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Invite Health Gummies

Invite Health Gummies

Invite Health Gummies Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   I wanted to take the time to talk about the new products Invite has recently released. You may have noticed something about them!  They are in a gummy form. Now I know what you’re thinking – But 

Yellow Magic Smoothie – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Yellow Magic Smoothie – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Smoothie week is also for college students, join us in making the yellow magic smoothie with Collagen Hx. It tastes like a burst of summer in your mouth.

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 [email protected]

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.†




What The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565

What The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565

You keep hearing the buzz work Collagen? Well to learn more listen to the podcast all about collagen by Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT.

Summer The Mediterranean Way For Healthy Skin – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 552

Summer The Mediterranean Way For Healthy Skin – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 552

The summer months can be exciting for those who had a harsh winter season. Be careful with the sun exposure and learn more to help maintain healthy skin.

Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

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Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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Jerry Hickey, Ph.: 

[00:00:40] Vitamin B3 is a super powerful protective nutrient, but it’s also a very powerful slower of the aging process. Now, Vitamin B3 at dosages found in your multivitamins helps protect your DNA and helps repair your DNA. This, of course, is important for preventing cancer. And one of the best things you could take on a daily basis to lower your risk of cancer is Vitamin B3. You don’t need a lot. The amount you’d find, the dosage you’d find in your multivitamin is enough to help repair and protect your DNA and lower your risk of cancer.† [00:01:20]

[00:01:22] Now, this turns out to be exceedingly important for your skin. Skin cancer is increasing in incidence, especially non-melanoma skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. So welcome to my episode, Doctors and Supplements, Episode Four: Dermatologists, Also Known as Skin Doctors, Need to Use This Supplement. Hi, my name is Jerry Hickey. I’m a licensed pharmacist specializing in nutrition, which I’ve studied for many decades. You can find all of our InViteⓇ Podcast episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts, or just go to invitehealth.com/podcast. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @invitehealth, and when you listen to the podcast, please subscribe and leave us a review. That’s helpful for us. [00:02:12]

[00:02:13] Now Vitamin B3 has different names, and there’s no evidence that any one is better than the others for its common benefits, such as lowering the risk of cancer and creating NAD, which is used to create energy out of your food. So the three common forms are niacin, which is also known as nicotinic acid, to make it a little more complex; niacinamide, which is known as nicotinamide; and niacinamide riboside. So all three go to NAD+ and this is used to convert your food into energy. Now the form of B3 known as niacin is used sometimes as a prescription to lower your cholesterol. It has some safe but truly irritating side effects. It makes your skin all red. You feel a flushing effect. Your skin gets very itchy, so I don’t normally recommend it.† [00:03:14]

[00:03:16] But lacking Vitamin B3 leads to pellagra. There’s the 3 d’s of pellagra when you look at the types of symptoms. There’s dementia, which is really more mania. There’s diarrhea and other symptoms of damage to the digestive tract, such as nausea and bleeding in the mouth. But there is the sun-sensitive dermatitis. There’s dermatitis, which is inflammation and damage in the skin. We call that photosensitivity in pharmacy, meaning that when your skin is exposed to the sun, it’s very easy to get skin damage, it’s very easy to get a sunburn. So your skin, the part that’s exposed to the sun, becomes like thick and scaly. It becomes very pigmented and dark. You get this rash and eventually the skin peels and bleeds. So obviously Vitamin B3 is required for skin health.† [00:04:19]


[00:04:21] So let’s look at studies that came from Procter and Gamble. They have these labs in Cincinnati where they study dermatology and they found out applying a 5% topical niacinamide product, you know, a cream, a lotion, an ointment, is really good for blocking the aging effects, the effects aging has on your skin. So in 2004, they already published studies that the… Using niacinamide on the skin helps with wrinkling and fine lines. They had published this in the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. And in 2006, they took it a step further. The journal Dermatologic Surgery and they applied to people… It was a very interesting study. It was 50 ladies with older skin that was damaged. And on one side of the face they used the niacinamide 5% topical product. So I don’t know if it was a cream or an ointment. And on the other side of the skin, they just applied the vehicle, which would have been the same product, but lacking the niacinamide. So that served as the placebo which we used to call a sugar pill. So it was a placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial. That’s a gold standard state of the art trial. And they found out it was really safe. It was very safe to apply it to the skin. And there’s a lot of studies showing this, by the way. It was very well tolerated, which means it wasn’t causing side effects. In fact, it was as safe as the placebo. And it improve the health and the appearance of the skin. It was reversing the effects of aging on the skin. For instance, it reduced fine lines, things that will be deep wrinkles. It reduced wrinkles. It reduced the red blotchiness you get when you can get older. It reduced hyperpigmented spots, you know, we get these dark spots in our skin as we age. It was reducing skin sallowness, that’s yellowing of the skin, and it improved the skin’s elasticity. So it was getting rid of all the damage and the discoloration and the blotchiness and it, and, and it was making the skin look healthier and it was getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles and the discolorations. So that’s an awful lot to show.† [00:06:49]


[00:06:51] So in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. Pharmacology is how drugs work and physiology is how the body works. They found the mechanisms of action for niacinamide and dermatology. They put it all together. This is Martin Luther University over in Germany, their dermatology department. And they said, well, in the skin, the niacinamide reduces inflammation. Well, that’s great. And it stops itching and it kills microbes like, like the microbes that could cause acne and pimples and fungal infections. It’s vasoactive, it improves circulation to the skin, which makes the skin younger and helps the, the skin create its collagen, which is the dominant ingredient. Your skin is 70% collagen. It’s photoprotective. In other words, it was blocking ultraviolet radiation from the sun from damaging the skin. It’s sebostatic. Wow. Well, that’s that’s that’s a pharmacy term. It was reducing oily skin, in other words, always reducing the sebum release. And it was lightning, the skin. And it was doing this by inhibiting NF-kappa b, which is a very important finding. When you go out in the sun and your skin, skin reddens and you’re getting a sunburn and it’s getting damaged, and this is true even when you’re getting a suntan, you release NF-kappa b that strongly inflames the skin. In fact, that’s one of the precursors to skin cancer. So this finding is a very important finding. By the way, later in life, NF-kappa b is released in larger amounts and it starts to act in a weird way that acts differently in your skin and accelerates aging of the skin. So finding that niacinamide, applying it to the skin inhibits NF-kappa b in older skin is a really good finding.† [00:08:40]


[00:08:41] But what about swallowing niacinamide? Do you really need to apply niacinamide? Well, the New England Journal of Medicine in October 2015 published a phase three clinical trial. A phase three clinical trial is really powerfully fact finding. Phase one and phase two is to find out if something has a benefit for you. If it’s safe, if it’s dangerous, you know, what’s a possible dosage? So phase three is like, now we’re there. We know that in this case, niacinamide is good for the skin. Let’s do a big study. So they did. It was a phase three clinical trial. It was a state-of-the-art human clinical trial, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of 386 participants who had suffered with two skin cancers over the last five years. So these people, of course, are strongly at risk of skin cancer. That’s how the body works. A person who has a stroke is the person most likely to have a stroke in the future. A person who’s had a heart attack is the person most likely to have another heart attack in the future. A person who had an asthma attack, of course, is likely to be the candidate to most likely have another asthma attack and the same with skin cancers. These are non-melanoma skin cancers. They’re looking at basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma starts out as like, you’ll see this weird, like, discoloration and graininess of the skin and it gets, like, itchy and it feels, just doesn’t feel right. And eventually it turns into a cancer that can bleed and the bleeding never goes away. And it’ll just grow and grow and grow and grow. But it normally doesn’t travel throughout the body. So normally if you take care of it, it’s not lethal. So basal cell carcinoma, basically, you go to the skin doctor, they do Mohs surgery where they really outline the cancer and remove it and then it generally doesn’t come back if they do a good job. And, you know, like I said, it’s not usually lethal unless you let this thing grow into the size of, you know, a grapefruit or something. So get rid of it. But then there’s squamous cell carcinoma, and this is easily treated in the early stages, but that one can spread. It is a common cause of head and neck cancers, and they’re caused by ultraviolet radiation, the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. So this is the Department of Dermatology, University of Sydney, the Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, University of Sydney and the Melanoma Institute in Australia. So here’s what they found. They applied the niacinamide. Oh, excuse me. So this is what they found. They swallowed niacinamide 500mg twice a day for a year, or they swallowed placebo and it was as safe as placebo, which us pharmacist we used to call sugar pills. And dermatologists AKA skin doctors examined their skin every three months over an 18 month period, so for six months after stopping taking the niacinamide. Within 12 months, the rate of skin cancers, new skin cancers had decreased by 23%. That’s a real value. So, you know, you apply your, your sunblock like your SPF 50, that covers UVA and UVB, and you take niacinamide and it is protective. Also, new actinic keratosis was down by 13%. Well, that’s interesting because actinic keratosis are the things that can convert into the skin cancer. That’s the kind of grainy, whitish thing you’ll see before skin cancer. Now, the supplement was as safe and as well tolerated as placebo, which is a, you know, an inactive pill.† [00:12:53]

[00:12:55] So how do you protect yourself? Well, take a multivitamin. The amount of niacinamide we use in our multivitamins is enough for you to generate energy out of your foods and it’s enough to protect your DNA and help repair your DNA, which lowers your risk of cancer. Multivitamins have a number of things that lower your risk of cancer that the body uses to protect your DNA. Now, don’t use a niacin supplement because they make the skin itchy and red and flushed. You really don’t want that. There really isn’t a lot of evidence that nicotinamide mononucleotide is any better than niacinamide, so I wouldn’t pay that extra money right now. If you have skin issues, ask the doctor, or you have aging skin, ask the doctor about applying a 5% niacinamide product like a cream or a lotion or an ointment to your skin once a day. And to protect your skin from the sun, here are some nutrients that’ll do that besides nicotinamide. The red stuff in tomatoes, lycopene. I would do 5 to 10mg of lycopene every day. It gets into your skin and helps shield it. Milk thistle. Milk thistle is very good for the liver and it’s helpful for the kidneys. It’s also very effective in protecting your skin. Using grape seed extract, about 250mg a day after about one month gets into the skin and helps shield which come from the sun. Of course, applying a sunscreen 50, an SPF value of 50. And then there is the SPF-blocking clothing. I wear that. I have shirts and I have hats that protect my face and my skin from the sun. I have that Irish skin going on. If you want to take niacinamide to protect your skin from the sun, and it’s safe, you need to take 500mg twice a day. Discuss that with your doctor.† [00:14:55]

[00:14:57] In any event, thanks for listening to today’s episode. You can find all of our episodes wherever you listen to your podcasts, and that’s for free. Or you could go to invitehealth.com/podcast and please leave us a review and subscribe. Of course, I think you’ll do that if you like it anyway. I want to thank you for listening and hope to see you next time on a future InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Jerry Hickey signing off.† [00:14:57]