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You’re Older, think about taking these supplements, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 620

You’re Older, think about taking these supplements, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 620

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. YOU’RE OLDER, THINK ABOUT TAKING THESE SUPPLEMENTS  – INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 620 Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our 

Joint Health Series: Lab Work

Joint Health Series: Lab Work

  Written by: Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com† Joints are a part of our body that get used constantly, as a result of this, many things can go wrong with their health. To determine exactly what is going 

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. This is due to the benefits collagen has for the connective tissues.†

What Exactly Is Collagen?

Well, collagen is a protein that helps to make up the body and is sourced from bovine (cow), fish and chicken to make the supplements we use. The most common types are type 1, 2 and 3 as they have specific functions. Types 1 and 3 are helpful for hair, skin, nails, bones and the muscular system. Type 2 is most commonly used to help the cartilage within the joints.†

When it comes to healthy hair, skin and nails, collagen always seems to be the first nutrient looked at, for good reason. It is needed to help strengthen the nails, which helps them grow and keep any breaks and splitting to a minimum. It also helps to nourish the hair follicle to allow for hair growth and strengthens the hair to avoid brittle strands. Many skin care products contain marine collagen, useful to maintain a youthful appearance. It is needed to help smooth (or avoid as much as possible) fine lines and wrinkles, heal scarring and even adds elasticity to the skin. Collagen also can aid in the hydration of the skin to help combat dry, flaky skin. Establishing a good skincare routine that includes collagen can set up a lifetime of healthy skin.†


Whether it’s through the normal aging process, an injury or even a surgical procedure, the muscular system (which includes muscles, tendons and ligaments) can really experience a lot of trauma. While collagen is needed to help maintain the strength and flexibility of these tissues, it can also help in recovery. Studies have shown that adding collagen a couple days after surgery can be effective in the healing process. Collagen can help to heal the wound, as well as strengthen the tissues.†

Collagen is an important part of the bones. It is the foundation of the bone matrix, allowing the calcium to “stick” and form bone. Approximately 40% of our bones are made up of water and matrix, with 90% of the matrix to be collagen. The collagen is quite strong and aids in the formation of bone and cartilage. This is important for healing from breaks and fractures, as well as to strengthen the bones due to osteopenia and osteoporosis. These issues can arise through the normal aging process, causing lower bone density and brittle bones, making collagen a perfect companion to calcium and magnesium.†


Collagen is needed by every part of the body for varying reasons. It is effective supplement for aging and healing damaged tissues. Incorporating skincare products with natural ingredients and collagen, as well as adding our powdered Collagen HxⓇ (my go-to option) into water, plain yogurt or even a nutritious smoothie can put anyone on the path to a strong, healthy body.†




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.

Ideal Nutrients for Sprains and Strains – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 487

Ideal Nutrients for Sprains and Strains – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 487

If you’ve ever experienced sprains or strains in your back, ankle or elsewhere, you know how uncomfortable they can be. The good news is that there are nutrients that can help.

Aching Joints? You Need These Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 455

Aching Joints? You Need These Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 455


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

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Everyone’s heard the saying, “Oh, my aching joints!” Today, I want to spotlight one of our really amazing formulations that is very much geared towards the health of your joints. We know that arthritis is a major problem. There are so many millions of people who are affected by arthritic joints and they’re always seeking new ways or remedies to try to support that in a much more feasible way, without always having to turn towards NSAIDs. Today, I want to talk about one of those formulations that is concentrated towards all of the aspects of our joints.†

The important components in Flex Hx

Flex HxⓇ is an amazing formulation that our scientific director, Jerry Hickey, designed and developed. It contains hydrolyzed collagen. People often ask if they also need to be taking this if they’re taking another collagen supplement such as our Collagex HA and I always say the more the merrier. Take a scoop of the Flex HxⓇ along with the Collagex HA is a really good idea because we’re getting an amazing blend of these really synergistic nutrients to really optimize the health of our joints. We want to be able to flex our muscles, but we also want to make sure that our joints have good flexibility. We don’t want them to be stiff. We want them to be able to have nice, gliding movements. We can achieve this in our joints by restoring collagen with hydrolyzed collagen peptides.†


Then, we combine that with bromelain. Bromelain is a really amazing nutrient that comes from the stem of pineapple. This is a powerful proteolytic enzyme that works as a digestive enzyme, as well as for targeting inflammation. The Flex HxⓇ formulation also contains chondroitin. When we are using the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, we are doing a lot of rebalancing of the joint space. We also have manganese in this formula. Manganese is a very important mineral that is involved in the synthesis and activation of many different enzymes that regulate a lot of different functions in the body.†

Research on how these nutrients work in the joints

Manganese plays a really substantial role in the joint space. They have done studies where they’ve given manganese to people who have osteoarthritis of the knee. By doing this, the researchers found that this helped to slow the destructive process of that arthritic joint. So how is manganese able to achieve this? When we understand the different places within where manganese is working, one of the places happens to be in the structure of ligaments and tendons. Manganese, copper and iron play a really key role in the health of our joints.†


Many other studies have looked at glucosamine and chondroitin. One large study looked at the efficacy of supplementation of the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin in people with arthritis. The researchers found that when they gave patients glucosamine and chondroitin, it does a really fine job of reestablishing the function within the joint and alleviating a lot of the symptoms that people have when it comes to arthritis.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses Flex HxⓇ, a powerful powder formulation that is packed with nutrients that can support the health of the joints. She details the important role of the mineral manganese within the body and also references studies explaining how important many of these ingredients are for joint health.†

Key Topics:

  • The role of manganese in the body
  • How minerals impact joint health
  • The benefits of Flex HxⓇ outside of joint health

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