WHAT ARE PHOSPHOLIPIDS?

Phospholipids are the primary building blocks of cellular membranes. These membranes are the “containers” that hold the living matter within each cell.

WHAT DO PHOSPHOLIPIDS DO?

In addition to functioning as a skin for each cell — keeping the insides in and the outsides out — phospholipid membranes provide protection from chemicals and pathogens that can derail and/or destroy the necessary life functions that take place within each cell. While performing this function, phospholipid membranes are subject to constant attack from free radicals (oxidants), pathogens, and toxins.

Why Do I Need Dietary Phospholipids?

In order to repair the structural damage caused by the continual barrage of toxic substances and pathogens, your body requires a constant supply of phospholipids. The body can synthesize some phospholipid compounds but others must be supplied by the diet. Phospholipids that can only be obtained through dietary intake are called “essential phospholipids.”

WHAT IS PHOSPHATIDYL­CHOLINE?

One of the most important and prominent phospholipids in cell membranes is called phosphatidylcholine (PC) [pronounced FOSS-fah-tide-al-KOH-lean]. At birth up to 90% of cellular membranes are made up of PC. As you age, the percentage of PC in your cellular membranes can decrease to about 10%. This fact leads many to recommend consistent supplementation with this essential phospholipid.

What Does Phosphatidyl­choline Do?

Intact PC — as well as its essential fatty acid and choline components — is required for many vital functions in the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. PC and its components are needed for the synthesis of important messenger molecules called prostaglandins which, among other functions, regulate the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Choline is required for the synthesis of intracellular messenger molecules including the neurotransmitters that allow nerve cells to communicate with muscles and each other, and are essential for proper heart and brain function.*

Why Do Phospholipids Make Ideal Liposomes?

At the basic level, phospholipids are a phosphate group (phospho) attached to fatty acids (lipids) by means of a glycerol group.

Unlike phosphates, which are attracted to water (hydrophilic), fatty acids are repelled by water (hydrophobic). It is this very love/hate relationship with water that allows phospholipids to form cellular membranes — and liposomes as well.

As phospholipids are exposed to water-based solutions, they automatically align themselves in a double-layer (bilayer) configuration – phosphates toward the water and fatty acids away from the water.

The liposomes used for Lypo-Spheric™ supplements are made from essential phospholipids that include a high percentage of Phosphatidylcholine. These liposomes not only provide optimum protection and superior transport for the Lypo-Spheric™ nutrients, they also help satisfy the body’s need for and choline.

PHOSPHATIDYL­CHOLINE BENEFITS

More than 35,000 studies, including 500+ human trials, found numerous, wide-wide-ranging phosphatidylcholine benefits, including:

  • Helps to maintain healthy cholesterol*
  • Acts as an antioxidant in lipids*
  • Supports exercise tolerance*
  • Supports coronary and peripheral circulation*
  • Supports a healthy liver via its antioxidant properties*
  • Supports healthy blood cells*
  • Helps to protect cells by fortifying the cell membrane*

WHY SOY LECITHIN?

The phospholipids suitable for making strong, stable liposomes must have a mix of phospholipids, including a significant amount of Phosphatidylcholine (PC) and Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE). Non-GMO soy lecithin yields the phospholipids that fit this requirement.

Phospholipids derived from soy lecithin are highly purified and refined, and do not pose the risks associated with high intake of unrefined soy.

PHOSPHOLIPIDS FROM IDENTITY-PRESERVED SOY

Identity Preservation monitors each phase in an agricultural product’s lifecycle from seed to sale: planting, growing, harvesting, processing, shipping, storage, and packing. Identity Preserved crops are grown far from other varieties, including GMO crops. Equipment is cleaned prior to harvesting the Identity Preserved crops to avoid cross-contamination.

At LivOn Labs, we use only soy lecithin from Identity Preserved soybeans to extract the phospholipids that make up our liposomes.