What is Liposomal Technology?

What is liposomal delivery system?

British haematologist, Alec D. Bangham, was the first to describe liposomes in 1961 in a paper published at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. The liposomes were discovered during the testing of a new electron microscope. The microscope pictures of dry phospholipids with a added negative stain provided evidence that the cell membrane is made up of a bilayer, lipid structure, and that it was capable of releasing its contents after being cleansed. [1]

The Protective Bubble

In the early 1970’s, medical researchers developed liposome technology that can better target the delivery of drugs to specific organs and areas of the body. [2] It works by utilizing liposomal micro spheres. You can think of these micro spheres a lot like a microscopic bubble that surrounds a medication or supplement within a protective shell.  As you swallow a pill or capsule with liposomal technology, the liposomal micro sphere protects the ingredients molecules until it makes its way to the correct area within your body to deliver the medication or supplement.

Liposomes are tiny vesicles that are made out of the same material as your body’s cell membranes. When scientists and researchers place medication or supplements inside the liposomes, they can then be used to safely deliver the medication to specific areas of the body to treat disease and malnutrition. [3] Liposomes are being studied extensively for the possible use of delivering chemotherapy to specific areas of the body where the cancer lives to help cancer patients avoid the often-devastating full-body toxicity caused from traditional chemotherapy treatment. [4]

Pinpointed, Targeted Delivery

The advantage of liposomal technology over other supplement delivery systems is that it allows the nutrients contained in the protective bubble to arrive at the pinpointed organs and tissues with their full, non decomposed power and natural compounds intact. Because more of the supplement’s ingredients are delivered through liposomal technology, you can actually consume five to 15 times less the normal supplement intact with the same amount of effectiveness. [3]

Supplements Without Liposomal Technology

To truly understand the benefits and advantages of liposomal technology you should understand what happens with the normal consumption of tablets and capsules. When you take a vitamin or supplement without liposomal technology, normal environmental conditions like oxygen and moisture degrade the quality of the supplement. Your body’s enzymes and digestive juices will also harm the quality and amount of the nutrients your body is able to absorb (the “bio-availability”) from an orally administered supplement. By the time this degradation of quality occurs, people are barely absorbing any nutritional benefits when taking oral supplements that do not contain liposomal technology.

Why waste time and money taking supplements that your body can’t even absorb?

Liposomal Encapsulation for the Win

When supplements are encapsulated with liposomes, the encapsulation is the defense against your body’s natural offensive nature, increasing the bio-availability of the supplements. Your stomach’s digestive juices, salts, alkaline solutions, enzymes, and free radicals within the body are unable to disintegrate the nutrients tucked safely inside the capsule, and the contents are delivered to their target at full quality. Once they reach their destination, the cellular structure can begin to absorb the nutrients and your body benefits from the supplement. [5]

Choose Wisely: Choose Liposomal Delivery Technology

At this time, only a handful of nutritional supplement companies are relying on the benefits of liposomal delivery technology. It’s still a fairly new technology and isn’t widely available across all nutritional supplements and vitamins.  When seeking out supplements, for the best results – look for the liposomal delivery system label to ensure you are increasing the bio-availability rate to the max for the nutrients you consume.



  1. Liposomes as Advanced Delivery Systems for Nutraceuticals
    Christopher W. Shade, PhD Integr Med (Encinitas). 2016 Mar; 15(1): 33–36.
  2. Advances and Challenges of Liposome Assisted Drug Delivery
    Andreas Wagner 1 ,* and Karola Vorauer-Uhl 2 J Drug Deliv. 2011; 2011: 591325.
    Published online 2010 Dec 5. doi: 10.1155/2011/591325
  3. Advances and Challenges of Liposome Assisted Drug Delivery
    Lisa Sercombe,1,2 Tejaswi Veerati,3,4 Fatemeh Moheimani,1,2 Sherry Y. Wu,3 Anil K. Sood,3,5,6 and Susan Hua1,2,* Front Pharmacol. 2015; 6: 286.
    Published online 2015 Dec 1. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2015.00286
  4. From Conventional to Stealth Liposomes: A New Frontier in Cancer Chemotherapy.
    Cattel L1, Ceruti M, Dosio F. J Chemother. 2004 Nov;16 Suppl 4:94-7.
  5. Liposome: Classification, Preparation, and Applications
    Abolfazl Akbarzadeh,corresponding author1 Rogaie Rezaei-Sadabady,1,2 Soodabeh Davaran,1 Sang Woo Joo,corresponding author5 Nosratollah Zarghami,corresponding author1 Younes Hanifehpour,5 Mohammad Samiei,3 Mohammad Kouhi,4 and Kazem Nejati-Koshki1 Nanoscale Res Lett. 2013; 8(1): 102.
    Published online 2013 Feb 22. doi: 10.1186/1556-276X-8-102


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