Are your supplements working for you or against you?

Supplements have been around for years. Your first supplement was probably a chewy breakfast multivitamin, or a effervescent or powder form. The thing with most vitamins on the market is that they are not bioavailable. Only giving you unto 20% of what they say. And they also contain lots of bad fillers.

Bioavailability is defined as the degree and rate at which a compound is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of biological activity. Different vitamins and minerals have different absorption rates but what you can do is change the way you take them as there is a big difference of whether they come from a tablet, liquid, powder, or food. (Food even organic today has fewer vitamins and minerals than any time in history and this is due to soil quality).

The delivery form generally makes a significant difference and this is where you can supercharge what you're taking and make a swap. However, there are many factors that can affect the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the human body. Some of these factors are a function of the person taking the nutrient and are dependent on an individual’s age, digestive system integrity, overall state of health, gender, whether the supplements are taken on a full or empty stomach, and even the time of day.

People whose nutrient needs are greater – such as growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and those who are currently deficient – may have significantly enhanced absorption rates for certain nutrients. Even absorption of minerals from food sources can vary significantly. In these cases why waste money when you can give them the best, and one that has an absorption rate unto 90X better than other forms.

The majority of adults in America and Canada an impressive 72 percent—take dietary supplements daily. But are they getting the nutrition they need? The actual bioavailability of nutrients varies widely, according to multiple studies. You may be absorbing anywhere from ten to ninety percent of nutrients in any given food depending on health and digestive health and wellness. But when you pop that vitamin/mineral in your mouth, your body utilizes anywhere from 30 to 80 percent.

Under typical conditions, (and by this I mean the health state of the general population) many of our most potent health-promoting molecules are poorly absorbed.

For example Oral quercetin is reported to be only 17 percent available. Polyphenols from green tea have poor bioavailability; ellagic acid, found in cherries and raspberries, is not well absorbed; and glutathione, our master antioxidant, is delicate and easily oxidized or degraded. Boron, molybdenum, and iodine can be absorbed at over 90 percent, depending on your body and health of your gut. You can utilizes anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of zinc, copper, and selenium, and a mere 30 to 40 percent of calcium. However if you want to guarantee the highest absorption of any vitamin or mineral you are taking then the Liposomal delivery system is the best form you can look for.

( I have different opinions when taking digestive enzymes, HCL and pre or pro probiotics as they need to only get to the stomach to start working and they are more of an addition, more on this in another blog)

Bioavailability of herbs also varies widely. In fact, nutrient uptake can be impaired by stomach acids, gut wall enzymes, bacterial enzymes, and liver metabolism. Plus, the nutrients themselves aren’t always stable when stored over long periods of time. One of the best ways and now in my mind the only way to take any vitamin or minerals is to take it in a Liposomal delivery systems, In this way it provides advanced nutrient bioavailability, There are nearly 54,000 peer reviewed published studies on liposomes, and breakthroughs in their formulation have benefitted many fields. They are utilized in medicine, cosmetics, for delivery of vaccines, hormones, enzymes, vitamins, botanicals and even in agriculture. Don't know what a liposome is continue reading.

Liposomes are tiny lipid bubbles—so tiny infact they are invisible to the naked eye, at 1/1000th the width of a single human hair. They are made out of the same fat—phospholipids—as our own cell membranes. Liposomes are biocompatible and stable, and can be crafted to carry both water and fat-soluble nutrients. If formulated correctly, they can facilitate absorption as soon as they land on the tongue, and can help protect breakdown by digestive acids and enzymes. Because they are made of the same lipids that compose our own cell membranes, they may effectively meld with the cell membrane and optimize cellular support.

Liposomal technology has been said to bring the power of intravenous therapy into a convenient oral form. With its ease of use—a mere squirt or swallow—and promise of rapid delivery and optimal uptake, liposomal formulations can offer impressive potency. Because of enhanced delivery and absorption, nutrients delivered in liposomal form at lower doses may offer equal or greater efficacy than higher doses provided in forms that are less bioavailable. Liposomal potency is impressive. In liposomal form, the absorption of say glutathione can compare to that of intravenous formulations, and appears to help maintain precious intracellular storage. In liposomal form, Vitamin Methyl B-12 can have uptake levels five to fifteen times as high as regular Methyl B-12. Even better, the phospholipids in liposomes are therapeutic. They help nourish every cell membrane by providing the lipids needed to function optimally. Now another factor to understand is micelles.

Micelles are very simple membrane models. They are usually spherical. Like liposomes, they can deliver both water-soluble and fat-soluble nutrients. Micelle nanoparticles are extraordinarily tiny and range in size from 5 to 100 nm. Micelles that occur naturally in the body are critical for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like E, D, A and K, as well as carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids.

Micelles have a shell and a core. The core holds the therapeutic molecule, while the corona or shell protects it from elimination or degradation

You might be thinking, ‘Great, I’ll switch to liposomal formulations.’ But not all liposomes are alike. The technology used to manufacture them, as well as their size, can vary remarkably. And you need to remember not all supplements are created equal.

If you are generally healthy and in need of getting some extra servings of specific vitamins in your diet—in addition to the organic whole foods you’re consuming—the reality is that all supplements are truly not created equal.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic, many vitamins found in your local drugstore or vitamin store are not worth taking for the following reasons: