Guest: Belinda Reynolds
Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest Bio: Belinda Reynolds is the Education Manager at BioCeuticals. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2003. She has been involved in the complementary medicine industry for nearly 15 years – 10 of these working for BioCeuticals as the Practitioner Sales Consultant, Team Leader, Presenter, Educator and Writer, with an involvement in Marketing and Product Development. Outside of this Belinda has spent time working in hospitals and lectured at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies. Belinda’s greatest passion is assisting practitioners in developing their knowledge by presenting new research in the area of integrative medicine. Now a mother of two, pre- and postnatal, infant and child health have evolved as subjects particularly close to her heart.
Segment overview: In today’s Health Supplier Segment, we welcome BioCeuticals Education Manager Belinda Reynolds who is here to share the latest information about their wide array of nutritional and therapeutic supplement products. We will also be learning about the use liposomal encapsulation technology to improve absorption and more accurately deliver active ingredients. This technology is very efficient because it allows dose levels to be smaller while still delivering effective ingredients and BioCeuticals Liposomal Range is created using cutting-edge technology and high-shear equipment to scientifically control the size of the nanoparticles in each product. In addition, this is a more effective delivery at a lower dose means a lower cost per dose for patients.
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Wayne Bucklar: You’re listening to Health Professional Radio with Wayne Bucklar. My guest today is Belinda Reynolds. Belinda is the Education Manager with BioCeuticals and joins us from Australia. Belinda welcome to Health Professional radio.
Belinda Reynolds: Thank you for having me.
W: Now Belinda, I’m not going to try and fore-shadow your topic today, I’ll let you do that. Tell us what it is you’re bringing to us today.
B: So today we’re going to look into liposomal delivery of nutrients and other beneficial compounds for the body. And talk about how we can actually enhance the bioavailability and the … of delivery of a variety of different complimentary medicine through the use of liposomal delivery.
W: Now liposomal delivery is not a word that I’m familiar with and I’m kind of guessing probably at least some of our listeners who are not, explain it to us?
B: Sure. So “liposome” refer to a “delivery vehicle” that we used to increase the absorption of the nutrients into the body. So the liposome itself very much resemble what our cell membrane look like. So what we use is … which is a phospholipid. And a phospholipid will actually form a spherical shape which encloses a nutrient. And the phospholipids also actually form what is known as a bilayer so there’s two layers of phospholipids surrounding a particular nutrient or other compound and that … liposome actually acts as a delivery vehicle to get the nutrient up to the body more efficiently. And what is also going to further enhance the absorption of the liposome is by making them really, really small so what we have are liposomes which are nano-particle size, so that means that their diameter between 20 and 100 nanometers in size. And by being that small what it means is that when you take the supplement into your mouth and hold it there approximately 30 seconds, you’ll have the liposome vehicle for the nutrient within them passing straight through the wall of the mouth, and therefore they enhance the body really rapidly. Because the liposome itself resembles the cell and the course the liposomes are made up for the phospholipid there, the cell membrane are made up of, they actually merge with our cells and the lipid and nutrients straight into the cell. So not only are we being able to achieve a more rapid absorption, a more unhindered absorption up into the body, were also enhancing the delivery of the nutrients into the cell. And second to that because they are so small, they’re also able to cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the central nervous system where a lot of nutrients are essential and can provide some protective effects. And then third to that because not only that you have the nutrient in that formula but you’re also providing those phospholipid that make up the liposome, those phospholipids come from large components of what our own cell membrane are made of. So these phospholipids when they’re delivering the nutrient into the cell they then merge with our own cell membrane, ultimately improving the health and the fluidity of our cell membrane, so that provides additional benefits to health as well.
W: Belinda it sounds like a very efficient way of getting nutrients into the body. Are there particular nutrients that can be delivered this way and others that can’t or does it work equally well as possible?
B: A lot of them can be. So with the evolving technology they’re looking at different nutrient that they can definitely deliver via this mechanism. But it does cover those “fat and water soluble nutrients” and based on whether the nutrient is fat or water soluble, we just determined where about within the liposome that nutrients fits. So if you look at the liposomal shape, the core of the liposome is a water soluble environment and therefore if you were delivering say vitamin C which is water soluble, that’s the part of the liposome where you’ll have vitamin C. On the other hand if it was like in vitamin E which is a fat soluble nutrient, it’s the inner part of the membrane where the study the tail of phospholipids are which is a hydrophobic and therefore the fat containing part of the liposome, that’s actually within the bilayer of phospholipid that you’d find the fat soluble nutrient. And that actually means too that you can deliver multiple nutrient that are both water and fat soluble at the same time within the same liposome, the nutrients just stick within different parts of it.
W: Alright. You promised me it was interesting and it really is interesting.
B: Yeah, it’s interesting.
W: If I’m looking to buy some of these, I head off to the pharmacy and they’re going to be labeled what? BioCeuticals liposomal range or do they have a particular labeling?
B: Yes, they’ll have liposomal in the name and they actually come in a liquid form. The only way to deliver it thru nano-particle size liposome is in a liquid because the best way for it to be delivered is straight through the mouth. So you want the liquid to sit in the mouth for a short period of time and that will ensure that rapid absorption. What’s interesting too is because the liposomes are tiny the nano-particle size they actually circulate longer in the body enabling you to get greater use from them.
W: And I guess Belinda is the website the best place for people to find more information?
B: Again, yes. They can go to the website and they can also speak to their healthcare practitioner or to the pharmacist about the products to get more information, and to really determine what it is that would be best for their individual needs.
W: And that website is www.bioceutical.com.au?
B: That’s correct, yeah.
W: Or as Belinda says you can never go past without medical advice and practitioner advice if you’ve got a particular issue, that you’d like them to ask about.
B: That’s right.
W: It’s been a pleasure having you here with us Belinda. Thanks for joining us on Health Professional Radio.
B: Thanks so much for having me.
W: You’ve been listening to Belinda Reynolds the Educational Manager of BioCeuticals. And we’ve been chatting about liposomal delivery technology. If you’ve miss our conversation, you can find a transcript of it on our website at www.hpr.fm. You can also listen to the interview again, there is an archive on SoundCloud and on YouTube. My name is Wayne Bucklar and this is Health Professional Radio.