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Health Quest Podcast with Dr. Emek Blair – The Future of Liposome Nutrition

If 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.

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