What is liposomal technology?
When you spend money on a supplement, you expect a certain payoff, and certainly some noticeable results. Whether it’s to support your immune system, help with anxiety and mood, or to support healthy bones, you deserve the very best from your supplements. What happens once the supplement enters your body is as crucial as the supplement itself, which is why we use liposomal technology.
When we take “regular” (non-liposomal) supplements, they go through a rather strenuous process in our system. This process can reduce the bioavailability of the supplement’s key ingredients. “Bioavailability” basically refers to the percentage of the supplement which actually makes its way into your system and can therefore be utilised and put into effect in your body.
The bioavailability of non-liposomal supplements is far lower than liposomal supplements. This is because non-liposomal supplements must brave the digestive system before they reach the places they need to go! The digestive system has many stages and factors which decrease absorption and bioavailability. Our stomach contains acids and enzymes which can decimate the nutrients, leaving only a small percentage left to actually get to work in your system.
What is a liposome?
In simple terms, a liposome is a tiny, spherical structure consisting of two layers, and an open space in the center containing an aqueous solution. The layers are made up of fats (hence the “lipo” part of the word), and phosphate, which is why they’re known as “phospholipids”. The space in the center is where the supplement ingredients are stored.
These phospholipids, which make up the two layers, are the same as the phospholipids which are present in all of our cell membranes. This means that they can easily connect with our own cells for the best delivery of nutrients, intact and without degradation. It also means that the body recognizes these liposomes and doesn’t see them as a foreign or dangerous presence, allowing them to get to work and do what they’ve been sent to do: deliver nutrients to the cells.
Phospholipids are also very handy for fighting off free radicals and protecting the cells from oxidative stress. They also ensure that the liposome has a malleable, flexible and adaptable fluid shape to be easily welcomed into many parts of the body.
The way the phospholipid bilayers work is really interesting. There is a hydrophilic end (like a tail), and a hydrophobic top (or head). A hydrophilic molecule is a molecule which is attracted to water, while a hydrophobic molecule is one which rejects water. These double-ended molecules stick together when they meet, with the hydrophilic parts staying close to the water around them, and the hydrophobic parts sticking together. (You could think of the way the phospholipid layers come together as similar to a magnet). This forms a tight circle made up of two layers. The center of the liposome contains an aqueous solution which can welcome both water and fat soluble substances. This means that all kinds of medicines and supplements can be carried and successfully delivered by the liposome.
The process of liposome creation happens naturally in the body. However, scientists have figured out how to recreate this process in their laboratories to create liposomes with supplements and nutrients tucked inside.
How does liposomal technology work in the body?
Liposomes are very clever; they can actually head right to the site of the body where they are required the most. For example, a person with cancer can take a liposomal medication, and the liposome will travel straight to the cancer cells. This may seem a little unbelievable before you know the science behind how…
Well, there are certain proteins called receptors. Receptors are attracted to “target” proteins which are present in the cells which the liposome is designed to travel to. When the liposome enters the body, the receptor protein can seek out the target protein and they join together. They meld together, allowing the nutrients inside the liposome to be absorbed into the target cell.
When the liposome enters the body, it doesn’t become absorbed in the digestive tract like other supplements do. This is great for many reasons:
- The user doesn’t experience nausea or stomach issues which can be a risk when taking non-liposomal supplements
- The nutrients don’t become depleted or ruined by gastrointestinal juices, foods, bile and microorganisms in the gut
- The nutrients stay protected until they reach the bloodstream where they can travel to the cells which need them the most
- You get the most out of your supplements
Why are certain nutrients poorly absorbed into the body?
Not all nutrients are equal in terms of bioavailability, meaning they have a different percentage of the nutrient which actually reaches the cells it needs to reach.
Some people have a delicate or temperamental system which doesn’t properly absorb certain nutrients such as vitamin B12 and iron. This is why many people who struggle with B12 deficiencies are prescribed with vitamin B12 shots which are injected directly into the body for maximum effect.
Another factor which affects how well a nutrient is absorbed is the other foods or nutrients it is consumed with. For example, iron and Vitamin C are great friends. Vitamin C helps iron to absorb into the body more effectively. For this reason, some iron supplements are formulated with a dose of vitamin C to help the iron to reach the bloodstream.
On the flipside, some nutrients are actually harmful to the absorption process and stand in the way of proper usage of nutrients. For example, certain leafy green vegetables contain something called oxalates. Oxalates can stop calcium (among other nutrients) from absorbing into the body properly. Therefore, if you take calcium supplements while eating a meal dense with leafy greens, the calcium doesn’t have a great chance at effective absorption.
The macronutrients in food we eat at the time of taking our supplements can also help or hinder the absorption. For example, if you’re taking a nutrient supplement which is fat soluble, you will give the nutrient a better chance of success if you take it while eating a meal which contains fat. However, if you take those supplements with a fat-free meal, they’ll be more likely to be wasted or destroyed by the digestive tract.
This is why liposomal technology is so effective; it protects the nutrients from the other factors in the body which threaten to weaken or deplete the nutrient.
Vitamin C as an example of liposomal effectiveness
One of the most popular supplements is vitamin C. Many people take a regular dose of vitamin C to keep their immune system strong during the winter months, and to support healthy, clear skin. If you’re taking vitamin C expecting it to be properly utilized in the body for maximum effect and benefits, you should take liposomal vitamin C.
Regular oral (non-liposomal) vitamin C supplements have a typical bioavailability of less than 19%…not so great. If you have vitamin C shot into your system intravenously, you get close to 100% bioavailability…ideal. If you take liposomal oral vitamin C, you’re looking at a bioavailability of around 95%. This demonstrates that liposomal technology helps you to get the most out of your money, and your body will get the most out of the supplements it is being served.
To put things into perspective in terms of our SANUS-q and Bonne Sante Liposome products, let’s look at our Vitamin-C with Glutathione. This product has a bioavailability of 98%, almost the same as an intravenous dosage…without the trip to the hospital and exposure to needles.
Liposomal Vitamin B12 study
Another essential vitamin of which many people struggle to maintain healthy levels is vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes fatigue, low mood, tingly feelings, anxiety and a racing heart. Extreme and untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to brain damage. One of the reasons why people experience B12 deficiency is because of troubles with the digestive tract. For example, people with Crohn’s disease or Celiac’s disease may struggle to absorb Vitamin B12 through the digestive system.
This study tested the effectiveness of liposomal Vitamin B12 in over 50 patients. The results were great. The median improvement of vitamin B12 after only 1 week was almost 55%, and 270% after two months of liposomal vitamin B12 usage. Because the liposomes are sent straight to the bloodstream without struggling in the gut, the vitamins are utilized with maximum effect. This has very significant health benefits such as more energy, boosted mood and reduced risk of brain issues. Liposomal vitamin B12 is an ideal supplement for vegetarians, vegans, older people (vitamin B12 deficiency can increase after 50) and sufferers of gut issues.
The Bonne Sante liposomal Vitamin B12 is simple and easy to take, effective and fast-acting.