We’ve spent years researching the best formulation techniques and manufacturing processes for liposomal 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 emulsions 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 consumption, keeping it safe and effective throughout the shelf-life of the product.
Three Signs of Low-Quality Liposomal Supplements:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
LivOn Labs Liposomal Supplements
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.