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Resveratrol for the Lungs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 573

Resveratrol for the Lungs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 573

lungs Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. 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 

What Is Bell’s Palsy? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 436

What Is Bell’s Palsy? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 436

You may have heard about Bell’s palsy, a type of facial paralysis that affects about 500,000 Americans annually, but do you know what causes it? Learn more from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Health Tips for HPV – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 384

Health Tips for HPV – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 384


InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Today, I want to talk about a virus that has many different variants. It is one of the most common viruses out there that infects the most people and can potentially become incredibly lethal. This virus is called HPV.†


What is HPV?

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. Studies have shown that is linked to the development of certain cancers, such as cervical cancer and anal cancer. This virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and throughout the world. Every single year, there are 25 million active cases of HPV and about 5.5 million new cases. There are over 100 different variants of HPV and because of this, certain strains of human papillomavirus are more detrimental to our health than others.† 

The problem with HPV is that certain strains can cause cancer in the cervix, penis, anus, mouth and throat. This virus can cause genital warts.†

Our immune systems are generally equipped to rid our bodies of this virus, but that’s not always the case. It depends on the strain we are infected with. This is why it is important to understand what we can be doing to mitigate any exposure to any of these 100 strains of human papillomavirus and avoid further problems.†

Factors that may contribute to contracting this virus

We have to acknowledge that having safe sex is first and foremost because we know this is the primary transmission for HPV. We also have to look at issues within the way that the body detoxifies, as well as methylation disorders. Researchers have been able to link folate deficiencies with a greater likelihood of developing cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer. Your B-vitamins are very important, so taking Methyl-B every day would be really wise.†


Vitamin E is also beneficial. Studies have shown that women with cervical abnormalities or cancer have low Vitamin E levels. When the researchers gave these women Vitamin E supplementation, it helped with cervical dysplasia. EGCG from green tea is another nutrient that is very targeted and has been studied in the setting of cervical dysplasia brought on by HPV infections.† 

These supplements can also support men who have HPV.† 

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses human papillomavirus and the risks associated with it. She explains what HPV is and offers recommendations for supplements that can help protect the body from this potentially lethal virus.†

Key Topics:

  • Findings and statistics on HPV
  • Problems associated with this virus
  • HPV and cervical dysplasia
  • What can leave you more open to developing human papillomavirus? 

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The Cold Weather Nutrient Support You Need – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 267

The Cold Weather Nutrient Support You Need – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 267

What is it about cold weather that makes us more susceptible to coming down with the common cold? Let’s ensure your immune system is ready to fend off anything that can cause damage, especially during the winter.    

How to Manage The New Covid-19 Mutations – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 266

How to Manage The New Covid-19 Mutations – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 266

By now, we’ve all heard that there are new strains of the COVID-19 virus. Here is what you need to know about these covid mutations and why this can be incredibly problematic.

Zinc for Immunity During The Coronavirus – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 42

Zinc for Immunity During The Coronavirus – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 42

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph

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It’s March – it should be a bit past the peak flu and virus season now, but the Coronavirus has changed all of that so I’d like to talk to you today about the mineral Zinc; it can be a quick fix for your immune system for many people.

The Importance of Zinc Today

If you’re low on zinc – deviating below the normal healthy level on your blood test – it reduces the number of immune cells you make; these are the cells that fight the infection.

Plus, to make matters worse, whatever lowered number of immune cells you do make, commonly generically called white blood cells, they’re not going to work very well for fighting off viruses and bacteria and this will increase your risk of developing an infection. This is according to a report from the the University of California Davis.

The UC Davis medical authorities also say that taking a Zinc supplement daily, reduces your rate of infection. This is extremely important – that the zinc, through it’s anti-inflammatory activity, that comes from Zinc’s powerful and well documented antioxidant activity, may help protect your tissues form the damage generated by the infection. It’s not unusual for a viral infection to damage your lungs through the generation of free radicals if the virus can get in there.

Zinc Benefits

Zinc has many brilliantly good effects on the body;

  • Needed to release insulin to balance blood sugar
  • Needed to make thyroid hormone
  • Needed to convert collagen protein into bone
  • Needed for vision and especially in the elderly to help prevent eye disease and blindness
  • Needed for helping to prevent heart disease and plaque accumulation in your arteries
  • “ for skin, hair and nails,
  • Sense of taste and smell
  • Protects the brain as SOD 1; when this runs low in your late 50’s and 60’s your brain is in trouble

And plaque can start to accumulate in your brain:

  • Is needed for the function of vitamin D
  • Is needed to convert Vitamin A into retinal for night vision and for releasing Vitamin A from the liver for healing and immunity

Higher doses of Zinc, well above the upper recommended level have proven to be safe and to safely shorten the length of those symptoms of the common cold by a good percentage – a third in general, according to a review of studies published by the Royal Society of Medicine.

Human Clinical Trials on Zinc

Many human clinical trials of the young, the elderly, and those in between show that Zinc is needed for your immune system and taking a bit extra during cough and cold season is very helpful for reducing the duration of symptoms and for protecting you from an infection in the first place.

In a review of studies published in the Journal BMC Family Practice of Zinc lozenges and the symptoms of a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, Zinc reduced the length of suffering with

  • A cough by 46%
  • Sore throat by 33%
  • Stuffed nose by 37%,
  • Runny nose by 34%
  • And muscle soreness by 54%

There were some caveats to this review of clinical trials;

  • First 24 hours
  • For Lozenges you needed to have 80 to 90 mg of zinc a day
  • In my opinion you are better off taking some zinc daily so there is always enough zinc in your system to protect you from all types of viruses

This is important; there are other viruses out there including two additional corona viruses that are zoonotic but have not infected people yet, you want a well-functioning immune system.

So how does Zinc work?

Zinc is required to make the cells that kill infections, known as neutrophils and macrophages, and the cells that single out specific infections or that control the immune system; your B cells which are your antibodies that recognize specific viruses and bacteria, and your all important T Cells that guide the immune system, kill infections, and turn off the immune system when the infection is over.

Viruses use proteins on the outside of their viral coating to infect us. Zinc has the ability to complex with these proteins and the more zinc in your cell the better it works. This reduces the ability of a virus to infect you. So a deficiency of Zinc increases dysfunction of the immune system and increases your susceptibility to infection.

Children and adolescents are often low in zinc but who is typically low in Zinc focusing solely on adults;

  • Older adults (65 years and older) for a number of reasons; a decreased appetite, a narrowed variety of foods, and a decreased ability to absorb zinc from foods not to mention that many drugs reduce the amount of zinc in the body and the elderly are often on many drugs;
  • Examples of commonly used drugs that lower zinc include
  • ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril and diuretics (aka water pills) used to treat high blood pressure
  • Estrogen replacement
  • Proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole and H2 inhibitors such as cimetidine used for…..
  • Steroids such as prednisone
  • Laxatives, antacids, and even aspirin all lower your level of zinc
  • Vegetarians: The requirement for dietary zinc may be as much as 50% greater for vegetarians whose major food staples are grains and legumes, because high levels of phytate in these foods reduce the absorption of zinc
  • Pregnant and lactating (breast-feeding) women, especially adolescents
  • Individuals with severe or persistent diarrhea
  • Individuals with mal-absorption syndromes, including celiac disease and short bowel syndrome
  • Individuals with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Alcoholics have increased urinary zinc excretion and low liver zinc levels
  • Individuals with chronic renal disease
  • Individuals with sickle cell anemia

For the elderly and HIV positive individuals Zinc supplementation is a must; HIV-infected individuals are particularly susceptible to zinc deficiency. In HIV-infected patients, low serum zinc concentrations are connected with disease progression and increased mortality.

In one study conducted in AIDS patients, 45 mg/day of zinc for one month resulted in a decreased incidence of opportunistic infections compared to placebo.

In a placebo-controlled study of 231 HIV-positive adults  who were initially low in zinc, doctors found that supplementing with  ZINC, 12 mg/day for women and 15 mg/day for men, for 18 months reduced the incidence of immunological failure (defined by a low CD4+ count, a type of T cell) by 76% and the rate of diarrhea by 60%.

A systematic review of three randomized controlled trials concluded that zinc supplementation was safe and efficacious in reducing opportunistic infections in HIV-positive adults. Low zinc in the elderly is fairly common and adds to the age-related decline in immune function.

In a study of nursing home residents, a low level of zinc in the blood serum lead to a higher rate of pneumonia and pneumonia-related mortality, and in fact increased all-cause mortality.

Studies examining the effects of zinc supplementation on immune function in middle-aged and elderly adults show that zinc supplementation improves immune function. For instance, a randomizedplacebo-controlled study in people over 65 years of age found that zinc supplementation (25 mg/day) for three months increased blood concentrations of helper T-cells and cytotoxic T-cells; these are virus killers.

Additionally, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 101 older adults (aged 50-70 years) with normal blood zinc concentrations showed that zinc supplementation at 15 mg/day for six months improved the helper T-cells/cytotoxic T-cells ratio, which tends to decline with age and when low is a predictor of poor survival.

A recent study examined the effect of daily supplementation with a supplement that included 5 mg or 30 mg of zinc taken for three months in institutionalized elderly participants (mean age, >80 years) with an initially low serum concentration of zinc. Zinc status was improved with the 30 mg/day dose — but not with 5 mg/day — yet the most zinc-deficient individuals failed to achieve normal serum zinc concentrations within the intervention period; they needed more than 30mg a day. The number of circulating T-cells was also significantly increased in those who took the micronutrient supplement with the higher versus low dose of zinc (93).

The high prevalence of zinc deficiency among institutionalized elderly adults should be addressed and would likely improve the performance of their immune system.

Currently my wife and I are taking an additional 30mg of zinc a day; this is in addition to the 15mg we are already getting in our multiple vitamin. This is plenty because it has had time to build up in our systems. I choose Zinc Picolinate, but lozenges are also a great choice. If you are first developing symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection use a lozenge and take about 30mg 3 times a day (no more than that).

Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.

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