IT’S NO SECRET that we get as excited about superfoods and supplements around here as some editors do about shoes and handbags. (What’s the point of stepping out in a great shoe if your skin and mood are lackluster from nutrient gaps?)
Last month, Cymbiotika sent us their full line of liposomal supplements. It took all my willpower not to break open and take a pack of each one immediately. From “master antioxidant” Glutathione to their MIT-developed Magnesium L-Threonate for mood and cognition, supplements like these are worth getting excited about, as they’re formulated to boost mood, energy, and cognition — elements that effect the way we feel every day.
We haven’t talked much about liposomal supplements, so we’re excited to unpack the basics for you with Cymbiotika below and call out what have become a few of our favorite products.
One of the things we’re enjoying most about the liposomals is that they’re actually delicious. Most liposomal supplements come in gel packs that people love for their convenience, but not their flavor. Cymbiotika’s Longevity Mushrooms and Vitamin C both taste like candy — and even their liposomal Glutathione (which notoriously tastes like sulfur!) tastes very good! If you’re a glutathione taker, this is a big deal.
Read on for our take on the science behind highly bioavailable liposomal supplements and our favorite products from Cymbiotika — explore everything the cutting edge brand has to offer and use code CHALKBOARD to shop them all for 15% off!
What Are Liposomal Supplements?
Liposomals, often made in small liquid packs, are an advanced form of supplement and drug delivery that allows nutrients to be absorbed by your body more effectively than many other delivery methods.
In a nutshell, these supplements package nutrients within liposomes, small artificially-engineered spheres created from natural fats. Think of liposomes as little bubbles that protect nutrients as they move through your digestive tract, ensuring that your body absorbs them properly.
A Science Lesson – How Your Body Absorbs Supplements
Let’s review the basic on how the body absorbs supplements and nutrients in the first place.
Our stomach is full of acid that breaks down food particles. As food progresses through the digestive tract, it encounters substances like bile and gut microbiota that break it down into component particles. These chemical processes cause us to lose significant amounts of nutrients through the process of digestion.
But liposomes can partially bypass the digestive system, as the lipid structure helps some of the liposomes’ content to survive stomach acid. Some of the liposomes’ nutrients are even absorbed directly through the mouth as you’re taking them.
Let’s take vitamin C as an example. Liposomal vitamin C is one of the most widely used supplements in this form and with good reason — the science is impressive.
Studies show that when consuming above 1000 mg of vitamin C per day, absorption rates can fall to under 50%. You’re only absorbing a fraction of most vitamin C supplements. Liquid liposomal vitamin C, however, can significantly improve the bioavailability of vitamin C. In fact, its efficiency is close to the intravenous delivery of vitamin C in medical settings!
Our Top 5 Liposomal Favorites From Cymbiotika
Many are familiar with liposomal vitamin C, but there are a wide-variety of nutrients that can be delivered this way! Thanks to Cymbiotika, we’ve been trying everything for the last few weeks. These are our top picks from the brand’s full line.
Shop your own picks for 15% off using our code CHALKBOARD and let us know any questions in the comments!
Cymbiotika’s Organic Longevity Mushrooms + Vitamin C
01 CYMBIOTIKA ORGANIC LONGEVITY MUSHROOMS
First of all, we were shocked that this blend of six adaptogenic mushrooms — Cordyceps, Reishi, King Trumpet, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail — actually tasted like chocolate fudge. Impressive!
Especially for those who don’t enjoy adding shrooms to their coffee and smoothies. These six shrooms with their clinically proven benefits, are studied to support immune health, cognition, athletic performance, and the increase of oxygen absorption in the body.
Tastes like: Made with organic cacao. Tastes like a delicious chocolate fudge syrup.
A note from the maker: This formula can be taken any time of day, straight from the pouch or drizzled on an acai bowl. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but we like it better cold!
02 CYMBIOTIKA LIPOSOMAL VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for improving immune health, skin health, and healthy aging. In medical settings, liposomal vitamin C has been shown as close in efficiency to intravenous vitamin C.
This pack also includes a good dose of bamboo silica, one of nature’s most beautifying minerals vital for collagen production and strengthening connective tissue.
Tastes like: Flavored with organic orange peel oil, this formula tastes like a tangy orange popsicle.
A note from the maker: This formula can be taken any time of day, straight from the pouch or added to your favorite smoothie. We recommend taking it daily to maintain a strong immune system and healthy, glowing skin.
Cymbiotika’s Glutathione + Magnesium L-Threonate
You may not have heard of glutathione, but the powerful antioxidant is responsible for maintaining many biological processes within the body, treasured by most of the nutrition pros we know, and often called the “master antioxidant”. Cymbiotika’s Liposomal Glutathione helps to protect the body from free radical damage, increases energy, and slows the aging process.
Tastes like: Liposomal glutathione can be incredibly gross! But Cymbiotika’s is actually delicious, tasting like citrus candy with a hint of berries — the best-tasting version we’ve ever tried.
A note from the maker: The human body naturally produces glutathione, but production decreases after age 30. Supplementing from a quality external source is valued by many to combat premature aging and reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the body.
04 CYMBIOTIKA MAGNESIUM L-THREONATE
Up to 50% of all Americans have a magnesium deficiency these days. This is concerning, as magnesium is an essential mineral in the body for so many reasons — and so helpful in helping many of our nervous systems to relax! Cymbiotika’s Magnesium L-Threonate was developed by MIT scientists for maximum absorption, enabling it to cross the blood-brain barrier. We love Magnesium L-Threonate as a daily magnesium source to support our nervous system, mood and for boosting brain power.
Tastes like: An almond butter cookie! Made with organic vanilla and almond butter.
A note from the maker: Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation over time can improve memory and focus in as little as twelve weeks! We recommend taking this supplement daily, either with food or on an empty stomach.
Cymbiotika’s D3 with K2 + CoQ10
05 CYMBIOTIKA VITAMIN D3 + K2 + COQ10
Last, but not least, Cymbiotika’s Liposomal D3 + K2 works synergistically to activate “over 3,000 genes associated with longevity” according to the brand.
Most of us learned a lot about the value of vitamin D3 during the pandemic, as immunity became a top focus. As fall creeps around the corner, it’s important to keep your body’s supply of vitamin D well replenished. Less time in the sun can mean less Vitamin D absorption — the “winter blues” are often associated with lower levels.
This supplement combination D3 with K2 + CoQ10 is designed to improve calcium absorption, strengthen bones and boost cardiovascular health. CoQ10 is an important antioxidant that helps maintain heart health and may lower blood pressure.
Tastes like: Organic tangerine — like sunshine in a bottle.
A note from the maker: Pump onto a spoon or directly into your mouth to consume. It may be mixed into a beverage of your choice and taken with or without food.
Shop all our favorites from Cymbiotika’s incredible collection of liposomal supplements for 15% off. We didn’t even have a chance to rave about their Adrenal Super Tonic which tastes like lavender and geranium! Another incredible stand-out we’ve found ourselves taking every day.
Overwhelmed by all the options? Let us know any questions for us or the brand’s founder in the comments below!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This story is brought to you in partnership with Cymbiotika. From time to time, TCM editors choose to partner with brands we believe in to bring our readers special offers. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.