Tag: vitamin k

New Data, Vitamin D & the Immune System. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 610

New Data, Vitamin D & the Immune System. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 610

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. NEW DATA, VITAMIN D & THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 610 Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro:[00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast where our degreed 

I Kneed Bone Health to Help my Pain

I Kneed Bone Health to Help my Pain

We want to try to reduce the risk of bone health issues before it is to late. This is why it is so important to make sure you are eating a anti-inflammatory diet and getting nutrients that can support your overall bone health.

Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs and Nutritional Supplements – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 441

Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs and Nutritional Supplements – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 441

statin drugs

InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

Subscribe Today!

Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioSpotify

Clogged arteries in the heart are very dangerous. It’s called coronary heart disease and it’s a really scary condition. They give statin drugs in an attempt to prevent this and it is helpful.† 

What are statin drugs?

Statin drugs are cholesterol-lowering therapy. They’re used in patients with a history of heart disease, but they’re also used in people with clean arteries to help prevent it. When you lower a type of cholesterol called LDL, there’s a relationship to not building up plaque in the arteries. This plaque leads to horrible things like strokes and heart attacks.†

ARE TRIGLYCERIDES AS DANGEROUS AS CHOLESTEROL? PART 1 – INVITE HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 400. Listen Now>>

What exactly is the plaque and what is it doing? It’s thickening and stiffening the blood vessels in the heart. It is made out of cholesterol, mostly LDL. Arteries are bigger blood vessels that take the oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and the heart and deliver it all over the body. This allows oxygen to reach the brain, muscles, organs and tissues. Even though the heart is pumping blood, it also needs its own blood supply. The heart also has its own arteries that are actually smaller and like veins. When they get thickened and stiffened with deposits of cholesterol, it’s very dangerous. This is where statin drugs come to the rescue, to a certain degree.†

How statins impact the body

The problem with statin drugs is that they tend to interfere with a number of really important nutritional supplements. Most of the symptoms of problems with using a statin are related to the lowering level of important nutrients.†  

One thing that happens with statin drugs, and it’s dose-dependent, is problems with your mitochondria. In other words, statins can short-circuit energy production. There are a number of studies showing that statins can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps and a drop in endurance and stamina. One reason why statins can affect your muscles and your nerves is if you lower your cholesterol too much. You need cholesterol for the health of your muscles and nerves.† 

This also occurs because you are disrupting energy formation. It seems to block the ability to recycle energy. Every day, we recycle our energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It is recycled by something called creatine monohydrate, which is a very safe nutritional supplement that’s been used by bodybuilders and athletes for decades, as well as in patients with heart failure and for memory and brain energy in elderly people. Studies have shown that creatine also helps to make the body’s shuttle for energy function properly to allow for energy recycling. Statin drugs can inhibit an enzyme that prevents the body from recycling energy properly and this leads to muscle pain. I mix beta-hydroxy-beta methylbutyrate (HMB) with creatine and whey protein in elderly to help support muscle strength, balance, coordination and mobility.†

ATP: THE ENERGY ATM MACHINE OF THE BODY – INVITE HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 255. Listen Now>>

Vitamin D is also involved. There are a number of studies now that show if the Vitamin D in your blood is below 30, you have a much higher risk of having muscle pain and muscle inflammation when on a statin. If you’re using a statin or know someone who is, you want to get your Vitamin D levels above 30. This is also important for supporting your immune defenses and respiratory health.† 

There is also evidence that statin drugs reduce the level of many nutrients in your body and that’s not a good thing. You don’t have to stop the statin, but you do have to replete the nutrients that you’re losing. For instance, statins deplete lutein, an orange-red pigment from vegetables that is needed for vision and memory. Statins also lower Vitamin K, which is needed for your heart health and bone strength, as well as ubiquinol, which is needed for the power of your heart and muscles and your energy in general. There is evidence that statins lower fish oils, so I tell people on statins to take Krill Oil.†      

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses statin drugs, a commonly-prescribed medication often used for heart health and cholesterol levels. He explains that while these drugs are important, they can also negatively impact other important nutrients in the body.†

Key Topics:

  • What is cholesterol?
  • Common side effects related to statins
  • How the body recycles energy

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.

Vitamin K2: The Memory Vitamin – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 392

Vitamin K2: The Memory Vitamin – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 392

Vitamin K2 is an important nutrient that helps ensure your bones are getting the calcium they need, but did you know it also has powerful benefits for memory? Learn more from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Is Vitamin K Safe While On A Blood Thinner? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 260

Is Vitamin K Safe While On A Blood Thinner? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 260

Is it safe to eat Vitamin K-rich foods while you’re on a blood thinner? Can you take your multivitamin if it has Vitamin K in it? The answer is absolutely yes.

Understanding The Difference Between Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 158

Understanding The Difference Between Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 158

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH.

Subscribe Today!

Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioSpotify

Most of us have heard about Vitamin K and may already correlate it with green, leafy vegetables. But what’s interesting is that oftentimes people are unaware that there are two forms of Vitamin K – Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2. On today’s episode, we are going to talk about the difference between these two forms of the vitamin and the science behind how they are utilized by the human body.

Vitamin K1 and K2 Basics 

Vitamin K1 participates in blood clotting, as it allows the body to properly allow for coagulation. High levels of Vitamin K1 can be found in food sources like green, leafy vegetables, grapes, plums and kidney beans.

Vitamin K2 is very important when it comes to maintaining bone density. For example, it is required for osteocalcin which is synthesized within the bone. Adequate amounts of this form of the vitamin is necessary for the matrix GLA protein, which is required in things like cartilage and blood vessels. High levels of Vitamin K2 can be found in food sources like egg yolks, natto, and cheese.

invite health podcast offer

There are factors that can impact Vitamin K’s absorption:

  • Prescription drugs and medications
  • Certain diets that are low in fatty acids like omega-3s
  • GI diseases that impact inflammation like Crohn’s disease
  • Hormone replacement therapy

How to Build Bone, Even While You’re Sleeping! Listen Now >>

The Science Behind Vitamin K2

The University of Texas School of Pharmacology did a study that found, when participants incorporated Vitamin K2 into their routine, that it actually helped with more frequent/normal INR readings. INR is what doctors access when their patients are on a drug like Coumadin to make sure their blood is not too thin or too thick. The research found that, with the addition of K2, the participants had more normalization to their INR.

The Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism highlighted all of the scientific research showing just how important of a role Vitamin K2 is playing in the human body. They were specifically studied for arterial stiffness and vascular calcifications that can be driving up and intensifying problems within the cardiovascular system.

Questions about Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2? Leave a comment for Amanda Williams, MPH below!

 

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.

invite health podcast disclaimer

amanda williams invite health