It wasn’t that long ago that the word “liposome” was unfamiliar to most people. Suddenly, everyone claims to have a product with liposomal delivery, but how can you tell if the supplement you’re buying really has this or not? Informed buyers should know how to tell whether a product’s claims are true or not. We’ll give you a few tips on how to tell.
Why people buy products with liposomal delivery
Some consumers may decide that if they can’t tell whether a product has liposomal delivery or not, why bother? The reality is, a product with liposomes is substantially more effective than those without. Why? Liposomes help a product’s absorption rate, therefore increasing its bioavailability. That means your body is absorbing more of the nutrients you want, not excreting the majority of it, which is a big waste of money. Although many liposomal products claim enhanced bioavailability, few are truly able to deliver increased absorption. With sophisticated, well-designed, lipid nanoparticle delivery systems, the bioavailability, absorption and cellular uptake of many natural substances can be dramatically enhanced.
Three ways you can tell that a product is not truly a product with liposomes
Unless you’re a chemistry major, you pretty much have to depend on what the label says when it comes to a product, but there are three easy ways to spot a product that does not have liposomes: sediment, if it dissolves in water, and any product that is a capsule or a pill.
Sediment in liquid supplements
According to an article that appeared in Integrated Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, “Long-term stability is crucial and difficult to achieve, in liposomes. Instability in the surfactant system is seen most often in creaming, the rising to the top of free fats. On the other end of the spectrum, sedimentation is the falling out of insoluble compounds or combinations of compounds. Either of these end points represents the loss of potential in the system.” Remember, liposomes create an encapsulation of sorts so there should be no sediment in your liquid supplement. It should be consistent throughout the entire product. Check the uniformity of the product: if you see that’s separating, that is a problem. If you feel a grainy or gritty texture, then the nutrients are forming crystals and no longer encapsulated in liposomes. You want to avoid this!
Product dissolves in water
When it comes to turmeric products, it’s important that they have liposomal delivery because of the nutrient’s poor absorption rate into the body. Having liposomes, by nature, makes the product fat soluble. If it dilutes in water, it’s doesn’t have liposomes. It’s that simple!
Your supplement is in powder, pill or capsule form
This one is easy! If your supplement is anything but in liquid form, it doesn’t have a true, effective liposomal delivery. Period.
There’s a vast array of supplements on the market, so it pays to be a savvy, well-informed consumer so you know you’re not only getting your money’s worth, but your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Look for supplements that are made in the US, are filler-free and made with a true liposomal delivery system to get a superior product.