Have you heard of liposomal vitamin C?
Vitamin C is one of the most essential vitamins that is necessary in keeping our health in tip-top shape. Once only known for treating scurvy, we now know the powers of vitamin C. It’s arguably one of the most powerful antioxidants around, which is particularly essential when we are fighting off increased inflammation.
Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C supports many functions in our body including the production of collagen, iron metabolism, strengthening the immune system, and the protection of blood vessel walls, among others! Vitamin C also plays a key role in the health and maintenance of the brain.
If you’ve spent any time on Instagram or even Twitter the last couple of months you may have noticed the increase in “liposomal” vitamin C popping up everywhere.
In this article I am going to answer all questions Vitamin C including:
- What is liposomal vitamin C?
- The differentiation between regular vitamin C and liposomal vitamin C
- Why liposomal technology is superior
- The benefits of vitamin C
What is Liposomal Vitamin C?
Liposomal vitamin C is simply vitamin C that is encapsulated in what is called liposomes.
Liposomes are vesicles that are used to encapsulate certain vitamins, protein, nutrients, and other substances. This ensures that the substances or nutrients they carry will not deteriorate nor degrade as they travel through an organism’s body. The pharmaceutical industry already uses liposomes to carry out this same purpose.
So, back to our question. Liposomal vitamin C is simply vitamin C that uses liposomal technology to help the body better digest the supplement. This means that we can get more of the vitamin C we take if we take liposomal vitamin C than if we take vitamin C naturally or even through common dietary supplements.
While this method has been around for a few decades, its only recently became popular with mainstream supplements.
The liposomal technology guarantees an increase of nutrient absorption, as opposed to taking a supplement or vitamin in pill form.
Of course, this does not mean that we should stop eating vitamin C-rich foods. However, speaking of vitamin C-rich foods, do you know that our diet could be rich in vitamin C, and yet, many people don’t receive the daily recommended dosage for adults (110mg)? This is one of the main reasons why taking liposomal vitamin C is better than merely taking vitamin C alone.
What Version of Vitamin C Is Best Absorbed?
If you eat a well-rounded diet, chances are you already eat a variety of vitamin C rich foods. You don’t even need to necessarily have a “healthy diet” to eat vitamin C-rich foods; even an average diet can consist of that! If you are eating oranges, lemons, apple, papaya, strawberries (and other berries), broccoli and chili peppers, you are already getting a good amount of vitamin C from what you eat.
Fun fact: Bell peppers have more vitamin C than the stereotypical orange.
Yet, here’s the surprising news: despite the abundance of vitamin C we have thanks to the modern diet and foods available for us, we still don’t even get as much vitamin C as we need. Which is at least 110mg/day for adults.
If you are wondering why, here’s why: although vitamin C is very abundant in our modern diet, this vitamin is very sensitive to a lot of factors. For instance, vitamin C is very sensitive and fragile to certain environmental conditions such as air, temperature and light. This means that vitamin C from fruits and vegetables becomes depleted before we even eat them. In the case of vegetables and some fruits, cooking them can further deplete the amount of vitamin C from these food sources.
Common dietary supplements, although they themselves are supplements, will not do much to help either because this vitamin is really very fragile and sensitive. This form of supplementation can still help but when compared it the liposomal method, it’s very little.
Another alternative method in taking vitamin C is injecting it into our blood (known as “intravenous injection”). This method actually works but is very pricy and usually unnecessary. Through intravenous injection, you can get a high, concentrated amount of vitamin C in your body. But there’s one problem: eventually, the vitamin will become depleted as the blood flows throughout our body. While an injection can give us high amounts of vitamin C, it will not help when it comes to distribution inside the body as it will eventually be depleted.
So what’s the best alternative to injections? Taking liposomal Vitamin C.
Benefits of Liposomal Vitamin C
One of the solutions offered to this problem is liposomal vitamin C. Again, through the liposomes, as it goes through the body, vitamin C is protected, ensuring that it stays intact until our body absorbs it. Here are some of the benefits of taking liposomal vitamin C.
1) Protection of vitamin C from outside factors due to the protective membrane of liposomes
This is the obvious benefit of liposomal vitamin C, but a very significant benefit nevertheless. Because vitamin C is very fragile, making it naturally means that we will lose many of the vitamins than how much we think we are taking. By taking a liposomal vitamin C, we can be ensured that we will get much vitamin C as we should be because it will not deteriorate or deplete due to outside environmental factors.
2) Better distribution of vitamin C throughout the body due to liposomes’ protective cover
Vitamin C is protected by the encapsulated liposomes. The vitamin C carried through liposomes is better distributed and the reason our bodies better receive and absorb it.
3) No preservatives or colouring agent
If you worry that liposomal vitamin C contain any preservatives or coloring agents, there’s no need. Liposomal vitamin C is preservatives-free and does not contain any coloring agent.
4) No digestive disorders linked to too much vitamin C intake
One common symptom of taking too much vitamin C is digestive disorders. However, with liposomal vitamin C, the liposome’s insulation solves this problem.
Vitamin C is very abundant in our modern diet, yet, we don’t get as much as our body needs it. This is because of the fragility of vitamin C – that it depletes due to outside environmental factors before we even consume them.
There are some methods that attempt to solve this problem; however, they are usually impractical, works only for short-term or they can even be costly.
Liposomal vitamin C is a great solution to previously poorly absorbed vitamin c. It offers a great solution to this problem because liposomes protect vitamin C from outside factors.
Have you given it a try? Are you planning to?
I hope you enjoyed this post and learned everything you need to know about vitamin C. If you’re into supplementation, check out my recent post on “Three Immune-Boosting Mushrooms I Add to My Coffee.”