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What does liposomal mean?

Everything you need to know about liposomal products

Do you know liposomal products? Do you know what liposomal actually means and why liposomal products can be your game changer? Find out more here!

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What does liposomal mean? Everything you need to know about liposomal products

Do you know liposomal products? Do you know what liposomal actually means and why this technology improves the absorption of some micronutrients?
In this article, we'll not only explain the basics of liposomal technology, but also show you a few micronutrients where liposomes make a big difference.

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Table of Contents

• What does liposomal mean? Liposomal technology in detail
• Advantages of liposomal technology
• Is liposomal technology always the best solution?
• Liposomal glutathione - important antioxidants better packaged
• Liposomal curcumin - next-level bioavailability

What does liposomal mean? Liposomal technology in detail

Liposomal describes a way of packaging the active ingredients contained in some dietary supplements. This packaging is also called liposome and consists of a shell of phospholipids. These phospholipids are also found in your body - specifically, in your cell envelope. More specifically, phospholipids are the main building blocks of your cell membranes, the cell envelope.

This cell membrane is important for the exchange of substances and for signal transmission. It also provides spatial separation of the cell and enclosed spaces within the cell. Your mitochondria - the energy power plants of the cells - are also enclosed by one, or to be more precise, two such membranes.

Such membranes are therefore crucial for the transport of substances. After all, any substance that wants to enter a cell or the mitochondrion must pass through this membrane - either unassisted, with a transporter, or with the help of vesicles. Vesicles? That's the body's equivalent of liposomes. When they are formed, small parts of a cell membrane are pinched off, which then form a kind of "mini-cell", i.e. also a closed space. This allows the contained substance to be transported and also to be taken up again by another cell. The vesicle then fuses with the new cell and releases the ingredients in the cell.

In a nutshell, liposomal technology makes use of the building blocks of cell membranes and packages micronutrients in a kind of shell that, by fusing with the cell, releases the ingredients directly into the cell. The big advantage: the substances are much better absorbed by your cells.

So far, so good. What other advantages do liposomes have?

Advantages of liposomal technology

There are several advantages of liposomal products. In addition to the above-mentioned improved absorption, i.e. higher bioavailability, these products also have very good tolerability and are easy to take. This is because the liposomal packaging ensures that the substances contained are protected from aggressive stomach acid. Therefore, most liposomal products can be taken with food.

Liposomal products can also easily be offered in the liquid version. This makes everyone happy who might take more than one dietary supplement and thus have a few capsules less on the menu, doesn't it?

By the way: The absorption of ingredients is even better with the help of liposomal technology than with micelles. Micelles are also envelopes consisting of phospholipids, but they do not resemble the cell membrane as closely as liposomes.

Is liposomal technology always the best solution?

Liposomal packaging makes sense especially if the substance is otherwise poorly absorbed or is already oxidized, i.e. consumed, in the gastrointestinal tract. In the case of some vitamins and minerals that are absorbed fairly well anyway, it must be weighed up whether packaging in liposomes is worthwhile. This is because liposomal products are often more expensive to manufacture and sell. In addition, liposomal products may not contain as many different substances.

Our product range is based on a large number of complex products, some of which contain over 40 active ingredients. We therefore cannot offer all of these complex products in liposomal form - and we don't have to. Because capsules, especially our natural Pullulan capsules, serve as a good barrier against external influences and carry far more ingredients. If many different substances have to be taken, our products prove to be particularly helpful. Because of the many active ingredients, often only one or two products need to be taken, whereas with mono-preparations it would be ten products. You can find out more about "complex products or mono preparations" here.

As described above, liposomal technology is particularly well suited for some substances. These are packaged in liposomes to ensure particularly good absorption.
So: Which substances are perfect for a liposomal formulation?

Liposomal glutathione - important antioxidants with a better package

Are you familiar with L-glutathione? It's the body's most powerful antioxidant. Although it is produced by the body itself, this production can be limited or insufficient during stressful periods. You need antioxidants more in such situations to help your body protect itself from oxidative stress.

The problem with taking glutathione? This antioxidant already meets free radicals in the stomach or small intestine, which neutralize it. However, this uses up the supplemented glutathione before it can even get to your cells to work.

This is where liposomal glutathione is the solution! With the help of liposomes, the sensitive active ingredient survives the aggressive stomach acid and can then be absorbed by fusing the liposomes with the cell membrane.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C can also be packaged in liposomes. Liposomal vitamin C is therefore a popular variant for increasing bioavailability as well - even if the bioavailability of vitamin C does not seem to be as worrisome as that of L-glutathione.

Liposomal Curcumin - Next-Level Bioavailability

Did you know that curcumin, the well-known secondary plant compound found in turmeric root, is poorly absorbed by your cells? That's because the substance has a very long, "bulky" structure and is also fat-soluble.

Have you ever heard that you should take turmeric and curcumin together with piperine, a substance in black pepper? While this combination provides slightly better absorption, liposomal curcumin beats it hands down.

Did you try the liposomal technology for one of these micronutrients yet?
It's worth a shot, isn't it?