The benefits of vitamin C are well known. What is lesser known by the public is that high dose vitamin C is poorly tolerated and will cause intestinal discomfort. That is, unless the high-dose vitamin C is taken in liposomal form.
Liposomal vitamin C is a very good alternative to injections and IV (intravenous drip). It may actually be easier, because the liposomal vitamin C is not only fully absorbed, but since it is taken orally, it can be used daily and even several times a day. Daily administration of IV and injections are quite unpractical, and are not free of risks.
Certain individuals react to vitamin C with intestinal problems, including diarrhea. Even individuals with a high tolerance to vitamin C will at very high doses eventually experience the same problems. High vitamin C doses are usually prescribed by doctors and other health care practitioners, and are administered in a clinical setting. That’s mainly because of the fact that these doses are injected. The full absorption in liposomal form is a practical way to avoid sticking needles.
Liposome means in old Greek “lipid cell”. Pronounce “lip-o-soom”.
Vitamin C liposomes are absorbed in a very unique manner. Liposomes are microscopic fat balls, the width of a single hair strand. These microscopic fat particles are made from phospholipids and have a cargo load, in the form of a nutrient hidden inside. These phospholipids are the same as in egg yolk or krill oil. The liposomes are absorbed by melting into the human cell, since they have an outer layer (membrane) that is made from the same phospholipids as the cell membrane. The liposome and the cell basically merge like two soap bells will merge when they touch each other. The content of the two spheres will also blend together and in this ingenious way the vitamin C in the liposome is directly delivered into the cell.
Liposomal absorption is very different from intestinal absorption. Most nutrients and drugs are molecules that are too large to be absorbed. The most common way for food absorption is to break down the nutritional molecules to a size where they can slip between the stomach and intestinal cell walls and enter the blood stream. The liver and other organs then re-assemble the molecules. Liposomal vitamin C absorption is very different because it directly enters the cell. The fat layer of the liposome protects the vitamin C from coming into direct contact with the stomach and intestines. This protection prevents the intestinal side effects of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Liposomes are designed to minimize intestinal discomfort, since certain individuals have difficulty tolerating vitamin C therapy at the clinically relevant higher doses. The recommended daily dosage for liposomal vitamin C is typically 1,000 mg. In certain cases doctors may prescribe more.
Liposomes are commonly used for molecules and nutrients that are very difficult to absorb. An example of that is liposomal glutathione. However, vitamin C is readily absorbed, so from that perspective it doesn’t make sense to put the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in liposomal from. However, for vitamin C the liposomes protect the individual from intestinal discomfort, and allow the supplementation of clinically relevant doses.
Liposomal vitamin is mainly sold to doctors and other health care practitioners, because they understand which patients need extra vitamin C but don’t tolerate high clinical effective doses. The liposomal vitamin C supplement is mainly used as an alternative to vitamin C IV (intravenous) and vitamin C injections.
It’s important to ensure that the liposomes are stable and well formed. The miniature fat balls must stay in that form, else they will lose their function. Fortunately it’s easy, even for a consumer, to determine the quality of liposomes. These liposomes are perfectly round microscopic fat particles suspended in water. Because they are small and perfectly round any light will be reflected by the particles in all directions, thus turning the water into a milky white substance. If the water doesn’t turn white, or turns clear again after a few days, then the vitamin C liposomes were either poorly formed, or formed over time a fat blob by merging together.