What are liposomes?

When you buy a dietary supplement, do you consider how the supplement works in your body as well as focusing on the supplement itself? Have you ever wondered what kind of journey the nutrient takes once it enters your body? So have we, which is why we have researched and harnessed the power of liposomal technology in the delivery of dietary supplements to the bodily system.

Liposomal technology helps your body to get the quantities of nutrients it needs, as well as making sure you get what you’re paying for. The truth is that when a person takes a dietary supplement, whether prescribed by a doctor or not, it’s because that person has a dietary deficiency. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that the supplements they are relying on are given the chance to do their job in the body, without being depleted before they get to where they are needed.

If you have ever experienced a nutrient deficiency (such as vitamin B12), you will know how a deficiency can noticeably affect a person’s overall wellness and vitality. What’s more, when nutrient deficiencies are left untreated, they can lead to far more serious issues. Nutrient deficiencies aside, dietary supplements are also a fantastic way to prevent illness and to support the body’s defense systems. All the more reason to seek the very best from your supplements…

Enter liposomal technology!

In a few words, liposomal technology extends the absorption rate and bioavailability of nutrients. To know why this is so important and significant, we need to learn about the alternative...

Regular supplements (those which don’t use liposomal technology) are easily degraded in the body. The digestive tract is a hive of activity and substances, including digestive enzymes and acids. Many nutrients are no match for these acids, which deplete them and reduce their potency. What’s left is a paltry percentage of the nutrient which can actually reach the cells where it is required. Some nutrients also struggle to absorb into the cell once they reach it, even further reducing the absorption and the overall effect on the body. The percentage of a nutrient which reaches the cell in usable form is what’s referred to as “bioavailability,'' an important term when learning about liposomal technology.

What is a liposome?

Visualise a tiny spherical shape, with an empty space in the middle. The outside of the sphere consists of two layers. Crack this sphere open and you find a liquid inside, called an “aqueous solution”. The layers creating the structure of the sphere are made of phospholipids. The “phospho” component means phosphate, and the “lipid” part means fat. The body already naturally contains these phospholipids, and they can be found in our cells. This is an important factor because it means that the body recognizes and permits these phospholipid-rich liposomes to enter the cells. The liposomes can cut a clear path to the cells, and meld easily with them once they get there. The body won’t attack or fight the liposomes off, allowing the nutrients to be delivered to the cells without hassle.

It’s not only the nutrients inside the liposomes which are great for our health. In fact, the phospholipids alone are also good for the body. They are considered antioxidants, protecting our cells from free radicals which threaten to cause oxidative stress. Antioxidants help to prevent premature aging and disease which free radicals can cause.

Cast your mind’s eye back to that little sphere filled with an aqueous solution. Zoom in on the two layers made of phospholipids. The phospholipids have a head and a tail. The tail is hydrophilic, which means it is attracted to water. The head is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. The hydrophilic tails cluster around water, joining together like a chain. The hydrophobic heads face the other way, away from the water, and stick together. Now we have a closed sphere of two layers, with water held in the middle. The water, (the aqueous solution) welcomes fat soluble and water-soluble substances, meaning we can fill the liposome with all kinds of medicines and nutrients.

It’s interesting to note that our bodies are used to dealing with liposomal technology...because liposomes are naturally created in the body.

How does liposomal technology work?

What do liposomal supplements do after we swallow them? For one, they head to the site of the body which needs the hidden nutrient the most. An example of this is with the treatment of cancer via liposomal medicines. When a liposome containing cancer medication enters the body, it will seek out the cancer cells so it can deliver the medication safe and intact. This incredible journey is due to receptor proteins inside our cells which respond to the drugs (and hormones) which it needs. Once a loaded liposome enters your system, the target receptor proteins and the nutrients communicate and come together. Once the liposome reaches the cell, the phospholipid layers yield themselves easily to the cell, smoothly passing on the much needed nutrients.

The digestive tract is the most dangerous place in the body for a dietary supplement. Liposomes protect the nutrient from such danger, ensuring they don’t succumb to degrading enzymes and acids. This is great news for people who tend to experience abdominal discomfort when taking oral supplements which can disrupt the gut. Liposomal technology can reduce or even eliminate unpleasant side-effects such as nausea, cramps and diarrhea. The integrity of the nutrients is preserved by the protective liposomal layer, meaning you get the best out of your supplements and you can look forward to noticeable results.

What causes poor nutrient absorption?

We wouldn’t be concerned about keeping supplements intact and easily absorbed if nutrients were always readily available. Some nutrients are more easily absorbed than others, and for various reasons. Sometimes it comes down to the nutrient, and sometimes it depends on the person. People with digestive issues commonly struggle to absorb certain key nutrients. For example, people with IBS, Crohn’s disease and Celiac’s disease can have trouble keeping their iron and B12 levels sufficient. The nutrients just don’t make it past the digestive system in high enough levels to keep the stores boosted. This leads to the need for B12 injections before the deficiency can reach dangerous levels. (Read further below for a study on the effectiveness of liposomal B12).

The contents of our gut can also affect nutrient absorption. Certain foods can help or hinder the absorption of nutrients when mingled together in the digestive system. For example, when we eat leafy greens, we are ingesting something called “oxalates” which are barriers to calcium absorption in the body. When taken together, leafy greens can really reduce the bioavailability and effectiveness of a calcium supplement. The answer is simply to take a calcium supplement separately from a meal containing leafy greens.

A positive pairing, on the other hand, is Vitamin C and iron, which you will likely have seen on the shelves of a pharmacy. This is because iron is more successfully absorbed into the body when taken alongside vitamin C. The macronutrient content of your food also affects the bioavailability of dietary supplements. For example, certain nutrients are fat soluble, meaning they are easily absorbed into fat, including the fat cells in the body. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, for example, which means it is best absorbed when taken alongside a fat-rich food source. People on a fat-free diet may therefore struggle to absorb certain nutrients.

Liposomes work to increase the absorption rate of nutrients by protecting them from potentially harmful substances such as digestive enzymes and badly matched foods and macronutrients.

Liposomal Vitamin C: liposomes in action

Look in the medicine cabinet of 100 people and you’re sure to find some kind of vitamin C supplement in most of them. When Winter strikes, along with colds and flus, vitamin C is called on to bolster the immune system. Vitamin C also supports collagen production and helps with iron absorption - two crucial jobs.

To get the very best out of your Vitamin C supplements, choose liposomal technology. Consider that non-liposomal vitamin C supplements have an absorption rate of less than 19%. Vitamin C fed to the bloodstream via the intravenous method has a 100% absorption rate. Liposomal vitamin C has an absorption rate of 95%, a number which speaks for itself! You can benefit from liposomal vitamin C with the Bonne Sante Liposome and SANUS-q Liposomal Vitamin C with Glutathione (powerful antioxidant), which has an absorption rate of 98%.

Vitamin C + Glutathione chart

Liposomal Vitamin B12 case study

The treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency is a great example of the power of liposomal technology. Vitamin B12 deficiencies can render a person into a fatigued, anxious, sluggish and depressed version of themselves. When left untreated, a B12 deficiency can turn even nastier, risking brain damage.

A fascinating study was carried out with the aim of testing the effectiveness of liposomal technology in the treatment of Vitamin B12 deficiency. After only one week of taking liposomal B12, the average improvement of B12 absorption in the participants was 55%, increasing to 270% after two months. This is excellent news for people with ongoing B12 deficiency issues who want to get their energy levels and moods back to normal. You too can experience the liposomal B12 difference with the Bonne Sante Liposome B12 supplement.

B12 absorption issues are often due to problems occurring in and of the digestive system. Crohn’s disease, IBS and Celiac’s disease can make vitamin B12 absorption extremely difficult, often requiring an injection to get the vitamin to the blood instantly. People struggling with digestive problems can help to increase their vitamin B12 levels by taking a liposomal B12 supplement.