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Beware of Fake Liposomal Vitamin C Products

by Paul Fassa
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(The Best Years in Life) A documentary produced by New Zealand's 60 Minutes TV went viral on the internet. It featured dairy farmer Alan Smith's dramatic recovery with vitamin C. Alan went from almost getting the plug pulled on life support to walking out on his own in weeks, thanks to mega-dose vitamin C and ultimately oral liposomal vitamin C.

Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, a physician with decades of experience administering mega-dose IV C wondered how such a small amount of liposomal C (six one gram packets daily) could produce the same clinical results as a daily dose of 50-100 grams of IV C.

Liposomal vitamin C is known for its ability to create tiny lipid encapsulations of whatever vitamin is being administered. This allows allows the supplement to get beyond the stomach without being degraded and escape the limitations of bowel tolerance, a common concern with oral vitamin C.

More importantly, the lipid encapsulations are tiny enough to penetrate the fatty cell walls to be absorbed directly by the cells, where it needs to be. Conversely, other methods of delivery suffer from the fact that vitamin C is water soluble. Cell walls are mostly fat, and fat resists water. You can discover more details on liposomal encapsulation technology (LET) in an article posted on this site earlier

Although arriving in large doses into the blood by IV, it's estimated that mega-dose IV C gets 20 percent of that into the cells. It's estimated that oral liposomal C gets 90% absorbed by the body's cells.

“Comparing the bioavailability of all other oral vitamin C delivery with your oral liposomal delivery is like comparing a squirt gun to a fire hose. Not only am I convinced that the efficacy of Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C far surpasses any traditional oral vitamin C supplement, but my recent personal experience with it suggests that it may sometimes be better than IV injection.” - Dr. Thomas Levy, MD

A Liposomal Vitamin C Controversy with a Big Name Attached to It

Dr. Joseph Mercola has one of the most visited health websites on the internet. I get his articles via email and I'm always looking forward to them. His site contains articles that offer detailed insights with depth, and he interviews quality natural health and nutrition experts asking all the right questions.

He has also sold a lot of products from low priced supplements to high end tanning beds that radiate the right rays for producing vitamin D. We had purchased our sturdy long lasting juicer years ago based on his promotion and it's still juicing after almost 20 years.

When I saw Mercola was offering liposomal vitamin C encapsulated with sunflower lecithin instead of soy lecithin at such a low price I went for it, ignoring my mind's muffled voice that wondered how come it's so cheap?

After a couple of auto-ship orders, it dawned on me that my wife and I weren't getting the response from one or two grams liposomal C that we should be getting. So I looked for reviews and came across one from LivOn Labs, which manufactures Lypo-Spheric, the original liposomal C product that restored Alan Smith's health.

Despite being vaguely suspicious of the product, the LivOn Lab review shocked me a bit. I've accepted how Dr. Levy explained our cheap home made liposomal efforts were simply emulsions, a mix of lecithin and vitamin C powder that was slightly more effective than just pills or powders. But our little jewelry cleaner devices were not creating liposomes.

Ben Taylor of Utopia Silver, where I get my colloidal silver, explained how difficult it is to use LET (liposomal encapsulation technology) successfully, even with expensive equipment, especially on a large scale commercial level. He tried and gave it up because he couldn't maintain a large output with the same high standards he uses to produce his colloidal silver and gold.

After paying all due respect to Mercola's informative site, LivOn made it clear that Mercola's liposomal C was not liposomal at all. What was crammed into the small red capsules, which in pairs provided one gram of C, was a small amount of firmly pasty material that LivOn claimed was at best an emulsion.

You can read LivOn's complete critique from here.


Personal Reactions, Including Mine

Only a handful of customer reviews panned Mercola's product, most of them citing LivOn's review. But I was convinced. So I contacted Mercola's liposomal C customer service and canceled my auto-ship subscription explaining why. The explanation I got back was to simply drink lots of water to create the liposomes.

Yeah sure, then I could just add water to some lecithin and vitamin C powder to produce my own liposomal C. Besides, other than the normal instruction to take the pills with water, that explanation wasn't in the directions.

Other reviewers, many posting in the Cure Zone forum, also mentioned how they queried and got goofy answers or no responses at all. Finally, some started posting on Cure Zone that the Mercola marketing group was admitting it is not liposomal after all, but the ingredients of liposomal C are there. Sorry, ingredients alone don't make up the LET process. There's expensive machinery to create

Then I rearranged my auto-ship arrangement with my source of non-GMO non-corn pharmaceutical grade vitamin C back to what it had been originally. When I explained my schedule shuffle and return, the customer service person explained they knew without analysis that Mercola's liposomal C could not really be liposomal. They queried him and got no response.

The person I called at my vitamin C source commented that the Mercola name was a powerful marketing tool, leaving me to assume that perhaps Dr. Mercola may have just handed his name over to whomever produces the faux liposomal C without his true knowledge – maybe.

It's unfortunate. I was mostly concerned about my wife whose mysterious chronic illness led to further iatrogenic health issues. We were wishing a liposomal C product that fit our budget would appear mysteriously. Unfortunately, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is true.

But you can get real vitamin C liposomal as well as other supplement liposomes items with sunflower lecithin at appropriate prices from Utopia Silver. I can assure you that their Liposomal Vitamin C is top notch and not fake.

Note: Lypo-Spheric appears at the 15' 15” mark in the 60 Minutes video report on Alan Smith's amazing recovery with vitamin C here.

See also:

High-dose Vitamin C Therapy Heals Many Disease States

Seven Big Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Vitamin C Levels

Restore or Improve Heart Health with Vitamin C



About the Author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is - "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here:

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