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Organic Greens Plus HxⓇ: A Unique Blend of Power Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 330

Organic Greens Plus HxⓇ: A Unique Blend of Power Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 330

Not eating enough fruits and vegetables? Our Organic Greens Plus HxⓇ offers a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help fill gaps in your diet!

Are You Getting Enough Out Of Your Fruits And Vegetables? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 300

Are You Getting Enough Out Of Your Fruits And Vegetables? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 300

We all know that fruits and vegetables are very good for us, but one catch is that they may not be as nutritious as they once used to be. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have them in our diets. But it does mean you may want to turn to supplementation to help bridge this nutrition gap.

Antioxidant Carotenoids For A Longer, Healthier Life – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 283

Antioxidant Carotenoids For A Longer, Healthier Life – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 283


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Carotenoids are colorful pigments from plants. They’re found in fruits and vegetables. Based on reading thousands of studies spanning decades, I truly believe that if you consume a broad variety of these pigments, they lend to a longer and healthier life. I’d like to talk to you today about how you can include carotenoids in your diet by eating the rainbow and taking supplements, as well as the benefits this will give.


A good example of these health-promoting effects would be Lycopene. Lycopene is a red pigment. People know it from tomatoes and tomato sauce. If you eat a tomato, you do get some Lycopene, however when you cook it down, you’re breaking down the fibers and releasing the Lycopene so it’s easier to absorb. Plus, when people tend to convert tomatoes into tomato sauce, they’re adding some olive oil, which is a fat that helps you absorb Lycopene because all of these carotenoids are fat-soluble. If you take them with other foods that are fatty, you absorb them better. Lycopene is a red pigment that you get in ripe mangoes and papayas. You get a little bit in strawberries, any red fruit, but the biggest source in the American diet is tomatoes. 

Lycopene has shown great benefit for helping slow down aging of the skin, making the skin softer and giving it a nice pigment. When you eat carotenoids from your fruits and vegetables, they give your skin this underlying healthy glow. The Lycopene helps shield your skin from the sun, which has damaging and aging effects. Lycopene has also been shown to have a really nice effect in protecting your vascular system and supporting overall heart health.

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Research on carotenoids

We’ve known for several decades that two pigments, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are important for vision, but over the past several years, there’s been really groundbreaking research that they’re also important for the aging brain. But let me give you a caveat: absorption of these pigments from food declines with age, so when you’re older, you can eat a lot more vegetables and fruit, but it’s also a smart idea to add a good quality source as a supplement of natural carotenoids.      

Lutein and Zeaxanthin have been shown in a lot of research to bolster not just eye health, but also cognitive function and cognitive health in older adults. In a study from the University of Georgia, researchers used functional MRI technology to see how different levels of carotenoids affect the function of the brain in older adults. They looked at the brain activity of more than 40 adults between the ages of 65 and 86 while they were attempting to recall word pairings that they were taught earlier in the day. This puts a certain amount of strain on the brain that can be picked up by the functional MRI. It also shows you how these parts of the brain light up and if they’re functioning well. The researchers found that in individuals with higher levels of Lutein and Zeaxanthin, the brain didn’t have to work as hard to get the job done. The brain was more effective and efficient and was working more easily, like a much younger brain.   

One of the researchers from the University of Georgia said, “There’s a natural deterioration process that occurs in the brain as people age, but the brain is great at compensating for that. One way it compensates is by calling on more brain power to get a job done so it can maintain the same level of cognitive performance.”  In other words, just to make up an example, if a young person was using 1% of their brain to get the job done and an older person might have to use 2 or 3% of their brain to get the same job done, but that doesn’t have to happen when they have the pigments. 

For more research on the important function of carotenoids, tune into the full podcast episode.    

Eat The Rainbow of Colors For Good Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 261

How to get more carotenoids  

What can you do to make sure you’re getting more of these pigments? Eat the rainbow. For instance, Lutein is an orange pigment. It’s in green leafy vegetables. You don’t see it because the chlorophyll, which is green, hides it, but it’s in there. When you eat your spinach and broccoli, you’re getting it. Pistachio nuts have a little bit. Zeaxanthin is yellow and you get it in things like corn. Lycopene is red and the best source is tomato sauce. Astaxanthin is pink. The easiest way to get Astaxanthin is to have some Krill Oil capsules. They have natural Astaxanthin. Beta Carotene is amber, but it’s pretty ubiquitous in fruits and vegetables, so it’s easy to get that. If you can eat a cross section of different vegetables and fruits, you’re getting a cross section of all these different pigments.  

We use a cross section of natural carotenoids that have been used in human clinical trials in our multivitamins. We include Alpha Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Astaxanthin and natural Beta Carotene. 

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Beets Hx: The Ultimate Pre-Workout Routine – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 282

Beets Hx: The Ultimate Pre-Workout Routine – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 282

If you’re interested in a superior pre-workout routine, you need to turn to beets! Beets are a powerful superfood that offer support for nitric oxide and lactic acid build up.

The Benefits of Red Beetroot Supplementation

The Benefits of Red Beetroot Supplementation

One of this year’s most popular supplements is the beetroot, and for good reason! Beets have been shown to provide numerous benefits due to their abundance of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants. These benefits include support for cardiovascular and circulatory health, muscle health and physical 

Cocoa Hx® Sampling at the Palisades Center

Cocoa Hx® Sampling at the Palisades Center

Few things please me more than a delicious and nutritious superfood. Unprocessed cocoa has become the market’s hottest superfood. As marvelous and enjoyable as cocoa and the chocolate it becomes can be, few people think of it as a food that benefits health.

Cocoa’s Rich History

Cocoa is rich in antioxidants. It is part of the top 20 most powerful antioxidants that have been measured on the ORAC scale. It contains several powerful phytonutrients that give foods like green tea and berries their fantastic nutritional benefits.

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Cocoa really shines when it comes to benefiting the heart and cardiovascular system. According to former Director of Nutrition for InVite® Health, Nicole Crane, BS, NTP, “It is thought that flavanols increase production of nitric oxide (NO), a gas produced within the blood vessels that fosters relaxation of the smooth muscle cells within that blood vessel. NO allows blood vessels to remain wide open, which supports healthy blood flow. When the blood vessels remain open and blood flows freely, blood pressure often returns to normal levels. NO also makes blood less sticky and thick by supporting healthy platelet function, which also contributes to healthy blood pressure. A meta-analyses of 20 studies involving 856 mainly healthy participants showed that cocoa reduced blood pressure a statistically significant amount in as little as two weeks. Healthy circulation is what keeps blood vessels healthy, flexible and strong, and brings oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body. Considering we have 60-100,000 miles of blood vessels in our bodies, circulation is such an important aspect of health to support.”

Cocoa Hx Sampling at the Palisades Mall


Learn more about the power of chocolate with the InVite® Health Palisades Team! Join them as they provide free samples of Cocoa Hx®, offer exclusive promotions on heart health products and get a free cocoa bar with your purchase! Meet the team from Saturday, February 9th – Thursday, February 14 near the food court at the Palisades Center, in West Nyack, NY!

Questions for the InVite® team about Cocoa? Leave a comment below to speak with a certified healthcare professional.