Three things you need to know when buying liposomal supplements

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28.06.2022

Buying liposomal supplements?

Are you buying liposomal supplements to ensure your body is getting all the nutrition it needs? It’s a good idea to learn a few pointers, so you get the benefits you’re hoping (and paying) for.
We all know a healthy balanced diet is ideal, but at different times of life, you may need a little extra help. Perhaps life gets too busy and healthy home-cooked meals go out the window for a time, or because you have a deficiency.

How do you know that the product you’ve handed over your hard-earned money for is going to do any more than, well… go in one end and out the other?

There are many types of liposomal supplements out there with varying degrees of effectiveness.

In lay person’s terms, liposomes work on a micro level, maximising the absorption of the nutrients into your body. Liposomes are made up of phospholipid bilayers, mimicking living cell membranes, so your system recognises them. They are better able to protect active ingredients from degrading in the harsh environment of the gut terrain and deliver them efficiently into systemic circulation. This means you get more of the nutrients from the supplement – they’re more ‘bioavailable’.

“It’s all about better bioavailability when vitamins and nutrients are taken as a liposome,” says Professor Mohammad Najlah, Chief Scientist at lipolife.

“Since 2020 there has been an explosion in supplement use.  Buoyed by people taking personal responsibility for their health amid the pandemic, the industry is booming. While this is positive, the critical point is that not all supplements are created equal.

“In some cases, people will be unknowingly buying supplements off the shelf or online which contain a tiny portion of what is stated on the label. People deserve better, and we need to build trust in the supplement industry by helping the public identify good quality products.  Products that will genuinely help them achieve their health goals,”
Dr. Hanan Abdalmaula, Chief Formulation Scientist, lipolife.

Three things to know when buying liposomal supplements


Even if you’ve found a liposomal product that seems to fit the bill, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at the label. Make sure the brand’s claims are clear, precise and scientifically proven. Of course, for those of us who aren’t scientists it can be a lot to wade through, but it’s worth trying to get it right.

lipolife have analysed some of the claims you might see and the assumptions you might make when buying a supplement and we have some sensible advice:

Just because the product is a thick liquid, it doesn’t necessarily mean it contains a higher concentration of liposomes.

The thickness of a liquid – also known as its viscosity – is simply a characteristic of the liquid itself. There are many things that cause liquids to be thicker, such as gelation or thickening agents, polymers or even solid materials that absorb water – think about the starchy thickeners you might add to soup. A generalisation of ‘thickness’, therefore, cannot be used as an indication of a high concentration of liposomes.

If you’re swallowing the product, it can’t “avoid” the digestive system, or be digested in just a few minutes.

Any oral product must go through the digestive system. There’s no avoiding it. And it can’t be digested in a matter of minutes. Transit time through the stomach is one to two hours, at which point the nutrient reaches the intestine where absorption takes place. Once absorbed, the nutrient is released and reaches systemic circulation to exert its therapeutic effect.

From an efficacy viewpoint, it is more important for the nutrient to be absorbed in sufficient concentration rather than being digested.

It’s ok to buy supplements in plastic bottles, as long as the type of plastic is safe.

It is important to make sure that the container your supplement comes in is safe. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid plastic altogether. The process of chemical migration or leaching of plastics into food is dependent on the type of plastic used, contact time, temperature, food type, and the contact area between the plastic container and the food.  We use PET bottles. There are no chemical phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA) in PET plastic. PET plastic does not leach these substances. PET plastic is approved as safe for food and beverage contact by regulatory agencies throughout the world and has been for more than 30 years.

For more of our market analysis, visit All Science No Fiction.

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