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Protein & The Benefits of Its Amino Acids, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 100

Protein & The Benefits of Its Amino Acids, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 100

Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body and is essential for things like healthy skin, muscle building, energy and more! Whey Protein is the best source, in order to reap all of the benefits of its important amino acids.

5-HTP: The Happiness Molecule for Weight Control – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 91

5-HTP: The Happiness Molecule for Weight Control – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 91

Serotonin is known as the happiness molecule and it also makes you feel full when you are eating. 5-HTP has been shown to raise the level of serotonin in your brain, which makes you feel good and full. If you feel happy and full, it is easier to stick with your weight loss plan.

Keto Carb Blocker Ingredients Set The Bar High For Effectiveness

Keto Carb Blocker Ingredients Set The Bar High For Effectiveness

With so many keto products on the market, how do you know that the InVite® Keto Carb Blocker can work best for you? Each and every InVite® Health product is formulated with specific ingredients that have been studied by leading institutions across the globe and prove its benefit. Here is the evidence behind the ingredients that make up the InVite® Keto Carb Blocker.

White Kidney Bean

In a 4-week study performed by the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, 25 healthy subjects consumed 1000mg of white bean extract (or a placebo) twice a day before meals along with following a weight loss program that included diet, exercise and behavioral intervention.

While both groups reduced their weight and waist size significantly, the group who took the white kidney bean extract lost 1.3lbs more and lost an additional .1 inches from their waist size. Researchers note, “In an exploratory analysis of data, subjects who ate the most carbohydrates experienced a significant reduction in both weight and waist size with the addition of the white bean extract, compared to the placebo group eating the same amount of carbohydrates.” This study was published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in 2007.

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Guar Gum Powder

Guar gum is a fiber from the seed of the guar plant. The guar plant is in the legume family and, when picked, resembles a string bean. Guar gum is commonly found in low-carb recipes and baking products and is a carbohydrate that is mostly soluble fiber, so it actually has little impact on your carb intake (especially if you are calculating net carbs) and is why it is used in numerous keto-focused recipes.

When it comes to nutrition, guar gum has the ability to slow down digestion as it is a soluble fiber and has a direct impact on the rate at which your body absorbs sugar. There are numerous studies that link this important fiber to healthy digestion and to weight loss, by leaving consumers feeling more satiated. Guam gum is a vegan ingredient that is made entirely from plant sources and is not processed using animal products. It is also gluten free but due to its consistency, when mixed baking goods like bread and dessert, it makes for a great alternative.

In a 2018 analysis published in the journal Nutrition, researchers note that several clinical studies suggest that guar fiber “normalized both constipation and diarrheal conditions.” Studies suggest that regular intake is effective to “treat more of the morbidities associated with digestive health and may offer potential protection and promotion of digestive health both alone and when combined with probiotics as a synbiotic formula.”

Umbrella Arum (Glucomannan) Root Powder

The Umbrella Arum Root, or Amorphophallus Konjac, is a plant that originates from Southeast Asia. The dried form of this plant contains around 40% of Glucomannan – a water-soluble, fermentable dietary fiber.

The Institute of Clinical Medicine in Norway studied the impact of three different fibers to see what the effect on weight reduction would be on their subjects. The fibers included glucomannan, guar gum and alginate. One hundred and seventy-six men and women either took one of the active fibers or a placebo. Results showed that all fiber supplements (with a balanced calorie intake of 1200) significantly reduced weight more than placebo and diet alone, during the five week observation period. Glucomannan was shown to induce body weight reduction in the healthy overweight subjects alone.

Guggul Extract

Guggul extract is made from the sap of the guggul tree which is native to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is a plant steroid that has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, being one of the very ancient Ayurvedic drugs used as far back as 2000 B.C. This is according to a review published by Texas Southern Universities Departments of Biology and Experimental Therapeutics, along with the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas and the Laboratory of Bio-Molecular Technology from M.L. Sukhadia University in India.


Udani, Jay, and Betsy B Singh. “Blocking carbohydrate absorption and weight loss: a clinical trial using a proprietary fractionated white bean extract.” Alternative therapies in health and medicine vol. 13,4 (2007): 32-7.

Rao, Theertham Pradyumna, and Giuseppina Quartarone. “Role of guar fiber in improving digestive health and function.” Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.) vol. 59 (2019): 158-169. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2018.07.109

Keithley, Joyce K et al. “Safety and efficacy of glucomannan for weight loss in overweight and moderately obese adults.” Journal of obesity vol. 2013 (2013): 610908. doi:10.1155/2013/610908

Birketvedt, G. S., Shimshi, M., Erling, T., & Florholmen, J. (2005). Experiences with three different fiber supplements in weight reduction. Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research, 11(1), PI5–PI8.

The Guggul for Chronic Diseases: Ancient Medicine, Modern Targets. http://www.medicinacomplementar.com.br/biblioteca/pdfs/Doencas/do-1686.pdf . (2008)

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Can Intermittent Fasting Help Ease Metabolic Syndrome?

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Ease Metabolic Syndrome?

The American Heart Association reports that metabolic syndrome affects about 23% of adults. A new study now says that eating within a certain time window – intermittent fasting – can help tackle that.

The Top 5 Components For The Most Effective Workout

The Top 5 Components For The Most Effective Workout

You’ve made the decision to become more physically active. But where do you begin? Did you know that there are five components to fitness? Here’s what you need to know in order to optimize your workout and, ultimately, your overall health.

New Study: Why It’s Harder to Lose Weight as We Get Older

New Study: Why It’s Harder to Lose Weight as We Get Older

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One the most common struggles as we age is how we can keep the extra weight off. It is important to understand why it’s easier to gain weight than lose it as we get older. New research from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have uncovered why many individuals struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older.

The Study

Scientists studied fat cells in 54 men and women over an average of 13 years. Throughout the study period, all subjects showed decreases in lipid turnover in their fat tissue.

Lipids – fatty acids like carbs, proteins, vitamins, hormones and minerals – impact our weight in a variety of ways. But it all depends on the rate at which they’re stored or removed from our bodies – the slower the turnover rate, the longer these lipids remain in our bodies and convert to fat cells. According to the study, those who did not compensate their lipid turnover rate by eating less calories gained weight by an average of 20%.

Lead researcher Peter Arner, professor at the Department of Medicine in Huddinge at Karolinska Institutet and one of the main study authors explains, “The results indicate for the first time that processes in our fat tissue regulate changes in body weight during ageing in a way that is independent of other factors. This could open up new ways to treat obesity.”

Researchers also examined 41 women who had bariatric surgery to understand how their lipid turnover rate would help them maintain their weight loss post-surgery for up to 4 and 7 years. The researchers found that only two of these women, who had a higher than average lipid turnover rate pre-surgery, saw an increase in their turnover rate after surgery and were able to maintain their weight loss. Ultimately, the researchers felt that those individuals may have had more room to increase their turnover weight post-surgery due to their higher-than-average level prior.

Successful Weight Management

Technology has led to a sedentary lifestyle; instead of physical activity, a large majority of Americans spend their time in front of a screen, lending to an unhealthy epidemic – obesity. In order to lose weight, individuals must create an energy imbalance; eating less and exercising more.


According to the Mifflin-St Jeor Equation, the calories that are needed to maintain weight is equal to the amount of energy expended per day, multiplied by an activity factor. Simply put, entering your consumption into a calorie calculator may give you an idea of how many calories to consume daily in order to lose or gain weight. Cutting your calorie intake drastically will not be a quick fix! To lose weight, it is best to cut calorie intake gradually and consistently and be sure to keep up activity levels. Record your food intake from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed. This helps assess the calorie count and nutritional value of what you are eating.

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Physical activity is a must for weight loss and management. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity daily (150 min/week) is recommended to reduce chronic disease risk and 60 minutes of moderate daily activity (300 min/week) is recommended to prevent weight gain in adulthood.


According to Jun Wang, MS, Director of Nutrition for InVite® Health, there are some supplements that may be beneficial for weight management. Here are Jun’s suggestions –

  1. “White kidney beans supply a carbohydrate blocker that inhibits the enzyme amylase from breaking starches down into sugar; absorbing less sugar from foods such as bread, potato, pasta or rice helps reduce your intake of calories.”
  2. “Probiotics are live bacteria that support the activity of the body’s healthy bacterial population. They help burn calories by releasing the appetite-reducing hormone GLP-18,9 . They decrease body fat by increasing levels of the protein ANGPTL4. Probiotics can also reduce inflammation and may improve gut health.”
  3. “CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid) made from safflower oil helps reduce body fat by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase which normally would transfer fats from the bloodstream into fat cells. CLA also promotes carnitine palmitoyltransferase, which helps burn fat, improving energy.”

A dietary lifestyle change and combination of exercise and premium quality supplements can lead you on a journey to your best health and best weight, naturally.