What are Liposomal Vitamins?
Over the last few months, liposomal vitamins have been hailed as the best supplements to deliver vitamins to the body. It is important to understand what liposomal encapsulation technology (LET) entails in order to understand why these supplements may be very effective within the body.
Essentially, Liposomal Encapsulation Technology consists of microscopic healthy fat particles called phospholipids along with vitamins. This technology has been used for many years to deliver certain drugs to specific tissues within the body without affecting the other parts of the body.
At the heart of this technology are liposomes. Liposomes are microscopic bubble-type particles which form a membrane made up of special molecules called phospholipids. Phospholipids are very similar to the membrane that surrounds each and every cell within our body and either allows or hinders the absorption of a nutrient or a compound.
Many years ago, researchers discovered that these liposomes could be filled with therapeutic agents and nutrients. The membrane of the liposome would hold in the nutrient and would not release it until it reached the bloodstream.
This incredible technology works because of the natural behaviour of phospholipids when they are within a water solution under the right conditions. So if you were to make a solution of vitamin C or vitamin D and mix it with phospholipids, the result would be that the resulting liposome would contain either vitamin C or vitamin D suspended inside the liposome.
Liposome technology protects these vitamins from degradation, for example as these pass through the harsh environment of the stomach acids. Once they pass the intestines into the blood, the nutrients are delivered to the cells because the cell membrane is similar in chemical structure to the liposomes allowing the nutrients to enter the cells and replenish the body. The exact mechanism is not fully understood however it is thought that because the cell membrane and the liposome resemble closely, the cell membrane cannibalises the liposome in order to repair itself and this releases the vitamins.
This dual action of Liposomal encapsulated vitamins makes the vitamins more available to the body than traditional methods of capsules, tablets or sprays.
Aurora Nutrascience are a cutting edge nutraceutical company pioneering in nano-sized liposomes. There are numerous scientific articles and white papers supporting the benefits of liposomal technology which include higher absorption rates, reduced gastric discomfort and improved health benefits. Liposomal Vitamin C and Liposomal Vitamin D provide therapeutic strengths of vitamin C and vitamin D3.
The Health Benefits of Vitamin C
Often referred to as the ultimate biological antioxidant, vitamin C is required for nearly every single process in the body and unfortunately we all appear to have the notion that our food intake covers this. Nothing could be further from the truth. Maintaining optimum levels of vitamin C over a 24 hour period is almost impossible since this vitamin is water soluble and excreted out of the body within a very short space of time. The use of Liposomal Vitamin C ensures delivery through the bloodstream directly to the cells and this ensures that the body has sufficient vitamin C for the whole day especially when used alongside a diet containing vegetables and fruits.
The numerous benefits of vitamin C include:
- Vitamin C is required for all the major enzyme systems within the body. Without these enzymes, we would simply not survive and certainly a deficiency of these enzymes results in less than optimal working of every single process.
- Studies indicate that low vitamin C levels in the body are linked to cardiovascular disease.
- As a biological antioxidant, vitamin C fights cell mutation.
- Vitamin C is widely used to protect the body against colds and flu.
- Vitamin C contributes to the production of collagen. Without sufficient Vitamin C and hence collagen, our skin would show the signs of premature ageing and our arteries and veins would start to leak.
- Vitamin C deficiency is linked to gum disease, skin haemorrhages, iron deficiency and low mood.
The Health Benefits of Vitamin D
Low dietary intake and limited sun exposure have led to large numbers of the population being deficient in vitamin D. According to the Department of Health, as much as 25% of the population may be deficient in vitamin D, although scientists estimate this to be a lot higher. Less than a decade ago, vitamin D was thought to be involved only in maintaining healthy calcium and phosphorus levels in the body required for healthy bones and teeth but the last decade has seen a surge of studies indicating that vitamin D deficiency is linked to a variety of chronic health concerns.
The numerous benefits of vitamin D include:
- Vitamin D is absolutely vital for a strong and healthy immune system. Vitamin D is required to trigger the specialised white cells that engulf bacteria and viruses.
- Ongoing studies indicate a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and high blood sugar levels. It would appear that vitamin D regulates the release of insulin.
- Low levels of vitamin D seem to be closely linked to concerns where cell mutation is linked. Vitamin D might therefore be involved in protecting our genetic material.
- Though not fully understood, vitamin D may help to elevate mood and found to be particularly useful for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression experienced during the winter months due to lack of sunlight.
It is advisable to get your vitamin D levels checked at least once a year because this vitamin does increase calcium levels in the body and whilst calcium is important, an excess of calcium can result in poor muscle and nerve function.
Curcumin is the active component found in turmeric. The health benefits of turmeric, of which there are many, are primarily associated to its high content of curcumin which has been one of the most studied compounds recently and with good reason. Curcumin displays potent anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent antioxidant working to neutralise the damaging radicals that age our bodies. Most of the research currently seems to be focused on curcumin’s ability to protect our genetic material and to trigger programmed cell death for cells that may have gone “wrong”.
Liposomal Curcumin delivers this important phyto-nutrient in a bioavailable form that can be utilised effectively.
Co-Enzyme Q10, Co-Q10, is important for the optimal function of the body. Known as ubiquinone because it is ubiquitous in the human body, Co-Enzyme Q10 is found in every single cell within our bodies. One of the most important benefits of Co-Enzyme Q10 is its ability to enhance energy production. It is utilised by each cell to make the energy molecule adenosine triphosphate. Additionally Co-Q10 helps cells to take up fats and other nutrients which are also required for the production of energy. Deficiencies of Co-Q10 are linked with fatigue, periodontal disease and muscle pain. Liposomal Co-Enzyme Q10 delivers this important nutrient to each and every cell effectively.
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most important longer acting antioxidants to help reduce the markers of ageing. Of all the antioxidant vitamins, only lipoic acid has the ability to work in both water and fat soluble environments within the body. This means that lipoic acid has the ability to work in each and every gland as well as within each part of the cells to neutralise damaging free radicals which cause oxidative damage. Oxidative damage occurs each and every second within our bodies due to the myriad of chemical reactions and is the most established theory of ageing and of the causal factor for many degenerative disease.
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid has demonstrated to have superior availability, stability and potency in comparison when compared to alpha lipoic acid supplements. Liposomal R-Alpha Lipoic Acid goes one step further to deliver this master antioxidant using liposomal encapsulation technology to each and every cell.
If you are already taking some of these vitamins or nutrients, or are about to start taking them, I would recommend that you consider taking Liposomal vitamins for their superior delivery system.