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Identity Preserved Non-GMO Phospholipids, What are They?

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Phospholipids are a class of lipids that appear in many food products and dietary supplements. Commonly derived from lecithin made from canola or soybeans, phospholipids are also a hot topic when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The process of Identity Preservation can help manufacturers and consumers avoid genetically modified ingredients in common foods and dietary supplements.

What is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)?

A GMO is an organism that has had its DNA altered through genetic engineering methods. The Organic Retail and Consumer Alliance explains, “In genetic modification (or engineering) of food plants, scientists remove one or more genes from the DNA of another organism, such as a bacterium, virus, or animal, and ‘recombine’ them into the DNA of the plant they want to alter.”

Unlike traditional plant breeding that uses natural techniques like cross-pollination between plants, genetic modification relies on humans to alter the traits of plants. Genetic modification is often used to create plants that are better able to survive adverse weather conditions, have increased pest resistance, new colors, and even altered nutritional profiles. While these traits may sound beneficial to the plants and consumers, the controversy surrounding GMOs lies in the complexity of how genes are expressed.

Scientists can attempt to insert new genes in places where they want particular traits to manifest, but there is no guarantee the gene will work the way it’s expected to, or that the resulting plant will be a viable life form. According to the Non-GMO Project, “Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.”

What are Identity Preserved Lipids?

The prevalence of GMO crops, and the increased concern surrounding the use of GMOs, has led to a resurgence of farmers using Identity Preservation methods. Identity Preservation, or IP, is a carefully monitored process used to track agricultural products from seed to sale. This includes every part of a product’s life cycle: planting, growing, harvesting, processing, shipping, storage, and packing.

Seed certification is just one example of IP that has been in use for many years. Seeds distributed through groups such as Seed Savers are guaranteed to be authentic varieties that have never been altered or manipulated.

In order to ensure IP seeds do not become adulterated, crops are grown in locations far from other varieties, including GMO crops. At harvest time, equipment must also be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the cross-contamination of different plant varieties.

While preparing IP crops for sale, equipment and storage bins are cleaned and segregated, and in some IP systems, cannot be used for multiple types of crops.

Each stage of an IP system is clearly designed and documented to ensure the origin and purity of the plants are not compromised.

Do Your Supplements Contain IP Phospholipids?

It has been reported that approximately 94% of the soy grown in the US is GMO, making phospholipids derived from these crops at high risk for containing GMOs.

If you are concerned about ingesting GMOs in your supplements, look for labels with non-GMO claims.  For products that use soy, or soy-derivatives like phospholipids, take it a step further and ask the manufacturer if they use IP soy.

For more on this see our Complete Guide to Identifying High Quality Liposomal Supplements

Identifying High-Quality Liposomal Supplements

We have spent years researching the best formulation techniques and manufacturing processes for liposome encapsulated supplements. As part of this research, we analyze every liposomal supplement we come across.  This is what we’ve learned so far…

Liposomal Supplements Must Use Phospholipids Suitable for Making Liposomes.

In order to make strong, stable liposomes that can encapsulate nutrients and not “break apart” too easily, it is important to use Phospholipids from highly refined sources that have a natural mix of phospholipids, including a high percentage of Phosphatidylcholine (PC) and Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE).

Some products are made with low-quality soy lecithin, which does not have the proper percentage of PC or PE to make liposomes.  This type of lecithin is typically used as a food additive, and should not be used in liposomal supplements.

We have always found that Phospholipids extracted from non-GMO soy lecithin work the best for high-quality, affordable liposomal supplements.  While a very high intake of unrefined soy ingested as food may contain tiny amounts of undesirable substances, the intake of highly refined and purified phospholipids derived from soy lecithin does not pose such a risk. In fact, we have not found any evidence of anyone being harmed by the regular intake of phospholipids extracted from non-GMO soy lecithin.

 Liposomal Supplements Must Have at Least an Equal Ratio of Phospholipids to Key Nutrients.

We have analyzed many commercial and homemade products, and found that most of them are of poor quality. Some are merely emulsions.  This means the nutrients are simply mixed with a small amount of low quality phospholipids or lecithin, and there are very few liposomes, if any at all.

One indicator of an emulsion is the amount of phospholipids or lecithin in the product.  For proper liposome encapsulation, you must have at least an equal amount of phospholipids and nutrients.  If the phospholipids or lecithin are listed as “Other Ingredients”, it is very likely there is not enough material to create any liposomes, even if the production process is otherwise appropriate.

Some companies choose to make emulsions and call them “Liposomal Supplements” because they are easy and inexpensive to produce.   Whether they believe they have products that are legitimately encapsulated in liposomes is unknown.

If you take an emulsion that contains lecithin and a nutrient like vitamin C, you may see overall good results since both components are excellent supplements individually.  You will not, however, be able to experience the potentially exceptional results offered by products using real Liposome Encapsulation Technology.

Liposomal Supplements Must Be Protected from Oxygen.

Liposomes are a natural fit for water-soluble nutrients that are not otherwise bioavailable.  But the process of making stable, quality liposomes is tricky.  Liposomes are sensitive to things like heat and oxygen.  The inherent stability (and in some cases instability), of the phospholipids and each nutrient also play an important role in the overall stability of liposomal products.  Getting all of these things exactly right, then assuring the liposomes and nutrients remain stable throughout the product’s shelf life is key.

One way to enhance the stability of a liposomal product is through uni-dose packaging.  Many of the liposomal products we have analyzed are stored in jars, plastic bottles, or even capsules within bottles.  Opening the bottle to remove the product exposes the remaining product to heat, light and oxygen.  This can be detrimental to the liposomes, and can cause rapid degradation of the nutrients.

Uni-dose packaging protects the product from oxygen until moments before it’s consumed, keeping it safe and effective throughout the shelf-life of the product.

 Three More Signs of a Low-Quality Liposomal Supplement:

  1. Consistency. If the product is very watery, it is most likely due to an insufficient amount of phospholipids or the use of low quality phospholipids.
  2. Uniformity. If the product separates into layers, it is a strong indicator the liposomal mixture is deteriorating. On the other hand, if there are noticeable lumps or the product feels gritty, it is a sign that the nutrients are coming out of the liposomes and forming crystals.
  3. Size. If the volume of the dosage is too small, there are not enough phospholipids and water to make proper liposomes.  For example, 1,000mg of vitamin C and 1,000mg of phospholipids, along with the necessary amount of water for proper liposome formation, will fill a teaspoon (5mL).  It is not likely this amount of material could fit into one or even two large-sized capsules.

The Bottom Line

There are a plethora of liposomal supplements to choose from.  Some are great, many are not.  The key is finding the liposomal supplements that work best for you – from a company you can trust. LivOn Labs offers a 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee so you can try the Lypo-Spheric™ products for yourself.  If you are not satisfied, at any time, return the unused portion – or even the empty carton – and we will refund every penny you paid.

The Power of Lypo-Spheric™ Nutrient Delivery Technology

For years researchers have known about the “GI Barrier.” It restricts and sometimes prevents bio-availability of several powerful nutrients — including vitamin C, vitamin B-12, glutathione (GSH) and others.

Liposomal lypo spheric bioavailabilityHere are some examples of how impenetrable the “GI Barrier” can be… To get 2,000 mgs of vitamin C into the bloodstream using traditional forms of vitamin C one would have to take a 16,000 mg dose — that’s 32 (500 mg) tablets! Because the “GI Barrier’s” restrictiveness increases geometrically with dose size, getting much more than 2,000 mgs into the bloodstream  from a single oral dose is virtually impossible.

For other nutrients, such as GSH and B-12, the “GI Barrier” prevents passage of nearly all of the ingested supplement into the bloodstream.
Now there’s a proven, oral delivery system so advanced that it can carry nearly 100% of any supplement through the digestive system and directly into the bloodstream. By employing powerful Liposomal Encapsulation Technology (LET), LivOn’s Lypo-Spheric™ supplements have “raised the bar” on bio-availability standards through the roof.
Our “Smart” Lyposomal Nano-Spheres® (tiny essential phospholipid “bubbles”) function like “smart” bombs. They protect and deliver virtually all of the nutrients they carry and deliver them to the parts of the body that need them.

In addition, each uni-dose of our Lypo-Spheric™ supplements is individually sealed in its own packet — protected from the elements that could degrade the supplement before you use it.

Electron  microscopy showing Vitamin C encapsulated in bilayer liposomes. Liposomes provide up to 800% more bioavailability than traditional forms of vitamin C.

Electron  microscopy showing Vitamin C encapsulated in bilayer liposomes. Liposomes provide up to 800% more bioavailability than traditional forms of vitamin C.

Lypo-Spheric™ Supplements offer the massive health and anti-aging benefits of phosphatidylcholine
Even without their encapsulated nutrients, the  liposomes used to make Lypo-Spheric™ supplements offer substantial benefits.
Lypo-Spheric™ liposomes are made from polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine (PPC) — an essential phospholipid containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and choline. These nutrients are essential for the health and longevity of every cell in the body.

Thousands of published studies demonstrate that PPC, among many other things, can help:

  • Protect cell membranes damaged by free-radicals in the blood, blood vessels, liver, heart, lungs,  pancreas, brain and more
  • Support blood flow and circulation
  • Support liver and kidney function
  • Support pancreatic function
  • Support heart function
  • Support immunity
  • Support memory
  • Support libido and sexual function