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After decades of ridicule and denial, the theories of early vitamin C researchers are finally gaining acceptance in the mainstream medical community. Dr. Fredrick Klenner, whose extensive vitamin C research in the 1930s was largely scorned, observed that “some physicians would stand by and see their patient die rather than use ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), because in their finite minds it exists only as a vitamin.”

Dr. Klenner, as well as other researchers like Linus Pauling, used vitamin C to treat a mind-boggling array of health conditions, including supposedly incurable ones. Though their work is still considered controversial, modern research has confirmed the therapeutic efficacy of ascorbic acid in a wide variety of medical contexts, including hormone regeneration, cancer, heartburn, stomach ulcers, anti-aging skincare, stress relief, sepsis, heart disease, and more.

But some researchers believe that vitamin C deserves even more credit. Viewing it as a therapeutic agent, they argue, still implies that it is “only a vitamin,” rather than an integral and essential part of biological homeostasis in humans.

To understand their point of view, it’s necessary to take a brief tour of human evolution.

The connection between vitamin C production and biological balance

If it sounds a bit strange or overblown to consider vitamin C a fundamental aspect of the body’s self-regulating biology, consider this fact: humans are one of only a few species that do not endogenously produce ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Nearly all mammals (and nearly all vertebrates, for that matter) have a built-in biological mechanism for producing ascorbic acid, which acts as a hormone regulator, modulates the immune system, and protects the body against acute stressors.

Furthermore, humans lost the ability to synthesize vitamin C internally due to what is referred to as a genetic metabolic defect—some researchers even go so far as to state that humans have an “inborn vitamin C deficiency,” for which they must compensate in order to remain healthy.[1]

More conservative researchers claim that the genetic mutation responsible for the loss of vitamin C synthesis is a neutral trait (in genetics, a trait is considered neutral when its loss is neither advantageous or disadvantageous). They contend that the importance of exogenous vitamin C is already highlighted by the fact that its RDA is higher than any other vitamin (60 mg/day), and that a normal diet provides the average person more than enough vitamin C.

There’s a couple facts that suggest that diet is not sufficient to provide us with ample vitamin C, though (especially if we want to enjoy its more acute therapeutic benefits).

For example, while researching the correlation between vitamin C concentrations within certain organs and elite athleticism, one doctor realized that the “optimal” vitamin C concentrations would be very difficult to achieve with an RDA of 60 milligrams (the current recommended daily allowance of vitamin C).[2]

Further, vitamin C is used up much more quickly in individuals who smoke tobacco or drink alcohol, in the presence of toxins, and in states of physiological and emotional stress. Thus, even if 60 mg/day is a sufficient baseline dose of vitamin C, it’s likely that our bodies are using it to fight toxins and stress rather than optimizing overall biology.

Given the chronic vitamin C depletion that these ideas suggest, the nearly miraculous reversals of disease states that high-dose vitamin C can facilitate begin to make more sense. What improvements in health and wellness could we all enjoy if vitamin C deficiency was addressed with simple supplementation?

How to start benefiting from vitamin C today

All the researchers and physicians who successfully used ascorbic acid as a therapeutic agent did so by mimicking the endogenous vitamin C production of other mammals—that is, they dramatically raised blood serum levels of vitamin C very quickly (one study found that goats produce nearly 13,000 mg of vitamin C every day, and that this production level increases by almost 10 times in a matter of hours when the animal is placed under acute stress).[3]

To do this requires very specific routes of administration—taking a few of those orange-flavored chewable vitamin C tablets isn’t going to cut it.

Until quite recently, intravenous administration of vitamin C was the most tenable approach. While it’s certainly still viable, the method has its obvious drawbacks: it’s expensive, requires appointment scheduling and doctor supervision, and often is a time-consuming process. Besides, there’s not many people who are willing to deal with intravenous needles just to get their dose of vitamin C.

Thankfully, it’s now possible to raise your blood serum levels of vitamin C at home, safely and affordably, with a simple liquid vitamin C supplement. Two formulation methods—known as micellar and liposomal encapsulation—have revolutionized vitamin C supplementation by raising the bioavailability of ascorbic acid to levels approaching that of intravenous administration.

If you’d like to find the best vitamin C supplement to include in your own regimen, look no further than PuraTHRIVE. They offer the only vitamin C available that’s delivered with both micelle and liposomal encapsulation—this patented, two-part formulation method protects ascorbic acid from breakdown, ensures optimal nutrient utilization, and even enhances the already impressive antioxidant activity of vitamin C.

Give it a try today, and experience how much better the body functions when provided with an optimal quantity of this essential nutrient.

 


References

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080320120726.htm

[2] Colgan M, OPTIMUM SPORTS NUTRITION, Advanced Research Press, New York, 1993:11-12.

[3] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080320120726.htm

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It’s no secret that mainstream oncology is in desperate need of new treatment strategies. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the United States. In this year’s “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer,” analysts warned that while overall cancer mortality rates have decreased, our progress is “very limited.”[1]

Meanwhile, the incidence of cancer continues to increase every year, at a rate that some experts believe eclipses the decline in mortality rates.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy still dominate the landscape of cancer treatment, and despite the trust that mainstream doctors place in them, they’re far from perfect. In numerous past articles, we’ve outlined their dangers and limitations.

A wealth of research now demonstrates that many functional foods and natural remedies perform on par with chemotherapy without any of its side effects (they also ameliorate negative effects when used in conjunction with conventional treatments). Prominent examples include turmeric and ginger, but you can also check out the full list of top cancer-fighting foods here.

The road of reforming oncology will be a long and bureaucratic one, but new possibilities are beginning to gain traction. One natural cancer fighter that’s increasingly proving its worth is vitamin C.

If you’ve read any of our past vitamin C articles, you already know that we’re big believers in its healing capacities. We’ve said it before, and it’s worth saying again: vitamin C is one of the underrated and underutilized nutrients in existence.

Luckily, researchers are finally putting it to work against one of America’s biggest killers.

Vitamin C fights cancer from every angle

Conventional cancer treatments function according to a simple principle: remove or kill cancer cells at all cost. And sadly, the cost is usually exorbitant—tumor removal surgeries are invasive and risky, and both chemotherapy and radiation therapy kill much more than just cancer cells.

Natural cancer fighters like vitamin C are different. Throughout every stage of its metabolism in the body, vitamin C helps battle cancer in unique ways. Instead of working via the “shotgun” approach of killing cancer cells, ascorbic acid targets them directly, without harming your body’s normal, healthy cells. It also works with your body to boost natural immunity and cancer-fighting capacity.

Let’s look at a more detailed exploration of why vitamin C is such a perfect ally for those battling cancer.

Inflammation reduction. Chronic inflammation underlies a large number of chronic and degenerative diseases, and cancer is no exception. In fact, one study even refers to inflammation as “a key event in cancer development.” The researchers report that oncologists can predict the survival chances and timelines for cancer patients solely based on inflammation biomarkers, and that patients with the lowest levels of inflammation are expected to live up to two years longer, even in the absence of conventional treatment.[2]

High-dose vitamin C improves two of the most prominent inflammation biomarkers, pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein tumor markers.[3] Lower levels of inflammation also allow your immune system to focus its energy on fighting cancer (rather than maintaining inflammatory response).

Cancer cell gene mutation. Vitamin C also directly targets cancer cells with remarkable accuracy. When researchers looked more deeply into how ascorbic acid is able to kill cancer cells, they found that it’s able to exploit a genetic mutation shared by many cancer cells.

Due to this mutation, the uptake of vitamin C and its metabolites deactivates an enzyme necessary for processing glucose, thus effectively starving the cancer cell.[4] This incredible specificity allows ascorbic acid to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Reactive oxygen species. In an attempt to explain how vitamin C exhibits such impressive selectivity (i.e. the ability to target a certain type of cell while leaving others untouched), researchers also discovered that even the metabolites of vitamin C are toxic to cancer cells. Vitamin C easily breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxygen species against which normal cells can easily protect themselves—cancer cells, on the other hand, will absorb the hydrogen peroxide and be weakened or killed by oxidative stress.[5]

How to experience the benefits of high-dose vitamin C

During most of the studies cited above, vitamin C was administered intravenously. While an increasing number of doctors and clinicians are offering IV vitamin C therapy to the general public, the process can be expensive, time-consuming, and invasive. It has been the choice of mainstream doctors and researchers, despite these drawbacks, due to its superior bioavailability compared to oral supplementation.

Fortunately, a category of drug delivery methods known as liposomes is finally making it possible to achieve high blood levels of vitamin C without resorting to injections.

Research demonstrates that liposomal vitamin C approaches the bioavailability of intravenous administration,[6] and evidence suggests that a combination of micelle and liposome encapsulation may even surpass the efficacy of IV vitamin C.

New Purathrive Micelle Liposomal Vitamin C encapsulates natural vitamin C in a phospholipid sphere – a tiny bubble made from lecithin – called a ‘liposome.’

Because regular vitamin c pills, liquids and foods have an upper limit of bioavailability due to absorption speed and the amount that could be handled by your digestive system without causing irritation and diarrhea… Purathrive Liposomal C is buffered so you can absorb more through the gut.

If you want feel the benefits of vitamin C, we suggest trying out PuraTHRIVE’s new micelle liposomal formula. It’s even made with l-ascorbic acid, a fermented form of ascorbic acid that more closely resembles natural, plant-derived sources.

 


References

[1] https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878035

[2] http://mcr.aacrjournals.org/content/4/4/221

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480897/

[4] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6266/1391

[5] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109134014.htm

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4915787/

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We’ve written at length in the past about the wonders of vitamin C. This super-nutrient is making big waves in the medical community; even mainstream medicine is beginning to acknowledge that it’s capable of much more than preventing scurvy.

In fact, it’s becoming clear that vitamin C plays a central role in the body’s self-defense processes—defense against pathogens, oxidative stress, and even the ravages of aging. And our symbiotic relationship with vitamin C has been a pivotal one since the dawn of our evolution. At one time, our bodies even manufactured ascorbic acid endogenously to combat perceived threats (this is a talent still enjoyed by many animals).

Given vitamin C’s affinity for safeguarding our health, it should come as no surprise that it holds great potential as an anti-aging aid. In past articles, we’ve explored how vitamin C can ward off or help heal serious illnesses, including (but most certainly not limited to) cancer, heart disease, sepsis, and infection (both viral and bacterial).

But there’s another, more “surface-level” anti-aging benefit that vitamin C can provide: radiant skin health.

Are your wrinkles a sign of vitamin C deficiency?

Before we dive into exactly how vitamin C protects the health and beauty of your skin, let’s talk a bit about vitamin C deficiency.

Beyond preventing scurvy, conventional medicine hasn’t had much to say about the importance of avoiding vitamin C deficiency. But the tide is turning: a growing body of research is demonstrating that by depriving your body of optimal vitamin C levels, you may be at risk for adverse health effects long before scurvy sets in.

To illustrate, consider this point: the minimum daily RDA of ascorbic acid for preventing scurvy is 46 mg/day (the “optimal” RDA is 65 mg/day, barely any higher than the minimum).[1] Meanwhile, researchers have found that many mammals will naturally produce over 10,000 milligrams of ascorbic acid every day. When these animals are faced with an acute pathogen or stressor, their bodies can produce over 200,000 milligrams in a single day to combat the threat.

Given that our bodies used to have this same innate capacity, can you imagine the benefits we may be missing out on by only providing our bodies with a measly 65 milligrams of vitamin C per day?

While exceedingly few people would recommend taking 200,000 milligrams of vitamin C in a single day, there are an increasing number of experts that see vitamin C as a tool for safeguarding health and slowing the aging process, especially when taken in higher doses (at least 1,000 mg per day).

For example, given vitamin C’s role in collagen production (more on that below), there’s reason to believe that maintaining optimal levels can help prevent the wrinkles and other skin deterioration associated with aging.

If you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, are a smoker or drinker, or deal with even a moderate amount of stress on an ongoing basis, you should be especially vigilant about avoiding vitamin C deficiency (and the skin issues that come along with it).[2] By eating and supplementing properly, you can enjoy some incredible skin benefits (in addition to the many other benefits provided by vitamin C).

Here’s just a few reasons why vitamin C is your skin’s best friend.

Collagen production. As mentioned above, ascorbic acid is critical for your body’s production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin cells young and healthy. For this reason, vitamin C is always present in both the dermis and epidermis, where it functions as an antioxidant and collagen regulator.[3] Studies have shown that oral supplementation of vitamin C will increase levels in the skin, thus increasing the skin’s ability to ward off oxidative stress.[4]

Protection against sun damage. The antioxidant capacity of vitamin C (particularly when it’s present in optimal levels in the skin) has been shown to limit the damage caused by UV exposure.[5] Unlike sunscreen, which blocks the absorption of UV light (and impedes the skin’s synthesis of vitamin D), vitamin C simply minimizes the negative oxidative stress that UV rays can cause. Vitamin C certainly isn’t a replacement for responsible sun exposure, but it can help reduce the skin damage that can occur from spending too much time in the sun.

Wrinkle prevention. One of the most dreaded effects of oxidative-stress-induced skin aging is the development of wrinkles. Researchers now understand that age-related wrinkles can be eased and minimized simply by controlling the oxidative stress and collagen levels of the skin. Vitamin C accomplishes both tasks in one swoop: it protects against free radical damage and keeps collagen strong and abundant through a process called hydroxylation. Studies have shown that optimal skin levels of vitamin C can reduce wrinkles, reduce protein fiber damage, decrease the roughness of the skin, and increase collagen production.[6]

How to get the most out of vitamin C

As with any nutrient, optimizing vitamin C levels begins with proper nutrition; any supplementation regimen should be built on a foundation of plenty of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables (guava, oranges, red peppers, kale, and broccoli are great common food sources of vitamin C).

That being said, supplementation is the fastest and easiest way to glean the full benefits of vitamin C. There are many topical skin care products that contain vitamin C, but oral supplementation is still the wisest choice. As mentioned above, oral supplementation will increase levels of vitamin C in the skin, while providing all the other benefits that come from having high blood levels of vitamin C (using it topically won’t suffice for attaining higher blood levels).

High bioavailability is essential, so always be sure to supplement with a properly formulated vitamin C product like this one. PuraTHRIVE’s micelle liposomal vitamin C is a cutting-edge formulation of l-ascorbic acid (a fermented form of ascorbic acid that is more naturally “recognized” by the body).

It’s nanoencapsulated through two delivery methods for maximum absorption (micelle and liposomal delivery), and it’s absolutely delicious. Give it a try today to find out why vitamin C is the latest buzz in the natural health community.

 


References

[1] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/69/6/1086.full

[2] https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnme/2011/494370/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8288904

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12419467

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1390169

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11407971

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Vitamin C is making a serious comeback. As we’ve discussed in past articles, researchers of the early to mid 20th century became obsessed with the seemingly miraculous healing capacities of high-dose ascorbic acid (the technical name for vitamin C). The work of these pioneers was largely shunned by the mainstream medical community, however, and vitamin C returned to its status as “just another vitamin.”

More recent research has begun to restore vitamin C to its former glory, though, with many experts wondering whether the vitamin-C-optimists of the 1940s were right all along.

One prominent study demonstrated that intravenous vitamin C dramatically outshines even the strongest antibiotics for treating sepsis—one doctor found that it reduced the mortality rate of his sepsis patients from as high as 50% to a mere 1%.[1]

Other studies have found that vitamin C is an invaluable tool for fighting cancer. It works through a wide variety of healing mechanisms (none of which carry the horrendous side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments), and has been shown to be effective against cancers of the ovaries,[2] pancreas,[3] prostate, bladder, skin, breast, lung, thyroid, and more.[4]

And that’s just a few impressive examples of what modern researchers have been discovering about vitamin C. It’s becoming increasingly clear that vitamin C is highly underestimated, and that it deserves a prominent place in mainstream medicine. It doesn’t just prevent scurvy, but also can act as a powerful tool for treating serious illness and reclaiming the health of the whole body.

And now another, somewhat unexpected benefit has been added to the list of vitamin C’s marvels: natural stress relief.

How vitamin C lowers cortisol levels and manages stress naturally

For some time, researchers have been fascinated by the connection between vitamin C and physical performance optimization. They’ve observed that vitamin C perfectly supports the body before, during, and after physical exertion—and even that supplementing daily with vitamin C can confer the same cardiovascular benefits as exercise.[5]

Over the course of these studies, researchers something very interesting: high-dose vitamin C supplementation consistently reduces levels of cortisol, adrenaline, and other markers for heat-induced stress[6] during high-intensity exercise.[7] Since these chemicals are linked with the body’s overall stress response (physiological or otherwise), could vitamin C also attenuate psychological stress response?

The answer is a resounding yes. German researchers carried out a randomized controlled trial and published their results in the journal Psychopharmacology. They subjected study 120 study participants to acute psychological stress using what’s called the Trier Social Stress Test (which consists of on-the-spot mental arithmetic and public speaking). Half of the group was given 1,000 milligrams of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) before the test, and half was given a placebo.

The vitamin C group displayed improved markers of psychological stress across the board: lower systolic blood pressure, lower diastolic blood pressure, lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, faster cortisol salivary recovery (meaning that cortisol spikes associated with acute psychological stress recovered to baseline more quickly), and more favorable subjective stress response to the test.

Those who were given vitamin C even reported that they felt “less stressed” right after taking it. This stands to reason, as previous research discovered that administration of high-dose vitamin C literally halts the secretion of cortisol in animals.

And because cortisol is one of the primary hormones through which your body modulates stress response, controlling it with vitamin C represents a promising step forward in the treatment of stress and anxiety.

How to begin your own vitamin C regimen

As you can probably see by now, everyone can benefit from vitamin C supplementation. This incredible nutrient played a prominent role in the evolution of our immune systems—our bodies used to manufacture its own supply of ascorbic acid to fight pathogens, inflammation, and oxidative stress (many mammals still have this built-in mechanism).

Due to what researchers call an “inborn error of carbohydrate metabolism,” our livers now contain an enzyme that blocks the synthesis of vitamin C. One fascinating study does claim, however, that human adrenal glands secrete small amounts of vitamin C as part of the body’s natural stress response,[8] but it’s nowhere near the level that our livers used to produce.

Regardless, you can still tap into this natural state of healing through supplementation.

Not all vitamin C supplements are created equal, though. To experience results like those discussed above, you’ll need to take a high-quality, high-bioavailability product. Otherwise, most of the ascorbic acid will simply pass through your body without being absorbed (this is the case with the vast majority of vitamin C products, and is the reason why the mainstream media is so pessimistic about the benefits of vitamins).

For this reason, liposomal vitamin C is the way to go: it’s the only route of administration that’s nearly as absorbable as intravenous injections, and it’s much cheaper, more convenient, and less invasive. We recommend PuraTHRIVE’s product, which is nanoencapsulated using two cutting-edge formulation techniques, liposomal and micellar delivery. It’s the highest-potency vitamin C available on the market, and unlike other products, it’s delicious! 

 


References

[1] https://emcrit.org/pulmcrit/metabolic-sepsis-resuscitation/

[2] http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/6/222/222ra18

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23381814

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480897/

[5] http://www.the-aps.org/mm/hp/Audiences/Public-Press/2015/44.html

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19223675

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11590482

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17616774

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Vitamins and supplements have gotten a bad rap. Despite a mountain of research demonstrating the effectiveness of supplementation, and a lot more pointing to the rampant vitamin and mineral deficiency in our country, suspicions still run high.

In defense of anti-supplement voices, they’re not entirely incorrect when they criticize supplements as “ineffective.” In fact, their critique is completely warranted for the vast majority of products out there.

As we discussed in another article, most multivitamins are utterly worthless, either because they’re formulated incorrectly, or because your body just can’t absorb enough of their constituent nutrients to make any difference in your health.

This absorbability issue—also known as low bioavailability—is a problem even in well-formulated products, as well as isolated vitamins and minerals.

Some nutrients are harder to absorb than others, particularly synthetic vitamins and certain plant polyphenols, but nearly all supplements are effected to some degree. Even plant-derived supplements, while much better than synthetic products, are only absorbable up to a certain point.

Hence the widespread belief that “vitamins are useless—you just pee most of them out anyway.”

New “deliverability system” increases bioavailability 

For all the shenanigans perpetrated by medical science, it’s certainly tenacious when it comes to engineering solutions for pharmacological problems. For decades, researchers have tried to develop a “delivery system” that allowed for increased bioavailability of nutrients—and they’ve finally just about perfected it.

This is just one of many methods for getting the most out of your supplements, but it’s one that’s making big waves because of its incredible effectiveness and increasing ease of access.

It’s called liposomal delivery (and the process by which the product is made more absorbable is thus called liposomalization). It may sound complicated, but here’s the punchline: it’s a state-of-the-art process that makes vitamins more absorbable [1]  Some sources claim as much as a 1500% increase in the nutrient bioavailability! [2]

This is revolutionary—you can feel the difference between regular and liposomal supplements almost immediately, and you can see for yourself how much your body is absorbing (because liposomal products don’t turn your urine yellow like regular vitamins).

I’ve been blown away by the positive effects that liposomal products have had on my life, especially liposomal vitamin C, glutathione, and turmeric.

So here’s how it works

There are a number of reasons why your body’s cells won’t readily absorb many nutrients. Primarily, though, the problem arises either because the nutrient is identified as a foreign agent, or because it is water-soluble rather than fat soluble (your cells’ membranes are made of lipids (fats), so water-soluble substances have a very difficult time passing through them).

This is where liposomes come in (the word literally means “fat body” in Greek). Through a number of different patented processes used to mix nutrients together with phospholipids, the phospholipids are made to form a protective barrier around the nutrient. The result is a microscopic liquid-filled bubble surrounded by fat—a liposome.

Liposomes’ membranes are very similar to the makeup of your body’s cell membranes, so they’re able to pass through your cells with much greater facility. Once inside the cells, they can deliver the nutrients they contain, and your body can put them to use rather than excreting them.

The process of making liposomes is ultimately nothing new—it’s actually how the body ensures that the nutrients in breast milk are delivered to nursing children. It’s just taken us a while to learn how to mimic this natural and intelligent design.

Why liposomal absorption provides major advantages

The bottom line is traditional supplements do not have the bioavailability advantages of the liposomal technology. Liposomal absorption is quite different from intestinal absorption.

With intestinal absorption…

Liposomal Absorption
  • In order for your food and nutrients to be used, they first have to be broken down by your digestive system…
  • Once they are broken down to smaller fragments, your body can then absorb them…
  • Finally, these nutrients enter your bloodstream and your body is able to utilize them.

But with liposomal technology…

  • The tiny particles of the phospholipid-coated nutrient create molecules of the nutrient coated with a substance similar to the cell walls themselves…
  • The coated nutrient molecules can more readily be absorbed.

Another factor is the human digestive system itself. Enzymes in the mouth and stomach, digestive juices, bile salts (to neutralize the digestive acids), and various flora in the intestines can break-down and degrade the supplement.

Lipsomal technology protects the nutrient from being destroyed in your stomach.

The phospholipid shield that is created around the nutrient is resistant to digestive juices, alkaline solutions and salts found in the human body. This nutrient “shield”  protects the nutrient from oxidation and degradation. Most importantly, this protective barrier stays intact until the contents have been delivered to the cells where the contents will be used.

To better understand how liposomal technology works, watch this short video below from Dr. Mercola:

How to put liposomes to work for you

Liposomal supplements are still a relatively new development, but they’re gaining momentum quickly. A number of fantastic products are already available, online and in well-stocked health food stores.

When selecting products, just make sure that the company can verify the existence of liposomes in their formula. There’s a few tell-tale signs to watch for (e.g. products in aqueous solution are much more likely to contain true and lasting liposomes).

If a company does not detail the process by which they create liposomes (some companies omit this information in order to protect their proprietary processes), just make sure they can offer some kind of proof that their product is what they say it is.

If you’re looking for a place to start, be sure to try liposomal turmeric. There’s perhaps no other single substance that offers so many benefits across the entire spectrum of health—pain relief, stress resistance, relief from fatigue, immune support, disease resistance, and more. Thousands of studies have demonstrated its effectiveness against nearly every prevalent health condition, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric’s one weakness, however, is its low bioavailability (this is especially true of curcumin, the constituent that’s given the most attention by researchers)—but liposomalization solves this problem perfectly.

We recommend this liposomal turmeric extract —it’s affordable, impeccably formulated, and incredibly potent. It’s a great way to enter the wonderful world of liposomal supplements…once you try them, you’ll never go back to regular supplements again!

  • Ryan Greendyk a professional health journalist and writer from Santa Fe, NM.  Yoga teacher and  meditator, he is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of of holistic health, teaching others how to take responsibility for their own health and changing the World.

References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3634921/
[2] http://www.sovereignlaboratories.com/info_LDBIOAVAILABILITY.html

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While checking out at a local coop recently, we noticed a worrying headline on the cover of a popular health magazine: “Just To Be Safe, Avoid Taking Vitamins.” This sentence pretty perfectly sums up the air of paranoia and skepticism that surrounds the vitamin and supplement culture. Contamination scares, dubious studies depicting the supposed uselessness of supplements, and industry naysaying has eroded people’s confidence in the effectiveness of vitamins.

Supplementing properly can be somewhat expensive anyway, so if the “authorities” say that they aren’t worth the money, why not save some cash?

Although it does take a bit of work to find good vitamins and supplements, it is patently untrue that they’re useless. A mountain of evidence suggests that vitamin and mineral deficiency is one the leading contributors to nearly all major diseases. You can read more about a few of those deficiencies here and here.

In an ideal world, we’d get all the vitamins we need from food (after all, our ancestors didn’t exactly have access to health food stores). But we live in a world where pollution and near-constant stress saps our nutrient reserves and taxes our body with oxidation, and we consume food that is critically depleted of nutrients (because the ground in which it is grown has been depleted by unsustainable farming practices).

So here’s the reality of life for most people: supplementation is necessary to maintain optimal levels of vitamins and nutrients.

Perhaps one of the most undervalued vitamins of all is vitamin C. Ironically, it may be one of the most universally known and widely distributed of all vitamins, and yet it’s hardly ever given the credit that it deserves. This amazing compound has a long history of this kind of derision: governments ignored evidence suggesting that fresh fruit cures scurvy for nearly 100 years in the 18th and 19th centuries, and doctors from the 19th century to the present have been ridiculed for using this lowly vitamin as a medical tool.

It’s almost as if mainstream medicine refuses to believe that simple, natural solutions can be effective—only complicated, expensive, scientifically developed medical interventions deserve a badge of legitimacy. But centuries of practice, now coupled with emerging research, is finally leading more doctors to pay attention to the untapped potential of vitamin C.

A gym substitute?

A study from the University of Colorado in Boulder has revealed that, according to markers measured by the researchers, a daily regimen of vitamin C confers the same cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise for your heart. 

The goal of the study was to determine ways of supporting overweight or obese adults who are unable or unwilling to exercise (approximately 50% of the demographic). They focused on a protein called endothelin-1 (ET-1), which constricts blood vessels and makes them less responsive. Overweight and obese individuals nearly always have elevated levels of ET-1, which dramatically increases their risk of heart disease. Amazingly, the researchers found that taking a 500 mg time-release capsule of vitamin C every day decreased ET-1 levels just as much as daily exercise.

While nothing can or should be a permanent substitute for exercise, this study shows that vitamin C gives a head start to those who are unable to exercise. Another study even demonstrated that vitamin C deficiency is linked with higher body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist size—and thus that supplementing with it can help with weight control.[1]

And it offers something to those who already exercise regularly too: it massively magnifies the benefits of exercise by reducing oxidative stress,[2] improving overall muscle function, and decreasing recovery time.[3]

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

While this research is incredibly promising, it’s still a far cry from the work of Dr. Linus Pauling, the original vitamin C advocate. As early as the 1940’s (not long after the original synthesis of ascorbic acid), he cured a staggering array of supposedly incurable diseases with high doses of vitamin C. And Dr. Pauling was no quack—he won the Nobel Prize twice.

Despite his amazing success with his patients, Dr. Pauling’s work with vitamin C was either suppressed or ignored during his lifetime. Now, the scientific community is slowly and cautiously beginning to change their tune. Recent studies have revealed that people who receive the highest levels of vitamin C have an 80% reduced risk of heart attack and a 42% reduced risk of stroke.[4] It’s also been shown that vitamin C lowers blood pressure, strengthens endothelial function, and protects against the formation of arterial plaque.

During the studies that demonstrated all of these benefits, participants took between 500-2000 mg of vitamin C per day—doses that pale in comparison to the 10-12 gram daily dose that Dr. Linus Pauling recommended. And he considered those maintenance doses; for acute problems, he administered up to 300 grams per day.

We’re still barely scratching the surface of vitamin C’s potential.

All this still seems a bit extreme to most doctors, but Pauling’s results speak for themselves—and it’s no coincidence that the higher doses researchers use in modern studies, the more benefits they uncover.

3 More Reasons Why Your Heart Needs Vitamin C

According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, vitamin C is a superstar for your heart health, improving it in the following ways: [5]

1. Enhance Glutathione

Vitamin C enhances your body’s level of glutathione. Known as your body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione is a tripeptide found in every single cell in your body.

It is called “master antioxidant” because it is intracellular and has the unique ability of maximizing the performance of all the other antioxidants, including vitamins E, CoQ10, and alpha-lipoic acid, as well as the fresh vegetables and fruits that you eat every day.

Glutathione’s primary function is to protect your cells and mitochondria from oxidative and peroxidative damage. It is also essential for detoxification, energy utilization, and preventing the diseases we associate with aging.

Glutathione also eliminates toxins from your cells and gives protection from the damaging effects of radiation, chemicals, and environmental pollutants. Your body’s ability to produce glutathione decreases with aging, which is one reason why vitamin C may be even more important as you get older.

2. Strengthen Your Blood Vessel Walls

Vitamin C is essential for the biosynthesis of collagen, which in turn is beneficial for your arterial walls. According to Dr. Sinatra: [6]

Weakened collagen can permit noxious oxidized LDL, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke, and heavy metals to cause inflammatory reactions in the vascular lining — which starts the atherosclerotic plaque formation process.”

3. Improve Vasodilation

Your blood vessels’ ability to expand is known as vasodilation. If vasodilation is poor, it can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Vitamin C increases the availability of nitric oxide (NO), which promotes vasodilation.

Making vitamin C work for you

As can be seen from the studies cited above, vitamin C is a wonderful ally for overweight and obese adults, as well as those wishing to prevent or treat heart disease. And since these conditions are some of the leading causes of death in the United States, vitamin C is a good choice for nearly everyone.

When starting your vitamin C regimen, start with lower doses (under 5 grams), and then work up to whatever level feels right to you. Liposomal vitamin C (that is, vitamin C that has been combined with lecithin or another fat to make it more bio-available) is by far the most absorbable form; we recommend this formula.

Once you figure out a routine that works for you and stick to it for a while, you’ll be amazed by the benefits that vitamin C can provide. You’ll have more energy, get sick far less often, and maybe even lose some weight in the process.

 


 

References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17585027

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12692182

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11915781

[4] http://www.researchgate.net/publication/13639594_Diet_and_Risk_of_Myocardial_Infarction_A_Community_Based_Case_Control_Study

[5] [6] http://www.drsinatra.com/the-heart-health-benefits-of-vitamin-c

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