking and other lifestyle habits may influence dosage recommendations. Because of that, we recommend you consult with a naturopath or other qualified holistic professional for your personalized assessment.
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