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What The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565

What The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565

You keep hearing the buzz work Collagen? Well to learn more listen to the podcast all about collagen by Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT.

Your Orthopedist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 530

Your Orthopedist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 530

Did you know that more than 25% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from osteoarthritis? That’s why you and your orthopedist need to know about UC-II.

My Morning Health Concoction – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 452

My Morning Health Concoction – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 452


InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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My wife and I habitually get up early in the morning, around 5 or 5:30. On the weekend, we sleep in until about 6 or 6:15. We have our little routine. We get up, we chat a little bit, I brew coffee and we take care of the two dogs. We watch a little news and check the weather, then I go exercise.†

I have a recumbent bike up in the bedroom. I ride the bike for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how much time I have any given morning. I do a lot of stretching, as well as pushups and weight lifting, so it’s a nice morning workout.† 

After that, I have my morning concoction. It’s a health blend made up of several powders that I mix together. For me, the best time to take it is after exercise.†

Why your body needs this concoction

With age, we have this natural loss of tissue, strength and even memory functions. This concoction addresses everything in my body. It’s not my vitamins. I take my vitamins and other more obscure supplements later with my breakfast.†   

When you hit 50 or so, you really want to know about this blend. When we hit our mid-20s, our collagen production begins to decline. That’s an issue because this is the second most common ingredient in the human body. 67% of your joint cartilage is collagen, 70% of your skin is collagen and most of the tissue in your hair and nails is collagen. Your bone is 36% collagen and collagen also makes up the blood-brain barrier that keeps toxins out of the brain. With age, as your body makes less collagen, your body suffers. If you take collagen, it helps rebuild your bones, safeguard the health of your joints and supports your hair, skin and nails.† 


With age, we also make less of the peptides that make our ligaments and tendons, so they tend to stiffen, dry out and develop microtears. This is the most common injury in aging people because they cannot maintain the structure of these tissues.†

We go through a situation with age which is called sarcopenia, where we have an age-related drop in muscle and strength. Nobody wants that because nobody wants to fall down and break their hip or hit their head. If you have more muscle, that doesn’t happen, plus you’re stronger and you survive better.†

The important nutrients found in my morning concoction

One way I push back on aging is by taking a scoop of Collagex HA. This formula provides collagen, as well as glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. Collagex HA is addressing my bones, my skin, my joints, my hair, my nails and my spinal tissue.†

Then I add a scoop of Flex HxⓇ. Flex HxⓇ is engineered to help with your ligaments and tendons. This formulation has the peptides specific for ligaments and tendons, otherwise you can end up with golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow.† 

I also take Active HxⓇ, which is beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate (HMB). We used to say that you should take whey protein for your muscles, and it’s still a great option, but researchers have found that it’s the branched-chain amino acid leucine that is important because it turns into HMB. This helps prevent muscle loss in older people.†


I add half a scoop of Bone Powder to my morning health concoction to provide my body with the nutrients needed to engineer bone. Finally, I top it off with a scoop of Cocoa HxⓇ. This is real chocolate that offers support for the brain. That’s my morning concoction and I strongly recommend it for older people who want to maintain their health.† 

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. shares his morning routine for keeping his body functioning as he ages. He discusses the different ways the human body can change with age and provides the recipe for his daily morning concoction, made with InViteⓇ Health products.†

Key Topics:

  • Why does collagen production decline with age?
  • The role of ligaments and tendons
  • Research on HMB

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A Superior Cartilage Nutrient for Joint Comfort – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 38

A Superior Cartilage Nutrient for Joint Comfort – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 38

Chief Scientific Officer and Pharmacist, Jerry Hickey, Ph. speaks about a clinically studied Type II Cartilage branded nutrient – UC-II™ – for joint comfort. Here’s what you need to know.

New Study: Weight Loss Slows Degeneration of the Joint

New Study: Weight Loss Slows Degeneration of the Joint

You’ll hear Jerry Hickey, R.Ph regularly mention on his radio program that there are a few factors that positively benefit all health conditions – following an active lifestyle, losing weight, and eating the right foods. A new study, focusing on Osteoarthritis and joint degeneration, backs 

Can Glucosamine and Chondroitin Support a Healthy Colon?

Can Glucosamine and Chondroitin Support a Healthy Colon?

Glucosamine and chondroitin are supplements commonly used to support joint health. But a new study reports that these supplements may also support colon health via anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

Data from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow up Study published in the International Journal of Cancer, report that these two supplements were associated with a 23% reduction in the risk of colorectal (colon) cancer.

Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of inflammatory joint disease, characterized by the degradation of articular cartilage (found on many joint surfaces), with periarticular (tissues surrounding a joint) bone response often damaging the end of bone. Clinical manifestations of OA of the knee include pain in and around the joint, stiffness of the joint after rest, crepitation (crackling sound) on motion and limited joint motion, among others.

Joint Health supplements consist of nutrients and herbs that work in different, yet complementary ways to enhance joint comfort and health

Lifestyle changes including exercise, weight loss, an anti-inflammatory diet and other therapies have been recommended but typically acetaminophen and NSAIDs are used to manage the symptoms of arthritis, especially pain. The long-term use of these drugs, however, is associated with enhanced risk for gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, hypertension, congestive heart failure and renal insufficiency. People suffering from arthritis have turned to nutraceuticals or natural products to ease their pain and discomfort. A number of these nutraceuticals have been studied and used for many years and have proven to be well tolerated, as well as safe. Supplements can assist in regenerating healthy joint cartilage, and address the pain and inflammation that otherwise trigger a cascade causing further break down of healthy cartilage.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine is naturally found in the human body and is involved in the creation of the molecules that form cartilage. Numerous clinical studies show glucosamine greatly benefits individuals suffering from osteoarthritis, as it has been shown to strengthen cartilage. As we age, exercise, and/or gain weight, the wear-and-tear of joints increases for many individuals, leading to occasional pains and discomfort in the knees, hips, back and elbows.

Chondroitin is also naturally found in the body in cartilage and bone. Numerous clinical studies show it may reduce pain and inflammation and support joint function, also benefitting individuals suffering from osteoarthritis. Together, Glucosamine and Chondroitin have been shown to help sustain abilities to take part in daily activities without joint pain.

Strong evidence that Glucosamine with Chondroitin Protect Adults from Colon and Rectal Cancers

The Study

Researchers report, “Results of this study suggest a potential beneficial effect of glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation on risk of colorectal cancer, and further support the previously observed association between use of these supplements and risk of colorectal cancer in the VITAL study. Additional studies are needed to better understand the association between the use of glucosamine and chondroitin and risk of colorectal cancer, and the mechanisms by which these supplements may affect risk of colorectal cancer.”

The study analyzed data from 68,466 women and 27,934 men, which yielded 672 cases of colorectal cancer. Researchers found the use of glucosamine was associated with 21% reduction in risk, while use of chondroitin was associated with a 23% reduction. The use of the two supplements together was “significantly associated with a 23% reduction in risk”, according to Dr. Elizabeth Kantor and her co-workers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

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