Growing up, we always had a bottle of vitamin C on the kitchen table, conveniently found on the “lazy Susan.” As I remember, they were chewable, orange-flavored tablets and they were yummy! Taking one with breakfast, along with a multivitamin with minerals was just part of the Bollinger family’s morning routine at breakfast.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning your body can’t produce it.
It’s an antioxidant and confers the following benefits (among many others):
- Helps maintain your skin, bones, and connective tissue
- Promotes wound healing
- Helps with high blood pressure
- Lowers risk of heart disease
- Strengthens immunity
- Helps the body absorb iron
- Potent anti-viral activity.
When we are challenged with a viral infection, our need for vitamin C can rise dramatically, depending on the body’s immune function, level of injury, infection, or environmental toxicity. Vitamin C has been shown to be one of the most potent anti-viral agents, especially to influenza virus, through increased production of IFN-α/β. It can also enhance the production of interferon, which helps prevent cells from being infected by a virus.
Interestingly, three research studies in China have approved vitamin C for treating coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirmation has also been obtained that 50 TONS of vitamin C has been shipped to Wuhan province, and on March 3rd, the Shanghai government officially recommended Vitamin C for COVID-19.
There’s little doubt that vitamin C is of great benefit to the human body. However, how you consume vitamin C makes a huge difference in the amount your body is able to absorb and use (a feature of all supplements called “bioavailability”).
When taken orally, most of the vitamin C you take (either from food or supplements) isn’t absorbed by the gut. However, liposomal vitamin C is a groundbreaking option for high-dose vitamin C that is the closest thing to “intravenous vitamin C.”
Being wrapped in essential phospholipids, vitamin C is absorbed like dietary fats. This being so, liposomal vitamin C is much better absorbed than traditional vitamin C supplements.
As a matter of fact, liposomal vitamin C is almost as “bioavailable” (absorbable) as IV injections, and it’s much cheaper, more convenient and less invasive.