Discover how liposomal vitamin C can help you survive snot season!
Liposomal vitamin C is expected to be this season’s winter hero. As the colder weather takes centre stage many of us are starting to experience tell-tale signs that our immune system is struggling to keep us in the best of health.
One area of the body that faces particular difficulties during the winter is the mucus membranes that line the nose, throat and lungs.
Signs of distress
So how would you know that your immune system is in desperate need of nutritional support?
A clear sign that your immune system is working hard to maintain good winter health is that you are producing a lot more mucus. This could mean:
- Blowing your nose more frequently
- Clearing your throat regularly
- You may notice your throat has become sore and inflamed
- You have a slight tickly cough
- Mild headaches
- Sinus congestion
This extra mucus, also known as phlegm or snot, may be colourless and very runny but as your immune system starts to become overwhelmed the phlegm thickens and becomes yellowish or greenish in colour.
These are all signs that your immune system is becoming depleted and you may well benefit from a good boost of liposomal vitamin C.
On constant alert
The primary function of the cells contained in the mucus membranes, which line the nose, throat and lungs, are to identify and destroy any potentially hazardous pathogens (bacteria and virus that can cause an infection) so they are unable to gain access into the body or bloodstream.
This really is your first line of defence and is achieved by the cells churning out a fluid (mucus) packed full of several types of immune cells that are loaded with ammunition and are ready to take on and disarm the fiercest of winter bugs!
The importance of liposomal vitamin C
Every time you duck into the office, drop your kids at nursery or do a quick stint of Christmas shopping, you expose yourself to an environment in which air conditioning, central heating or an increased number of people have loaded the air with winter bugs.
Your immune system then has to step up the pace and quickly filter and destroy these airborne infections. Your cosy commute to work is also interpreted by your mucus membranes as being pretty hazardous!
The cells in the mucus membrane use vitamin C to increase the number of immune cells and to also make them highly active. Vitamin C can’t be stored in your body so if you don’t have a decent daily dietary supply of vitamin C, then your body can easily fall short of the necessary levels needed at this time of year.
Without the adequate availability of vitamin C, immune cell numbers drop off and weaken. This means that ineffective mucus is produced and potential infections can win their way into the body.
Choose an optimal form of vitamin C
Sure, you can grab yourself a standard vitamin C supplement but these are nowhere near as effective as a liposomal form of vitamin C.
The very clever thing about liposomal vitamin C is that the vitamin C is wrapped up in a layer of phospholipids, which makes it super absorbable and gives it a speedy boarding pass into the bloodstream.
Every cell in the body also contains a phospholipid membrane so the liposomal form of vitamin C gets identified as a VIP, giving it priority status and escorting it straight to the cells that are in desperate need of a boost.
This is why liposomal nutrients such as Altrient C are undoubtedly our best winter heroes when it comes to immune protection, overcoming infections and removing the snot factor from your winter!
Susie Perry Debice
BSc Hons, Dip ION Food Scientist and Nutritional Therapist
- By Jackie Newson
- BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy
Jackie has been writing for a range of health publications since graduating as a nutritional therapist from Westminster University in 2008. In addition to producing health and nutrition workshops, Jackie is also an experienced assessor and enjoys the opportunity to help other students of nutrition to achieve their goals. In her role as an experienced nutritional therapist, Jackie offers individualised advice on a variety of health conditions. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of healthy nutritious food, supported with high quality supplementation to achieve optimal health. Jackie is a great believer in the power of positive thinking and attributes much of her enthusiasm and sense of well-being to the wonderful people in her life, a healthy diet and yoga which she practices regularly.