Antioxidants are your body’s natural mechanism to help neutralize free radicals… those byproducts caused by burning the fuel your body needs can damage cells and tissues throughout your body.*
Even if you’re only an occasional visitor here, this probably does not come as surprising news.
But this is one topic that I’m passionate about emphasizing repeatedly… simply because I feel it’s so important for your overall well-being to consume as many different types of antioxidants as possible.
And why is that?
Scientific research has suggested how antioxidants can be cornerstones in supporting your overall health...
- From promoting a healthy heart*
- To supporting your immune system*
Antioxidants may also play a role in helping to reduce some of the symptoms of normal aging.*
Although unprocessed whole foods are rich in a wide variety of antioxidants, many are unable to eat this way and often choose poor-quality diets which are insufficient in the full range of antioxidants and free radical scavengers your body needs.
That’s why I recommend you make a conscious effort to increase your antioxidant intake by eating as much unprocessed, wholesome and organic foods as possible.
Once you’ve made this important dietary effort for your overall health, you then may want to consider other ways to enhance your vitality even more.*
But before I jump into that, there’s even more I believe you should understand about…
How Two Different Types of Antioxidants Work Together
to Protect Your Cellular Health*
Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories… water-soluble (hydrophilic) and lipid-soluble (hydrophobic).
Your body requires both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging…
- Water-soluble antioxidants – These are present in aqueous fluids, such as your blood, intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in your blood and the fluid inside your cells. Examples of water-soluble antioxidants include… resveratrol, glutathione, and catechins.
- Lipid-soluble antioxidants – These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.* Examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include… vitamins A, E, and astaxanthin.
The bottom line… to help neutralize pesky free radicals, I recommend you get both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible.* Each type of antioxidant has its own special function in helping repair and protect your cells from free radical damage.* And when taken together, the efficacy of water- and lipid-soluble antioxidants can be enhanced even more.
To me, one of the most powerful lipid-soluble antioxidants is astaxanthin.
And when it comes to water-soluble antioxidants, there’s one that often takes a back seat to many of the newer, more popular ones… but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important…
Why This Nutrient Can Be So Vital to Your Well-Being*
There’s one nutrient that’s clearly the "grandfather" of the traditional antioxidants we know of. And its potential health benefits are really quite astonishing. As a formidable antioxidant, this nutrient…
- Is a major "electron donor" in your body’s battle against oxidation*
- Helps maintain optimal electron flow in your cells*
- Can help protect vital molecular elements in your body such as proteins and lipids*
This nutrient is also required for the synthesis of something called collagen… an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone.*
And I’m not done yet… as there’s even more to this extraordinary nutrient and its potential health benefits…*
More Than a Beneficial Antioxidant
In addition to its potent antioxidant and synthesis of collagen benefits, scientific research has also shown other ways this nutrient can play an important role in your overall health…*
|This vital nutrient can be important to your health by how it potentially…
| Supports your heart health*
| Helps promote blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range*
| Helps promote blood vessel and arterial vitality*
| Aids in healthy eye support*
| Helps promote healthy uric acid metabolism*
| Boosts other antioxidants (in this case, vitamin E)*
The extraordinary antioxidant and nutrient that can provide health benefits like the ones mentioned here is none other than vitamin C!*
But there are some challenges we all face in making sure we get adequate amounts of this vitamin our body needs and deserves.
How You Can Lose the Ability to Utilize It
The concerning news about water-soluble vitamin C is that significant numbers of people around the world may be coming up short…
- US and Canadian studies found 25-33% of people are marginally deficient…
- Up to 20% of some populations are severely deficient…
- College students, smokers, and older adults may be at higher risk of deficiency…
And even more disturbing is unlike most mammals, humans have lost their ability to produce their own vitamin C. According to Dr. Ronald Hunninghake (a world renowned vitamin C expert), every creature, when needed, can greatly increase production of vitamin C from their liver or kidney except for humans, primates, and guinea pigs.
Dr. Hunninghake points out how we still have the gene that makes the L-gulonolactone oxidase enzyme that converts glucose to vitamin C… but the gene is non-functional.
The bottom line… you have to obtain the vitamin C benefits your body needs from external sources… from foods that make up your daily diet. And that’s why it’s called an essential vitamin – it must be taken in your food or supplemented in your diet.
Sounds pretty simple, right? All you need to do is eat foods rich in vitamin C and you’ll be set. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy, but here are some…
Foods Rich in Vitamin C
So, what foods can you eat to help supply adequate amounts of vitamin C?
One simple thing to remember as far as getting vitamin C from the foods you eat is that the more colorful your diet is from fresh vegetables and fruits, the higher it will be in vitamin C associated with bioflavanoids and carotenoids.
Even though fresh fruits do have ample supplies of vitamin C, I favor obtaining this vitamin mostly from fresh raw organic vegetables. Your body will treat excess fruits very similar to the way it treats sugar… and fruit juices are even more problematic as they lack fiber.
So, eating a colorful diet of plenty of raw, preferably organic, vegetables like the ones below can help provide your body with the vitamin C it needs. This chart illustrates some of the vegetables higher in C and their approximate healthful supplies of this important vitamin…
||Approx. vitamin C content
||~ 170 mg
||~ 109 mg
||~ 48 mg
||~ 41 mg
||~ 30 mg
||~ 28 mg
|Tomato, cauliflower, kale
||~ 20 to 25 mg
And here’s a quick chart of some popular fruits and their approximate supplies of vitamin C…
||Approx. vitamin C content
||~ 203 mg
||~ 87 mg
||(1 cup, whole)
||~ 85 mg
||~ 70 mg
||~ 64 mg
||~ 38 mg
||(1 med. wedge)
||~ 25 mg
If You Fall Into Any of These Groups,
Your Needs Could Be Higher
As you learned from the sampling of vitamin C content in the vegetables and fruits above, there’s quite a bit of variance.
But generally speaking, the recommended amount of five servings of vegetables and fruits (about 2.5 cups) on a daily basis should equal out to about 200 mg of vitamin C.
The dilemma here is that most people, even those who have access to raw organic fruits and vegetables, don’t consume enough on a daily basis to get the vitamin C benefits they need. And other folks simply may not have ready access to a wholesome supply of organic produce.
Thus, the concern I have for potential deficiency levels in a good portion of the populations of the world… including the US. And there are other issues that can vary the vitamin C requirements for certain groups of people.
- Smokers – The general consensus from research is that smokers may require more vitamin C than non-smokers due to the increased oxidative stress from cigarette smoke. If you reference the USDA’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C, smokers are encouraged to consume almost 39% more than nonsmokers.
- Elderly – Older adults (65 years and older) may have higher requirements for vitamin C possibly from normal aging absorption challenges, and from differences in immune systems and lower blood levels of vitamin C.
- Adult men vs. women – The vitamin C RDA for adult men (19 years+) is 20% higher than adult women supposedly due to women’s decreased lean body mass. Plus, more men smoke than women.
These are simply examples to demonstrate how varied the vitamin C requirements can be amongst the general population… and how challenging it can be to make sure you get an adequate supply for your body to effectively use.
So, with all this said…
Three Main Ways to Get What Your Body Deserves
Basically, there are three ways for you to get vitamin c benefits into your body so it can go to work for you…
One of the main challenges with taking an oral vitamin C supplement is that typically, only a small percentage of the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that is consumed actually gets absorbed by your body.
Estimates are all over the map with some bioavailability estimates below 20%... with the balance staying behind in your colon to attract water which can cause diarrhea.
This brings up another potential challenge with traditional oral vitamin C… it can potentially cause occasional gastrointestinal distress. Traditional oral vitamin C supplements are typically not well tolerated in higher doses and can cause intestinal discomfort.
Thankfully, science moves on and has developed a 21st century version of vitamin C that eliminates most of these hassles. It is an extraordinary type of oral vitamin C that can help put most of these challenges to rest.
Could These Cellular Building Blocks Provide a Clue
to Enhanced Bioavailability?
You might have heard of a new technology called liposomal technology that has been used to increase absorption of nutrients. This occurs naturally in krill oil. The omega-3 fats are bound to phospholipids that radically increase absorption relative to fish oil.
Similarly, we can now mimic that process in the gut to improve nutrient absorption.
To give you a better understanding of this process, let me review some basic concepts with you:
Let’s start with phospholipids which are…
- The building blocks for your cell membranes…*
- Regulators of cellular transport by functioning as "gate-keepers"…*
- Protectors of cell membranes against free radical assaults…*
- The same cellular complex as found in egg yolks and krill oil…*
Liposomal vitamin C presents bioavailability advantages over traditional oral C supplements (non-liposomal).*
With liposomal technology, the phospholipids in the capsule can form liposomes in the stomach. Studies show the movement of water is sufficient to create some liposomes. Stresses are high in the stomach, with stomach fluids in near constant motion, which could create an even greater amount of liposomes. Since liposomes can help the nutrient gain entry across your gut membrane to its target organs and cells, more liposomes could lead to an increased rate of absorption.
The research is now quite clear that one of the best and most practical ways to supplement your diet with oral vitamin C is with a liposomal form of vitamin C.
Why Liposomal Absorption Provides Some Major Advantages
The bottom line with traditional oral vitamin C is that it does not have the bioavailability advantages of the liposomal technology. Liposomal absorption is quite different from intestinal absorption.
With intestinal 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 vitamin C coated with a substance similar to the cell walls themselves…
- The coated vitamin C molecules can more readily be absorbed.*
With a portion of the vitamin C becoming encapsulated by liposomes formed in the gut, these molecules are more easily able to slip through the cell walls, increasing absorption.
Plus, as I already mentioned above, this liposomal technology helps reduce the potential gastrointestinal distress that can accompany upper levels of traditional oral vitamin C.* And scientific research suggests that liposomal vitamin C may increase bioavailability over what was previously thought possible.*
To better understand how liposomal technology works, I urge you to watch the video below.
My Uncompromising Checklist for the ‘Grandfather’ of Antioxidants
To even be considered a product we would make available, a vitamin C supplement must…
- Uses liposomal absorption – Due to bioavailability and gastrointestinal protection advantages, this is my highest preference for the many reasons already outlined above.*
- Contain a higher dosage than traditional oral vitamin C – I favor a higher dosage because when liposomes are formed in the stomach, I believe you have a greater chance of absorbing more vitamin C than with the traditional oral means.*
- Include a non-soy emulsifier – An emulsifier is necessary to keep the vitamin C solution contents from separating. Many manufacturers use soy lecithin as an emulsifier. Soy is a phytohormone – this means that although it is derived from a plant, it can manifest itself with hormonal properties.
- Contain high-quality pure ingredients – Regardless of the ingredients in the vitamin C formula, I cannot emphasize enough how the ingredients must be of the purest form available.
- Be produced by a high-quality manufacturer – This criterion is always on my checklist. My team and I simply refuse to settle for a second-rate manufacturer where production quality issues might cause inconsistencies that could compromise the formula.
The good news with all this is that my team was able to find a high-quality vitamin C formula that passed the checklist with flying colors. I would like to introduce you to Liposomal Vitamin C and explain some of the key reasons why I feel it is such a great supplement.
But here are some other reasons I believe the formula is so extraordinary.
Why I Recommend Avoiding Soy-Based Emulsifiers
In my checklist above, I mentioned how it was important to find an emulsifier that is not soy-based. An emulsifier is necessary to help form and promote the stability of the vitamin C formula.
Many supplement manufacturers use soy lecithin as an emulsifier in their vitamin C formulas. This is simply unacceptable to me because I feel soy lecithin has a plethora of potential health risks. You may be able to find fermented, organic soy lecithin which is a better soy choice, but I still prefer to go with what I consider a better route.
Here are some of the reasons why I’m not a big fan of soy…
- Soy contains natural toxins known as "anti-nutrients" – Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, protease inhibitors, oxalates, and estrogens. Some of these factors can interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein.
- Soy contains goitrogens – Goitrogens are substances that can block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism… thereby potentially interfering with your thyroid function.
- Soy contains hemagglutinin – Hemagglutinin is a clot-promoting substance that can cause your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are challenged to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
- Soy contains phytates – Phytates (phytic acid) bind to metal ions, and may reduce the absorption of certain minerals… including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
- Soy is loaded with the isoflavones, genistein, and daidzein – Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the estrogen hormone, and have been found to have potential adverse effects on various human tissues.
- Soy is a phytohormone – this means it has hormonal characteristics that are plant derived. You want to avoid taking hormones when there is no reason to take them.
- Soy may have toxic levels of aluminum and manganese – Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product.
And these are just some of the risks I see with unfermented soy.
Therefore, Liposomal Vitamin C does not contain any soy lecithin. Instead, sunflower lecithin was used in the formula as an emulsifier… a much wiser approach in my opinion.
No Shortcuts Taken While Evaluating This Highly-Reputable Manufacturer
I cannot stress enough the emphasis I placed on the quality of the Mercola Liposomal Vitamin C formula.
My team and I spent over 18 months doing our due diligence with the chosen manufacturer, Capsugel, before agreeing to any form of partnership.
And I wasn't just satisfied to read and hear about Capsugel's incredible innovation and quality processes, I personally traveled there myself to witness them first-hand.
Just as you closely review credentials when you're hiring a contractor or an employee, it's wise to highly scrutinize the credentials of the company making your supplements... and that's exactly what I did.
In choosing Capsugel to produce my Liposomal Vitamin C formula, careful attention was paid to their quality processes… so you would have the very best vitamin C product I could find to complement a healthful diet.
Here is just some of the history behind this innovative company…
- Developed the concept of sealing a capsule without "banding" in response to consumer safety concerns in the late 1980s
- Spent more than 15 years developing the unique "Licaps®" capsule design and processes
- Successfully received cGMP certification for its facility in France in 2003
- Has been a world-leader in capsule manufacturing for more than a century with 10 manufacturing sites running 24/7 in the Americas, Asia, and Europe
- Manufactures over 50% of all two-piece capsules out there today with more than 180 billion capsules produced on an annual basis
You can have peace-of-mind knowing that my team and I have made a well thought-out and thoroughly-investigated choice of manufacturer for providing you a high-quality product.
And here’s more important advantages of the unique capsule used to deliver Liposomal Vitamin C…
An Innovative Sealing Technology Designed and Tested Over 15 Years
Liposomal Vitamin C is delivered using a "Licaps" capsule instead of a softgel or caplique. Licaps use innovative "Fusion Technology" to seal the capsule without the use of banding.
This extraordinary liquid capsule technology can provide many beneficial advantages over others because it…
- Reduces oxidation potential by flushing the liquid formulation with nitrogen during the capsule-filling process – Creates a "freshness bubble"
- Ensures two-piece capsules are hermetically sealed to significantly reduce the potential for leakage – Yields a precisely tight, one-piece capsule
- Enhances shelf-life through exemplary filling and sealing processes
The bottom line with Licaps… the possibility of leakage is virtually reduced to zero.
An Extraordinary Way to Complement Your Dietary Vitamin C Needs
I believe Liposomal Vitamin C is an excellent and practical way to complement your healthful diet with high-quality vitamin C. Here’s a quick summary of why I think this formula is so extraordinary and one I highly recommend, because it…
- Delivers liposomal vitamin C which is transported across the membranes of your gut into the bloodstream and then into cells where this powerful antioxidant is needed. In lab studies using a technique to measure liposomes called dynamic light scattering, on average more than 50% of the product formed liposome sized particles under controlled lab conditions. We repeated these studies at a number of independent testing labs
- Incorporates phospholipids to help protect your cell membranes and aid in the formation of liposomes in the stomach*
- Utilizes liposomal technology for higher-bioavailability potential and protection against occasional intestinal discomfort*
- Provides a higher availability than traditional oral vitamin C
- Includes a sunflower lecithin emulsifier, thereby totally avoiding a soy-based one
- Delivers vitamin C in a high-quality, tightly-sealed Licaps capsule that may be superior to other oral delivery systems in terms of leakage protection*
- Comes from a world-leading quality manufacturer with over a century of experience and innovative delivery technologies
- Provides a more practical and effective way to complement your diet with vitamin C than traditional oral C
Now you know why there’s little doubt in my mind why I believe Liposomal Vitamin C is a phenomenal and convenient way to complement your healthful diet with a vital nutrient your body needs.
Don’t Fall Short in This Nourishing and Protective Antioxidant*
I cannot stress enough the importance of getting adequate amounts of vitamin C through a diet rich in vegetables. And when necessary, complement your diet with a high-quality vitamin C supplement.
Remember, vitamin C is an important antioxidant that is essential…as a major electron donor in your body’s battle against oxidation… to help maintain optimal electron flow in your cells… and to help protect vital elements in your body like proteins and lipids.*
With marginal deficiency rates reported as high as 33% in the US and Canada, this "grandfather" of traditional antioxidants should not be taken lightly.
And that’s why my team and I made sure we found the best of the best vitamin C supplement available for you in Liposomal Vitamin C.
At only $14.97 for a month supply, it’s such a small price to pay for you to take advantage of this phenomenal vitamin C formula.
So, order today!