Vitamin C is probably one of the best known vitamins around.
Growing up, we always had a bottle on the kitchen table, conveniently found on the ‘lazy Susan’. We typically had chewable, orange-flavored tablets in either 250 mg or 500 mg dosages.
Taking one with breakfast, along with a multivitamin with minerals was just part of my family’s morning routine at breakfast.
My mother instilled the importance of good nutrition at an early age, whether she was aware of it or not, and the foundation for the proper use of nutritional supplements was also laid.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is one of the 50 essential nutrients you need everyday for optimal health. Vitamin C is needed for collagen production. Collagen is an important structural proteins of the skin, tendons, bone, teeth, cartilage and all other connective tissues.
Vitamin C is needed for proper neurotransmitter production – compounds that help to regulate your mood. Vitamin C is best known as a powerful antioxidant both in the blood and in tissues & cells throughout the body including the brain.
Oxidation is what happens to an apple core when it’s exposed to the air; it browns. Oxidation of bodily structures like protein, fats, carbohydrates and even the DNA in your tissues and organs, increases inflammation and the risk for chronic degenerative diseases.
Vitamin C helps to prevent this from happening. It protects you from dangerous compounds that are generated during normal metabolism. Vitamin C also protects from the free radicals through exposure to toxins and pollutants.
These include first or second-hand smoke, exposure to, and the metabolism/breakdown of recreational and prescription drugs. Other toxins include alcohol, air pollution, inflammation from trans fats and diets high in sugar. You are also exposed to toxins produced by viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that your immune is faced with everyday.
Vitamin does vitamin C do?
- Helps the body to metabolize fats and proteins.
- A factor in energy production
- Aids in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.
- Helps in connective tissue formation.
- Helps in wound healing.
- An antioxidant for the maintenance of good health.
- Protects against free radicals and the damage & oxidative effects of free radicals
- Helps to prevent vitamin C deficiency
- Supports a healthy immune system & reduces the risk for chronic diseases
- Supports collagen production for healthier skin, muscles and joints
- Improves the appearance of skin; more supple, improved clarity [see details about skin study below]
- A dietary antioxidant that significantly decreases the adverse effects of free radicals on normal physiological function & lipid oxidation in body tissues
- Supports optimal overall health
* Health Canada approved health & function claims
What are liposomes?
A liposome is a very tiny sphere comprised of a outer wall of fat and an inner payload of any of a number of water-soluble substances. Of particular interest is that the outer fat wall is made of the same fat that makes up the normal cell membranes throughout the body: phospholipids.
Because of this, liposomes have actually been studied as artificial models of cells. However, liposomes are vastly smaller than any of the cells in the body, allowing them to pass into the cells without difficulty.
What really makes the liposome so special is that can deliver its contents (nutrients) directly into the cells of the body without the consumption of energy. An added bonus, liposomes protect its contents from digestion or oxidation before the final delivery into the cells.
When a nutrient can be delivered into the cells of the body, not be degraded before delivery, and not consume energy in the process, the effects of that nutrient can be optimized in a way that even intravenous delivery often does not match. Liposomal vitamin C is great for that reason.
A recent clinical trial by world-renowned vitamin C expert and pharmacologist, Steve Hickey, PhD, showed that liposomal vitamin C was able to produce serum levels of vitamin C nearly double those thought theoretically possible with any oral form of vitamin C.
This astounding level of bioavailability not only dramatically increases the amount of vitamin C in the blood, but recent thermographic microscopy provides visible evidence that it also aids its entry into individual cells.
Even IV vitamin C has it’s limits in terms of raising intracellular levels of vitamin C because the vitamin C is still in the serum. It does easily pass into the cells. Studies estimate that only about 20% of the vitamin C from IV delivery gets into the cells despite very high concentrations in the serum. Liposomal C is different.
Vitamim C researcher Thomas Levy has found through years of clinical experience that a much smaller oral dose of lypo spheric vitamin C (5 to 10 grams) often results in a similar clinical response than a much larger dose of vitamin C given intravenously (25 to 100 grams).
Why is liposomal vitamin C better?
Regular vitamin C is an awesome all-purpose antioxidant. It does have a disadvantage. It is quickly absorbed, distributed throughout the circulation and then eventually filtered, and excreted by the kidneys.
Once taken, blood levels peak about 2 to 4 hours afterwards and then drift back down to pre-supplementation levels about 6-8 hours after that. If you want more from your regular vitamin C, several doses need to be taken throughout the day.
Some of the vitamin C will diffuse or be actively transported into the various cells of our body too like muscle, heart, kidney, liver, digestive tract, the brain, eyes etc.
It will offer antioxidant protection but the amount that gets into the cells is much less than the amount that’s in the blood stream outside the cell. Much of the vitamin C that doesn’t get into the cells will be excreted. This is why liposomes are better and lipospheric vitamin C offers greater benefits.
Fluorescent microscopy demonstrating increased absorption
Liposome encapsulation overcomes all these bioavailability and cellular uptake restrictions. Liposomes do not rely on specialized carrier transport system. Instead, due to their size and composition, they are able to passively absorb through the intestinal wall and through cellular membranes.
As a result, liposome-encapsulated nutrients (like Lypo Spheric Vitamin C and Liposomal Glutathione) provide a greatly enhanced bioavailability (delivery into the bloodstream) and greatly improved delivery into individual cells.
This is demonstrated in studies using fluorescent microscopy using LivOn Lab’s liposomal technology confirming passage of fluorescent dye-tagged containing liposomes across cellular membranes and into cultured cells.
This has the advantage of the vitamin C entering the lymphatic system first, giving up a lot of the vitamin C to the white blood cells of the immune system (those that love to concentrate vitamin C within their structures to fight infections and cancer such as the macrophages & phagocytes).
Here the vitamin C then enters the blood stream but unlike regular ascorbic acid that is filtered by the kidneys, when liposomal vitamin C is cleared from the blood it is taken up but the various cells, tissues and organs throughout the body. It it slips right through the cell membrane delivering lots of vitamin C into the cells and is not lost in the urine.
One form of vitamin C doesn’t, nor shouldn’t, replace the other. It’s best to have both forms to ensure maximum benefit!
Study: Liposomal vitamin C improves skin quality
In a December 2014 study by Princeton Consumer Research Ltd., researchers conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled study to assess the impact of liposomal vitamin C on skin firmness and wrinkling.
Compared to placebo, those who took 1000 mg of lipospheric vitamin C per day saw a 35% increase in skin firmness and an 8% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles whereas those who took 3000 mg per day saw a 61% increase in skin firmness and a 14% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
The results are believed to be due to the fact that vitamin C is needed for the production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s supportive structural proteins, and that phospholipids are fats that make up all cell membranes.
Liposomes are the best way to deliver these nutrients into the skin cells. Liposomal vitamin C is the way to go.
To learn more watch this video What is Lypospheric (Liposomal) Technology?
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