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New Data, Vitamin D & the Immune System. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 610

New Data, Vitamin D & the Immune System. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 610

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. NEW DATA, VITAMIN D & THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 610 Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro:[00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast where our degreed 

Probiotics for more than Immunity, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 608

Probiotics for more than Immunity, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 608

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode.  PROBIOTICS FOR MORE THAN IMMUNITY, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 608 Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed health 

Resveratrol for the Lungs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 573

Resveratrol for the Lungs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 573


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Resveratrol for the Lungs – InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode 573

Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

*Intro music*

InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InViteⓇ Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!†

*Intro music*

Jerry Hickey, Ph: [00:00:40] When someone contacts me who has a virus or any infection that can affect the lungs, I always recommend taking the supplement called resveratrol. Resveratrol has been used in human clinical trials at this point, hundreds of them, hundreds of published human clinical trials, and a number of them show that resveratrol is good for the lungs. For instance, and this is sort of a little off to the side, they did a study in smokers and they looked at inflammatory markers released by the immune system when you’re inflamed and the blood of the smokers and when they gave them resveratrol, the inflammation subsided by 50% within the first month, which is rather amazing because smoking a cigarette is like living in a smoke stack on a cruise ship, basically. So there was further evidence from studies of lung health from Europe, and we’ll go into that in a minute.† [00:01:42]

[00:01:43] So welcome to my episode, Resveratrol for the Lungs. My name is Jerry Hickey. I’m a licensed pharmacist who specializes in nutrition. You can find all of the InViteⓇ podcast episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or just go to invitehealth.com/podcast and please subscribe and leave a review. You can also find InViteⓇ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at InViteⓇ Health.† [00:02:11]

[00:02:11] So let’s get going on this. There was a study in France because there were rumors that both resveratrol and red wine improved lung health. So it was thousands of French citizens of all ages. They gave them resveratrol as a supplement or they gave them red wine or they gave them white wine. And they found yes, absolutely; some wines affected lung health in a good way. But I wouldn’t overdo it on wine because, you know, the liver and the brain can get affected, too.† [00:02:43]


[00:02:44] But they found that resveratrol absolutely had an impressive effect on the lungs, like older people lose their wind, they’re respiratory volume, etc. They exhale weaker, they inhale weaker. I mean, just put any elderly person on a basketball court with an 18 year old and you’ll see the difference in their wind, in their breathing. In any event, older people lose their lung strength. They found that resveratrol was restoring their lung strength and is a number of studies showing this. So when people come in that have an infection that could potentially affect their lungs, I say go with resveratrol. It may not be the only supplement I give for the lungs, depending on what’s going on, I might give them an acetyl cysteine. I might give them something called black human seed. They’re all good for the lungs. But resveratrol is dynamic because resveratrol also has antiviral properties.† [00:03:32]


[00:03:33] So this study is looking at COVID 19 patients is a double blind, placebo controlled, randomized human clinical trial, it’s in the journal Scientific Reports and it’s researchers at Ohio State University and affiliated hospitals. And they found that resveratrol was particularly important for COVID 19 patients. Now, of course, COVID 19, one of the major areas that attacks the lungs, that’s why people were put on respirators and oxygen early on, etc.† [00:04:02]

[00:04:02] So I did have COVID 19 an awful long time ago. I had it in March 2020 when it first came around. I had been working in some of our stores in Brooklyn and Queens, in the Bronx and Manhattan, and that was kind of like a hotbed of COVID 19 infections early on. I caught it, I came home, I didn’t know why I had it. My wife caught it from me, and we both took to rest for a while. And guess what? It’s just a smart way to go, it’s just a good practice when you have something that could affect the lungs. [00:04:36]

[00:04:38] So, Ohio State University, they worked at the- they worked with the Mount Carmel Health System Hospitals and they took 100 patients over the age of 45 who had more severe infections from COVID 19. And they found that giving them resveratrol, they gave them 500 milligrams a day over a 15 day period cut the hospital, the hospitality rate, hospitalization rate did I say hospitality? The hospitalization rate by 67%. No, I just think it’s a smart idea to take resveratrol if you’re getting an infection. [00:05:21]

[00:05:23] A different type of study, a pre-clinical study in animals and cells. They exposed the cells to resveratrol and the flu, all different forms of the flu. And they found that the resveratrol was just preventing the flu virus from replicating, from multiplying. And if it can’t multiply, it can’t really infect you, it can’t hurt you. So this was the Institute of Microbiology in Rome. They then gave these strains of the flu to mice, and it was sadly killing the mice. If they gave them resveratrol, it was preventing the death of the mice. It was keeping them alive by protecting their lungs and their heart. Resveratrol is a very tiny molecule and it’s a very powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant, but it also works with a lot of genes that work with the immune system. And that’s one reason why it protects the brain from inflammation and is good for the brain and it helps protect the pancreas from inflammation. So that’s really important for diabetics because there’s a lot of stress and strain on their pancreas. It helps protect the thyroid from inflammation. And that’s really good news because a lot of older people, they they lose some thyroid function in their thyroid might get inflamed. It reduces inflammation in the kidneys and the liver. I mean, it’s an all around good supplement.† [00:06:42]

[00:06:44] But as far as viruses go, why should resveratrol be particularly interesting? Well, they found that resveratrol has an anti-microbial effect, especially against a number of viruses. It has an antiviral effect. It stimulates specific parts of the immune system that wake up the immune system to the presence of a virus. And the immune system then attacks the virus and helps prevent it from spreading or from producing. But it’s also really important for lung health. Resveratrol is great for lung health. I would give anybody who lives in a polluted area that’s inhaling pollution on a daily basis from cars and stuff resveratrol to help protect them from the pollution. I’ll give it to any smoker or anybody exposed to secondhand smoke. That doesn’t mean that this is a license to go and smoke.† [00:07:35]


[00:07:38] And also resveratrol has an ace2 inhibiting effect. Ace2 is the angiotensin converting enzyme type two that can squeeze your blood vessels and cause you to retain fluids and raise your blood pressure and retain salt. So it’s good for the heart, but it’s also good for the kidneys and it’s also good for the brain for the same reason because they found ace inhibiting drugs, lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s and we do know that resveratrol is good for circulation on the brain, for protecting the brain and for improving memory in older people, even in Alzheimer’s patients to a degree. So by inhibiting ace2, it’s good for the kidneys, it’s good for the brain, and it’s also good for COVID 19 patients because ace2 is one two receptor such that COVID 19 adheres to. Beyond resveratrol is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agent in the lungs and the heart and the kidneys and the intestines and the brain. These are all areas where COVID hits.† [00:08:33]

[00:08:35] So my recommendation, if you have a virus that affects the lungs or affects the brain even or the kidneys or the heart, I would definitely get on resveratrol. How much would I take? When I had COVID-19, I took our resveratrol max 200 milligrams twice a day with food. Make sure it’s a good resveratrol, protected from light and oxygen. And it’d be helpful if there’s some quercetin and grape seed extract in there because these types of molecules are found in the same plants as resveratrol, and they tend to protect resveratrol, but also amplify its benefits and take the resvertrol with food for better absorption.† [00:09:11]

[00:09:13] So thanks for listening to today’s podcast episode. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or just go to invitehealth.com/podcast and subscribe and leave a review because that’s helpful to us. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at InViteⓇ Health. And I want to thank you for listening. I hope to see you next time on another podcast from InViteⓇ Health. Jerry Hickey signing off.† [00:09:13]

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Blue Blockers Protecting Vision Problems, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 570

Blue Blockers Protecting Vision Problems, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 570

Join Jerry Hickey, Ph as he talks about the connection of green leafy vegetables and how they work as blue light blockers.

Meet Our New Podcast Host, Melissa Bistricer, RDN – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 534

Meet Our New Podcast Host, Melissa Bistricer, RDN – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 534

Meet the newest addition to the InVite Health Podcast team, Melissa Bistricer, RDN! Melissa is passionate about the role of food in nutrition and is excited to speak about different ways you can support your overall health.

Why Multivitamins Are So Essential To Your Health Today – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 5

Why Multivitamins Are So Essential To Your Health Today – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 5

Invite Health Podcast, Hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph

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Published, high quality research consistently demonstrates that multiple vitamins (or multivitamins) power up the brain, improve focus and mental clarity, and support memory functions for all age groups. But not all multivitamins are created equal! Let’s jump right in!

We split our nutrients into water soluble and fatty soluble ingredients for better bioavailability and absorption. Fatty soluble ingredients can be damaged by exposure to oxygen. InVite employs L-Vcap® technology, or liquid-filled vegetarian capsules, to shield the delicate fatty soluble liquid ingredients such as Lycopene and Vitamin D from oxygen. The ingredients are encapsulated in an oxygen-free environment and the tight weave of these vegetable capsules further shields the ingredients form oxygen maintaining their freshness. The water soluble ingredients are supplied in properly disintegrating tablets coated with Annatto plant powder to protect them and keep them fresh. Each serving comes in convenient individual cellophane packs for easy transport.

Vision Benefits with Lutein and Zeaxanthin

This supplement is great for people who spend a lot of time on the computer and digital screens; the blue light emitted from these screens leads to eye and brain fatigue. This fatigue is largely due to a depletion of the nutrient Lutein from the eyes and brain caused by the blue wavelength light emitted from the screen. Invite’s Core Multiple supplies 6mg of natural Lutein; you’d have to consume over 3 cups of broccoli every day to match the Lutein content in each serving of our Core Multivitamin!

“Our Core Multiple is designed to improve your energy.
Our Core Multiple is designed to address the nutrients depleted by commonly prescribed drugs.
Our Core Multiple is designed to support eye health.
And designed to protect the heart and the entire cardiovascular system for healthy circulation.”

– Jerry Hickey, Ph.

Combating Nutrient Depletions with Multivitamins

Most prescription drug users and even health professionals may not realize the extent to which important nutrients are depleted from your body by hundreds of commonly prescribed drugs. Statin drugs are a good example. These drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol unfortunately deplete Lutein, and as discussed, is needed for memory and vision.

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By the year 2013, 222 million prescriptions a year were written for statin drugs and that’s just in the USA. Currently 73 million American’s fit the guidelines for using a statin. In addition to nutrients depleted by statins, drugs for diabetes or for high blood pressure, pain relieving drugs, antibiotics, antidepressants, diuretics, corticosteroids, and many other classes of drugs deplete important nutrients.

Lacking specific nutrients can contribute to your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, memory and vision loss, and many other serious conditions. The good news is that not only will this Core Multivitamin replete your nutrient levels to avoid dangerous nutrient deficiencies, it will actually supply optimal levels of these nutrients for peak mental performance and physical energy.

If you are interested in the many drug categories and the nutrients that they deplete, click here to view the InVite® Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion chart.

Active B-Complex Vitamins for Superior Energy

Folate is a B-complex Vitamin that when activated lowers the risk of damage to our DNA. Many individuals cannot convert the synthetic folic acid used in most multiple vitamins into the active form so our Core Multiple only uses the active version of folate. Some individuals may also have trouble activating the synthetic vitamin B12, known as Cyanocobalamin into its active Methylcobalamin form. InVite uses active Methylcobalamin because it is so important for the brain.

Let’s talk about energy for a moment; all of the B Complex Vitamins allow you to use food for energy. But CoQ10 is also necessary to help you with your energy, along with Magnesium to stabilize your energy; 90% of your energy is attached to the mineral magnesium in the form of Magnesium-ATP; if you lack Magnesium which many American’s do, it is hard to hold onto your energy. We also include plenty of chromium to help you use the sugar in food for energy.

Antioxidant Protection Provided By Multivitamins

Multivitamins in general support antioxidant activity and combat free radicals, which can kill our cells, slow us down, and contribute to the pitfalls of the aging process such as increased fatigue and poor health. The addition of powerful antioxidants such as Tocotrienol (a natural version of Vitamin E) and a number of carotenoids strongly contribute to the antioxidant protection offered by the Core Multivitamin. They also help shield you from the free radicals generated by air pollutants, the sprays in foods, and those related to viruses, yeasts, bacteria, drug metabolites, the suns radiation and any other source including the chemicals and heavy metals that are absorbed into our skin from deodorants, shampoos, cosmetics and other personal care products.

There is so much that goes into the making of a superior, high-quality multivitamin formula, like the Invite Health Core Multivitamin. Myself and my team of certified healthcare professionals here at Invite are dedicated to providing you on the best products on the market, along with the information and resources you need to make the best decisions about your specific health needs.

Key Topics:

  • The benefits of key vision nutrients, Lutein + Zeaxanthin
  • Superior Antioxidant Protection on a cellular level
  • The importance of key energy nutrients, including B-Vitamins and Folate

Jerry Hickey About The Host Invite Health Podcast