If you keep up with my blog you’re likely already familiar with liposomes, what they are, and how they help your body to absorb and utilize the nutrients you are ingesting. But for all of you new readers, or those who want a refresher on the topic, let’s dive back into the liposomal universe and see exactly what they are.
As I discussed in my Liposomal Vitamin C article from a couple of years ago, liposomal technology and delivery allow for your body to more slowly and completely absorb the supplement and its nutrients, increasing the benefits your body receives. Essentially, liposomes are vitamins wrapped in lipid molecules, which is a form of fat molecule, which allows the supplement to be protected from the digestive juices.
Because of the lipid coating, the acid in your stomach cannot eat away at the nutrients too quickly, allowing your stomach and intestines to slowly dissolve the nutrients, increasing the amount you actually get to absorb.
So, liposomal delivery allows your body to absorb more effectively and more of the nutrient overall. But what does that mean for you when you’re deciding what supplement to take?
With liposomal delivery, you can take a much smaller dose and still get the benefits of a larger dose, so you get a much more efficient delivery and absorption package. Liposomal nutrients mean less waste and less discharge of excess nutrients, which can translate to many other health benefits. But you do have to be careful with where you get your liposomal supplements; they are not all created equal, unfortunately.
Many liposomal products in the market today use soy oil to coat the supplements with lipids, unlike Numedica’s products, which use sunflower oil to coat the supplements with lipids. The danger of soy oil comes with genetically modified organisms. The IRT estimates that 100% of all soy oil is GMO or cross-pollinated with GMO plants. That means that anytime you eat soy or soy oil, you are eating genetically modified food.
Genetic modification is the process of introducing genes from one species to another. For instance, soybean plants have been genetically modified with bacterial genetics. The issue here is that there is little to no research showing the effects of GMOs on the human body, resulting in a possible risk to your health, both long-term and short-term.
Numedica produces high-quality liposomal formulas without using GMO ingredients. They offer a full line of foundational and unique supplements. One of their specialties is liposomal technology, which, as we already know, comes with advanced delivery methods and increased bioavailability of the nutrients. They do not use any genetically modified ingredients in their liposomal formulas. Their liposomal supplements are among their best offerings.
Glutathione is an antioxidant support nutrient produced in your body and is found in every cell. However, genetics, stress, infections, and lifestyle can result in too little glutathione production within your body.
Glutathione is a very sensitive supplement and it is hard to keep it stable. Liposomal glutathione ensures that the glutathione and activated B vitamin cofactors are actually absorbed. Numedica uses phosphatidylcholine liposomes for optimal absorption and bioavailability support.
Glutathione is an antioxidant found in cells of plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria. It is mainly comprised of three types of amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. The levels of glutathione in your body may vary due to daily factors such as stress, nutrition, and age. Though most of the time glutathione is produced naturally in the body, additional supplements are often necessary to reverse chronic illness and disease.
There are so many benefits to taking antioxidants like glutathione that it is impossible to summarize. Basically, glutathione helps all cells work efficiently. Glutathione has been studied and proven to help with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune conditions, respiratory disease, and cancer.
I've compiled a list of studies that you can jump into if you'd like to go deeper in your understanding of glutathione and related topics:
Sulfur-rich food is the best source of natural glutathione. Garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, and watercress) are the top sources of glutathione-rich foods. I always recommend cooking cruciferous vegetables and serving with healthy fats or oils. This improves the absorption of minerals found in the vegetables.
Numedica liposomal Vitamin C supplement offers the same phosphatidylcholine liposomal technology. This leads to better antioxidant protection, immune support, and supports the production of healthy connective tissue and collagen.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means when you take too much, you get diarrhea. The Vitamin C “bowel flush” effect, infamous for being a side effect of taking too much Vitamin C, is something you won’t have to worry about with liposomal vitamins.
One of the best benefits of liposomal technology is how slowly and completely your body absorbs the vitamin, allowing for your body to reap the full benefits of your supplements, while reducing the amount of vitamin that gets flushed out of your body. Your body normally flushes all of the excess vitamins from your body, usually resulting in that “bowel flush” side effect.
Given that you would have to eat five large oranges in order to obtain the minimum Vitamin C requirements, liposomal technology is the best way to make sure you get enough of the vitamins you need. Often, if you have a chronic disease, you need even more than the minimum 400 mg of Vitamin C, usually at least 10,000 mg, meaning you would need to eat at least 125 oranges per day. Even if you love oranges, this feat seems quite unrealistic.
A lot of people take “buffered” Vitamin C which is Vitamin C that is coated and mixed with calcium. It is designed to help people with stomach sensitivities to be able to absorb the vitamin. But, you have to be careful when you’re taking buffered vitamins, especially if you take large doses of the supplement because the excess calcium can harden your artery walls. This can lead to arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
In contrast, Numedica’s Liposomal Vitamin C uses the sodium ascorbate form of ascorbic acid, which, contrary to popular belief, won’t contribute to higher blood pressure. You would need to take roughly 30 grams of sodium ascorbate before you could reach your limits for daily sodium intake. For every one gram of Vitamin C as sodium ascorbate, you only intake 100mg of sodium.
Curcumin is likely my favorite nutrient of all time. It not only helps with pain and inflammation but has positive impacts on depression and cancer. Turmeric is a spice you buy that makes Indian food so bright. Curcumin is the extract that is taken from turmeric. If you are buying a supplement that is ground up turmeric, you aren’t going to see any benefits.
You must use turmeric extract, curcumin, along with something to increase absorption. Curcumin is notoriously hard to absorb. There are many curcumin supplements available, but few of them are absorbable. There are three ways to increase absorption; liposomes, black pepper, and essential fats. I’ve already extolled the virtues of mixing curcumin with fats and essential oils.
Adding black pepper to your curcumin is my least recommended way to increase absorption. Although black pepper is effective at increasing absorption, it can also irritate your gut lining and actually cause inflammation. In general, I don’t recommend curcumin supplements that contain added black pepper. Liposomal curcumin is an excellent way to absorb more curcumin.
Numedica MethylSorb is a liposomal B vitamin spray. It has 875mg of B12 and the added benefits of vitamin B6, folate, and TMG. B vitamins are necessary for all cells to create energy. In times of stress, your body needs and uses more B vitamins than usual.
B12 can be especially hard to absorb from food if you have poor digestion, food allergies, sensitivities, or Celiac disease. Intrinsic factor is needed in order to absorb B12 from food. Genetics and illness can cause your body to stop making intrinsic factor. Liposomal B12 bypasses the need for intrinsic factor.
While the side effects differ based on the individual supplements, there are some disadvantages associated with taking liposomal supplements. Some of the potential disadvantages of liposomal delivery are the current higher cost upfront, but this is usually offset by the fact that you don’t need to take as large of a dose of the supplement.
There have also been some manufacturing issues with other companies, such as poor ingredient quality, high particle size of the liposomes, and the instability of some of the finished products. Most of these disadvantages are possible to avoid if you pick the right company, such as Numedica, who offers the highest quality liposomal supplements because of their noteworthy quality control program.
Liposomal technology is the cutting of nutrient delivery. Short of getting a nutrient IV infusion, liposomes are the most efficient and absorbable delivery method. Liposomal supplements allow you to take much lower dosages and absorb much higher amounts. Quality matters, so choose Numedica’s liposomal technology in supplements to increase your nutrient intake and absorption.
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Carly Neubert BA, NC
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