Ultrasonic Cleaners for DIY Liposomal Vitamin C

July 9th, 2013

An ultrasonic cleaner for making liposomal encapsulated vitamin C

An ultrasonic cleaner for making liposomal encapsulated vitamin C

Liposomal encapsulated vitamin C has received great press due to the reported high efficiency of absorption in the body vs. taking vitamin C pills or administering it intravenously.  These points are covered in several YouTube posts on the web along with recommendations on how to produce it at home. 

Because ultrasonic cleaners figure prominently in the do-it-yourself recipes we at Tovatech get inquiries on the correct ultrasonic equipment to use.   In this application the cleaners are not “cleaning” but use ultrasonic cavitation to encapsulate ascorbic acid within liposomes.  Encapsulation improves the bioavailability of the vitamin C in your body.   

We’ll not go into detail on the recipe other than to state it contains lecithin (non GMO recommended) to serve as the lipid and ascorbic acid as the vitamin, separately dissolved in distilled water then thoroughly mixed in a high speed blender.   It is then processed in the ultrasonic equipment for a length of time based on the recipe. 

Ultrasonic Equipment Details

Cavitation is the creation of minute bubbles produced by ultrasonic transducers powered by the unit’s generator.  In a cleaning operation they implode on surfaces to remove contaminants.  Here, as noted above, they encapsulate the vitamin C with liposomes.

Certain ultrasonic cleaner details apply to the process, others do not.  For example, heating the mixture is not required.   Therefore you do not need to invest in equipment with enough power to operate a heater.  The amount of power required to perform the cavitation depends on the capacity of the equipment and is generally expressed as watts per gallon.   Most cleaners run at an average power of 50 to 100 watts per gallon. This is generally expressed as effective or average ultrasonic power.

So the choice of power depends on the amount of liposomal encapsulated vitamin C you want to make in a batch, keeping in mind that it has a limited shelf life in the refrigerator – approximately 30 days according to one post.  If you have a large family and they each take two tablespoons a day that helps answer your question. 

Ultrasonic frequency is another criterion.  It is measured in kilohertz (kHz) or thousands of cycles per second.  A frequency of 35 kHz should do the job nicely.

Consider a machine with a timer that will shut the unit off when the processing time has elapsed.

Equipment Maintenance

After you’ve emptied your blend into a sealable glass jar take the time to thoroughly clean the equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Abrasive cleansers should never be used.

Contact the ultrasonic experts at Tovatech for suggestions on the equipment to use if you are making liposomal encapsulated vitamin C in your kitchen.

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