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How Resveratrol Supports Healthy Lungs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 540

How Resveratrol Supports Healthy Lungs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 540

Your lungs are at risk of damage on a daily basis due to pollution, aging and more. The good news is that the nutrient resveratrol can help them stay healthy.

Allie’s Top 10 Supplements

Allie’s Top 10 Supplements

Picking the right supplements for your goals can be daunting, but we’re here to help! Read now to see what Allie Might, INHC, recommends to get you started.

What Is Brain Fog? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 517

What Is Brain Fog? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 517

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What Is Brain Fog? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 517

Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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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!

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Amanda Williams, MPH:

[00:00:40] When it comes to brain health, we all want to try and do everything that we can in terms of making sure our brains last a lifetime for us, right? But many folks experienced something known as brain fog, and I want to talk about brain fog in some detail today and some nutrients that can be beneficial when it comes to the issues that arise with brain fog. So I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH, and brain fog in general. When we just hear that term, like, “I just feel like cloudy in the head.” And oftentimes people feel like this after they’ve been sick or while you’re sick. So you get the flu and you just feel like, ugh, your head feels kind of stuffy and you feel like you just can’t focus. What we recognize brain fog to be is a general decrease in mental energy and focus. Now, who wants to have that? Who wants to feel mentally fatigued and feel like you can’t focus? Not too many folks out there. So we oftentimes just kind of put it into this reference of like a fog. And if you’ve ever had a drive in fog before, you know that that’s not a fun experience. So this clouding that can lead to forgetfulness or just kind of feel fuzzy and maybe a little confused, or maybe you’re trying to do a task and you’re having a difficult time concentrating with this. This can be incredibly annoying.† [00:02:03]

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[00:02:04] So when it comes to brain fog, we always want to try and figure out what is the root cause of this and how do we address it? Well, we know that there are many different conditions that can drive up this kind of mental taxing load in our brains. We think about inflammatory disorders. There can be sensitivities to certain foods that maybe create this. So when people eat maybe dairy, they feel kind of cloudy in the brain, and this is actually a lot more common than we recognize. We know that when people have brain fog on a regular basis, we must always look at histamine and the over release of histamine, which can drive this irritation and inflammation within the brain. And what happens is we’re actually creating this imbalance in our neurotransmitters. And so the little tiny neurons in the brain that are responsible for releasing these very important neurotransmitters, they’re not working very efficiently.† [00:03:07]

[00:03:08] So we want to think about ways that we can target this. How can we utilize different nutrients that can be beneficial when it comes to neuroinflammation or inflammation that’s occurring in the brain? So we know that there’s a lot of different things out there, including things like resveratrol, for example. They’ve done multiple studies with resveratrol and seeing how that actually works by a couple of different pathways for targeting the inflammation and helping to enhance the way that our brain is functionally working in a much, much more efficient way. Phosphatidylserine, one of those key phospholipids in the brain that helps to support the, the actual structure of your neurons or the brain cells. But also when we think about making acetylcholine, phosphatidylserine’s very important for this. We know that when our brains are stressed out, say, for example, you’re going to do a big interview or you have a big exam at school or whatever might be driving up your stress in your life, we know that when we utilize phosphatidylserine, this key membrane fat, that it does a couple of different things for us. Number one, it helps to make sure that those brain cells aren’t getting dinged around. That’s key. The other thing that we know it does is it helps with the regulation of our adrenal glands. And this is really important because we have to recognize that it’s not only a neurotransmitter slash inflammation process that drives up brain fog, but it’s certainly linked to hormonal imbalance. So you have a lot of people who have thyroid dysfunction who will experience brain fog, and this is one of the big complaints that folks who have like underactive thyroid will say, “I just feel foggy in the brain all of the time.” Or here’s probably the biggest example is women going through menopause or postmenopausal women will complain oftentimes about having brain fog, like “I just feel like I have cobwebs in my brain and I can’t think as quick as I used to, and I just don’t feel as focused,” and this can be really detrimental to our health because then you’re just irritated all the time because your brain is not feeling as youthful as it once used to.† [00:05:23]

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[00:05:23] So we know that balancing our hormones is certainly important, and there’s a lot of different ways we can do this, even outside of doing actual hormone replacement therapy. We can utilize different nutrients that can help when it comes to the regulation of different hormonal pathways. So one more thinking along the adrenal pathway, we can think about things like rhodiola. This is a really nice way for us to get our brain back in check. They’ve done studies with rhodiola where they find that when they put people in a high stress environment and they give them rhodiola, their mental capability to be able to focus on their task without letting that exterior stressor basically kind of screw everything up, that rhodiola works really good in this setting. Now, the nice thing about rhodiola is that it also generates up energy, so you’re going to feel like you have more energy, and at the same time, you’re going to have this much more acute focus. So hence that brain fog is leaving.† [00:06:22]

[00:06:23] Now, if we’ve got problems with our blood glucose, we know that this can impact our brain. So if we have insulin resistance, then we want to make sure that we’re incorporating in things like chromium, alpha lipoic acid. Certainly things that we know can help our body when it comes to waking up those insulin receptors. And this is very important. Now, we have to always be cognizant of the foods that we’re eating. If we’re having bad foods, high sugar foods, this is going to just exacerbate that brain fogginess. So we want to have high fiber foods, foods that are packed with powerful antioxidants. So what am I talking about? Fruits and vegetables. We know that the fruits and vegetables really can do so much when it comes to our brain health. Look at blueberries, for example. Those are like a super brain food. So keeping in check the amount of added sugars and bad carbohydrates and bad fats that we have in our diet, that’s one aspect of it. Then targeting whatever particular hormonal pathway, or sometimes it’s multiple hormonal pathways that can be linked to that brain fog. And I said, if it’s post-menopausal, women definitely want to maybe go in and have your DHEA sulfate level tested many times. If your DHEA sulfate level’s incredibly low and you take a small dose supplement, maybe 25mg three or four days out of the week would be incredibly advantageous.† [00:07:55]

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[00:07:56] Now, for significant amounts of brain fog, then we can look at other hormonal options, such as pregnenolone, but definitely DHEA. For many women who are going through that perimenopause and menopausal symptoms, they’ll find that when they add in just a small amount of DHEA, it helps to create an awful lot of balance for the brain, for your mood, for your adrenal glands because remember that DHEA is an adrenal hormone. So we want to take a food-based approach. We certainly want to utilize nutrients that we know can help wake that brain up. So that’s your rhodiola, things that are going to help those brain cells from getting dinged around, so that’s where your phosphatidylserine comes in. That resveratrol, which kind of goes in and through these different pathways works is like a little house cleaner goes in and make sure that where things are dunked up in your brain kind of goes in and scrubs it all away. So this is just a simplified approach to dealing with brain fog, which we know is much more common than we give it credit for. And we don’t want to allow things such as inflammation and hormonal imbalances to create havoc in our life. And if it’s on that aspect of histamine and maybe it’s an allergic component, then you’d want to look at things such as the Black Seed with Rosemary Extract. That is a wonderful way. Rosemary, we know, is incredibly beneficial when it comes to regulating how much histamine our body releases. So definitely think about it. Think about if you experience brain fog, maybe it comes and goes. Maybe you feel like you have chronic brain fog. There are many different nutrients that can help to support that mental fatigue and that cloudiness that you may be experiencing.† [00:09:47]

[00:09:48] So that is all that I have for you for today. I just want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Now, do you make sure that you subscribe and that you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health podcast.† [00:09:48]

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New Findings on Nutrition and Cancer – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 501

New Findings on Nutrition and Cancer – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 501

Recent research has shown that there may be certain nutrients that can benefit people who are fighting cancer. Jerry Hickey discusses these new studies in this episode of the InVite Health Podcast.

Chronic Inflammation, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 499

Chronic Inflammation, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 499

Chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on the body, so what can you do to help? Turn to powerful nutrients such as Vitamin D, resveratrol and more to help with inflammaging.

Getting the Maximum Out of Resveratrol – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 479

Getting the Maximum Out of Resveratrol – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 479

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Getting the Maximum Out of Resveratrol – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 479

Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

*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!

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Amanda Williams, MPH: Today I want to talk about the many different benefits that go along with resveratrol. I am Amanda Williams, MD, MPH and let’s get right to it.†

Resveratrol has always been kind of touted as that anti-aging supplement and rightfully so. I mean, don’t get me wrong. We know that resveratrol does this really great job of the activation of sirtuin and sirtuin 1 in particular. It’s through that that allows for cellular longevity, so this we know. We definitely can see why resveratrol has been touted as kind of this, in a sense, this miracle supplement.†

But it’s coming from nature and it has all of these great benefits. We know it’s a very powerful antioxidant and we certainly can see how it’s been studied across the spectrum when it comes to cardiovascular health, when it comes to cognitive health and so much of the way in which resveratrol is working is when we think about inflammaging. It’s that chronic inflammation that leads to that accelerated aging. We know that because resveratrol can actually activate and promote that sirtuin activity… remember that sirtuin is helping with that cellular longevity, sirtuin 1 in particular. So we know that the more we can activate SIRT1, the more that we can promote the repair and longevity of our cells.†

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Inflammation itself is promoting this cellular proliferation and angiogenesis. This is why we find that resveratrol can actually inhibit the activity of many different inflammatory enzymes, including things like NF-kappa beta. If we can downregulate that, we know at the same time, we’re going to be bolstering up our immune system. This is where you, once again, have to be able to draw that connection.†

Now, initially, outside of the anti-aging of resveratrol and the studies that focused on that, much of the research was done on the cardiovascular benefits and being able to see just how it was that the resveratrol, that trans-resveratrol, can actually help to support the cardiovascular system by targeting inflammation and the viscosity of the blood, supporting the endothelial cells, so it’s very, very impressive.†

When it comes to blood pressure, I’ve talked about this study that they did where they actually used resveratrol soaked… so they take cardiac stents, so someone has to go in to have a vessel opened up because it’s clogged up and they put a stent in. They did a study in Louisiana where they actually soaked the stents in resveratrol and then they put the stent into the cardiac patient and they found that they did much better in terms of healing post-surgery and those markers for inflammation were coming down much more rapidly. We know that resveratrol packs a punch when it comes to targeting that inflammation.†

Now, this is the key takeaway: trans-resveratrol is what is yielding all of that benefit. When we look at the components coming from grape, for example, and resveratrol is called a stilbenoid. This is a compound that’s produced by these different plants, so we can look at Japanese knotweed, we can look at grapes, and we know that the resveratrol is predominately found in the skin of those grapes and blueberries, raspberries. That’s where we’re predominately being able to source the resveratrol. But it is a specific type. It is the trans-resveratrol that is what is yielding that benefit.†

Now, the initial studies done with resveratrol were showing that when someone took in roughly 20mg of trans-resveratrol, that it was this amount that would start to potentiate that benefit when we think of sirtuin activation, so for that cellular longevity. But then when we get deeper into the science and we look at the cardiovascular benefits, then we see that the trans-resveratrol amount needs to be much higher. So, we recognize 100mg is probably where we need to be.

Well let me tell you about the Resveratrol Max. This has over 200mg of trans-resveratrol in it. That’s a huge amount of trans-resveratrol. And understanding the science of the trans-resveratrol and how this is the biologically active form of that powerful compound that is derived from those fruits, that this is what is yielding all of that benefit. And this is why the research really took off, because they said, “If we use a higher amount of this trans-resveratrol…” We know that 20mg is what’s beneficial just to support basic cellular health, but if we increase that amount, now we’re looking at improvements to memory. We’re looking at improvements to insulin sensitivity in diabetics, better glucose control. We’re looking at how that trans-resveratrol is really optimizing the health of cardiac patients. And study after study continues to show this.†

When I look at much of the science behind the resveratrol, it is really very broad. When we think about the immune system, this is where that trans-resveratrol, to me, is oftentimes overlooked because we know that the resveratrol has this finite ability to do so much when it comes to, once again, fending off oxidative stress. The more we can fend off oxidative stress, the more we’re supporting the immune system. We also have now recognized that the trans-resveratrol, that particular compound, has a unique ability to target specific viruses and bacteria. And so, a lot of scientific research right now is highly focused on that uniqueness of resveratrol when it comes to the way that the immune system can utilize it for its benefit. So the antiviral properties that go along with resveratrol have been shown and we are seeing more and more of these studies coming out.†

In the Biochemical Translational Journal, they looked at how resveratrol has been shown over the course of many years now, and this was probably over a decade ago that this study came out… We know that it has this capacity to target and prevent many different conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancers, they mention. But they also recognize that it has this unique ability to control fungal, bacterial and viral infections. This is why you continue to see different studies.†

I mean, there’s even been studies in this current situation with COVID-19 where they have been studying resveratrol to see if resveratrol had any capacity to inhibit that SARS-CoV-2 replication. Remember, with viruses, that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to stop that replication because viruses are very tough things to actually eliminate or eradicate, so we’re always trying to stop the replication. That is the goal. And so, seeing how resveratrol can actually be incredibly targeted to specified viruses… I mean, we’re talking different herpes viruses, so in that herpes simplex virus family… looking at Epstein-Barr. There’s a lot of different ways in which resveratrol has shown to exhibit these inhibitory properties against a whole wide range of different viruses. And in the Nature journal they talked about this and one of the ways that they were looking at it was through the deactivation of one component of these particular viruses.†

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This is why, once again, I wanted to talk about resveratrol in this setting because many times we think, “Resveratrol, anti-aging,” or “Resveratrol, cardiovascular health.” But we now see that resveratrol plays a really profound role when it comes to brain health. And once again, they’ve done really interesting studies with functional MRIs and seen the difference when they gave individuals trans-resveratrol. Then they looked at the brain and they said, “Wow, look at the difference in this.” And part of that was the ability to target glycation, oxidative stress, helping to support better blood flow, once again, into the brain. And that was in the Journal of Neurosciences back in 2014, where they talked about this. They took a group of diabetics, which they knew already had a diminished cardiovascular circulatory system and had a greater risk of damage or atrophy in the brain because of excessive glycation. Then they found that the resveratrol actually improved their memory and helped to enhance insulin sensitivity and regulate that glycation from doing further damage.†

We have different resveratrols available at InVite Health, but the Resveratrol Max, this is the power punch of all resveratrols. You will be definitely hard-pressed to try and find another resveratrol on the market that can stand up to the Resveratrol Max. This is by far one of the most potent forms of trans-resveratrol that you can get your hands on. And remember, we’ve got a lot of pharmaceutical companies out there that are really doing their darnedest to try and figure out how to create a synthetic version of resveratrol for their own benefits because they realize just how powerful trans-resveratrol is and all of the many ways in which trans-resveratrol can make an impact on human health. So we’re talking immune health, cardiovascular health, neuronal health, so many different utilizations. No wonder why they are trying to manipulate or make this in a lab synthetic setting. But luckily for you, you can get the real deal. You can get the actual trans-resveratrol in the highest amount by utilizing the Resveratrol Max formulation.†

So, I want to thank you so much for tuning into the InVite Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Now, do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @invitehealth and we will see you next time for another episode of the InVite Health Podcast.†

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