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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 

Your Eye Doctor Needs To Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 529

Your Eye Doctor Needs To Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 529

If you spend your days staring at phone, TV or computer screens, you need to know about what supplements can benefit your eye health, and your eye doctor should, too.

How to Lower Your Risk of a Cataract, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 457

How to Lower Your Risk of a Cataract, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 457

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

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Welcome back to Part 2 of my episode of how to lower your risk of cataract and how to protect your vision. In Part 1, I gave some recommendations on how to prevent cataracts, including food. Now let’s look at some studies on nutrients that can help keep your eyes healthy and free of cataracts.†

Research on nutrients for the eyes

A study from the journal JAMA Ophthalmology looked at the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin for the treatment of age-related cataracts. Some people in this study were randomly assigned to placebo, 10mg each of lutein and zeaxanthin, 1 gram of fish oils a day, or a combination of the lutein, zeaxanthin and fish oils to look at the effects on developing age-related macular degeneration, which is the number one cause of blindness in aging people. The researchers found that if the patients didn’t take lutein or zeaxanthin, they had a higher probability of developing cataracts to the point of needing surgery.†

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Another recent study published in June 2020 looked at lutein supplementation for eye diseases. The researchers said that lutein is one of the few carotenoids found in high concentration in the macula of the human retina. They found that lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect the eyes from macular degeneration, as well as diabetic retinopathy and myopia. They also found that lutein helps prevent the eyes from cataracts.†

What to do to prevent the development of a cataract

Here’s the take home. If you’re going down to Florida or anywhere else where it’s sunny, I really would wear shades, sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation, because that can really increase the risk of a cataract.†

You don’t want to smoke. Smoking is really a big cause of cataracts and really destroys the eyes. Keep your drinking down.  For men, less than two drinks per day. For women, less than one drink per day. Alcohol is a very tiny molecule. It passes the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain, very easily and it creates toxins that can affect the brain and the eyeball.†

You can eat an egg every day because eggs are rich in nutrients that can help protect the eyes. Have the complete egg. If you just have the egg white, you can lose biotin, which can lead to hair loss. Having the full egg will give you the ingredients, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, Vitamin A and riboflavin, that are very good for your eyes. You should also eat green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli for the lutein, as well as for the Vitamin C content.†

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You might want to take an eye supplement if you’re older. As you get older, it gets harder and harder to absorb lutein and zeaxanthin from. It gets harder and harder to absorb zinc from food. You also need zinc for your immune system and many other things. You also need lutein and zeaxanthin for your memory. After the age of 55 or 60, I would start taking a vision formula, but make sure it has natural lutein and natural zeaxanthin in it.†

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph., continues his conversation about how to avoid developing a cataract. He shares multiple studies focusing on vision-supporting nutrients and also provides his own recommendation for actions, foods and nutrients that can help you protect your eyes as you age.†

Key Topics:

  • How lutein and zeaxanthin help protect the eyes
  • What makes lutein and zeaxanthin special
  • What does the macula do for vision?

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Cataracts and Nutrition – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 446

Cataracts and Nutrition – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 446

Did you know that cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide? Many people rely on surgery to help with this issue, but there are also nutrients that can help support healthy vision throughout the aging process.

What Is Bell’s Palsy? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 436

What Is Bell’s Palsy? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 436

You may have heard about Bell’s palsy, a type of facial paralysis that affects about 500,000 Americans annually, but do you know what causes it? Learn more from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Are Triglycerides As Dangerous As Cholesterol? Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 401

Are Triglycerides As Dangerous As Cholesterol? Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 401

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

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In Part 1 of this episode, I discussed what triglycerides are, how they become elevated and some of the damage they can do, especially in the heart. I also discussed how they can relate to fatty liver disease, which is a lot more common than you think. Today, we’re going to discuss other ways that triglycerides can impact the body.†

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How this affects the health of the organs

Extremely high triglycerides can cause severe inflammation of the pancreas, which is known as pancreatitis. That’s not a comfortable condition. In pancreatitis, you get pain in the stomach area and it can radiate around to your back. It can cause severe nausea and vomiting and can also make your abdomen feel tender and swollen. There are a lot of symptoms that go along with pancreatitis. The problem is that if this happens too frequently, it can be connected to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. You never want inflammation in an organ if you can help it.†  

According to the American Health Association, young people with high triglyceride levels have a four times greater risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke than people with normal triglycerides.† 

High triglycerides often accompany other conditions, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, kidney disease and hypothyroidism. Your thyroid is a master gland that controls your metabolism. When it’s not functioning well, you tend to get inflamed. Your good cholesterol drops, your bad cholesterol goes up and your triglycerides go up. You also frequently have fatigue and it’s hard to focus and concentrate on things.†

How to help achieve healthy triglycerides

A healthy lifestyle is the best way to help lower your triglyceride levels. That’s the key. If you’re overweight or you’re sedentary, that’s strongly associated with developing hypertriglyceridemia. This is because you’re not burning the calories from your food.† 

It’s important to exercise regularly. If you can do about 30 minutes a day for most days of the week, that can help burn triglycerides.†  

You should also avoid sugary foods and refined carbohydrates. This includes anything made from white flour, like white bread or pasta. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. This might be the worst thing because you’re mixing glucose with fructose, which seems to have a worse effect on people than just having either of those on their own.† 

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You should choose healthier fats. Red meat is not the best thing for your blood fats. Fish is much better because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids and also has a lot of other healthy things in it such as the mineral magnesium and the amino acid taurine. These nutrients are good for your heart, brain and eyes.† 

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. continues his discussion on triglycerides. He explains how this fat can impact the health of the pancreas and also provides recommendations of foods to eat and foods to avoid in order to support healthy triglyceride levels. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this episode, coming soon!†

Key Topics:

  • What is metabolic syndrome?
  • How genetics impact triglycerides
  • Prescription medications that can affect triglyceride levels
  • What foods should you eat to maintain healthy triglycerides?

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