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Metabolic Syndrome: Take 2!

Metabolic Syndrome: Take 2!

Written by: Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected]† Last week I wrote about the individual parts of metabolic syndrome. But today we are going to take a step back and look at metabolic syndrome as a whole. As I previously 

Your Cardiologist Needs To Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 524

Your Cardiologist Needs To Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 524

Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for making sure the heart is functioning properly, yet your cardiologist may not put it on your radar. Here’s why your heart needs magnesium.

What is Nattokinase? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 461

What is Nattokinase? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 461


InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world. When we think about the reasons why, we can look at dietary implications, the impact of stress and environmental reasons. Today, I want to talk about a key nutrient that has been shown is so many clinical research trials to be incredibly advantageous when it comes to the health of our heart and our circulatory system in general.†

The pros and cons of what we eat

There are things that come from foods that can be very harmful to our health and there are things that come from food that can be incredibly beneficial. When we think about the bad things, we know that there are a lot of bad fats and bad carbohydrates. There’s the lack of nutrients and the added chemicals. We can bundle those all into one bucket and say that we should try to avoid those foods.†


But what foods should we include? There’s one food in particular that has gained a lot of notoriety over the past roughly 20 years when it comes to clinical research and that is natto. Soy natto is something that has been found throughout different Asian countries to have these really pronounced health benefits. Natto itself is a cheese-like food that is made from the fermentation of soybeans.†

One of the most unique features of natto is that it possesses strong cardiovascular-protective effects. Nattokinase is a powerful enzyme that is derived from natto.†

How nattokinase supports the cardiovascular system

Much of the research on nattokinase is showing the multiple mechanisms by which the natto is working to keep the vascular system more effectively flowing. When we understand the cardiovascular system in detail, we know that its different parts help to distribute oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries, for instance, are tissue-paper thin and are very prone to injury. Research looking at nattokinase found that natto itself was really helping to maintain structural integrity throughout the cardiovascular system.†


Nattokinase is one of those things from nature that we can recognize can really help to enhance our health, so we should maybe consider adding it into our diet. Well, many people don’t like to eat natto itself, so the good news is that there is the high-potent extracted form known as nattokinase.†

Nattokinase has been researched for its ability to protect the body from the buildup of the protein fibrin. In doing this, they found that nattokinase itself can help to support healthier levels of fibrin. This would then correlate to healthy blood flow and better circulation throughout the entire circulatory system.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains what natto and nattokinase are. She explains the history of how this nutrient has become recognized for its health benefits and details research about its important properties.†

Key Topics:

  • The bacteria involved in the fermentation of natto
  • How natto benefits the cardiovascular system
  • The anatomy of the vascular system
  • Research on nattokinase

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Spotlight on Carnosine – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 454

Spotlight on Carnosine – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 454

The dipeptide carnosine is important for supporting your health as you age. Our L-Carnosine Plus Hx provides this amino acid in combination with other important nutrients to help promote brain health, kidney health, heart health and more.

Cardiac Gene Variants and Cardiovascular Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 351

Cardiac Gene Variants and Cardiovascular Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 351

Your body contains a multitude of genes that are involved in your cardiovascular health. Understanding these genes can help indicate what you need to do to support your heart in terms of diet, exercise, supplementation and more.

Could Children with Allergies Have An Increased Risk of Heart Disease?

Could Children with Allergies Have An Increased Risk of Heart Disease?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), 8.3 million American children have respiratory allergies, 9.5 American children have skin allergies and nearly 6 million children in the U.S. have food allergies. Though the organization reports that early identification of childhood allergies can improve the child’s quality of life and reduce the number of missed school days, a new study is advising parents to get their children screened more aggressively for high cholesterol and high blood pressure because those factors can set them on a dangerous path at a very early age.

The Study

The study, set to be published on December 8th, 2015 in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, concluding report states, “Children with allergies, particularly asthma and hay fever, have about twice the rate of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, setting them on a course for heart disease at a surprisingly early age. Even when the study controlled for obesity, children with allergic disease has a much higher risk.”

Lead study author, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine dermatologist says, “This study shows that cardiovascular risk starts far earlier in life than we ever realized. Given how common these allergic diseases are in childhood, it suggests we need to screen these children more aggressively to make sure we are not missing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There may be an opportunity to modify their lifestyles and turn this risk around.”

Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is the most common allergic reaction in children in the United States. Symptoms, according to the ACAAI, including runny and itchy nose, sneezing, postnasal drip and nasal congestion. Allergies can also cause nasal congestion, ear infections, and ailments to particular foods.


Silverberg and his team of researchers studied associations between asthma, hay fever and eczema in the U.S. against cardiovascular risk factors. Data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey of 13,275 children from all 50 states was used in the study. According to the study’s findings, asthma occurred in 14% of children, eczema in 12% and hay fever in 16.6% of children. All three factors were associated with higher rates of overweight or obese children.

Dr. Jonathan Silverberg explains, “Because the association with hypertension and high cholesterol exists separately from obesity, inflammation occurring in asthma and hay fever might contribute to higher rates of cardiovascular disease. Also, children with profound asthma are typically more sedentary, which also may have a harmful effect and drive up blood pressure.”

To find an allergist near you, visit the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s website, here: http://acaai.org/locate-an-allergist. Speak to your child’s pediatrician for more information.

Sources: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151208081328.htm and http://acaai.org/

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