For much of your life, you’ve probably been led to believe that there are only two ways to take in vitamin C: eat an orange or swallow a pill from a bottle found in the vitamin aisle at the pharmacy. While both might be effective in boosting levels of vitamin C, we need to keep in mind that our bodies are unable to produce and store vitamin C. This means that all the ways we could be or should be absorbing vitamin C into our bodies would benefit from a bit more thought. Let’s start by doing a quick recap on probably everything you’ve learned about Vitamin C and it’s alternative, liposomal vitamin c.
What Exactly Is Vitamin C?A nutrient also known as Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C is an essential vitamin needed by your to form blood vessels, muscle, cartilage, and the collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body's healing process. To get it from your diet, you would need to consume adequate amounts of citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and spinach and other fruits and vegetables. This form of vitamin C is water-soluble, which means your body can’t store any excess in either the blood, digestive system, or internal organs.
The Alternatives: Liposomal Vitamin C and Intravenous Vitamin CThe challenge with the traditional forms of vitamin C is that it must travel through the digestive system. Through this process, the amount of viable vitamin C that is available for uptake is reduced. What ends up happening is that most of this valuable nutrient ends up being discarded through the digestive process.
Liposomal Vitamin CWhen you need a high-volume boost of vitamin C, you might consider liposomal encapsulation technology such as that provided by the Hallelujah Diet®. This approach encapsulates vitamin C into small vesicles of easily consumed phospholipids (a class of lipids which is a major component of all cell membranes) that rivals or surpasses intravenous delivery of vitamin C but in a convenient oral form. Since vesicles occur naturally in the body, liposomal vitamin C is readily absorbed and retained longer by the cells and organs of your body. These vesicles protect the vitamin through the digestive system and transport it directly into the bloodstream for absorption in the cells. As a result, you get all the benefits of high-dose Vitamin C without any gastric distress or side effect. This is the most easily absorbable, powerful, and affordable form of vitamin C available, which is why it is included in the Hallelujah Diet’s® Cancer Rescue Plan.
Intravenous (IV) Vitamin CWhile high-dose vitamin C may be given orally as described above, it may also be administered through a vein directly into the bloodstream by intravenous (IV) infusion. When administered via intravenous infusion, vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood than when the same amount is taken by mouth. Interest in using very high doses of vitamin C as a cancer treatment was initiated in the1970s when it was discovered that some properties of the vitamin might make it toxic to cancer cells. While a poorly-designed, randomized, controlled trial using 10 grams of vitamin C orally once a day found no treatment benefit compared to intravenous vitamin C, more recently, vitamin C given intravenously has prompted renewed interest in using vitamin C as a cancer treatment where it might boost the effectiveness of other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Receiving IV vitamin C does, however, come with drawbacks:
- It needs to be administered by a medical professional.
- The cost per dosage is upward of $200.
- You have to face the needle whenever you need a top-up.