Vitamin C has gotten a significant amount of publicity over the years from the general public and from the medical community.
Ironically it is perhaps most famous as a cure for the common cold, which experts say is unlikely to be the case (fear not, it probably helps prevent it’s more serious complications). Nonetheless continued research has found a diverse range of benefits of vitamin C which may include protection against cardiovascular disease, immune system deficiencies, prenatal health problems, cancer, skin wrinkling and even eye health.
As an essential vitamin which can’t be produced by the body it is vitally important to get your daily intake for vitamin C from dietary sources and commonly from a supplement.
LYPO Spheric Vitamin C NZ
While Life Pharmacy recommends you start with food sources such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, capsicum, broccoli, kale, and spinach the reality is the latest research suggests ideal dosage should be much higher than the RDA of 75-90 milligrams per day for adults.
Naturally people turn to vitamin C supplements (also known as ascorbic acid) to realistically attain the full benefits of the 500 daily milligrams recommended by study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan.
Vitamin C Benefits
Our understanding of the full range of benefits associated with higher blood levels of vitamin C continues to grow each year with some experts believing it may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health. Here are some of the benefits experts currently linked to dietary vitamin C intake at sufficient levels:
Combats high blood pressure
Improved iron absorption
Maintain healthy skin and hair
Contributes to the development of bones, cartilage, teeth, and gums
Supports collagen production
Helps with the healing process and reducing scarring
Protect your mind
Supports a stronger immune system
Protection from chronic stress and environmental damage
For a better understand of the full range of benefits associated with vitamin C click here
As vitamin C appears to play a key role in a huge amount of processes in the body including as a cofactor for many enzymes it is unlikely that you can consistently achieve the daily recommended intake from food alone, thus a good supplement is important. The best vitamin C supplement starts with absorption rates which is known as bioavailability.
Vitamin C Delivery Forms
There are many delivery methods on the market to pick from but not all are created equal. To understand the delivery forms and the many types of ascorbic acid available click here.
Here is a list of some of the more popular forms:
Topical vitamin C
Intravenous Vitamin C
For the purpose of this article we are primarily concentrating on liposomes or encapsulated vitamin c as used by LYPO Spheric vitamin C nz compared with non-encapsulated oral options such as chewable tablets, capsules, liquids and powders.
Vitamin C is water-soluble which means your body doesn’t hold onto excess quantities. Instead, it passes through the body as waste. This really impacts how much vitamin C your body can realistically absorb at one time. In fact, higher doses of traditional oral vitamin C supplements become increasingly less effective as the doses increase. The National Institutes of Health states that “Approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg/day. However, at doses above 1 g/day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine”.
To get around this problem LYPO Spheric vitamin C nz developed a patented delivery technology which utilises liposomes. This process involves wrapping the essential nutrient in a double-layered capsule that offers protection through the digestive system. The liposome protection system also allows the precious cargo to be transported through the digestive wall and into the bloodstream where it can be readily absorbed directly into the cells.
History of Liposomes for Pharmaceutical Delivery
While LYPO Spheric Vitamin C nz was the first company to utilise liposomes as a delivery system for vitamin C the science behind the concept and utilisation of liposomes for pharmaceutical delivery is well established. At the time of writing, there are at least 15 medications which are approved for liposomal delivery. According to the study Liposomal-encapsulated Ascorbic Acid a reasonably well known cancer drug, doxorubicin is typically delivered via liposomal encapsulation. It is a proven method which accelerates intestinal absorption, protects the gut, stabilises the medication and offers great bioavailability.
Benefits of LYPO Spheric Vitamin C?
Check out some of the reasons why LYPO Spheric vitamin C nz is potentially better at delivering this important nutrient to where it is needed most because of its unique structure.
According to a study titled Liposomal-encapsulated Ascorbic Acid LYPO Spheric vitamin C nz is scientifically proven to increase vitamin C plasma levels when compared to other oral forms of vitamin C supplementation while being less invasive than intravenous delivery. “We have demonstrated that oral delivery of vitamin C encapsulated in liposomes promotes greater bioavailability than non-encapsulated vitamin C, while avoiding the risks associated with intravenous administration.”
This is a critical distinction to make as absorption is arguably the most important component to compare when choosing which supplement type to use. As a water-soluble nutrient, it is particularly difficult to get around the problem of absorption. The reality is much of the vitamin C supplement you have been taking orally, either by food or supplement is probably being lost in the urine.
As discussed above, the actual amount of vitamin C absorbed decreases significantly as the dose increases.
Clearly, timing is a key component to absorption rates with traditional non-encapsulated vitamin C supplements such as powders and tablets becoming significantly less effective as the concentrations of ascorbate acid increase. The question is does the same hold true for the patented encapsulation technology used in LYPO Spheric vitamin C?
Studies such as a paper conducted by Nina Mikirova et al found that encapsulated liposomal such as LYPO Spheric Vitamin C nz was absorbed over 50% faster into cells than non-encapsulated vitamin C supplements.
It is important to note that even delayed-release capsules which attempt to control the release of the vitamin to improve the absorption rate have not been definitely proven by studies to have any positive effect.
Liposomes Are Beneficial
Liposomes can best be described as really small cells as they actually have a similar structure.
LYPO Spheric Vitamin C nz takes it a step further by leveraging the same phospholipids that make up the cell membranes in your body to create the walls of the liposomes.
This is noteworthy as according to the study Liposomal-encapsulated Ascorbic Acid “It is possible that the liposome itself, irrespective of its contents, may have some health benefits as phosphatidycholine has been proposed to attenuate dementia progression, facilitate structure and function of the endoplasmic reticulum and play a protective role during myocardial disease development”.
When you combine the greater bioavailability of encapsulated vitamin C with the potential health benefits of the liposomes themselves the advantages of LYPO Spheric Vitamin C nz become apparent.
You might be asking at this point where exactly are the phospholipids that act as the liposomes sourced? The answer is from non GMO soy lecithin. Through an extraction process the unprocessed soybeans are stripped down to leave a very high percentage of phospholipids like Phosphatidylcholine (PC), Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and Phosphatidylinositol (PI) and other fatty acids. These fatty acids are the liposomes which create the protective shell for the vitamin C.
At Life Pharmacy, we have completed our own independent research, conducted personal trials and sought feedback from our customers to come to the conclusion that LYPO Spheric vitamin C is the best vitamin C supplement on the market.
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