Year Round Immune Support, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 647

Year Round Immune Support, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 647

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Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed health care professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that Invite Health has to offer, at First time customers can use promo code podcast at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started. † [00:00:34]

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Amanda Williams MD, MPH: [00:00:40] With the warm spring and summer temperatures. Most folks put the idea of catching a cold in the back of their mind, thinking that colds only happen in the fall in the winter. Not true, we definitely see that there is an uptick of different viral infections that occur in those warmer months caused by a different virus than the normal colds that people can acquire during the colder months, the cooler months, including influenza. We know that that’s definitely much more prevalent during the winter, but even with the rhinovirus that’s very common in the colder months, and then you have the enteroviruses that create havoc during the warm summer months. We can see these being incredibly problematic and we’re seeing actually a greater likelihood that people are succumbing to these summer viruses more so than we even could see many years ago. You know, an estimated 15 million illnesses every year, which you may look and say, oh, that’s not that high. But we’re seeing this uptick, and this is what the problem comes into play, is why is this happening? And we can start to look at immuno senescence, what’s happening with an aging immune system. But we also recognize that even in younger individuals, because of poor dietary intake and not getting adequate key vitamins and minerals that help our innate and adaptive immune system. Our diets are lacking in this. So how do we address this? Well, we can do this with a comprehensive multivitamin, multimineral formulation that’s also enhanced with nutrients to really help the immune system fight off these pesky pathogens year-round. † [00:02:32]

 [00:02:33] So I’m Dr. Amanda Williams, Scientific director at Invite Health. And today I want to talk about our Immunity Multivitamin. The immunity multivitamin is our core multivitamin. So, you’re getting all of those chelating minerals, you get those powerful active B vitamins, which are really important for immune system function. Oftentimes when people think about their immune system, they think vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D, good idea. But our immune system is also heavily reliant on other vitamins and minerals. So, by taking the Immunity Multi, you’re going to be covering those gaps where your diet is perhaps and likely leaving you short. And you’re also going to be getting a wonderful blend of European elderberry extract and nucleotide complex. These two powerhouses really give our immune system that upper hand when it comes to exposure to different viruses as well as bacteria. We can look at the scientific research and we understand that there are many studies out there now that have indicated that the use or the supplementation of elderberry extract, which are packed with all of these powerful anthocyanins, the pigment that’s responsible for their color. So, you have all these wonderful antioxidants, you get anti-inflammatory properties, but also antiviral properties. And through the scientific research done on elderberry extract, this is why it has been looked at and touted as a prevention and treatment for viral respiratory illnesses. In the British Medical Journal of Complementary Medicine and Therapies. They go into detail, they did us a meta-analysis where they looked at multiple clinical trials, looking at the efficacy and the safety of elderberry extract, and they were able to determine through the population of all of these randomized controlled trials that the elderberry extract really could help not only for those who already were exposed to a virus and were coming down with some of the symptoms. It could shorten the duration and the severity. But for those who didn’t have that initial exposure, it actually worked as a protein ctive mechanism for the immune system. It’s doing this through a few different ways, one is directly through the way the different inflammatory cytokines that drive an immune response are working, so help to mitigate that. And they go on and they talk about how its role as an antioxidant also was quite beneficial and elderberry, they concluded, would be a really safe option for treating viral respiratory illnesses. And there’s no evidence out there that it’s somehow overstimulating the immune system, which we know that there are many prescribed medications that can actually counteract the purpose of why we’re using it, so we don’t have to worry about this when we’re using the elderberry extract, which is a wonderful thing. † [00:05:50]


 [00:05:51] And certainly the scientific research on elderberry extract continues to bolster why it is so incredibly beneficial. There was a fascinating study done all the way back in 2009, where they were assessing the use of elderberry extract for the, just the regular seasonal flu and the protection that elderberry extract was actually yielding folks was incredibly impressive. So now you’ve got the elderberry extract. Its powerful anthocyanin contained in the immune multivitamins. So, the Immunity multivitamin getting all of those key vitamins, minerals, antioxidants to support both your initial and your delayed immune response. You get the extra power punch coming from that elderberry extract and then you have the nucleotide complex in this. Now the nucleotides, very beneficial. We recognize what are nucleotides. This is the nucleic acids that make up our DNA. The immune system is very much so reliant on the power of those nucleic acids. So, if we want to create balance within the intestines, we want to have a healthier microbial environment. We need to make sure that we have adequate exposure to those nucleic acids. The physiological effects of nucleotide supplementation have been well-established across many different aspects of human health. In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, they talk about how the use of nucleotide supplementation can actually reduce post-exercise immunosuppression. This is very important, folks, because what does that mean? A lot of big words there. Post-exercise immunosuppression. We know that through high endurance activity, marathon runners, for example, there is a window of opportunity that viruses love to try to target in those individuals or the immune system kind of takes a real big dive. It may be a short window, 24, 36, 48 hours. But in that time, we are much more likely to fall victim of an upper respiratory infection. So even if you’re going and you’re working out, it would be advantageous to make sure that we are getting those nucleotides on board. Now, in the setting that you don’t work out, that’s okay, because we also know that there’s other factors that can lower our immune system and create that immunosuppression such as stress. †[00:08:27]

 [00:08:29] Many individuals deal with high amounts of daily stress. So, taking a daily multivitamin that fills in the gaps that your diet isn’t providing, gives you these powerful nucleic acids to help to enhance our immune defenses. Help us recover quicker, even if it is the muscle overuse. And we have kind of muscle cramps, the nucleotides very beneficial for that. We’ve seen the studies on nucleotide complex being incredibly promising as a treatment option for those who have irritable bowel syndrome. In the nutrition journal close to two decades ago, they talked in detail about how nucleotide supplementation really can help those who have this systemic chronic inflammation, in particular looking within the intestines, the intestines,70% of your immune system is located within the intestines. If we can help to support the intestinal lining, the integrity, the function of the intestines with the use of these nucleic acids. We are doing ourselves a favor and now we’ve made this incredibly easy by having the Immunity Multivitamin that is helping our body power itself up every day for a proper cellular function. Fight off free radicals, keep our immune system nice and regulated, but also at the ready in the event that we are exposed to a particular virus. Having that elderberry extract shown to be highly effective and safe, having the nucleotide complex which once again shown to be incredibly supportive for the intestinal microbiota, your intestinal microbiome, want to call it that, for our overall immune system. And this is something that we know through all of the research that the effects of the supplementation of nucleotides, really helps our system respond in a much more efficient and effective way. So definitely check this one out, remember, colds are not something that are just linked to the colder months. There are viruses that exist in the spring and summer. So having a daily multivitamin that includes this enhanced immune system support is a really good option. So, I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting, Do make sure that you subscribe, and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. † [00:08:29]


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