Not all forms of vitamin C are created equal.
The manufacturing process behind your supplement could have a major influence on its side effects, benefits, overall absorption, and beyond. In the following blog, we compare liposomal vitamin C to tablets and powders and explain how we can help you enhance your wellbeing with it.
DRAWBACKS OF TABLETS AND POWDERS
Two of the most common configurations for vitamin C are tablets and powders. You’ve probably seen vitamin C tablets at your local health food or even grocery store, given how pervasive and popular they are. While slightly less widespread, many people also take their vitamin C supplements in powdered form. You can add this crushed version to water, smoothies, or other liquids and drink it.
Obviously, taking vitamin C in tablets and powders allows you to unlock some of the value of this nutrient, getting it into your system. However, these may not actually be the ideal delivery systems for this supplement. Some of the potential drawbacks of tablets and powders include:
- They could contain possibly damaging ingredients. Unfortunately, many of the tablets and powders currently on the market are made with cheap, synthetic materials.
- Your regular, run-of-the-mill versions could be composed of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, which carry their own host of prospective health risks and issues, possibly interfering with the benefits of vitamin C.
- In addition, some forms of vitamin C are made with soy, which many people try to avoid because it is often a GMO, could cause hormonal issues, and has some potentially toxic components.
- Perhaps the most serious undesirable element in some tablets and powders is BPA, or bisphenol A. Mayo Clinic explains: “BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins,” but is also “often used in containers that store food and beverages…some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants, and children.” The idea of ingesting this substance is enough to deter most people, but the detrimental impact of BPA is unfortunately perhaps even greater when combined with vitamin C, specifically. Green Tot notes: “Bisphenol A and vitamin C are a deadly combination. A small study n Turkey found that when animals were fed antioxidant vitamin C along with Bisphenol A in order to help them combat brain oxidative damage caused by [BPA] in fact, the effect was contrary. Animals who consumed vitamin C and BPA ended up with brains more severely damaged.” According to this research, taking vitamin C tablets or powders tainted by a BPA-filled container could exacerbate the already negative effects of BPA.
- Tablets and powders might cause upset stomach or other side effects. Especially if you want to take high doses of vitamin C to help power your immune system, tablets and powders may not be ideal. Some people experience cramping, indigestion, upset stomach, dehydration, and other uncomfortable symptoms when taking these forms of vitamin C.
- Your body may not very readily assimilate them. It is estimated that tablets only actually provide about one-fifth of the vitamin C they contain to your body in an absorbable fashion. When it comes to an important supplement like vitamin C, it’s not just the dosage on the bottle that matters, it’s how well your body can actually use it.
WHAT IS LIPOSOMAL VITAMIN C?
Liposomal vitamin C is an alternative delivery system for this key nutrient. In her Health Matrixpiece on the subject, Dr. Gabriela Segura describes: “a liposome is like a bag that carries a substance into your body and its cells. It is incredibly effective at this task since it is made out of fat. As it happens, it is the same type of fat that makes up cell membranes, making the job of crossing this barrier much easier. Plus, liposomes are super tiny…they can go through every teensy crack of our cell barriers.” At NanoNutra, our liposomal vitamin C consists of this vitamin, encased in tiny bubbles made of sunflower lecithin oil (which is itself a supplement!). You can take this form of vitamin C by the teaspoon as a liquid supplement.
HOW DOES IT MEASURE UP TO TABLETS AND POWDERS?
- Appears to have an absorption rate of approximately 90 percent, since it can be transmitted directly to your cells.
- Typically does not cause as many side effects, since some of these come from your body’s attempts to process vitamin C.
- Is made with zero GMOs, soy, or BPA.