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To celebrate heart health month, I joined my good friends at Forever Young Radio for a thoughtful discussion about how to keep your ticker ticking. Read on or listen in to learn how omega-3s, CoQ10, vitamin K2, and balancing inflammation impact your cardiovascular health.

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Intro: “Be smart and become the healthiest you. Stay tuned for the Forever Young Radio Show with health journalist and fitness enthusiast, Cary Nosler, who is joined by health educator and executive producer, Kelly Cappasola. [music] And now, Forever Young.”

Kelly Cappasola: “So glad you could join us today on the Forever Young Radio Show. If you have by chance just stumbled across our show on the dial for the first time, just to let you know, our mission for the past sixteen years has always been the same: to inform every listener on healthier lifestyle options and good quality science-based information.”

Cary Nosler: “But if you’d like to learn more about the show, we make it easy. You can visit the website, foreveryoungradio.com. And while you’re there, well, listen to past shows. Kelly puts up some good shows. You’ve got great articles and also the Weekly Highlight Page because there, you get the play-by-play of everything we’ll be discussing today. And of course, you’ll look for the little Facebook icon, and if you happen to be on Facebook, just click that and we’re joint together, as they say.”

Kelly: “Yeah, it’s great to be a part of a community and part of that Facebook family. Now, we have a great hour planned for you today, and we’re going to be focusing on the topic of heart health. It is Heart Health Month, and so we have a lot of great information to share. We’re going to be covering topics such as omega-3s, vitamin K2, and CoQ10 with a highlight on the NutriGold line of products. We have a lot of great information to share with a very special guest. You can always feel free to visit our website at foreveryoungradio.com. I’m Kelly Cappasola, and as always, I’m being joined by Cary Nosler. Hey Cary, how are you doing?”

Cary: “Oh I’m doing well, Kelly, thank you so much. It’s actually getting warmer here by a couple degrees. [laugh]”

Kelly: “Alright! [laugh] One or two degrees makes a big difference when it’s pretty chilly out.

Cary: “Yes.”

Kelly: “So, yeah, I’m happy that it’s getting warmer for you, and listen, what I’m more happy about is that you’re going to share a ‘Cary’s Corner’ article for our listeners in this opening segment, so what would you like to share? What do you have?”

Cary: “We’re talking about something called vitamin K2 and, for men, prostate cancer. Kelly, you and I both know, we watch the industry pretty closely, and vitamin K2 has certainly been a big riser in the whole health field area because the research is just becoming so compelling. Vitamin K2. There’s vitamin K1, which is what you get in most plant-based foods. That’s for blood ‘koagulation’ that’s why they call it ‘K’, the german word for coagulation. And the vitamin K2, however, has other functions in the body. It can be made by bacteria in the gut or certain foods that contain it. When it comes to providing a benefit for things like certain types of cancers, it turns out that vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 work together to help take care of different issues that are going on in the body.

In fact, they say if you take vitamin D, because it’s going to release calcium into the blood, you definitely should be taking vitamin K2 because the vitamin K2 then directs the calcium to go from the arteries to the bones so that you don’t have that kind of accumulation in the vessels. But, in fact, increasing your intake of vitamin K2 may lower the risk, again, for men, of getting prostate cancer by up to 35%. And so, you understand just how common that is with men, and if you could lower the risk by 35% by just by taking a little vitamin K2, it’s something you can find in a capsule. You can get it in the food ‘nato’. It’s a Japanese food, definitely an acquired taste [laugh]. You can get it in eggs, especially if they’ve been fed in the pasture and are a free-range type, certain types of meats, and especially in cheeses. And the gouda cheese is apparently the highest in vitamin K2. So, very, very important nutrient. Make sure that you read the article.”

Kelly: “Yeah, this is a really good article. I like that it highlights vitamin K2. I like that it highlights D3. I mean, these are all very important things that we need to encourage people to work into their lifestyle. So, I know today we’re going to learn more about that, but I know that this is an article that will really help people, Cary, because prostate cancer is taking a hold on people out there. I think it’s the number two cause of death for men over skin cancer, isn’t that what they said?”

Cary: “Yes, yes, yes. Well, actually, I have a friend who started who has been experiencing bone-loss problems, and she started taking the vitamin K2. That was the only thing that she did different, and when she went back to the doctor and had that scan, he says, ‘Well, you’re doing a lot better. I don’t know what you’re doing but keep it up,’ and it was just the addition of vitamin K2, again, because it directs the calcium to go to the bones and not the arteries.”

Kelly: “That’s true, so again, go and read the article and do your own little research on vitamin K2 and D3 and all the things we’re talking about because this is research articles that we’re referencing, and we understand that not everything is a one-size-fits-all for everybody. But again, if these are some of the challenges you’re facing, a little bit of education and research could go a long way, Cary, couldn’t it?”

Cary: “Absolutely. A little bit, yes. A little bit can go a very, very long way [laugh] because any time you change any part of your lifestyle, you’re going to affect the whole. So yes, a little change can make a big difference.”

(Music and Commercial Break)

Cary: “Welcome to Forever Young. I’m Cary Nosler with Kelly Capassola, and today we’re going to be talking about different aspects of health especially those that are concerning with fish oil and also vitamin K2, things that we’ve mentioned on this program many, many times, and Corinna Bellizzi will be joining us to talk about those things. We also want to talk about heart health because February is Heart Health Month. It actually is the, still, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and there is, though, a silver lining when you talk about heart disease, and it’s because it’s one of the most preventable. Lifestyle changes make big, big difference in terms of the risk for heart disease. If you make heart-healthy choices, you’re going to helping not only yourself but your family, all the people that you know, and the risk factors for heart disease will be greatly diminished along with making sure that you have regular checkups and also working with your physician to manage your health. All integral aspects of different kinds of things that can be done to help people avoid the trauma and, unfortunately for many, the death that comes with heart disease. And so, again, we’re going to be talking about this and other issues that affect your health with our special guest, Corinna Bellizzi. She is VP of marketing and education at one of our favorite places, NutriGold. Corinna, welcome to the show.”

Corinna Bellizzi: “Thanks so much for having me, Cary. Happy Heart Health Month! [laugh]”

Kelly: “Happy Heart Health Month! It’s great to have you on, and we love having you back with us. And today what we’re going to be highlighting, as Cary said, Heart Health Month, and that will be the focus of our conversation. So, I think a good place to start, Corinna, because when I think of my heart and my family’s heart, the number one supplement I make sure we’re all taking is omega-3. So, if you don’t mind, give us some background on omega-3s.”

Corinna: “Where to start, Kelly? The fact is that most Americans are largely deficient in consumption of omega-3 in the day-to-day, and it’s no surprise because we eat all sorts of things on-the-go that can’t naturally contain them. The best diet in the world is likely to be one that includes fish or other omegas, your green, leafy vegetables, all the things that are difficult to eat on the run when you’re trying to get from your home to your school or work to your kids’ practices for football or basketball, soccer, etc, and back again. Life is just too busy to really make sure that we have the best nutrition possible. And so much research has been behind omega-3’s overall over the course of the last several decades now, that we can look to a body of research that points time again to the fact that getting enough omega-3’s can improve your long term health and longevity, can reduce your risk for certain huge problems with regard to heart health, cholesterol levels, etc, and ultimately help you be a better and more healthy person in the day-to-day.”

Cary: “You know, it wasn’t helped over the years, Corinna, when there was such a fat phobia. People just, anything that had fat, they were going to resist. I can actually remember a book when the whole ‘low fat’ or ‘no fat’ thing was really going big. Someone had written a book, and they had a chart, it was like, it had the target zones is what I meant to say, that you should eat everything in the middle, and then as it got to the outer edges, you should avoid it. One of those foods on the outer edges was salmon because it was so high in fat [laugh]. You know, we were nuts about that whole thing.”

Corinna: “Right.”

Cary: “It must have had some pretty dire consequences for the general public by going through that phase.”

Corinna: “Well, and we are still trying to correct those challenges. The fact is that even today, people start to think, ‘Oh, well I can get everything I need from my diet. I can get everything I need from my diet. I can get everything I need from my diet,’ well, guess what is not in most standard American diets? It’s omega-3’s. Because they do tend to oxidize a little bit more rapidly, so they tend to be selected out of your other plant-based oils. You know, canola oil would have more omega-3 in it if it wasn’t so processed. So, ultimately our systems get way out of whack, and we have to work to go ahead and correct that through really watching what we eat, intaking less processed foods, and supplementing with healthy things that we know can go ahead and ameliorate our day-to-day. The fact is taking a couple fish oil capsules every day is really easy to do [laugh]. These days, you can find great-quality fish oils for a reasonable price.

You know, at our company, NutriGold, we’re sourcing from the pristine waters of Alaska. We’re only using sustainable pollock. We have non-GMO verification. They’re wildly-sourced. They’re Five Star brand certified by IFOS, and you can get a two-month supply for $45 at pretty much any online venue. So, the Double Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil that we produce is a great solution for the day-to-day for consumers coast to coast. But that’s just one part of the puzzle because, ultimately, if you have a really healthy system overall, you’re going to absorb those omegas better. You’re going to feel better in your day-to-day, and in order to have your best health, it’s really critical that not only you address your diet, but you get your supplementation in order to have just the basic cupboard of like omegas, a multivitamin, some greens if you’re not eating a ton of green, leafy vegetables, and just really a couple other core vitamins to ensure your day-to-day is really healthy. But let’s not forget about being active. I mean, even going for a simple walk on a cold, brisk day. Like today here in California where it’s normally sunny, it’s 33 degrees outside this morning. [laugh]”

Kelly: “Yeah, Cary and I had a show recording before you, and our teeth were chattering. It was a little chilly in our neck of the woods, but I think that is one thing that we’re all trying to do is those suggestions that you made. Exercising, looking at what we’re putting into our body are all very important. This is no longer the Snackwell era that it was a decade ago, and if I see one more pack of candy that says ‘fat-free food’, I probably will lose my mind at the grocery store if I see it again. I see it all the time, and people are like, ‘Oh gosh, well, you know, licorice. It’s fat-free. I’m going to eat it,’ well, it’s not about the fat in that, it’s about the sugar. So, it’s really, you know, getting into the mind of the consumers to really understand that fat is so important and especially these essential fatty acids we’re getting from the omega-3s. And, you know, that’s one of the things that I wanted to follow up and ask you about is, so often people will say, ‘Okay, well I’m just going to eat fish,’ and then they’ll go and eat tilapia. Guess what? Tilapia really doesn’t have any omega-3.”

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Corinna: “Yeah.”

Kelly: “So, it’s helping the consumers to understand, gosh, if you’re not able to eat fish a couple times a week because if you are going to it can be very expensive because you want to make sure that you know where that fish is coming from, that it’s not Frankenfish, and all these other things. So, gosh, supplementing omega-3s, especially with a good-quality, is our number one recommendation, not only to our family but our listeners on this show.”

Corinna: “I completely agree, Kelly. And unless your listeners are going to commit to eating sardines a couple times a week, they really should consider a daily omega-3 supplement because that is the safest food-based way to get enough omega-3s in your day-to-day. I mean, one can of sardines has the equivalent of about three days’ worth of a high-concentration fish oil product. And they are fat-soluble, so we think about these fat-soluble nutrients, and overall they get known to be for heart health, brain health, all these other metabolic processes. The reality is they’re used by every single cell in your body, and when something is used in every cell in your body, the impact is much bigger than you might think. Another thing to consider when you’re taking your omega-3 is always to take it with food and with food that has fat in it because that way you’re not only going to increase your absorption of the great nutrients that are in the fish oil but also within the food that you’re eating. Research has even shown that if you take your vitamin B supplement with your largest meal of the day that you’ll have better absorption in the tune of about 50% better absorption. So, generally speaking, again, every time we look at our fat-soluble nutrients and our omega-3 fats, we should think about taking them with food.”

Cary: “Corinna, it’s been some time now that we’ve been aware that inflammation is really at the root cause of just about all the disorders that can eventually affect people, and one way or another, there’s some type of a disruption somewhere in the body that’s causing this kind of low-grade infection, if you could put it that way. And especially the omega-3s seem to be something that can help to counter the inflammation, and obviously if you stop the inflammation you start, you know, the beginning of any problem. So, if that’s true, and you could comment on that, then that would seem to be a great advantage to using some type of omega-3 product everyday.”

Corinna: “Yeah, I would agree with that. You know, in the last five years you’ve seen the rise of this keto-based diet, of a primal-based diet that is more animal-based and less grain-based. Ultimately, those diets help to address two things. They reduce the latent sugars in your system because sugars are so impactful at actually increasing the levels of inflammation, but they also increase the levels of your healthy fats, and that’s one of the ways in particular that they address health challenges. When you do that, two things happen. For one, your body stops holding on to a bunch of fat that you don’t need in your body, which is kind of counter-intuitive, take healthy fats to reduce your fat? But overall, it really does prove to be that way because it helps to improve your overall metabolism, how you’re utilizing the nutrients that you bring in. In that sort of a diet, what ends up happening is you’re bringing in more nutrient-dense foods so you tend to have less cravings. I can speak from personal experience here. If I eat something like a piece of white, processed bread, I suddenly have an appetite that’s about three times what it is normally. However, if I’m consuming something that is a little bit more nutrient-dense and then I go to have the bread at the end of the meal, I don’t want to eat as much. And that’s just generally how our systems work, right? You go into kind of this starvation mode when you’re eating a low-density nutrition food versus when you’re eating something that’s full of all the nutrients that your body needs to thrive.”

Kelly: “Yeah, omegas for sure help you get there, and we’re going to talk more about that when we come back from the break. We have to run out. Please go and check out our website, check our Weekly Highlight Page out at foreveryoungradio.com. You can learn more about what we’re discussing today, and also click directly to the NutriGold website. We’ll be right back after the break.”

(Music and Commercial Break)

Cary: “We’re back with more on Forever Young. Cary Nosler here along with Kelly Cappasola and Corinna Bellizzi, our special guest today. And obviously the role that omega-3s can play in reducing inflammation in the body, Kelly, is just an integral part of any kind of a healthy program that you could have, and as Corinna mentioned, just taking a couple of capsules can help in that regard so easily. Why not do it?”

Kelly: “Oh, for sure, Cary, and I love that you pointed to the fact that inflammation is behind so many of the diseases that people are facing out there. I mean, when we talk about inflammatory factors, people generally think ‘Oh, my joints and my bones,’ but inflammation of the brain is something very serious. Inflammation of the heart. I mean, inflammation is not always our friend. It was built to protect us, but when it runs rampant it can cause a lot of troubles. Now, we talk about all the benefits of omega-3s. You go on Pubmed.gov. There’s over 25,000 research papers on the benefits of omega-3s, but still people are falling short everyday of getting that adequate level, so we always recommend supplementation. We feel it’s the best way to get people to the proper levels they need to be at, and the exciting part is we choose NutriGold’s Omega-3s on this program because of the wide range of pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 products that you guys offer there. I use the liquid Pure Fish Oil. My brother uses the Double Strength Fish Oil. Give us a little background on each of them because I love that you guys have developed these products to be able to help people at different stages of their life because that’s what important. It’s not a cookie cutter type of situation when it comes to our health, Corinna.”

Corinna: “Well, that’s absolutely right, and the reality is most people benefit from taking, at minimum, 500 milligrams of EPA and DHA per day. When you start to talk about supporting heart health and some of these other kinds of conditions, many doctors will say at last one gram of EPA and DHA per day, and so that’s not to be confused with one capsule. And that’s what I really want to get to there. So, when you look at the formulas that we produce, what you’ll find is that we've got a wide array of fish oil products. We have one that I take everyday which is our Omega-3 + CoQ10 + D3 Gold. That product, though it has a long product name, does a lot, right?”

Kelly: “I get 700 milligrams of omega-3s, I get 50 milligrams of CoQ10, and 2,500 milligrams of vitamin D3, and all three of those things are fat-soluble nutrients, so they work in collaboration together. So, that’s just in two softgels. I get an amazing dose there. The actual dose is one softgel, but I take two, right? So I’m getting 1,400 milligrams of omega-3s, 100 of CoQ10 and 5,000 IU of vitamin D3. Our Double Strength Omega-3 Fish oils and Triple Strength Omega-3 Fish Oils, however, are much more targeted specifically on the omega-3s, EPA and DHA. They are extracted from Alaska pollock. They are IFOS certified, meaning they have been tested for both their overall potency, the quality, and ensuring that there aren’t latent pesticides or other problems in the product itself so that you can be assured that you are getting the absolute best and what you need. Every softgel of the Triple Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil has 725 milligrams of EPA and 275 milligrams of DHA, so that is over one gram of EPA and DHA in a single softgel, and that meets most doctor recommendations for heart health support. The Double Strength gives you about 600 milligrams of EPA and DHA together, and I believe our most recent formulation is at at 700 milligrams.

So, again, in a single softgel, you’re getting an incredible level of EPA and DHA. And what’s really great about these formulas is that they’re affordable for most consumers. I mean, for a two-month supply you can buy these products at about $45 online. They’re available at NutriGold. And we’ve been really extending these products into natural health retailers coast to coast. One more thing to keep in mind with all our omega-3 products that are, again, produced with that Alaskan pollock, they’re 100% manufactured in the United States, so we’re not shipping them all over the world to be processed and then reprocessed and then packaged. So, you’re really supporting a company that is in full support of commerce here in the United States, so that is something that we have a lot of belief in. We want to go ahead and reduce the logistics around any product. It helps us ensure that you get the freshest product possible, the most safely produced, and the product with the smallest possible carbon footprint. You get that with our Triple Strength, our Double Strength, the Pure Fish Oil liquid, Kelly, that you take, and with the Omega-3 + CoQ10 + D3 Gold Gold that I take [laugh].”

Kelly: “I need to start taking that! Cary and I, we need to get on that D3+CoQ10+Omega-3.”

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Cary: “And the one thing that you were talking about, Corinna, that does also impact the way the body uses just about every function, and that’s vitamin K2. I know that you have K2 in your formulations, and the research, as you mentioned at the beginning of the show, is just so dramatic and ongoing as to the value of the vitamin K2 both as MK-4 and MK-7. I mean, it’s pretty dramatic and pretty obvious that people make sure that they either get it in their diet or that they get some supplementation, which is probably the most likely way they’ll be able to get it.”

Corinna: “Right, well unless you’re consuming a lot of really soft cheeses from France like Brie and Camembert or you’re consuming nato, specifically, directly from the Japanese cuisine and sushi format, it’s basically a fermented soy bean taste that has a very strong taste and smell, you aren’t getting vitamin K2. So, vitamin K2 is readily supplemented. We use specifically a vitamin K2 MK-7. It is a fermented food. It is vegan, and completely safe for daily consumption by most people. Some doctors will tell their patients if they are on blood thinners not to take vitamin K2 or any vitamin K for that matter, so always check with your doctor when it comes to that specifically. But for everyone else, we have added that vitamin K2 to all of our multivitamins, even. So, my Prenatal Multi Gold, which I’m still taking being that I’m breastfeeding, delivers for me 100 micrograms of vitamin K2 as MK-7. That is a food source. It’s from soy. It ultimately means that longterm, I’m getting that vitamin K2 in my daily diet along with all the vitamin K1 I get from my green, leafy vegetables. What vitamin K2 does as a fat-soluble nutrient is really incredible.

It essentially resides in a lot of your soft tissues and tells calcium, ‘don’t go here, go to where you belong in your bones and teeth,’ and so what that ultimately means is that you build stronger bones. So, what vitamin K2 has been known for is building strong bones. But what it also does, because it resides in your soft tissues and says to calcium, ‘no don’t land here, you belong in your bones and teeth,’ is it protects our soft tissues and ultimately keeps them soft and supple, and what they need to do is, ultimately, let fluids in and luids out and ensure that we have healthy blood flow and that we don’t have carotid arteries and things like that, and vitamin K2 is just integral in that sphere. This may also be another one of the reasons that eating that more mediterranean diet with lots of green, leafy vegetables, omega-3s from your fish and things along those lines, helps to improve your overall cardiovascular health as well. So, just thinking about the omega-3 connection with vitamin K2, I mean, it would come part and parcel to a healthy diet with some nice fatty cheese as your desert, but not too many of us do that in the day-to-day, so I just think it’s a great nutrient. It makes sense to have it in your multivitamin, and I also take it as a standalone with my other fat-soluble nutrients.”

Kelly: “I remember reading a research paper last year, and in a study, scientists presented powerful evidence that K2 can reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, and that’s the blockage of the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, which, you know, are affecting so many people out there, and this is tremendous news for the millions of Americans, Corinna, who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, don’t you think?”

Corinna: “Well, not only that, but if you think about calcification in areas that you shouldn’t have it, like often people in their older years get bone spurs in their joints that degrade their tendons and actually mean that they need surgeries that are somewhat complicated later in life. You know, if you have healthy levels of calcium in your daily diet but you also have enough vitamin K2 in your system, you’re going to essentially be protected. You won’t have a lot of those same problems of, you know, having osteoporosis or having calcification in areas where you shouldn’t because your system’s in balance. And time and again, what we come back to is that a system in balance is the most healthy. With fat-soluble vitamins, there’s a connection between how vitamins A, B, and K2 work together, so it’s no mystery in my mind why those nutrients tend to exist together in nature. They’re in cod liver oil. They’re in a lot of those beautiful, fatty cheeses I talked about earlier [laugh], and ultimately, if you have a good, balanced diet, you’re typically going to have those nutrients in balance. But most of us are on the run, and it’s protective to have it. It’s very difficult to get too much.”

Cary: “It’s amazing how little of the substance can still have a great benefit, because you mentioned, like, it’s 100 micrograms in your formula. You know, it takes a thousand micrograms to have one milligram, so a very, very tiny amount of K2 can make a big difference.”

Corinna: “Right, and that’s similar though to the world of vitamin D3 and vitamin A. If you look at what the actual level of vitamin A and vitamin D3 are in supplements, they’re really micro levels.”

Kelly: “We’re going to run out to a break, so when we come back from break we’ll talk more about this. But you can find the NutriGold products. They’re available at independent health food stores or online. I want you to learn about this company and why Cary and I love it so much and why we wanted to partner with them for a while. The website is nutrigoldinc.com. You can learn more, and you can also follow them on social media @NutriGoldUSA. We’ll be right back after the break to talk more about K2, omega-3s, heart health and perhaps sprinkle in a little bit of your old friend, CoQ10. So, make sure you stick around with us. Always learn more at our weekly highlight page at foreveryoungradio.com.”

(Music and Commercial Break)

Cary: “Howdy! Cary Nosler here with Kelly Cappasola on Forever Young, and we’re talking with our special guest Corinna Bellizzi today. Been focusing on the omega-3s, on vitamin D3 and also quite a bit on vitamin K2. And, Kelly, I must tell you, though, I won’t say that I’m a big fan of it, but I do eat nato. [laugh]”

Kelly: “I knew you would, I knew you would! Everybody likes it but me. I’m just one of those. I am a picky palate, I guess, when it comes to that stuff.”

Cary: “No, I’m not saying that I like it. You have to mix it with things [laugh]. You can’t eat it by itself, though. That’s falling on the sword.”

Kelly: “I’m going to go with the supplement from NutriGold. [laugh]”

Cary: “I do both. I eat nato and I take the vitamin K2. But, Corinna, I wanted to ask you about some of the specific mechanisms of how K2 does what it does. How does it send the signal to the body to take that calcium and put it in the bones and the teeth instead of the arteries? What’s going on there?”

Corinna: “Well, it essentially acts like a traffic cop or like a conductor, so, in concert with vitamins A and D3. So, vitamin D3 works with your osteoblasts to lay down new bone, and vitamin A works with your osteoclasts to break away old bone. So, you’re consistently doing this bone remodeling, right? So, your calcium is essentially being laid down anew, and you have a new skeleton every ten years or so. Well, vitamin K2 also sits in this aspect, and it essentially lays in your soft tissues, like your arteries and your joints and things like that, and tells calcium not to go there but to go to your bones so that with this cycle having the proper balance of vitamins A, D and K2 that your system is adequately using the calcium that comes in, putting it where it needs to be to build really nice, dense bones and not laying it into your other tissues. Because vitamin D3 helps calcium to be absorbed, if you get a lot of vitamin D3, a lot of calcium, and no K2, you can have some problems, right? So that’s where some of the research was showing that overconsumption of calcium with D3 could actually be a bad thing, right? A bad thing for heart health, a bad thing for joint health. So, that’s where vitamin K2 works as a conductor to ensure that calcium goes where it’s needed, not where it is.”

Kelly: “So, again, it’s this unique ability to activate the proteins to send the calcium to the proper destination, which is the bone, you know, exactly where we want it, in different areas of our life but not getting in and depositing in the blood vessel walls, which we don’t want. So, a lot of people are learning more as they go to their doctors and they have these heart scans done about calcium score, calcium testing within the arteries, and so I think I love that you brought that up because it’s a great way for people to better understand what the mechanism of action is and what they’re doing within the body. But you briefly mentioned that you put K2 in some of your multis, but what other products do you have? Do you have a standalone K2 product in the NutriGold line?”

Corinna: “Yeah, we do have a standalone K2 product. It’s simply Vitamin K2 MK-7 Gold. It offers 100 micrograms of vitamin K2 which is 130% of the daily value, and it’s available pretty broadly in the marketplace. But what I love about our multis is that you’re getting that same 100 micrograms in a single dose, so ultimately you’re getting that standalone level of vitamin K2 on its own within a formula that is protective in other arenas and also has the vitamin A and vitamin D for a full balance. So, if you’re talking about maintaining a healthy system in a daily way, it’s great to go ahead and look at, you know, a great multivitamin to have K2, to have the vitamin D, to have the vitamin A, and all those other supportive nutrients for daily heart health. You know, I would recommend taking the Vitamin K2 MK-7 Gold to women who are pregnant or nursing, and a good reason for that is that she can ensure that her baby gets all the building blocks she needs while not depleting her own.

I was pregnant for [laugh] nine months and now I’m nursing, right? Been taking that prenatal daily and I also have the vitamin K2 on my daily palette for that reason. Doctor Rhéaume-Bleu, out of Canada, has recommended as much as 360 micrograms per day, for pregnant and nursing women, of vitamin K2 for that reason, again ensuring her kids have the healthiest possible way to build the bones they need. My first son, I would say his teeth came in like rocket ships. I think we’ve talked about that before. My second son, who’s now less than three-months-old, is already teething. Typically teething doesn’t happen until four months. So, you know, it’s a supportive nutrient. It does have a strong effect, and I want to make sure my boys build the strongest bones they can, too.”

Cary: “I’d like some clarification on the vitamin A. You’re not talking about beta-carotene, are you? You are talking about the pre-formed A, the fat-soluble vitamin A?”

Corinna: “Well, in a really healthy system, your body can make vitamin A out of beta-carotene, but yeah, specifically I’m talking about vitamin A in the body. And these days, you know, the FDA has really tightened the loop with regard to beta-carotene and how you can list for it on labels, so we’re actually speaking of retinol equivalence. Retinol is vitamin A, so when you look at your new labels that are compliant with 2018 regulations, you’ll see that there is sometimes a dramatically reduced level of vitamin A being shown on plant-based products. Because our products are plant-based, you’ll see that we do list as vitamin A, and it’s in retinol equivalence now, so it’s not necessarily showing 5,000 IU anymore. We’re showing a retinol equivalency which is brings it down quite considerably.”

Kelly: “You can’t talk about heart health without talking about CoQ10 because it’s just one of those things that has been, like, researched and talked about and talked about for over, you know, what, thirty years? CoQ10 has been touted as helping people better maintain cardiovascular function. So, tell us a little bit of what you have going on with a CoQ10 product. I know you have a CoQ10 Gold over there at NutriGold. What makes that special compared to all the other CoQ10 products in mass market?”

Corinna: “You know, really, this gets back to what NutriGold just does differently as an organization. We screen every ingredient that goes into our products multiple times. We test them for pesticides. We test them to ensure that they’ve got the proper level of nutrients, before manufacturing and post-manufacturing, and then run stability throughout the process, as well. But we’re also using state-of-the-art CoQ10. We use specifically Kaneka’s CoQ10 in these products, which is the most researched CoQ10 on the planet. And we are, again, producing products that are vegan, kosher, non-GMO, along those lines, and gluten-free, so you’re assured that when you’re taking our products you’re taking the highest possible quality in that arena. Our CoQ10 in the Omega-3+CoQ10+D3 Gold is also that Kaneka CoQ10, and so that’s something that isn’t common for companies to make that investment in a product where it’s only one component of the overall product. So, again, you can trust that we’re using the most researched form. We’re providing it at an affordable rate so you can continue to take the product on a monthly basis. We also have a Ubiquinol Gold, and that one features the bioidentical CoQ10 source and processed products. These are processed and sourced in the United States so that you are, again, seeing that it’s the most bioavailable form, that it’s the most researched, and that it is also a product of Kaneka, so you’ll see that specifically on the label.”

Cary: “Yeah, I’m glad you mention that because I personally look for the Ubiquinol when I’m getting vitamin CoQ10 because that’s the reduced form, and it’s the most economical way for the body to use CoQ10, so the fact that you’ve gone to those great lengths with a company of the reputation that you mentioned with Kaneka and also the Ubiquinol. That makes for a good team.”

Corinna: “Right, well and in this case too, you know, if you are going to invest in Ubiquinol, many companies just deliver a 50 milligram. We’re delivering 100 milligrams still as well, so you are, in fact, getting something that is at a really highly researched level. It’s going to produce the results that you need, and if you have any inbourn insufficiencies or happen to be on statin drugs that can impact your CoQ10 levels, I think it’s always smarter to be on that bioidentical form of CoQ10 like the Ubiquinol. I think you’d agree with me there, Cary.”

Kelly: “Yeah, absolutely, well that is one thing that we’ve researched, and boy I’ll tell ya, that’s where CoQ10 really comes to benefit people especially with those statins. So, again, you can find the NutriGold products at independent health food stores or online. You can also visit the NutriGold website to learn more, and you can also visit them on social media @NutriGoldUSA. Corinna mentioned you can also get these products on the NutriGold website, and again keep your eye out at local retail stores for these products we’re speaking about. Corinna, thanks for joining us today. Excellent information. We know that we’ve armed our listeners with better ways to manage heart-related issues that they may be facing, or even preventative measures they may want to take. So, again, thank you for joining us, and we hope that you’ll come back.”

Corinna: “Alright, thank you so much, Kelly. Thank you, Cary. It’s been a lovely experience.”

Kelly: “Thank you so much. It’s always so fun to have you on. And listeners, all of this great information has been posted on our Weekly Highlight page at foreveryoungradio.com. Again, you can find the NutriGold products at independent health food stores or online. You can also visit the NutriGold website to learn more, and you can also follow them on social media @NutriGoldUSA. We have to go, but thanks for tuning in, and we’ll catch you next time. Be well out there.”

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