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Zinc is key to more than Immune Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 609

Zinc is key to more than Immune Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 609

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode.  ZINC IS KEY TO MORE THAN IMMUNE HEALTH, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 609 Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro:[00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our 

What Supplement Is Good For Hair, Skin, Nails, And Joint Health?

What Supplement Is Good For Hair, Skin, Nails, And Joint Health?

Written By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com Everyone’s heard of collagen. It’s typically associated with cosmetic fillers and beauty products. However, collagen is also an essential nutrient as it is vital to every part of the body. 

What You Need to Know About Anti-Aging

What You Need to Know About Anti-Aging


Written by Melissa Bistricer, RDN

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Aging can be difficult, but there are things you can learn to help you through the anti-aging process. With a balanced diet and clinically-studied nutrients, you can enhance your body’s overall aging health.†

What Happens When We Age?

As we age, the body starts to deteriorate through the cardiovascular system, bones, joints, muscles, bladder, urinary tract, memory, ears, eyes, teeth, skin and more. Your 40s and 50s are a concern as we start to age around then. However, you can be as early as mid-30s and continue to age.†

In the cardiovascular system, when we age the blood vessels and arteries stiffen, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood. The heart will compensate and start to increase the workload, pumping more blood. These changes can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and possibly other cardiovascular conditions.†

The bones in the body start to shrink as size and density decrease. The muscles begin to weaken, making older individuals more susceptible to fractures. As we age, our muscles start to lose strength, endurance and flexibility which can affect coordination, stability and balance.†

In older age, the digestive system starts to slow down metabolism; which can cause constipation. This can be due to lack of exercise, not drinking enough fluids and a low-fiber diet. The weakening of bladder muscles and pelvic floor muscles can cause frequent urination or complete loss of bladder control.†

Our brain starts to change as we experience memory and thinking issues. This can be simply as older individuals forgetting names of words, and other simple tasks. There are recommendations to help slow the aging process through diet, exercise, and clinically studied nutrients.†

Nutrition Therapy for Anti-Aging

With aging, we want to ensure that you are eating a well-balanced diet that includes eating more powerful antioxidant foods. Antioxidants can help the anti-aging process and increase one’s longevity, but we need to focus on also providing beneficial nutrients.†

Beneficial nutrients include protein, calcium, Vitamin D, eliminating the intake of saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated and trans fats can cause inflammation and raise your LDL known as the “bad” cholesterol and lower the HDL the “good” cholesterol, which may increase the risk of heart disease.†

The best diet to follow as we age is a Mediterranean-style diet. This is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, antioxidants, vitamin C, lean protein, fatty fish, and colorful produce. The Mediterranean diet helps to fight off inflammation and keep you younger longer!†

Foods to consider adding to your diet can be: tomatoes, walnuts, artichokes, pomegranates, avocados, olive oil, salmon, lentils, beans, oatmeal, and Medjool dates.†

You should consider excluding these from your diet: processed red meats, heavily processed foods, frozen meals with lots of sodium, refined grains, alcohol, butter, refined, and processed or hydrogenated oils†

After the diet is under control, exercise is extremely important for anti-aging and staying young. A study published by the European Heart Journal, done over a 6 month time frame with 124 people; participants were instructed to perform endurance, resistance training, or high intensity interval training (HIIT). After the 6 months, researchers established that HIIT and endurance training was beneficial for cell growth and replication. New research determined that two types of exercise to slow the aging process are high intensity interval training (HIIT) and endurance training.†


Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs

Lastly, we can look at clinically-studied nutrients that can be beneficial for the healthy aging process in conjunction with nutrition and exercise recommendations.†

Resveratrol HxⓇ  is a formulation complex with active trans-resveratrol, quercetin and grape seed extract. Resveratrol is a polyphenolic flavonoid found in the seeds and skin of red grapes; which is included in red wine, grapes, some berries and peanuts. Studies in the past have shown that resveratrol, a natural phytoestrogen can be beneficial for anti-aging therapy.†

Resveratrol has been studied to have beneficial actions in intracellular pathways; activated by anti-oxidant defense, regulation of cell cycle, mitochondrial energy protection, and vascular tone.1 The results suggest that polyphenol resveratrol has diverse biological effects. Evidence finds that resveratrol has protected against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disorders.†

Quercetin is a polyphenol known as an antioxidant to protect against oxidative stress. Quercetin is naturally found in plant products, specifically onions, which has the highest quantity of quercetin. Quercetin is beneficial in anti-aging; it has anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, and anti-viral properties.†2

Grape seed contains flavonoids and non-flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Grape seed extract is beneficial in helping with neurological disorders, including stroke, autism and psychiatric disorders.3 In the formulation of Resveratrol Hx, the active trans-resveratrol, quercetin, and grape seed extract can help to support heart health and brain health.†

As individuals age, its normal process to reduce the production of ATP, which decreases the production of skeletal muscles. The mitochondria is the powerhouse for energy; this produces adenosine triphosphate otherwise known as our ATP. Aging is correlated with the functional decline in mitochondria. In advanced age, mitochondrial DNA, integrity, and functionality will reduce due to the oxidative damage in the reactive oxygen species (ROS).4 This is the major energy source for our bodies as we age. When this is declining then energy sources will decline as well. This is where our ATP HxⓇ comes into play to support energy, endurance, and strength for aging individuals.†


Healthy Aging Program

Resveratrol Hx supports cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic health†
ATP HxⓇ supports your energy needs†

For further questions or concerns related to dietary and nutritional supplement recommendations email me at mbistricer@invitehealth.com


1. Markus MA, Morris BJ. Resveratrol in prevention and treatment of common clinical conditions of aging. Clin Interv Aging. 2008;3(2):331-339.
2. Deepika, Maurya PK. Health Benefits of Quercetin in Age-Related Diseases. Molecules. 2022 Apr 13;27(8):2498. doi: 10.3390/molecules27082498. PMID: 35458696; PMCID: PMC9032170.
3. Mehdipour R, Ebrahimzadeh-Bideskan A, Hosseini M, et al. The benefits of grape seed extract in neurological disorders and brain aging [published online ahead of print, 2022 Mar 28]. Nutr Neurosci. 2022;1-15. doi:10.1080/1028415X.2022.2051954
4. Chistiakov DA, Sobenin IA, Revin VV, Orekhov AN, Bobryshev YV. Mitochondrial aging and age-related dysfunction of mitochondria. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:238463. doi:10.1155/2014/238463



Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Women’s health can be impacted with thyroid dysfunction. There are specific signs to look for and if they occur to try using a natural supplement to help balance the symptoms. Read more to find out how you can help your thyroid function in relation to women’s health.

I Kneed Bone Health to Help my Pain

I Kneed Bone Health to Help my Pain

We want to try to reduce the risk of bone health issues before it is to late. This is why it is so important to make sure you are eating a anti-inflammatory diet and getting nutrients that can support your overall bone health.

Chronic Inflammation, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 498

Chronic Inflammation, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 498


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Chronic Inflammation, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 498

Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

*Intro music*

InVite Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InVite Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InVite Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!

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Amanda Williams, MPH:

[00:00:40] Today, I want to zero in on inflammaging. This is a term that I like to toss around when it comes to accelerated aging that’s brought on by chronic inflammation, and we know that chronic inflammation is a big time problem. So I want to define inflammation in general today and talk about the implications. And then in part two, I’m going to talk about nutrients that are very specified when it comes to targeting chronic inflammation. So I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH, and let’s get right to it.† [00:01:13]

[00:01:13] Let’s talk some inflammaging and what exactly inflammaging is. Well, it’s just as its name suggests, it’s inflammation that creates aging. And for most people, they don’t want to age. Most people want to stay youthful. Well, we know that chronic inflammation will drive the aging process much faster than we would like. When we look at the end results of chronic inflammation, we can categorize all of those different chronic diseases. We can look at heart disease, we can look at diabetes, we look at chronic kidney disease, arthritis. We can look at, you know, irritable bowel with ulcerative colitis, for example, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease. We see the impact that inflammation has on the body.† [00:02:06]

[00:02:07] Now there is a big difference between short-term or acute inflammation, which is warranted and and actually is protective to the body, versus chronic, long-term inflammation, which I always describe as like a low level of inflammation, but it’s like a like a forest fire. So it’s creating damage slowly over time, where acute inflammation, say you sprain your ankle or something like that, you’re going to see this acute inflammatory response, which helps to promote the healing. So there is a big difference between the two when we look at acute inflammation versus chronic inflammation.† [00:02:52]

[00:02:53] So understanding the causes of chronic inflammation is key to trying to figure out how to reverse that. So when we think about things like mitochondrial dysfunction. So at the heart of the cell, the energy component, the maker of energy in each and every single cell is the mitochondria. If that mitochondria starts to go dysfunctional, then the cell is not going to be able to provide the energy or function the way that it is supposed to. We can certainly see how advanced glycation end products, those AGEs that are due to elevated blood sugar levels, can contribute to the chronic inflammatory process. We can look at things like oxidized low-density lipoprotein, so when we think about our cholesterol and how inflammation is the driving force for atherosclerosis, when we think about those plaque buildups.† [00:03:58]


[00:04:00] Now there are many different risk factors that we can associate with chronic inflammation. We can look at the diet first and foremost. You know, dietary intake of bad fats, dietary intake of sugary sweetened beverages and high sugar intake. We can certainly look at excess weight, so being overweight or obese can play an integral role into driving that chronic inflammation. Now, certainly, we can look for chronic inflammation in the body. We can assess what our current status is when it comes to chronic inflammation. We can look at things like high sensitivity C-reactive protein. We can look at tumor necrosis factor alpha levels. We can assess different interleukins to see how inflamed we really are.† [00:04:52]

[00:04:54] But we have to see that the 10 leading causes of mortality in this country are directly linked to chronic, low level inflammation. So this plays a pathological role in every single one of those diseases. So when we have chronic inflammation, this is what creates all of that destruction in the body and hence we look at inflammaging because if we don’t do anything about that inflammation, it’s going to disrupt the cellular function, which means the cell no longer is working the way it’s supposed to, sending out signals, messages and hence it’s going to age faster. These are very important takeaways, because so much of this is modifiable.† [00:05:53]

[00:05:56] So you have the acute inflammatory response, we want that to happen. We know that this is important. Say we have an injury. I mentioned, you know, a sprained ankle, for example. You have an infection from a viral infection, bacterial infection, parasite, fungus. Of course, we want an acute inflammatory response to this. Now we also know that certain viruses can trigger a chronic inflammatory response, which is not good. But the acute inflammatory response, this is a very well-controlled process in the body. It’s trying to prevent damage done to surrounding tissues is trying to stop the spread of infection. It’s helping that healing process through the removal of the bad pathogen or through damaged tissue.† [00:06:56]

[00:06:59] Now, that is one aspect of inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a whole different beast. This is where we lose that function of the cell through that mitochondrial loss of energy production, which means we’re going to have excessive free radical or reactive oxygen species that do significant damage to the cell itself. All of these things are important to understand. We can look at how different biochemical pathways are involved in chronic inflammation. I had mentioned the oxidation of your low-density lipoproteins. We can see how this is a significant contributor to the development of atherosclerotic plaques. We can look at how elevations in homocysteine, which is a clear indication that there is inflammation occurring within the cardiovascular system, which can also be influenced through the inadequate exposure of key B-vitamins. So if you’re homocysteine levels are high, you should also be assessing your B12 in your folate levels because we know that there is a correlation between that. So understanding the, the impact, the long-lasting impact of chronic inflammation is essential to be able to target that chronic inflammation.† [00:08:37]

[00:08:39] If we know we’re carrying around excess weight, obviously we need to do something about that through lifestyle modifications via exercise, via diet. We can certainly look at hormonal components that can drive inflammation, looking at the endocrine system in general, so then what we’re thinking about pancreatic function in the setting of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. There are many ways by which our daily choices influence inflammation and make that inflammation linger and do significant damage.† [00:09:25]


[00:09:27] So we think about the cardiovascular implications, we think about how chronic low level inflammation has been implicated in many types of cancers. Think about how chronic inflammation is directly implicated with the pro-inflammatory cytokine response that you see in diabetes, which creates greater insulin resistance and less insulin sensitivity over time. You can look at age-related macular degeneration and see how inflammation is correlated to that. When they look at people who have age-related macular degeneration and they look their C-reactive protein levels, they can see elevated CRP, greater destruction within the eye. We can look at bone health and the impact of inflammation on the destruction of our bones, weakening the bones, creating osteopenia and osteoporosis. We can look at the cognitive impacts, we can look at how chronic inflammation can lead to things like anxiety and depression.† [00:10:35]

[00:10:38] So we have to first and foremost, be aware of what inflammaging is. And then secondly, we need to be proactive in our approach to targeting and managing this. This is essential to our existence because remember, it’s inflammaging. If we don’t want our cells to lose function and start dying off, which is going to shorten our lifespan, then we need to be proactive in how to support that cellular function. And the first thing that we do is we target the inflammation. So I’m going to, in part two, talk about different nutrients that we know are incredibly supportive when it comes to the normal inflammatory response and making sure that if we have excess inflammation occurring, that we can actually do something to lessen that, to lower the inflammation, to give those cells the ability to do what we need them to do. So we will pick up at that point in part two. So certainly tune in to that.† [00:11:53]

[00:11:53] For today, I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InVite Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @invitehealth and we will see you next time for another episode of the InVite Health Podcast.† [00:11:53]