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Liposomes can deliver nutrients more effectively.

NutraceuticalsIf you follow nutritional science then you are likely to be familiar with liposome supplements. I covered this topic in a previous interview with Emek Blair, President of Valimenta. Valimenta is a primary developer of liposome technology. If you are not familiar with the nature of liposomes, you should listen to the previous interview.

Liposomes are basically a nutrient wrapped in a layer of fat (phosphatidylcholine, an important beneficial fat molecule). This is the same way that nutrition is delivered to babies through breast milk. Little fat bubbles fulled with nutrients. Liposomes are sometimes used to deliver drugs to specific targets in the body. Liposomes are also used to deliver nutrients into the body. Liposomes are better at delivering that nutrient into the cell than powders which make up most tablets and capsules. The phosphatidylcholine part of the liposome is then added as a healthy fat to cell membranes. These are important distinctions in the delivery system that determine how well your supplements are absorbed and utilized.

Dr. Blair is expanding his research into using liposomes to deliver nutrients to the body which have previously been very difficult to administer as a dietary supplement. In this interview we will discuss using liposomes to deliver glutathione orally. Glutathione is considered the master antioxidant in the body but it is not absorbed well as a dietary supplement. Increasing glutathione in the body is considered by many to be the holy grail of antioxidant nutrition. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. Dr. Blair will discuss his research with glutathione liposomes. 

This is particularly important as we discover how to deliver nutrients that are difficult to absorb when taken in conventional forms. Glutathione is only one of many nutrients that doesn’t absorb easily. I think we are just beginning to see these novel nutrients emerging into the marketplace. Now we can deliver these previously difficult nutrients into the body AND we can begin to explore the effects this has on human health. This is where the liposome technology developed by Dr. Blair and clinical research intersect. Dr. Blair also discusses his early research on delivering nutrients from herbs that previously might not be easily absorbed as capsules or even standardized extracts. Using liposome technology opens up a large area of research into the health benefits of challenging nutrients. Dr. Blair discusses his research with liposomal green tea.

Liposome Absorption
One of the most important aspects of nutrition is not necessarily what we eat, but what parts of our food we actually absorb into our bodies. Perhaps the adage …should be changed from “You are what you eat,” to “You are what you absorb!”

Nature has developed a method for forming microscopic structures in our digestive tract to ensure that important nutrition is turned into a form that can be absorbed and utilized in our bodies.

Imagine that you just took a big spoonful of yellow curry and are enjoying the flavor but also happy about the curcumins it will provide. Once it reaches your stomach, those very oily curcuminoids form large fat bubbles in your stomach. Of course, it is impossible for your body to absorb this large bubble directly into your blood for distribution into your body, so your digestion system breaks it up into smaller and smaller bubbles. Even when these bubbles are tiny, our bodies cannot absorb them. At this point, your stomach wraps up the bubbles with other ingredients called phospholipids and makes a micelle.

The tiny micelles (single walled liposomes) are then absorbed at very high rates into the blood. Unfortunately, only a small portion of the nutrition we consume makes it all the way to this liposomal nanotechnology and is absorbed.” Excerpt from Valimenta.com.

When you understand and appreciate the benefits of liposomal nutrition, you can then appropriate those benefits through the supplements that you purchase. When you see nutrients described as liposome or micellized you will know what is being offered and why. You will also know that these are advanced forms of nutrient delivery enabling far better absorption and health benefits.

About Dr. Emek Blair, Ph.D
Emek Blair, Ph.D. earned his undergraduate degree at Occidental College and performed his graduate work in Bio-Analytical Chemistry at The University of California, Irvine where he received three major awards for his work on enzymes and lipids.

Over ten years ago, Dr. Blair discovered a natural method to form liposomes. Because this method is derived from nature, the process is unique and does not require high pressures, high temperatures, or toxic synthetic chemicals.

Dr. Blair has formulated over 60 unique liposomal formulas that have successfully been brought to market. In 2014, one of his formulas was recognized at SupplySide West—the largest conference for product manufacturers and formulators—as one of the top five anti-oxidant formulas at the conference.

Dr. Blair continues to perform clinical trials with various high-impact medical doctors around the world; this research shows how natural products, when properly delivered, are critical to maximizing health.

About Valimenta™
Valimenta Labs manufactures custom liposomal products, vitamin supplements, herbal extracts and energy/nutrition drinks.  Our proprietary no pressure, no heat, no solvent technology invented during our 15 years of research on lipid structures was released in 2010 and can be used to make a variety of lipid structures or liposomes of various sizes.  Valimenta’s formulators and flavoring experts have over twenty-five years of combined experience in dietary supplement manufacturing, specializing in liposomes, liquid herbals, and energy/nutrition drinks for athletes. Valimenta’s proprietary liposomal manufacturing process uses no heat, no high pressure, and no solvents.

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Good eating habits begin at an early age

Children's Health

NOW Foods has a written Guide to Children’s (nutritional) Health. This articulates the challenge of childhood nutrition very well. I am happy to offer it to you here. Reprinted with permission.

“As any parent can attest, getting our little ones to eat anything, let alone healthy foods, often requires a Herculean effort worthy of its own book or movie. Kids are finicky by nature, but they always seem to have an unhealthy aversion to fruits and vegetables to go along with an unhealthy hankering for less healthy foods, such as mac-n-cheese, hot dogs and pizza.

Is it a coincidence that unhealthy foods are the ones kids want most? Hardly. Over the years the food industry has made processed food appeal a fine science. Special ingredients and specialized processing methods create near-irresistible flavors and textures that are designed to create desire and keep us coming back for more. “You can’t eat just one” applies to a lot more than just chips these days. Aside from this, kids just tend to be picky, a phase that typically departs without much fanfare as kids approach their school years.

Unless your kids love a diverse diet comprised of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and small amounts of healthy fats they’re probably not getting the recommended daily levels of important nutrients they need for optimal growth and development.

Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Newborns and infants get all the nutrition they need from breast milk and/or formula. Meeting a newborn’s nutritional needs isn’t much of a concern during the first couple of months. But as an infant is weaned off of formula and breast milk and onto solid foods, nutrition suddenly becomes a much bigger concern.

First-time parents discover rather quickly that toddlers put the “icky” in finicky. They’ll like certain things and despise others, and this will change daily (and sometimes hourly). Meals can become a source of frustration for parents trying to get their kids to eat healthily, or just eat anything at all.

It’s very important to stay the course and continue to offer your child healthy foods, even if they don’t eat them initially. Research shows that kids often won’t try something until it’s been offered to them 15 or more times, on average. It’s just as important, if not more so, for parents to eat healthily, not only for their own health but to set a good example for their children. It’s no secret that children copy their parents. Exhibiting the eating habits you’d like your child to adopt is one of the best ways to ensure they’ll develop healthy eating habits for life. Don’t give up or give in!

Supplements to the Rescue
Ensuring your children get the necessary nutrients to meet their needs gets a lot easier when you incorporate supplements into your family’s daily health regimen.

By definition and design, a supplement is “something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.” A nutritional supplement isn’t intended to be the primary source of nutrition for children or adults. Rather, a supplement is intended to address a short-term deficiency in the diet.

As adults, we have the freedom to make educated choices about the foods we eat and the level of nutrition we obtain. Children rely on their parents to make these decisions for them. If your child isn’t eating a wholesome, well-rounded diet on a daily basis, then supplements really are an ideal way to ensure adequate daily intake of nutrients, until their eating habits change or they’re old enough to make diet decisions for themselves.

What are the Most Important Nutrients for Children’s Health?
While a well-rounded diet and plenty of daily activity are always the best ways to maintain health, supplements are a great way to fill in the gaps until these healthy habits are fully formed. Growing bodies and minds need a vast number of nutrients for optimal development. For children, all nutrients are important in some way, but some are more important than others. It is interesting to note that these are the same nutrients that are also deficient in adults as well. No surprise there.

  • Vitamin A – Vitamin A is necessary for healthy visual function and supports healthy immune function.*
  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps support normal immune function, it also plays a role in brain development and health.*
  • Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D3 is necessary for optimal structural development and normal immune system function.*
  • Vitamin E – Vitamin E helps support immune system health and normal cognitive function, and it’s good for our skin.*
  • Calcium – Calcium is essential for the development of strong bones and teeth in kids, calcium is also important for the proper function of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, and for cognitive health.*
  • Magnesium – Magnesium helps your body absorb calcium.* 
  • Potassium – Potassium and sodium work together to maintain a healthy balance of water in the body, which in turn supports healthy cardiovascular function, specifically blood pressure.* It’s a crucial nutrient for muscles.*
  • Zinc – Zinc is super-important for overall growth and development, healthy immune system function, cognitive health, and neurological function.*
  • Iodine -In children, the thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormones.*
  • Omega-3 DHA – DHA is essential for the healthy growth and development of the eyes, brain, and nervous system.* 
  • Fiber -Fiber helps maintain digestive regularity and proper stool consistency.* 
  • Enzymes – Digestive enzymes are essential to the body’s absorption and full use of food.*
  • Probiotics -Healthy intestinal flora also helps to create a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients.*
  • Multivitamin – If your child just won’t eat healthily, a low-dose multivitamin with all of the nutrients kids need is a smart choice. *”

Read the full content of this post here: NOW Guide to Children’s Health.

If you have school-age children you will learn more healthy tips to support kids at school here at NOW’s Back to School web page.

NOW Foods produces many nutritional supplements for children. Good nutrition is always important, but never more so than in our first few years of life. These crucial years are when our greatest growth and development occur. It’s absolutely vital that we obtain the necessary nutrients to support this maturation process. This is where children’s supplements and children’s vitamins come into play. Just like adult supplements, children’s supplements can help fill the nutritional gaps in your child’s diet and keep them growing and developing the way they’re intended to.* View NOW Foods products for children

About Neil Levin, CCN, DANLA

Neil E. Levin,is the Senior Nutrition Education Manager and a product formulator for NOW Foods. He is a board-certified clinical nutritionist with a diplomat in advanced nutritional laboratory assessment. The U.S. Natural Products Association (NPA) presented Neil its Industry Champion Award in 2008 for “people who have made notable individual contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond what is expected to achieve commercial success.”Neil’s interviews and articles are published in magazines and newspapers. He has been featured in many radio interviews and television news reports. Neil blogs at www.honestnutrition.com; is on Facebook (Honest Nutrition) and Twitter (neilelevin).

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260 – The Challenge of Iron Deficiency for Women – My Interview with Dr. Erin Stokes

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In this interview with Dr. Stokes, we will discuss in depth the challenges that women face with iron deficiency. It is the number one nutritional deficiency in the world. We will also discuss the newly completed clinical study using Blood Builder. There is a lot of good news to share. So for thirty years, we have had the experience of women to confirm the value and effectiveness of Blood Builder. Now we have clinical evidence. We will also discuss the differences between iron deficiency and anemia. People often confuse the two. This interview will clear that up.

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259 – Probiotics for Vaginal and Urinary Health – My Interview with Anthony Thomas

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The probiotic industry has exploded and now we have hundreds of companies putting products into the marketplace that have no real science or benefit. This is a big bandwagon and everyone now has a probiotic. If you are serious about the products you buy, then learn to dig deeper. Ask questions, seek evidence, and figure out what companies and which products you can trust. It’s only hard in the beginning, and as you learn more you will gain confidence. You will make better choices and better choices lead to better outcomes. 

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258 – You Have Three Brains – My Interview with Dr. Karen Jensen, ND

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“The human brain has always been a source of fascination. For centuries scientists have been trying to unlock its secrets. This has never been more relevant than today, when more people, young and old, are being diagnosed with brain disorders – such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, learning disorders, and dementias – than ever before.
 
In her new book, naturopathic doctor Karen Jensen explores the intricate communication network between the heart, the brain, and the gut. An increasing body of research suggests that these three “brains” all work together to determine our mental, emotional, and physical health. These three brains not only influence optimal brain function but the very essence of our identity.

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257 – America’s Emerging Hemp Industry – My Interview with Josh Hendrix

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Hemp is an important agricultural commodity around the world. Hemp played an important role in the growth and development of America as well. Until 1937 when the marijuana tax act criminalized all cannabis including industrial hemp. This is a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water. The road back to US hemp production is just gaining traction.

Hemp based products have been available in the US for probably a decade or so. Products like protein rich hemp seed, hemp oil (not to be confused with CDB Oil), hemp fiber for rope and fabrics have come into the marketplace. These products are made from hemp grown in other countries. Canada for example produces industrial hemp. So the challenge of making industrial hemp legal again in the US been formidable but doable. 

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256 – Nutrition for Children – My Interview with Jolie Root

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We face a growing challenge with childhood health. It seems that more and more children are experiencing significant health issues more so than in the past. Parents are rightly concerned and always want to do the best for their children. Easier said than done. When we begin to consider the many ways in which children can be adversely affected it can be overwhelming. Perhaps even more daunting is how do we raise healthy children in today’s environment.

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255 – Testing Your Antioxidant Status – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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Antioxidants are an interesting topic. Everyone seems to understand that antioxidants are important for good health. After that it all gets fuzzy. I admit that my own understanding of antioxidant function is limited. What actually is oxidative stress? What does the oxidative test measure? What are the differences between the many foods and supplement forms of antioxidants? What are free radicals? Those are a few of the questions answered in this interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe.

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254 – Clinically Effective Prostate Support – My Interview with Josée Fortin

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In this interview Dr. Josée Fortin discusses the challenges that most men will face with swelling prostate. She discusses the reasons that men develop BPH and some of the lifestyles factors that can influence the state of prostate health. She also discusses Prostasan. Prostasan is a clinically studied form of Saw Palmetto extract. When searching for a prostate formula look for one where the clinical studies were done on that specific product. You want to know that you are buying the clinical form. Prostasan has 3 published clinical studies showing efficacy.

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253 – The Health Benefits of Mushrooms – My Interview with Jerry Angelini

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In this podcast I am interviewing Jerry Angelini. Jerry is the National Science Educator for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. We will discuss the broader topic of beneficial mushrooms. Of the hundreds of mushrooms that have been identified there are only a few that we consider as beneficial. Most of the mushrooms considered beneficial are the ones that have been used for centuries in traditional cultures. So with the anecdotal knowledge and today’s scientific capabilities we can now consider these mushroom as serious contributors to human health. 

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