COVID-19 can impact even the most active of people. Tune into this episode of the InVite Health Podcast to hear Jerry Hickey, Ph. tell the story of a woman who went from hiking in the Himalayas to battling COVID-induced damage in her body.
It’s back to school season, which means it’s time to turn to make sure your children are getting the nutrients they need to keep their immune systems active.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Let’s talk about the basics of supplementation today. People often ask me what vitamins and minerals they should include every single day, outside of any specific health concern that I may have. This is a very important question to ask because whether you’re new to supplementation or have been taking supplements for years, this is a crucial part of your daily routine. I want to talk in detail today about why it’s so important to make sure you include the basics.†
The importance of taking a high-quality multivitamin
Let’s talk about why it’s important to have a core multivitamin, multimineral routine each and every single day. Our Core Multivitamin is a comprehensive blend of all the essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs just to support everyday functionality. This includes our immune system, cardiovascular system, brain and liver. The Core Multivitamin is the best place to get started.†
This formulation also includes a comprehensive eye nutrient mix in it. You’re getting lutein to help fend off the effects of blue light rays. We have also power packed this formulation with antioxidants, because the more antioxidants, the better off we are.†
We know that the average American is not getting adequate vitamins and minerals when it comes to their diet, so this is why taking a multivitamin is so integral to helping to support the longevity of your cells.†
How to combat nutrient deficiencies
We can look across the board and we can see how deficiencies in certain nutrients are linked to different health problems. Vitamin D is a huge one, which is why I also recommend taking Vitamin D3 as part of your daily routine. Researchers have linked low levels of Vitamin D with tension headaches, cardiovascular risk, respiratory health and immune function. We know that Vitamin D is very important.†
We also have to think about cellular energy production. This is why I always include Ubiquinol CoQ10 into anyone’s daily nutrient routine. Coenzyme Q10 is produced in the body naturally, but as we get older, that production starts to diminish. This means that our source of cellular energy begins to decline. This is problematic because CoQ10 is a nutrient that is essential not only for energy production, but also as one of our endogenous antioxidants.†
We also have to include magnesium in the mix because most people are not getting enough of this nutrient through their diet. Magnesium is required for over 300 enzymatic functions in the body. Even though this mineral is in the Core Multivitamin, so many people do not get enough of it, so I recommend supplementing with magnesium glycinate.†
Lastly, we want to be sure that we are supporting our gut-brain connection, so we’re going to include Probiotic HxⓇ. The better we can support our microbial environment, the better off everything in the body is going to function. This includes nutrient absorption, immune system function, cognition, inflammation and more.†
These are just basic nutrients that can help support your body on a daily basis. If someone is dealing with other health conditions that may require higher amounts of these nutrients, then you want to adjust based off of that.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH provides a list of nutrients that are important for helping the body function properly on a daily basis. She discusses why these nutrients are so important and why they work well together as a basic supplementation routine.†
- The importance of having activated nutrients
- The downfall of many other multivitamins
- Blood levels to get tested to help you understand your body
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There’s mounting evidence that taking a high quality multivitamin in the winter can help boost immunity. But not all are created equal.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH. Subscribe Today! Foods matter. Nutrients matter. Vitamins matter. Minerals matter. All of these things matter, which is why, as a country, we do so poorly when it comes to looking at different biochemical indicators for our …
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
A high-quality multivitamin should be an essential part of your daily routine. The InVite Health team has consistently spoke about including essential vitamins and minerals into your daily routine in order to support overall health and wellness well before COVID-19. There is so much information and data available on the benefits of multivitamins for people of all ages when it comes to the immune system. Let’s discuss some of that evidence today.
Nutritional Gaps Filled By A Multivitamin
When you take a superior multivitamin, you get a good cross section of nutrients at a decent quantity and potency that fills in the nutritional gaps in your diet. It’s extremely difficult to obtain sufficient levels of all of the different vitamins and minerals you need from your food, especially because many Americans follow the Standard American Diet and commonly consume high levels of sugar and processed foods. This is one reason why many registered dietitians recommend that their clients start taking a multivitamin. If you have a gap in one nutrient, there is a domino effect where other nutrients are impacted. This can pile up and eventually lower your resistance to viruses and bacteria.
In a June 2020 report published in BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health by researchers from the Global Center for Nutrition at Health at Saint John’s Innovation Center in Cambridge, studied COVID-19 infections and micronutrient deficiencies. The report reads, “Practitioners should make nutrient deficiencies a key consideration during the COVID-19 screening process.” They are studying a cross section of nutrients and are specifically talking about vitamin A for natural killer cell ability. This is an extremely important immune cell, as they cover the time period between your first response to an infection and the time it takes your body to make antibodies against it.
A separate study from July 2008 reported that older people can help prevent infections by taking certain nutritional supplements. This was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases and by researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. Based on their review, they found that adults over the age of 65 can benefit from a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement, as well as additional supplements to bring their daily intake of zinc to 20mg and selenium to 100mcg. The study reports, “Available evidence suggests that these supplements are likely to enhance immune function and may also boost vaccine responses.” For immuno-competence the researchers report that older individuals need:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D (D3)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B2, B6 & B12
- Folic Acid
A new report released by Oregon State University in the journal Nutrients just released on August 18, 2020 reads, “Multivitamin and mineral supplements linked to less severe and shorter lasting illness symptoms.” They found that if older people took a multivitamin mineral supplement – with zinc and good amounts of vitamin C over a three month period – participants got sick for a shorter period and the symptoms were much milder.
Tips on Choosing A Superior Multivitamin
It’s important to note that not all multiple vitamins are made equally! You’ll want to make sure your multivitamin has certain clinically studied ingredients, along with:
- Made Following cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices)
- Non-GMO Dietary Supplement
- The ingredients Vitamin E, Lutein, Lycopene, and Beta-Carotene need to be natural
- You should get a multivitamin with Methyltetrahydrofolate, not Folic Acid
- You should get a multivitamin with Methylcobalamin, not Cyanocobalamin
- Enough B-Complex (B-vitamins) to support brain energy and heart function
- Calcium should not be too high or you will not absorb Zinc, Selenium or Iron
- Good amounts of Zinc (especially for immune health), Selenium for detoxification and Iron
Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.