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Nonprescription Drugs That Deplete Important Nutrients, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 483

Nonprescription Drugs That Deplete Important Nutrients, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 483

In this episode of the InVite Health Podcast, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses additional nonprescription drugs that can deplete important nutrients the body needs to function properly.

Steroid Drugs Deplete These Nutrients, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 472

Steroid Drugs Deplete These Nutrients, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 472

Did you know that steroid drugs can lower your levels of important nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D and folate? This can cause havoc in your body by impacting your immune system, energy levels, respiratory health and more.

OCD and the Nutrients Shown to Be Supportive – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 440

OCD and the Nutrients Shown to Be Supportive – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 440

OCD

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

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Today, I want to talk about what OCD actually is and how this can impact your life. It’s not super common, but I suppose that everyone, to some degree, maybe has a little bit of OCD tendencies. I want to define what OCD is, talk about the statistics of OCD within the population and what type of nutrients would be beneficial if someone has been diagnosed with or shows tendencies related to OCD.†  

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

We know that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a big issue for someone who has been diagnosed with this. People will experience unreasonable, uncontrollable or recurring thoughts, followed by a particular behavioral response. When we think about the compulsions, that’s the repetitive behavior that is brought on by the obsession or repeated thoughts and urges.† 

This can drive up a whole lot of anxiety and stress for people who are dealing with this issue. When we think about the compulsive behaviors, we look at things like checking to make sure your coffee pot is turned off or that you locked your door. If you’re repeatedly washing your hands, not in a healthy way, but in an obsessive compulsive way. This can get to the point where it really starts to impact people’s social interactions.†

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There can also be mental compulsions, where maybe you’re having to do certain counting or mental checking on certain tasks that you’re doing.†

 

How to help with OCD

There are certain things that can help mitigate the symptoms of OCD. For instance, learning to deal with daily stressors can be beneficial because the more stressed someone is, the more likely it is that these symptoms will appear. It’s very important to look at stress and how this can exacerbate this issue. We also have to look at deficiencies in terms of different nutrients that may be triggering this.†

We can look at the different nutrients that have been linked to being supportive to those who are dealing with this. One of the most widely studied nutrients is NAC, which is N-acetylcysteine. Many double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have shown that NAC can really make a significant impact for those who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A meta-analysis done in 2015 looked at the use of NAC in patients who were diagnosed with OCD. They looked at clinical trials where patients received 2400mg to 3000mg of NAC each day. They found very encouraging results that demonstrated that the utilization of NAC was incredibly impactful to the diminishing of those obsessive compulsive behaviors.†

Another interesting find comes down to B-vitamins and Vitamin D. Researchers have found a link between Vitamin B12, folic acid, homocysteine, Vitamin D levels and OCD. They looked at children and adolescents who had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and they started to see that those with OCD had significantly lower levels of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and folic acid, but yet had high levels of homocysteine, so that inflammation was already occurring in childhood. Vitamin B12 is a cofactor for the synthesis of key neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in the pathophysiology of OCD. Because of this, B12 deficiency can affect mood, emotion and sleeping and act as a stepping stone to the onset or development of certain conditions such as OCD.†    

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In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She details how this issue can present itself, discusses how common it is and provides recommendations for clinically-studied nutrients that may help support people who have been diagnosed with this condition.† 

Key Topics:

  • Examples of obsessive compulsive behaviors
  • How common is OCD?
  • The relationship between OCD and mental health
  • Research on NAC

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.

Can Nutrition Help with Shingles Pain? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 362

Can Nutrition Help with Shingles Pain? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 362

Shingles can cause long-lasting pain wherever you have an outbreak. The good news is that there are nutrients that can help with the nerve pain.

B Complex Vitamins & Your Brain, Part 2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 103

B Complex Vitamins & Your Brain, Part 2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 103

In Part 2, we are going to talk about the last two specific B Vitamins – Vitamin B9 (Folate) and Vitamin B12 (Cobalman) for your brain, along with important amino acids that require these B complex vitamins to function properly. 

B Complex Vitamins & Your Brain, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 102

B Complex Vitamins & Your Brain, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 102

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph

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B Complex Vitamins are extremely important for our brain. They allow our brain to use sugar for energy and also allow the creation and release of neurotransmitters. B Complex Vitamins also protect the genes in our brain. Lacking B Vitamins in the brain is connected with depression, shrinkage of the brain and memory loss with aging.

What Are B Complex Vitamins?

There are eight B complex vitamins:

  1. Vitamin B1, Thiamine
  2. Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
  3. Vitamin B3, Niacin
  4. Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
  5. Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
  6. Vitamin B7, Biotin
  7. Vitamin B9, Folate
  8. Vitamin B12, Cobalamin

B Complex Vitamins are involved with everything that occurs in your brain and your body – energy production, brain function, heart health, blood sugar control, washing your genes. Name it and there is a B Vitamin involved! However, after you eat or take a supplement, your brain snaps up a large percentage of your B Vitamins (also Vitamin C). This is because your brain requires a large pool of B Complex vitamins because of energy; your brain is by far the most metabolically active organ in your body, representing only 2% of your body weight but accounting for over 20% of your body’s total energy expenditure.

The importance of the B vitamins for brain function is illustrated by the fact that each vitamin is actively transported across the Blood Brain Barrier and Choroid Plexus (the part of the brain making spinal fluid) by dedicated transport mechanisms. Once in the brain, very specific uptake mechanisms dictate the distribution in the organs and cells of the brain.

The B vitamins all have high turnover rates, ranging from 8% to 100% per day and you have to obtain a good supply of B Vitamins daily. Their levels in your brain are tightly regulated by multiple homeostatic mechanisms. This guarantees that brain concentrations remain comparatively high. For example, the concentration of methyltetrahydrofolate (the active form of folate) in the brain is four times that seen in your blood plasma, whereas biotin and pantothenic acid exist in the brain at concentrations of up to 50 times that seen in plasma (plasma is the clear fluid in your blood).invite health podcast offer

Specific Functions in your brain

Vitamin B1, Thiamine, is necessary for the synthesis of fatty acids, and precursors to a range of neurotransmitters required for brain function. Thiamine is required for the brain to use and is needed to create neurons – the brains nerve cell. Researchers have known that permanent memories are stored when nerve cells in our brain reorganize and form connections with one another. But this process takes time whereas an individual neuron can hold some memory temporarily; think of card counting at a casino. Thiamine is also needed to create Glial cells, which provide support for the neurons. They may not do the big jobs in our brain, but without them, those big jobs would never get done.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is crucial for making our body work; it creates rate limiting factors for most of the processes that take place in each of our trillions of cells. As an example, it is crucial for the recycling of niacin, folate and Vitamin B6, and for the synthesis of hemoglobin, nitric oxide synthases (which creates nitric oxide out of Arginine), P450 enzymes, for the metabolism of essential fatty acids in brain lipids, the absorption and utilization of iron, and the regulation of thyroid hormones. Riboflavin is needed for the glutathione cycle.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) plays a role in a vast array of processes and enzymes involved in every aspect of brain cell function. You require Niacin for energy production, but also for the conversion of folate to its tetrahydrofolate derivative.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) is likely the least known B complex vitamin by the public, yet it is the most important B complex vitamin. You cannot use carbohydrates, fats, or proteins from food to make energy without Vitamin B5 because our body transforms it into Coenzyme A. Coenzyme A (CoA)is involved with creating energy out of food and also every part of our metabolism requires it. It is transformed into acetyl-coenzyme A that plays a important role in maintaining healthy nerves, muscle and brain health, steroid hormones, Acetylcholine, energy, detoxification and ketones. CoA also contributes to the structure and function of brain cells via its involvement in the synthesis of cholesterol, amino acids, phospholipids, and fatty acids.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxamine) is a necessary co-factor in the folate cycle and is needed for amino acid metabolism. This makes B6 a rate-limiting factor in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), norepinephrine and the hormone melatonin. Even mild deficiency results in a drop of GABA and serotonin synthesis. A lack of B6 leads to a loss of hypothalamus-pituitary control of hormone excretion. Vitamin B6 also has a direct effect on the brain’s immune function and is needed for the brains glucose regulation. The level of pyridoxal-5′-phosphate is needed to prevent inflammation in the brain but its levels decrease in the brain with more severe inflammation and these inflammatory processes contribute to the development of numerous pathological states including dementia and cognitive decline.

The brain is particularly sensitive to the delivery and metabolism of glucose. Biotin, or Vitamin B7, plays a key role in glucose metabolism and homeostasis throughout the body making sugar available for the brain. With true biotin deficiency we develop a number of neurological symptoms that affect the brain and nervous system. Biotin is needed to bring BCAA into the energy cycle of the brain.

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