What is a Liposomal Supplement?
Here at MaryRuth’s, we love supplements that are easy to take, absorb efficiently in the body, and of course, taste great!
Our liposomal supplements hit on all these points — they’re easy-to-take liquids with ultra absorption that come in a variety of unique and delicious flavors!
But what is a liposomal supplement, exactly, and what does “liposomal” mean? Let’s dive into this topic to learn more!
What are liposomes and what does liposomal mean?
Liposomes are little bubbles made of phospholipids that encapsulate nutrients to be absorbed optimally by the small intestine.
These tiny spherical structures have a protective outer layer and an inner cavity to hold and transport substances such as vitamins, drugs, or other nutrients to the body.
The structure of the liposomes allows them to remain stable in the stomach and pass through to the small intestine. Once there, the liposome is broken down, and the encapsulated nutrients are released for absorption.
A liposomal is a product that uses liposome technology to deliver nutrients to the body. These can be powders or liquid forms.
What is a liposomal supplement?
Liposomals are supplements that deliver nutrient(s) protected by a liposome that may improve its absorbency or "bioavailability." The structure of a liposome almost acts to mimic a cell in our body, which is why it’s better recognized and absorbed into the body.
These tiny structures encapsulate these substances and can lead to enhanced absorption!
Liposomes can encase both fat and/or water-soluble nutrients; the vitamin(s), mineral(s), or other nutrient(s) encapsulated into a liposome are protected by the liposome’s aqueous interior and their lipid bilayer.
Liposomal supplements can be in a liquid or powder form; MaryRuth’s liposomals are all liquids.
Our products’ liposomal delivery system works by encapsulating the vitamin/nutrients into liposomes. The liposomal structures allow the nutrients they are delivering to be absorbed more efficiently by the gut.
Are liposomal supplements absorbed better?
For many nutrients such as vitamin C and magnesium, there is research to support the increased bioavailability of these nutrients in liposomal form.
What’s bioavailability? It’s a fancy-sounding term that means the nutrients are either easier to absorb or they aren’t quickly degraded by the body thus making the potential for absorption greater.
Why take liposomals?
Liposomals are a cutting-edge new way to take supplements! For some nutrients, it makes it easier to digest and absorb in liposomal form.
And of course, our emulsified liposomal products taste amazing! The texture and delicious flavors lend themselves to a variety of ways they can be taken. You can drizzle your recommended dose of liposomals over ice cream or pancakes, add them to your favorite juice or smoothie, or even simply take these tasty supplements directly.
How does a liposomal work?
A membrane of polar lipid molecules called phospholipids encapsulates the nutrient(s) in a nano- to micro-sized sac, which protects it from stomach acid, enzymes, and other forces that might degrade it.
This can help the nutrient reach its target location where it can be utilized by the body.
How does a liposome form?
Think of oil and water — when you try to put these two together, they want to separate from each other.
Phospholipids, though, have a head that is attracted to the water and a tail that is attracted to the oil.
So adding phospholipids to the mixture will cause them to organize into micelles and bilayer sheets that will form liposomes, to most efficiently separate the oil and water. They do this because of opposing charges, the way that magnets will orient themselves according to charge.
All animal cell walls are made of phospholipid bilayers and use vesicles that are like liposomes to transport inside of a cell or between cells.
The oily parts and fat-soluble parts will end up in the micelles and between the phospholipid bilayer, facing the tails. The watery parts and water-soluble nutrients, will end up inside of liposomes, or outside of them in solution, facing the heads.
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