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DHA: The Key Brain-Boosting Omega-3 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 443

DHA: The Key Brain-Boosting Omega-3 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 443

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, but what do you know about DHA? Learn all about why this nutrient is important for brain development from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Bone Health Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 405

Bone Health Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 405

Osteoporosis is often called “the silent disease” because people cannot feel changes in their bone density. This is why it is so important to make sure you are getting nutrients that can support your overall bone health.

Are Triglycerides As Dangerous As Cholesterol? Part 3 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 402

Are Triglycerides As Dangerous As Cholesterol? Part 3 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 402


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As we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this episode, triglycerides can be exceedingly dangerous when they’re elevated. When they’re somewhat elevated, they can contribute to hardening of the arteries, coronary heart disease and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. They also cause fatty liver disease and the development of prediabetes or diabetes.†

Natural support for people with elevated triglycerides

There are nutrients that can help fight elevated triglycerides. One of these is niacin, which is a form of Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is involved with energy production and can help slow the aging process. Niacin helps to lower your triglycerides, as well as your bad cholesterol, and can also help to raise your good cholesterol a little bit. The problem is that when this is used as a drug, it is used in very high doses and it can be very unpleasant. The amount of niacin that you get in our B-Complex or multivitamins is fantastic, but super high doses of this vitamin may not be great.†


Psyllium husk can also be beneficial. Psyllium is a type of fiber. It has to be mixed totally with water, otherwise the water in your throat can mix with it and it can swell in your throat. You mix a teaspoon of the psyllium in a glass of water twice a day and take it with food. First of all, it is a fiber and this helps to clean out your colon and support regularity. Psyllium husk also helps to lower your cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides.† 

Research on fish oils and plant sterols

Then we have plant sterols, which may be my favorite, as well as fish oils.†

A trial done in the United States looked at people who were being treated with statin drugs and also had elevated triglycerides, but low cholesterol levels. These people also had a history of heart disease and diabetes.  The researchers gave them 4000mg of fish oil a day, without its natural DHA. Instead, they super concentrated the EPA and changed its molecular shape a little bit. This study found that even if someone had low cholesterol levels, high triglycerides could cause them to have a heart attack or stroke. But, when they gave them the high-potency fish oils for five years, it cut back on the number of people who had a heart attack or stroke. Lowering the triglycerides cut back around an additional 25% in these risks.† 

Now let’s discuss krill oil. The EPA and DHA in krill oil are more bioavailable, which means that they’re better absorbed by humans. This is because the oils in fish oils are attached to triglycerides, whereas the oils in krill oil are attached to phosphatides. Phosphatides are very good for the liver, brain, memory and mood. The way that krill oil supplies these fish oils is also excellent for helping to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.† 

There is another kind of fat called sterols which are very interesting. They block the absorption of cholesterol from food in your digestive tract. Studies over the past 50 years show that they can help lower the risk of developing heart disease, as well as cholesterol levels. More recent studies are showing that they also help to lower triglycerides.† 


In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. concludes his discussion on triglycerides. He offers suggestions for nutrients and supplements that can help people with high triglyceride levels and cites multiple studies.†

Key Topics:

  • Many issues associated with elevated triglycerides
  • Impacts of niacin on the body
  • Different types of essential fatty acids
  • Research on krill oils

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Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help with Pandemic-Related Depression? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 372

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help with Pandemic-Related Depression? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 372

The events of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused more people to experience issues with depression and anxiety. Learn about how omega-3 fatty acids can help with these issues from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Meta-analysis says Omega-3 Supplements may Slash Cardiac Death Risk

Meta-analysis says Omega-3 Supplements may Slash Cardiac Death Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiac death accounts for about two-thirds of all cardiovascular disease deaths in the United States. This new meta-analysis on omega-3 supplements is reportedly the first to include cardiac death as a primary endpoint, and the 

New Study: Krill Oil for Cognitive Processes for US Army

New Study: Krill Oil for Cognitive Processes for US Army

A new study, conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) entitled, “The Ranger Resilience and Improved Performance of phospholipid bound Omega-3s” (RRIPP-3), will determine if omega-3 supplementation, Krill Oil, can improve cognitive processes in high-performing warfighters from the US Army. The trial started August 1, 2016 and will last until spring of 2018.*

The Study

The study’s lead researcher Bernadette Marriott, PhD, from MUSC says the purpose of this study is to investigate whether or not “supplementation with krill oil concentrate can improve specific cognitive processes that underlie key elements of soldier performance that may have a measurable impact on performance and mental health under the extreme psychophysiological stress of military office training”.

Numerous studies have shown omega-3s to benefit individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as seen in this study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The purpose of studying fish oil specifically, according to Dr. Travis Turner, a neuropsychologist and MUSC co-principal investigator, is because it is “phospholipid-bound and is reported to be absorbed more readily”

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What do researchers hope to find out about Krill Oil?

Researchers of the study will be seeking answers to these three questions, according to the South Carolina Research Studies Directory –

  1. Will treatment with krill oil concentrate containing omega-3 HUFAs improve cognitive and psychiatric functioning during U.S. Army Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (Part I)?
  2. Will treatment with krill oil concentrate containing the omega-3 HUFAs improve the performance of officers during portions of the US Army Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (Part I) and Ranger training (Part II)?
  3. Do effects of the supplements continue once a person stops taking them? Are there any group differences in functioning observed 2 months after treatment is discontinued (i.e., after Ranger training)?

What does that mean for you, a civilian?

Dr. Marriott explains, “In the big picture, intake of omega-3s is essential for living a productive and healthy life. For instance, sustained attention, inhibition and cognitive control are essential for everyday things like safe driving, parenting, academic achievement and handling challenges at work.”

Jerry Hickey, R. Ph, Pharmacist and Scientific Director of InVite® Health says, “The oils from fatty fish supply amazing health benefits. It’s true – fish is “brain food”. The key component in fish oil is their EPA-DHA omega-3 fatty acid content. Fish oils are essential for memory and cognitive function and to protect the brain.”

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*As soon as new information is available on this study, InVite Health will be sure to keep you updated!

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