262 – The Future of Liposome Nutrition – My Interview with Emek Blair

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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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