Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients that is needed by our body. Therefore it may come as a surprise that we can’t synthesize Vitamin C on our own. This is the reason why we should look into providing adequate Vitamin C to our body through various other means. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to benefit almost every part of your body; right from the immune system, to the heart and even hair, skin & nails! It is pumped with antioxidant, anti-viral & antibacterial properties which provide comprehensive care to one’s body. This makes it a hugely popular & beneficial nutrient. It is found in great quantity in most citrus fruits, but you can also opt for Vitamin C products that help you meet your daily requirement with comfort & efficiency. One of the most efficient forms of Vitamin C is the Liposomal form.Also Read - Dip in Sales of Sanitiser, Multivitamins by Nearly 40% as COVID Complacency Commences
Let us understand, what Liposome is first. “Liposomes are spherical shells made up of a double layer of fatty acids similar to the natural layer that makes up the outer membrane of the body’s cells.” Liposomes are known to be the best inter-cell transporters because they are made of the same lipids that make up the cell membranes and hence allows lipid-soluble nutrients inside. Liposomes can travel through our body’s cells aiding and accelerating absorption. At the onset, Liposomes became a ground-breaking encounter because they helped increase the bioavailability (Bioavailability is a subcategory of absorption and is the fraction (%) of an administered drug that reaches the systemic circulation) of water-soluble nutrients such as Vitamin C. Also Read - What are Vitamin Supplements? Are They Good For Health?
Liposomal Vitamin C is basically Vitamin C in a liposome. The liposomes are very small and they mimic our cells. This means that liposomal Vitamin C avoids the digestive system that usually extends the absorption process. The main differences between liposomal Vitamin C and traditional Vitamin C have got to do with their bioavailability. The traditional Vitamin C is soluble in water and therefore its bioavailability is very low. Only about 12%-14% of regular Vitamin C is absorbed when it is taken orally. However, in liposomal form, Vitamin C is being delivered directly into the cells of one’s body, without being degraded and also without consuming energy in the process, and hence maximising the benefit. Also Read - Can’t Lose Weight? Add These 7 Essential Nutrients to Your Diet to Lose Weight Quickly
Process of Assimilation of Regular Vitamin C
Our blood cannot store Vitamin C on its own and cells take their time absorbing Vitamin C. Each cell has a protein channel through which Vitamin C is expected to pass through. Now this can pose quite a challenge as the protein channel’s opening is very narrow and all the Vitamin C nutrients don’t have enough time to pass through. Most of the Vitamin C is flushed out by your body unutilized.
Now when we talk about Liposomal Vitamin C in comparison, liposomes are phospholipid nano-size bubbles that surround a nutrient. These liposomes safely carry the Vitamin C past the digestive system, in addition to merging with your cells and thus eliminating the need for a protein channel entry point. In this method of delivery, Vitamin C is protected against the degrading action of the digestive system & juices whilst also passing all of the consumed Vitamin C nutrients into the cells.
Benefits of Liposomal Vitamin C
Liposomal Vitamin C has many benefits and is much more effective than traditional Vitamin C. Liposomal Vitamin C comparatively has a higher ingestion rate with over 90% of the cells being washed in Vitamin C. This is even better than administering IV Vitamin C. Liposomal nutrient C is a huge leap forward in supplement digestion and offers great medical advantages, which are lesser-known to common people.
(With inputs by Dr Manickam Mahalingam – Chairman & Managing Director- Mirakle, ABT Limited)