“Introducing Liposomal Vitamin D3 for Enhanced Absorption and Optimal Results”
Vitamins D3 and K2 work together to support your health. One can’t work properly without the other, you need both and in the right amounts. But let’s take a closer look at the new technology breakthrough that may enhance your absorption of the first of these star nutrients – Vitamin D3.
There are over 34,000 scientific investigations to date on how vitamin D works in your body, yet it continues to be ignored by large segments of the population and even many physicians. Vitamin D deficiency is often one of the last things a doctor suspects when a patient complains of less-than-perfect health.
If you use optimal levels of vitamin D as your standard for deficiency, you find that approximately 90% of people fail to achieve optimal vitamin D levels. Unfortunately, many people are deficient because they aren’t able to obtain enough vitamin D through direct sunlight and their diet alone, and they aren’t taking a high-quality supplement.
Of those that are supplementing with vitamin D, they are most likely using a form that is not absorbed well by their body, and they aren’t receiving optimal benefits.
Let’s first review why vitamin D is so important to your overall health…
Why Vitamin D Is ESSENTIAL for Your Entire Body
Vitamin D is produced when the sun strikes your skin with a high enough concentration of ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
Once thought of as only playing a role in certain diseases, researchers now realise that vitamin D affects virtually every cell and tissue in your body. And it affects numerous vitamin D receptors located throughout your body and nearly 3,000 genes. Your cells need the active form of vitamin D to unlock the genetic blueprints stored inside the cell. Without these crucial blueprints, these aspects of your health could potentially be at risk:
- Maintenance of overall health
- Cellular growth and development
- Bone strength & health, joint health, muscular function
- Blood sugar health
- Digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Blood pressure health
- Heart health and the vascular system health
- Immune function
- Mood and overall feelings of well-being
- Neurological and cognitive health
- Muscular function
- Skin health
- Pancreatic function and health
- Healthy ageing process
- Sleep patterns
- Hearing and vision
- Reproductive health and newborn health
- Athletic performance
- Respiratory function and health
- Carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
- Metabolic rate and weight management
- Hair and hair follicles
This is a long list, yet, as research continues on vitamin D, you can expect to see it grow even longer!
What’s YOUR Risk Level for This Hidden Deficiency?
The only way to know for sure if you are vitamin D deficient is to test your blood levels. Because of vitamin D’s wide-reaching effects in your body, always check to see if you are deficient in this crucial nutrient when addressing any health concern, especially those listed above. Certain groups of people may be at an increased risk for vitamin D deficiency, as well as individuals with some specific conditions. If any of the following apply to you, please get your vitamin D levels checked sooner than later.
- It’s winter and you don’t live in the tropics or subtropics: There simply isn’t enough, or even any UVB that reaches the ground in the winter if you are not in the tropics or subtropics, and exposure to UVB is how your body produces most of the vitamin D it requires naturally.
- You have darker skin: Those with darker skin may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin.
- You’re 50 or older: As you get older, your skin produces less vitamin D when exposed to the sun.
- You spend a lot of time indoors:If you avoid the sun or just aren’t able to get outdoors regularly, your levels of vitamin D are likely to be lower.
- You’re overweight or obese (or have a higher muscle mass): Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin, so body fat can act like a sponge. A heavier person with more body fat or even those with more muscle mass may require a higher dose than a slimmer person.
- You have gut issues:If you have a gastrointestinal condition that affects your ability to absorb fat you may have lower absorption of vitamin D.
- You’re achy or tired, or both:The classic signs of a certain type of vitamin D deficiency can mimic conditions characterised by fatigue and achy bones.
- You sometimes feel “blue.”: Serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure.
- You’re pregnant: Pregnant women require higher amounts of vitamin D for their own pregnancy and delivery as well as the optimal health of their babies.
- You notice unusual head sweating:Surprisingly, one of the first signs of a vitamin D deficiency is a sweaty head.
A Daily Dose of Sunshine Fixes Everything, Right? Not So Fast…
Your skin naturally produces vitamin D when it’s directly exposed to bright midday sun.
Are you meeting the four conditions for getting enough vitamin D?
But the challenge here is that this is not true in the winter for nearly everyone reading this. Unless you live in the tropics or subtropics, there simply isn’t enough UVB available to you in the winter to make vitamin D. Even in the summer though, getting out in the sun doesn’t take care of your needs. It is the preferred method to produce optimal levels, and research shows it is the most beneficial way to get your vitamin D. However, with the factors just mentioned; darker skin, over 50, gut issues, and weight – most people simply can’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. And that’s not all…
To get the vitamin D your body needs for all its cells and tissues, four conditions must be met:
- You expose large portions of your body, not just your hands and face
- You are outside when UVB rays are at their peak, the only type of wavelengths that produce vitamin D
- You avoid the use of sunscreen during UVB exposure as it can prevent your skin from producing vitamin D
- You are in a latitude that has adequate UVB rays.
Many people believe taking a walk during a midday break fulfils their vitamin D needs, but you now know that is usually not true. And of these four conditions, the last one may be the biggest deal breaker of all…
Why You Have a GREATER Chance of Being Deficient Than Not
In most parts of the U.S. (and the Northern hemisphere, including Canada), you can’t get enough sunlight to produce adequate levels of vitamin D in your skin. Dr. Michael Holick, a recognised vitamin D expert, has determined that if you live north of Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S., you cannot make vitamin D in your skin from about November through February. Even as far south as Miami, Florida, you only make about 10 to 20 percent of the vitamin D in winter that you make during the summer months. One exception to this rule is elevation… At 15,000 feet you can make robust amounts of vitamin D at northern latitudes, mainly because of the sun’s angle and because the sun has less atmosphere to penetrate.
Here’s another important fact you need to know about vitamin D: Vitamin D3 is not the same as vitamin D2.
- Vitamin D3 Levels: Vitamin D3 raises and maintains your blood levels 87 % better than D2. And taking the wrong one might do you more harm than good.
- Vitamin D2 is not the type produced by your body in response to sunlight. The sun stimulates the production of D3, or cholecalciferol. Ergocalciferol, or vitamin D2, was created in the early 1920s through ultraviolet exposure of plant foods and licensed to pharmaceutical companies.
Dr Mercola strongly advises you to avoid vitamin D2. In studies, vitamin D2 actually increased mortality risk by 2 %! And it binds poorly with proteins, making it less effective than D3.
Compared to vitamin D2, vitamin D3:
- Raises and maintains vitamin D3 concentrations 87 percent better
- Produces 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D3 in the body
- Converts 500 percent faster to the more active form that your body uses
- Vitamin D3 is clearly the gold standard. Let’s figure out exactly how much you might need…
The Dangerous Advice That Can Leave You Woefully Deficient
A few years back, the U.S. and Canadian governments asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend daily amounts (RDA) of vitamin D for the general population. They determined that most individuals needed only 600 IUs (International Units) of vitamin D3 to maintain serum levels of 20 ng/ml. And they concluded that everyday foods could provide those levels. Two Canadian university investigators challenged their findings in 2014 and discovered a drastic error in the IOM’s calculations. They found the RDA for optimal health needs to be at least 10 times greater! Nearly all vitamin D researchers agree that the recommended range for healthy “average” vitamin D3 levels is 40 to 60 ng/ml, not 20 ng/ml. Depending on your current test values, you may need a substantial dose of vitamin D3 – 10,000 IUs per day – to bring your numbers up into the optimal range.
Additionally there are genetic defects called vitamin D polymorphisms that a number of people have that prevent them from achieving optimum vitamin D3 levels with the doses described above. They may need many times that dose and the only way to know if you have this problem is to measure your vitamin D3 level.
By now you’re probably wondering… “How do I get that much vitamin D3 if I can’t depend upon sunlight exposure?”
Unfortunately, your diet won’t help much, regardless of what the Institute of Medicine might say. While certain animal foods like wild-caught salmon, sardines, egg yolk, and raw milk supply some vitamin D3, even eating large quantities each day won’t give you enough to correct a deficiency or sustain healthy, optimal levels. While conventionally produced pasteurised milk has vitamin D3 added, you would need to consume an entire quart just to get a measly 400 IUs, which is an irrational choice on many levels. As for plant sources of vitamin D, they provide vitamin D2 and not the preferable form, vitamin D3. Clearly, the majority of Americans and Canadians, and many others living in the Northern hemisphere need a more consistent and reliable option for attaining and maintaining optimal vitamin D3 status…
Introducing Liposomal Vitamin D3 in an Easy-to-Swallow Protective Licaps Capsule
You may already be familiar with my Liposomal Vitamin C, an enhanced vitamin C supplement with bio-availability advantages over traditional oral vitamin C. This innovative liposomal technology can help improve the uptake and absorption of many nutrients, including vitamin D.
Similar to Dr Mercola’s Vitamin C, Liposomal Vitamin D3 contains phospholipids from sunflower lecithin rather than soy, to provide a formula that doesn’t contain bio-engineered ingredients. And just like their Vitamin C, they use the same high-quality source of sunflower lecithin that has been tested to show it is free of aflatoxins, a potentially dangerous carcinogen that can grow on sunflower seeds if they’re not properly stored.
Stresses are high in the stomach with stomach fluids in near constant motion, which could present an even greater amount of liposomes. Since liposomes can help the nutrient gain entry across your gut membrane to its target organs and cells, more liposomes could lead to an increased rate of absorption.
Let’s take a closer look at how Liposomal Vitamin D3 potentially works in your body:
After swallowing the capsule, it travels into your stomach and intestines. The acids in your stomach cause the capsule to rapidly disintegrate and release its contents. The vitamin D active ingredients mix with water and form structures called liposomes. The liposomes contain phospholipid bilayers of molecules and many of these surround the vitamin D to help protect and transport the nutrient. The vitamin D is incorporated into the fat molecules of the phospholipid-liposome bilayers. Because the liposome bilayers coating the vitamin D nutrient are similar to the cell walls themselves, they help provide easy access across your gut membrane into your bloodstream.
Once the liposomes are absorbed from your GI tract into your bloodstream, they are able to penetrate more rapidly into the target tissues and cells where they are needed. And with Liposomal Vitamin D3, there are no football-sized capsules or pills to swallow, just one tiny Licaps capsule at 1,000 IU, 5,000 IU or 10,000 IU per day is all you need.
Why Liposomal Absorption May Outperform Regular Intestinal Absorption
As discussed Liposomal Vitamin D3 may offer a greater potential for improved bio-availability over regular non-liposomal vitamin D3. The added phospholipids from non-soy sunflower lecithin contribute to a more efficient and ideal absorption of the vitamin D nutrient. Traditional vitamin D does not have the same potential for bio-availability advantages. Non-liposomal vitamin D is absorbed through your intestinal tract in a much different way.
With intestinal absorption, the vitamin D3 active ingredients…
- Must be first broken down by your digestive system
- Once broken down into smaller fragments, they can be absorbed
- The nutrients enter your bloodstream for your body to use
- But with liposomal technology, you don’t have to depend on your GI tract to process the vitamin D3 molecules before they can be absorbed
And because the liposomes surround many of the vitamin D3 molecules with a cellular membrane “lookalike” coating, the vitamin D3 may have a greater potential to slip across your gut membrane with ease!
The Dirty Little Secret Many Vitamin D Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know
Most of the vitamin D sold today comes packed in soft gels. And here’s something you may not realise about soft gels: they’re unable to protect the nutrients inside from moisture and oxygen! When moisture and oxygen leak into the soft gel, you can lose quality and freshness. And that’s something you don’t want to happen with vitamin D…
Dr Mercola Liposomal Vitamin D3 uses a more expensive “Licaps” capsule instead of a cheaper soft gel. Licaps use innovative “Fusion Technology” to seal the capsule without the use of banding. This extraordinary liquid capsule technology has been rigorously tested for over 15 years and provides many beneficial advantages:
- Reduces oxidation potential by flushing the liquid formulation with nitrogen during the capsule-filling process, creating a “bubble” for freshness.
- Two-piece capsules are hermetically sealed to yield a tight, one-piece capsule to significantly reduce the potential for leakage
- Exemplary filling and sealing processes provide an extended shelf life
The bottom line with Licaps… the possibility of leakage is virtually reduced to zero.
Choosing the Right Liposomal Vitamin D3 for You
Remember, it is important to test yourself to find out your current vitamin D levels, since every person’s ideal daily dose of vitamin D3 is not going to be “one size fits all.” For this reason, Dr Mercola offer their Liposomal Vitamin D3 in three different doses: 5,000 IU, 1,000 IU, and 10,000 IU per capsule.
For most healthy adults, including pregnant and nursing moms, Dr Mercola recommends a daily maintenance dose of 5,000 IU of vitamin D3. However, based on your current vitamin D3 levels and current vitamin D3 intake from multivitamins and other sources, you may need more vitamin D3, or less.
As pointed out earlier, if you currently test below the recommended range of 40 to 60 ng/ml, you may need a substantial dose of vitamin D3 to bring your numbers up into the optimal range quickly. This is where I recommend taking the 10,000 IU dose. You can also use this dosage level for short term use for additional immune support.
Keep in mind, your need for vitamin D3 may be greater than average if you fall into any of the high-risk groups mentioned earlier or live in the Northern hemisphere. You may need up to 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day if you are deficient, which is way more common than most people realise.
Dr Mercola’s 1,000 IU Liposomal Vitamin D3 is a great option for those getting vitamin D3 from other supplements. For instance, Mercola’s Whole-Food Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals supplies 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per serving. In addition, Mercola’s Vitamin D3 Spray provides 6,000 IU of vitamin D3 per serving, while Dr Mercola’s Vitamins D3 & K2 provides 5,000 IU of vitamin D per serving..
For children ages 4 and older, Dr Mercola recommends 1,000 IU of my Liposomal Vitamin D3 or one spray of my Vitamin D3 Spray. Regularly test your child’s vitamin D3, levels, or ask your pediatrician to test them with a 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test.
When taking Dr Mercola’s Liposomal Vitamin D3 or Vitamin D3 Spray, you should take one of my Vitamin K2 products along with it. Vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 work synergistically together – they are important cell cofactors.
Which Vitamin D3 Product is Best for Me?
Liposomal Vitamin D3 1,000 IU (for maintenance)
Best for kids, or for adults taking in combination with other Vitamin D products such as Whole-Food Multivitamins
Liposomal Vitamin D3 5,000 IU
Recommended maintenace dose for adults
Vitamin D3 5,000 IU Spray
Convenient form without taking pills, or can be used to easily tailor your dosage
Liposomal Vitamin D3 10,000 IU (for deficiency)
If your blood levels are tested lower than 40 ng/ml use this product to help get blood vitamin D3 levels back to target fast, or for short term use for additional immune support*
Vitamins D3 & K2Vitamin D3 and K2 (for cardiovascular health)
Great combo product for these two important Vitamins at recommended maintenance levels
Calcium with Vitamins D3 & K2 (for bone and cardiovascular health)
Great combo product at recommended maintenance levels, take with Magnesium L-Threonate
Liposomal Vitamin D3 5,000 IU (for during Pregnancy)
Improve health of mother and baby*