When Is Vitamin C a Waste of Money?
Is taking vitamin C ever a waste of money?
The answer is, it depends.
I know, you love a doctor who speaks in ambiguities.
Truth be told, If the vitamin C you’re ingesting is coming directly from a food source, then it’s hard to imagine it would ever be a waste of money. Unless, of course, you’re spending $10 on an orange. Then you can make an argument that you’re spending too much on your food.
But, when you get vitamins of any kind from food, you’re also receiving the benefit of consuming dozens of other nutrients your body can use to promote good health.
If, on the other hand, you’re getting your vitamin C from a supplement, there’s a chance you may be wasting your money.
Especially if you’re spending big bucks to get a high dose vitamin C that isn’t offered to you in a manner that will allow you to receive benefits for hours on end.
Vitamin C supplements, especially high-dose ones, are not all that great for you unless they’re packaged with an encapsulation system that offers a time-release delivery over the course of the day.
Your body can only absorb so much vitamin C at a time which is why if you pay extra for a high-dose vitamin C you may end up wasting your money and peeing most of it out.
This is why I wanted to talk to you about liposomal vitamin C.
We carry several different kinds of liposomal vitamin C, and I’ll make a recommendation for one here in a moment, but the first thing is to show you why taking this kind of vitamin C is better for your body and better for your wallet.
If you want to maximize the benefits of vitamin C, then I suggest you read on to see why this may be the only kind of vitamin C you want to take in the future.
Why Liposomal Vitamin C is Superior to Other Forms
Vitamin C is one of the most important supplemental nutrients the average person can take regularly as it has one of the greatest known and documented antioxidant effects in the world.
What are some evidence-based reasons to take vitamin C?
For starters it…
- Helps maintain a healthy immune system
- Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
- Can help normalize nutrient levels
- Known to help support great memory
There’s a strong case to be made that a daily vitamin C protocol is a phenomenal way to enhance total health.
Now, when it comes to vitamin C supplements, and not wasting your money, you need to know what liposomes are.
A liposome is ”a spherical vesicle having at least one lipid (fat) bilayer. The liposome can be used as a drug delivery vehicle for administration of nutrients and pharmaceutical drug”
When a supplement like vitamin C is packaged inside of a liposome (a fat bubble essentially) it is protected from the harsh environment of the stomach and the acids which would dissolve it and it passes into the intestinal tract.
Once it arrives inside of the intestinal tract, the liposome will be subjected to the prolonged process of fat digestion and this allows for a time release of the vitamin C molecule.
The reason this is so important is because your body can only extract a certain amount of vitamin C at any given time via digestion. So even if you take an incredibly high-quality vitamin C it will not fully absorb and pass around the body delivering support. The longer you give vitamin C to be absorbed, the more you can absorb.
Now I should mention sometimes, it’s OK to take a bunch (I mean 10,000% more than normal) of vitamin C if your goal is to use vitamin C to quickly bind with a toxin for quick excretion, or some other medically relevant reason.
But if your goal is to support long-term health through repeated use, you wouldn’t want to take high-dose vitamin C daily as much of the vitamin will end up being excreted out through your urine.
One of the best formulas I know of for 24-hour time release of vitamin C comes from Life Extension.
Their Life Extension Vitamin C 24-Hour Liposomal Hydrogel™ Formula uses a proprietary encapsulation with fenugreek seed and sunflower oil. This liposomal encapsulation helps ensure up to 7x better absorption than a regular vitamin C, which means bigtime savings for you if you’re trying to add vitamin C into your diet as part of a health protocol.
This 24-hour release can benefit you in a variety of ways. Here’s a list of Life Extension’s well-researched claims around their 24-hour liposomal.
Immune health Vitamin C has a well-deserved reputation for immune support: it helps encourage a healthy immune response, so you can have more days feeling your best.
Cardiovascular health When we think about vitamin C, odds are we don’t consider it for heart health—but maybe we should. Several clinical studies show that vitamin C helps promote healthy circulation, encouraging everything from healthy arterial blood flow to improved blood vessel dilation
Respiratory health Vitamin C also supports healthy lung function. In one clinical study, daily vitamin C intake encouraged breathing quality after exercise.8 In another, vitamin C helped maintain healthy breathing when experiencing an immune response to a respiratory challenge.
Skin & cellular health Vitamin C can help scavenge free radicals, which can take their toll on the appearance and overall health of your skin. Daily vitamin C intake encouraged free radical scavenging in the skin—in fact, the benefits were dose-dependent…so the more vitamin C you absorb, the better!
Vitamin C has also been shown in pre-clinical studies to encourage the production of collagen: one of the primary building blocks of your skin, tendons, and more.
Is Liposomal Vitamin C a Must Have?
The answer here depends really on what you’re attempting to achieve.
If you’re looking for a daily vitamin C supplement then I’d say it’s a good decision to go liposomal. Your body will be deluged in a cascade of vitamin C for 24 hours as opposed to a pulse of vitamin C that subsides in efficacy as the day goes on.
If, on the other hand, you’re using vitamin C on a temporary basis, i.e. for a cold or something similar, then I’d say taking a standard (or high-dose) vitamin C several times a day is a reasonable and effective way of getting the benefits.
And of course, if you want to get the best and most effective vitamin C, then an infusion via IV is the way to go, as pushing vitamin C directly into your bloodstream and bypassing the stomach is the most efficient way to increase blood plasma levels.
And, I’d be crazy not to recommend that you attempt to get as much vitamin C from your diet as possible as that’s clearly the best way to get your intake dialed in.