A nutrient-dense diet with a wide variety of healthy foods can cover your bases much of the time, but even the most conscientious eaters can benefit from additional supplementation. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and many other supporting studies reveal that people who take supplements are more likely to get their recommended daily intake of micronutrients.
Most people research thoroughly the types of vitamins, minerals and compounds that may boost their personal health through supplementation, yet, there is more to the picture than just what you will take. How it is delivered is also vital.
Why? Because if your body doesn’t properly absorb all of the helpful nutrients you are ingesting, you could be wasting your money. Some types of nutrients are more difficult to absorb in supplement form.
Depending on your physiology, gut health, the way the specific supplement was made and other factors, you may not be getting the most out of your daily supplements. One way to increase the effectiveness of some hard-to-absorb nutrients is through liposomal delivery.
What does liposomal delivery mean?
Liposomes are fat-soluble structures that exist inside or outside of cells. They are encased in a lipid (fat) bilayer. Lipids help to support the function of cellular membranes and structures and do not dissolve in water.
What this means for your nutrient delivery is that when liposomes are used to encapsulate the desired ingredients in your supplement, they can be transported to the correct area where optimal absorption can take place.†
What is a liposomal supplement?
A liposomal supplement uses liposomal delivery to better ensure the desired active ingredients are absorbed more effectively, therefore being more bioavailable. The term bioavailability refers to how much a substance becomes entirely available to the biological destination it is designed to reach.
Liposomal supplements can bypass some of the less efficient ways the body tries to absorb them, increasing bioavailability and, in turn, increasing the effectiveness of some supplements.†
What are the benefits of liposomal supplements?
Liposomal supplements are superior to standard delivery for some types of nutrients. This is due to how the body reacts to and absorbs various micronutrients. When the active ingredients are transported with the protective lipid encapsulation, there are several benefits, including:
Enhanced bioavailability: More of what you want is absorbed and used in the body. Liposomes protect the active ingredients from harsh acidic conditions of the GI tract.†
Better cellular delivery: The nutrients get where they are intended to go, bind with target cells, and are dispersed efficiently.†
Versatility: Both water and fat-soluble compounds can be transported and delivered effectively.†
Both oral and lymphatic absorption: Liposomes can access the lymphatic pathway in the intestines and bypass the liver, further increasing absorption.†
Which supplements should be liposomal?
Certain compounds are absorbed much better when they are delivered through liposomal methods. Some nutrients have a poor absorption rate through traditional supplements and are much better absorbed through liposomal delivery. These include glutathione, curcumin, vitamin C and magnesium.†
Glutathione is made from the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid. It plays a critical role in energy, brain function, immune function, liver, and tissue health and, as it is an antioxidant, it helps protect you from free radical damage, fighting oxidative stress.†
Liposomal glutathione can support the effectiveness and delivery of this compound to the tissues it is needed most.†
Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that helps support several bodily functions and contributes to general health. It’s been used for generations as an anti-inflammatory agent and is considered to be an antioxidant, neuroprotective and cardioprotective.†
Unfortunately, curcumin has been known to have a low bioavailability in most sources due to poor absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. For this reason, liposomal delivery is recommended for supplements containing curcumin.†
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that humans need to obtain through diet or supplementation since it can not be made independently, like some other animals. Vitamin C is necessary to form collagen, L-carnitine and some neurotransmitters.†
Collagen makes up part of your connective tissues, and as such, vitamin C is vital for skin health and wound healing. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and helps your body regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E.†
Larger doses of vitamin C can cause gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea, which will decrease absorption. Using liposomal delivery can significantly enhance the bioavailability of vitamin C while reducing less desirable side effects.†
†These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.