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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.

Osteoarthritis vs Rheumatoid Arthritis – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 462

Osteoarthritis vs Rheumatoid Arthritis – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 462

Inflammation is a big part of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, so it’s important that we are taking the correct steps to protect our body. This is where important anti-inflammatory nutrients such as green tea, curcumin and Vitamin D come into play.

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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When You Need to Start Taking Your Back and Joint Pain Seriously

When You Need to Start Taking Your Back and Joint Pain Seriously

Aches in your back and joints are one thing (and are very common in older individuals) but when the aches turn into pain, you should really pay more attention. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for. First, understand that pain and tenderness are 

Expert Discussion: Natural Joint Health Options by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph

Expert Discussion: Natural Joint Health Options by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is inflammation in the joints, mainly due to a breakdown of cartilage. Osteoarthritis frequently occurs in the knees, hips, spine, and the fingers. Common medical treatments do not usually improve healing or change the path of this condition. 

Health Spotlight: Rheumatoid and Osteo- Arthritis

Health Spotlight: Rheumatoid and Osteo- Arthritis

Arthritis – stiff, painful, swollen joints – is not a single disease. There are more than 100 arthritis-related conditions. The most common is osteoarthritis – “wear-and-tear”. Nearly 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Osteoarthritis, in which joint cartilage is broken down and lost, largely affects the spine, weight-bearing joints and shoulders.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body. It starts by affecting the lining of the joints, but can move on to damage bone, cartilage, muscles and ligaments around the joints, which in return can be painful. Although, inflammation (a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis) is not always seen in osteoarthritis. Inflammation has five cardinal signs – redness, swelling, warmth, tenderness and loss of function. Fluid in the joint space, called an effusion, is a sign of rheumatoid disease activity. Rheumatic joints can be accompanied by nodules in the elbow and loss of the muscles at the top of the hands. With rheumatoid arthritis, more aggressive treatment moves to pills known as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.

New Study: Devils Claw’s Effects in Treating Arthritis – Click to read more!

These DMARDs, used to slow the progression of joint damage, include methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and sulfasalazine (Azulfidine). Then, Krant says, after at least six weeks, biologic drugs such as Enbrel, Humira and Remicaide (used to reduce inflammation) may come into play. Most biologics are given by injection or intravenously. DMARDs can cause significant side effects, such as lung and liver damage and reduced ability to fight off infections. Biologics, among other side effects, increase the risk of infections, notably tuberculosis. None of these treatments is a cure.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions

Whether you occasionally take a pharmaceutical like an antibiotic, or count on a drug long term such as a cholesterol health lowering statin, your need for specific nutrients increases. You must be aware that many prescriptions, as well as commonly used over-the-counter drugs, cause potentially serious nutrient depletions. For your convenience, we here at InVite® Health have devised a Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Chart with a list of drugs and non-prescription medications and the nutrients they deplete. This in turn will give you an idea of the nutrients your body needs, which can be found in our high-quality InVite® Health supplements. Click here to view the chart!

New Study: Fish Oil Capsules improve rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an extremely painful and disabling form of arthritis affecting many joints at once. Recently there has been a new clinical trial performed by the Rheumatology Unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of Adelaide in Australia, where patients who suffered with a recent onset of rheumatoid arthritis had an increased rate of remission (total absence of symptoms) and a lower rate of failure by the drugs used to treat the disease if on a high dosage of fish oil in capsules.

The randomized trial compared the effects of high-doses of fish oils versus low-doses and found that with every measurable increase in the level of fish oils in the plasma there was an accompanying 12% increase in the probability of remission anytime during the study. The study is published online in the British Journal of Nutrition on August 18, 2015

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