Monday, 10 October 2016

Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C/Altrient C - a must-have

US Version

A slightly unusual one for a review, but these seem to be too good to not talk about. I've adapted the questions below to suit supplements rather than skincare but if you think of any others, please let me know in the comments and I will add.

What is it?
A bioavailable vitamin C. 

Who is it for?
Everyone except those medically contraindicated.

What’s in it?
Vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate), Phospholipids (from soy lecithin), Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphatidylethanolamine, Phosphatidylinositol, Deionized Water, Sodium Ascorbate, Lecithin Phospholipids, Alcohol (12% w/w), Xanthum Gum, EDTA. Citric Acid, Calcium Disodium
*Altrient inci list

What's not in it?
sugar, starch, artificial flavours, artificial colours, meat products, dairy products, wheat, gluten and yeast

How do you use it?
Very specifically. Neck it like a shot. Minimal fluids, one gulp.

How long before you should see results?
Well you won't 'see' results, but it hits your bloodstream immediately, so you may 'feel' them.

How long did I test it for?
I've taken them multiple times daily since Tuesday - only a week, but I'm convinced they've helped kick my nearly three-week-long tracheitis to the kerb and my skin is definitely looking firmer. I'm still dehydrated from antibiotics, but they're not affecting my skin as much as they have done in the past.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
In the US they are $29.95 and in the UK we get screwed - they are £35.99, both boxes contain 30 sachets.
*Due to the differing governing laws in the USA/EU they are called Altrient in the EU - same liposomes, same good effect. Don't make the same mistake I made and order the original if you live in the UK - they're £44.00 on Amazon instead of £35.99 through distributors (details below).  #idiot

What’s good about it?
We need vitamin C for a multitude of reasons - including:
  • To help protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals - same as your anti-ageing serums, except these work internally. 
  • To support a healthy immune system - especially coming into winter!
  • To support collagen production for healthier skin, muscles and joints - all of us, every day all day. Vitamin C is vital for your collagen, if yours is slacking, step it up.
  • To promote muscle repair - great for those of you that are particularly active, workout a lot/run/have busy lifestyles, kids, everything..
  • To support healthy gums - because who wants their teeth to fall out? ;)

Traditionally vitamin C is hard to digest and ingest. These are encapsulated and protected by microscopic bubbles called Liposomes. Liposomes are made of phospholipids, the same material that makes up cells. This allows the nutrient to pass through your cell membranes, unlike other vitamin c products which frequently linger in the system before they are excreted in your urine. 
A lot of vitamin C products on the market can be flushed from your system, Lypo-Spheric passes through your digestive system unharmed. There is no bowel intolerance and no vitamin flush meaning more of the nutrient reaches your cells. Apparently a very famous woman whose name rhymes with Bineth Haltrow takes 6 of these before she gets on a plane. 
The extremely popular vitamin C powders - EmergenC are marketed well and cute to take, but they are full, full of sugar. In the original Orange flavoured 9g sachet, there are 6g of sugar. Same for the kid's version.

What’s not so good about it?
They're expensive, but you get what you pay for. 

Would I purchase/repurchase?
I already have. These will be a solid addition to my tight supplement routine.

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  1. You should read 'Bad Science' by Ben goldacre, he's a qualified doctor who writes about common misconceptions around science and one of them is how people believe that vitamin C is good for the immune system when there are actually no reliable studies to prove it. You can also read studies online on vitamin C and how it doesn't actually have an effect on the immune system.

    1. We have conducted two independent studies on Altrient C. A single and a double blind placebo study to test how it increases skin elasticity. We did this because our customers, who were taking the product as a health food supplement, commented on how it made their skin look and feel great. We suspected that that was due to increased collagen production. Both studies showed that 100% of participants had almost identical results with an increase in elasticity. In the double blind study, that ran for longer, there was a peek after 12 weeks of 61.9% increase using 3 sachets a day. Those taking one sachet a day had a 35% increase after 16 weeks and those taking the placebo had no change.

    2. I'm aware of Ben Goldacre - I agree with most of what he says. I think his statements were more based around the stupid theory of Vit c being used to cure HIV! :)

    3. Sarah Hi, There are plenty of studies out there ( independently tested) about the vitamin c and its effectiveness. Even the official claims which are set by the authorities talk about immune system and vit c contribution to it. Of course it is always good to chose the right form: a good liposomal form like the one below and a powder sodium ascorbate - you find a simple article online which explains it clearly by Dr T Levy the Multi C protocol. He is a cardiologist and has produced some really valuable literature in the past 30 years. Or if you read German look for Dr Klenner's literatures. If you look at the articles from New Zealand you will find plenty of studies too We can look closer, Dr S Hickey and Dr Hilary Roberts studies and literatures. So, where ever I look, I see studies supporting the fact the vitamin C is a Primal Panacea. I hope this info is not too aggressive for the audience reading the amazing Caroline Hiron's blog. It is not easy to differentiate between true and false statements - specially when they come from the so called experts. Who do those experts support, I wonder? Happy Belated Thanksgiving.

  2. Hi Caroline,
    When you say you have taken them multiple times daily, do you mean within the 1000mg recommended daily intake?

  3. Alcohol (12% w/w)??? That's 24 proof.

  4. I loved Bineth in Shakespeare in Love ;)

  5. There's a discount code for bodykind, if you spend £40 and use 4WEB you get £4 off your order. Going to give these a try because the stress and tiredness is taking it's toll!

  6. I know this is a bit random but just for any ladies who decide to take these please know that taking high amounts of vitamin c can interfere with birth control pills, not something commonly known but just keep it in mind if you're taking more than recommended dose (not harmful in any way except in terms of contraception).

    1. That's not entirely the case. They don't interfere with the contraceptive side, but they can interfere with absorption and cause nausea etc. The pill interferes with vit C, not the other way round. You won't get knocked up. ;)

  7. I ordered these (I'm in the US) and am getting ready to take an international flight to a colder climate to spend 10 days on holiday. My last international trip was amazing but I caught a nasty bug in paris. Hoping these keep my immune system PUMPED and my skin looking glorious. Will update after the month.

    1. Don't forget to stick some hand cream up your nose. Works a treat.

  8. No EDTA in Altrient. using in currently and confirmed no EDTA.

  9. Been taken them for 1.5 months and they are amazing! Didn't get a cold that everyone seems to be suffering with and my skin feels smoother. Ordered 2 more boxes, it's a firm favourite! Thanks Caroline for recommending, its a truly awesome supplement!