A couple months ago, we introduced our readers to liposomes through our blog post, “What are Liposomes?”  Since then, we’ve gotten lots of questions regarding liposomes. People are very excited about this technology and they should be! Let’s dig a little deeper into liposomes and the amazing technology behind liposomes.

A refresher:  what are liposomes?

Liposomes are a nutrient wrapped in a layer of fat. Small fat bubbles filled with nutrients is another way of envisioning it. Liposomes are sometimes used to deliver drugs to specific targets in the body. They encapsulate the active content and protect it from effects of anything that might cause damage. The benefits to liposomes include the ability for the body to better access the supplement or nutrient being delivered and increase efficacy.

What’s the technology behind liposomes?

Nanotechnology is what makes all this possible! Nanotechnology refers to the process of creating microparticles of the nutrient to be absorbed, such as curcumin. Using nanotechnology, the nutrient is broken down into microparticles and injected into special fat-soluble materials resembling micro-bubbles, which are liposomes. These liposomes can pass through the gut without being digested. The bubbles enter the bloodstream and are more easily absorbed by the body’s cells.! The remaining liposomes are used by the cell wall for other functions within the cell. This is a significant advance in both efficiency and effectiveness of supplemental nutrients.

Why reputable supplement companies use liposomes

The challenge with many supplements is low bioavailability; a problem even in well-formulated products, as well as isolated vitamins and minerals. Bioavailability generally designates simply the quantity or fraction of the ingested dose that is absorbed. Liposomes can increase bioavailability of your supplements exponentially, so those taking supplements will get more benefit out of the product they’re taking. Supplements are only effective when your body can use their active ingredients. Liposomes are a cost effective and easy to use delivery system that can provide full absorption.

Is the technology new?

Liposomes nanotechnology has been used for years. One such application is to improve cancer treatment effectiveness through improved drug delivery systems. It’s only been in more recent years that supplement companies have also looked towards liposomes and nanotechnology to increase effectiveness of supplements. Also known as liposomal supplements, these supplements are in a class of health supplements with an added liposomal shell around their major molecules, such allows for increased absorption in the body and helps higher doses be absorbed into one’s system faster. As more supplement companies strive for better effectiveness of their products, we’ll likely see more incorporate this technology into their products. Liposome nanotechnology will continue to have a huge impact on the supplement industry in coming years. Be sure to educate yourself on this fascinating technology to learn more!