Most of us are aware of what vitamin C is; or at least that it is important to our health.
It is relatively cost-effective and easy to synthesise and its impact on the functionality of our bodies cannot be overstated.
It is for these reasons that vitamin C supplementation has been surging in popularity over the last few decades – but wouldn’t it be a shame to discover that the vast majority of vitamin C supplements are entirely useless?
Well, it shouldn’t be, because as one technology is rendered obsolete, a superior technology emerges.
This is relevant to the single crucial factor that will determine whether a supplement is or isn’t beneficial to you – its delivery mechanism.
Contained within our physiology are certain safeguarding measures that regulate the absorption of compounds, preventing potentially harmful or simply useless materials from entering our circulatory system (which distributes nutrients to where they are required in the body.)
Bioavailability is the term used to describe the absorption rate of certain compounds such as medicines or nutrients.
For example, a typical oral vitamin C supplement that doesn’t incorporate the use of liposomes generally shows a bioavailability of approximately 14-30%.
Even by obtaining our vitamin C the natural way – by eating fruits and veggies – the bioavailability of the vitamin C content is only increased to about 18-50%.
An intravenous injection of a medicine would, by definition, have a bioavailability of 100% – as the entirety of the compound would enter the bloodstream.
Injecting your daily dose of vitamin C however, is undesirable for obvious reasons; and since the advent of liposomal technology, we can achieve an excellent rate of absorption without having to go to such lengths.
Liposomes are a revolutionary drug-delivery mechanism that allows for the near-total circumvention of bioavailability issues.
They are structurally similar to human cells by design, as the outer layer of the liposomes – known as phospholipids – are identical to those that compose cell membranes.
By utilising a double-layered phospholipid it is possible to form a sphere surrounding an aqueous (water-containing) component, such as vitamin C.
This is liposomal vitamin C.
Because the structural design mirrors that of our cell membranes the liposome can interact with our cells upon contact.
Imagine two soap bubbles gently colliding and merging into a single bubble.
That is – very basically – how the liposomal delivery technology operates, but once the liposome merges with the cell, it can deliver the vitamin C content directly to the cell.
This affords the liposome an immense scientific advantage over other delivery methods – second only to intravenous injection.
Supplementing using liposomal vitamin C is the best available option if you are seeking to maximise your absorption and ultimately the benefits of the vitamin.
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