A Liposomal vitamin is a nutrient that is encapsulated in a fatty cell known as a phospholipid. This phospholipid structure that encapsulates a vitamin/ nutrient is known as a Liposome.
Advantages of liposomal encapsulation include accelerated intestinal absorption, increased stability of the nutrient, protection of the gut from potentially irritating agents, and greater bioavailability of the nutrient.
Compared to non-liposomal forms, liposomal vitamins are generally better absorbed and can raise your blood serum levels of vitamins more effectively. Recent studies have found that liposomal vitamin C was 5-10 times more bioavailable than other vitamin C supplements.
Advantages of liposomal encapsulation include accelerated intestinal absorption, increased stability of the vitamin, protection of the gut from potentially irritating agents, and greater bioavailability of the vitamin.
Are liposomal supplements safe? There are no known safety concerns associated with liposomal supplements. Liposomes have been a drug delivery vehicle for more than two decades now. In this time, there have been no known side effects from the liposomes themselves.
Liposomes are delivery vehicles for transporting vitamins and nutrients into the body effectively acting as a protective vehicle through digestion and facilitating easy absorption into the body’s cells.
(LY-poh-SOH-mul) A nutrient preparation that contains the active vitamin/nutrient inside very tiny, fat-like particles. This form is easier for the body to absorb and allows more nutrients to absorb into the cell membrane.
Liposomal encapsulation process enables vitamins and nutrients to pass through the digestive system intact without getting affected by the digestive juices, overcome cellular absorption barriers, and deliver nutrients effectively through the bloodstream into the cells where they are needed most.
There are many different manufacturing practices to create liposomes. However, the most efficacious manufacturing method uses high speed blending and homogenization machines that blend nutrients with Lecithin extracts known as phospholipids and encapsulate the nutrient in uniform nanoparticle sized Liposomes.
The term liposome is from the Greek words “lipos” for fat and “soma” for body. Liposomes are thus, small bodies of fat that can transport natural active ingredients. They are formed by combining a type of lipid molecule, known as a phospholipid, with water.
Although liposomes became known mostly as nutrient delivery systems, they are naturally occurring structures in the body. An average person has 30 trillion cells each having a protective coating called the cell membrane and 50%-60% of every cell membrane is made up of Phospholipids.
Liposomes were discovered by Alec D Bangham in the 1965 at the Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge.
Liposomes typically derived from soy or sunflower lecithin extracts.
Phospholipids are the main component of liposomes, which are amphiphilic molecules with hydrophobic tail and hydrophilic head group. The head groups of phospholipids are hydrophilic, while their fatty acid tails are usually acyl chains and hydrophobic.
Although liposomes are often referred to as nanoparticles, they differ from classical nanoparticles in both, their structure and in their stability. Liposomes are therefore not nanoparticles in a narrower sense. Nanoparticles are made of solid materials.
Endocytosis is the most common pathway for the uptake of small particles including liposomes by cells.