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30
JUL

What’s New? Champion Naturals

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the introduction of a natural brand of sports nutrition supplements: Champion Naturals.

Champion Nutrition has been an innovator in sports nutrition since 1986. The company approaches sports nutrition with a strong philosophy built by a team of experts with medical, nutrition, and science backgrounds, as well as individuals who are extremely passionate and involved in nutrition, athleticism, and fitness. The company uses a balanced perspective to develop absolutely great tasting and effective products that align your body and mind.

Champion Nutrition takes into account your fitness ambition and level, to fit conveniently into your lifestyle, boost your health, and build on your hard work as you strive to get fit, get stronger, go farther, or play harder. This philosophy combined with nearly three decades of industry knowledge and experience has built a solid foundation to develop innovative products that help your body live up to your mind’s ambition.

Champion Nutrition uses only healthy, scientifically backed ingredients with a strong nutritional base that supports your overall wellbeing. You won’t find any artificial flavors, colors, or fillers in any of the products, and they’re clearly labeled to indicate plant based, dairy free, gluten free, or allergen free. Champion Nutrition has a top commitment to safety and quality. The company’s in-house 135,000 square foot GMP-certified manufacturing facility in Sunrise, FL ensures quality at the highest level, working hard to make sure outside resources meet the high standards.

Additionally, you can earn 10 times LuckyRewards points on all Champion Natural items when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Ten times points are based on normal point ratio of one point earned per $1 spent. Actual points offered are displayed on item detail page for each item. Click here for more information on LuckyRewards program.

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Champion Naturals – Renew Post-Workout Booster – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Champion Naturals – Invigorate Intra-Workout Booster Great Tasting Orange – 20 x .13 oz. Packets
Champion Naturals – Endurance Natural Daily Protein Blend Natural Vanilla Bean – 18 oz.

 
29
JUL

Stock Your Natural First Aid Kit With These Essential Medicines

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Homeopathy at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues and trips to the beach and our favorite campsites. But before you start the grill or pitch a tent, you should make sure your natural first aid kit is well-stocked with homeopathic medicines.

Boiron Calendula topicals relieve all types of skin irritations. Calendula Lotion is ideal for soothing sunburn; the ointment helps to heal minor burns and blisters; the cream is ideal for dry or chafed skin; and the gel works well on insect bites and razor burn. Overeating is always an issue at most summer picnics, so keep Nux vomica on hand. This popular single medicine relieves nausea, acid indigestion, hangovers, and most importantly, an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. And when one too many beach volleyball or badminton games causes sore muscles, Arnicare Gel or Cream and Arnica oral pellets are must-haves. The unscented, paraben-free topicals and the quick-dissolving pellets can be used together to relieve muscle pain, stiffness and bruising for the whole body.

 

No matter what you do this summer, Boiron medicines will help nip your symptoms in the bud. Suffering from a different issue? Use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf to find the best medicine for your symptoms.

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28
JUL

The Always Important Potassium

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Minerals are very important for our health. Some are called essential minerals for a good reason as the human body depends on them for a variety of functions. When listing the essential ones, potassium is certainly on the top of the list.

Potassium is a very important mineral for the human to work properly. It is a type of systemic electrolyte and is essential in coregulating ATP with sodium, an important process for maintaining good health. Your body needs potassium to build proteins and muscle as well as break down and utilize carbohydrates. Additionally, potassium controls the electrical activity of the heart and the acid-base balance of your body.

Many foods contain potassium including all meats, such as red meat and chicken, and fish such as salmon, cod, flounder, and sardines. Vegetarian sources include bananas, broccoli, spinach, legumes, potatoes, tomatoes, papayas, and lentils. Other fruits that contain significant amount of potassium include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi, prunes, and apricots. Milk and yogurt, as well as nuts, are also excellent sources of potassium.

The Food and Nutrition Center of the Institute of Medicine has established a recommended dietary intake for potassium of 4.7 g/day for adults. Women who are producing breast milk need slightly higher amounts (5.1 g/day). Check with your health care provider to develop a supplementation plan based on your specific needs.

Potassium supplements are an excellent way to ensure you are getting your daily recommended amount. Products are available in tablets, capsules, powder, and liquid form, so you can choose the best way to fit your needs of the always important potassium.

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Advanced Research – Potassium Arginate – 200 Tablets
Nature’s Way – Potassium Chelate – 100 Capsules
NOW Foods – Potassium Citrate Essential Mineral 99 mg. – 180 Capsules

 
26
JUL

What’s New? Big Tree Farms

Filed Under: Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands offering even more options for our customers. The latest addition is a unique company of health food products: Big Tree Farms.

Big Tree Farms offers a variety of natural and organic products created to provide the best for you and your family. The company was founded on the principal of jamu: an Indonesian concept of body, mind and spirit that are in harmony and balance. From all raw ingredients to working to build sustainable livelihoods for farmer partners and being good stewards of ecology, Big Tree Farms is a champion for a brighter future in food.

Big Tree Farms operates a sustainable supply chains on more than 10 islands across Indonesia’s archipelago of 17,000 islands and atolls. These sustainable supply chains are actually deeply involved social relationships with individual farmers and community farmer groups.

When Big Tree Farms first began growing bio-intensively in the central highlands of Bali, the idea was to create a sustainable model of small-scale agriculture for growers in the humid tropics. Sustainable farming had been nearly wiped out years before by transnational campaign extolling the market-oriented virtues of the commercial farm culture. High input use and overly intensive production systems were established and quickly zapped the strength of the fragile tropical soils. A new farming system was much needed to work ecologically better. The key to the model developed by Big Tree Farms was creating the power of choice. By creating a model that worked both economically and ecologically, small farmers were able to celebrate the unique attributes of their agricultural heritage while still succeeding in the marketplace.

You can save extra on all Big Tree Farms products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just used the promo code JULY14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Big Tree Farms – Organic Coconut Palm Sugar Fleur De Sel – 14 oz.
Big Tree Farms – Organic Coconut Palm Sugar Blonde – 16 oz.
Big Tree Farms – Organic Coconut Palm Sugar Vanilla – 14 oz.

 
24
JUL

Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga & Wellness

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Pregnancy is a progressive adventure — a time of profound inner and outer growth. It is also a time to examine who you are and how you relate to all living things. Birthing Mama is designed to be your companion during this transformational time, offering six weekly areas of interest to nourish yourself and your growing baby.

Through online, holistic forums for weeks 14-42, along with a series of DVDs, Birthing Mama gives you valuable tools and support to connect deeply to the spiritual process of childbirth.

Birthing Mama is an offering from the heart, to support your pregnancy in being as transformational for your inner-self as it will be for your physical body.  Let yourself be guided through each offering, from a state of openness, curiosity, and awareness. Tune in to your inner voice and follow it within yourself, wherever it leads.

The inspiration for this childbirth companion came from Corinne Andrews, who, when pregnant with her second child, was inspired to launch Birthing Mama to give other expectant mothers a framework for experiencing their pregnancy as a sacred and transformative life event.

A weekly companion offering holistic support for each week of your pregnancy from weeks 14-42

  • 30 Prenatal Yoga Videos – over 6 hours of videos!
  • Recipes & Nutritional Guidance
  • Developmental Benchmarks
  • Inspiration & Education
  • Creative Activities
  • Self-Care Recommendations

 

Also included are product recommendations from other online retailers, access to a media library bursting with articles, guided meditations, yoga nidra and live prenatal classes.  Members also receive exclusive discounts with the Birthing Mama team, (for long-distance subscribers, phone or Skype appointments are available) including: Yoga & Mindfulness, Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and Family Photography.

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23
JUL

Healthy, Delicious Dried Fruit

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Apples, mangoes, pineapples, figs, apricots, cranberries are just some of the fruits you can snack from a bag. Dried fruits may be an excellent alternative if you are looking for a healthy snack. Switch over from chips, candy, or chocolate bars to healthy dried fruit snacks.

Dried fruit products offer multiple health benefits. The majority of natural products generally contain more fiber than fresh fruits. For example, dried apricots contain 6.5 grams per cup, while fresh apricots offer just 3.1 grams. A cup of raisins contains 5.4 grams of fiber versus just 1.4 grams for seedless grapes.

Additionally, dried fruits contain very high amounts of nutrients. Most of the water is extracted from dried fruits and, consequently, the nutrients are condensed into a small package. The European Food Information Council has reported that dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

Dried fruits contains little to no fat. They also contain significant calories per serving, making them a natural source of energy for athletes. They are also a good supplement for people seeking to gain weight healthfully. Lastly, dried fruits offer other advantages over fresh fruits such as longer shelf life and portability.

The only red flag is the amount of calories. If you are on a weight-loss diet, dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits. Some dried fruits contain sugars added in processing which increase its calorie content. Natural organic dried fruits without additives offer much better health benefits.

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Funky Monkey Snacks – Freeze Dried Fruit Pink Pineapple with Guava – 0.42 oz.
Newman’s Own Organics – Organic Prunes – 12 oz.
Eden Foods – Organic Dried Cranberries Apple Sweetened – 4 oz.

 
23
JUL

Rise & Shine With Easy Up Wake Up Aid

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Do you wish that you were connected to your alarm on Facebook just so you could un-friend it? If you’re like me, you practically have to will yourself out of bed one leg at a time each morning. Sure, there’s a seemingly limitless amount of sleeping pills on the market to help you fall asleep easier – you’ve probably seen commercials for these types of products countless times – but can you recall an ad for a product that helped you spring from your slumber, ready to tackle a new day? Not nearly as common, right? Fortunately, there’s a product out there that was made for helping to ease you into your mornings, Easy Up Wake up Aid!

Easy up Wake up Aid is designed to be taken at night and engineered to help you wake up easier and more alert the next morning. The more you dread the idea of rising from a peaceful night’s sleep the more you’ll enjoy Easy Up.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could somehow drink your first cup of coffee while you’re still asleep in the morning? Now you can! Easy Up  is a time delayed coffee extract tablet that is designed to be taken at night and engineered to deliver the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee 7-8 hours later, giving you a much needed head start to your day. Plus, it delivers a second cup throughout the day to keep you going strong. It makes waking up easier and staying alert a breeze!

For a limited time enjoy an extra 15% off Easy Up Wake Up Aid with promotional code ‘JULY14NEW15’ at checkout.

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22
JUL

Small But Mighty: Chia, Flax & Hemp Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:32 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

You might think eating seeds is for the birds but superfood seeds are making their way into pantries everywhere. Once you learn about all their nutritional benefits; they might end up in yours too!

 

Chia Seeds

Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans as a a staple food along with corn and beans, chia seeds are enjoying a large resurgence in the health food community due to their impressive nutrition profile.  Chock full of healthy omega fats, proteins and antioxidants and dietary fiber. The little chia seed goes a long way to earn it’s qualifier of “power.” With a mild and nutty flavor, you can sprinkle chia seeds in your oatmeal, mix into a salad dressing or dip or soak them in water or juice to form a gel and use as a thickening agent for soups and a variety of recipes.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a nutrition wonder and are considered the most concentrated source of lignans, a polyphenol that supports digestive, reproductive, prostate, breast and heart health – and even promote beautiful skin and hair. Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food.  Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Flax Seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, trace minerals and protein. Add some flax seeds to your shakes or sprinkle on top of a salad or add to soups, stews or casseroles.

Hemp Seeds

With rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch, hemps seeds re so easy to use! Sprinkle them in salad, cereal or yogurt! Hemps seeds are packed protein, providing 10 grams of complete plant-based protein per 3 tablespoons. They are also a great way to add omegas or EFAs to your diet. Hemp is truly a superfood providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health.

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21
JUL

What’s New? Kind Soap

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Kind Soap Company.

Kind Soap Company offers a variety of personal care products created with the highest quality natural ingredients without sacrificing the effectiveness of these “healthier” products. The company uses various organic and wild harvested ingredients and the label listing is always complete and 100% guaranteed, unlike many companies that “legally” omit ingredients and preservatives that fall below .5% of the product formula.

Kind Soap Company philosophy is to always be kind in three different ways: kind to your skin, kind to the earth, and kind to others. Kind to the skin means never formulating a product with known skin irritants like sulfates and synthetic fragrance, hormone disruptors, and carcinogenic chemicals commonly found in traditional body care products. No parabens, formaldehyde-releasing agents, or any other suspicious preservatives will ever be used in any Kind Soap products. Only pure, non-solvent-extracted essential oils are used to give the products their wonderful scents, and natural botanicals, spices and naturally mined pigments are used for color.

Being Kind to the earth involves eco-conscious decisions about packaging and processes. The goal is to reduce deforestation and depletion of natural resources by utilizing tree-free labels, water free printing, and vegetable based inks. Kind Soap wants to reduce toxic emissions and polluted air and water by using only biodegradable product ingredients, and wind energy for printing as well as minimizing the ever-growing mounds of non-biodegradable trash on land and sea by reusing and recycling of all packaging. Lastly, be kind to others. A portion of every product sold goes to the Autism Speaks organization, in addition to funding many other worthy organizations through product sales and donations throughout the year.

You can save even more on all these fantastic new products from Kind Soap Company. Just enter promo code JULY14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Kind Soap Co. – Artisan Aromatherapy Bar Soap Wild Lemongrass – 4.5 oz.
Kind Soap Co. – Baby Bum Balm – 4 oz.
Kind Soap Co. – Luxury Solid Perfume Blood Orange – 1 oz.

 
18
JUL

Iron Supplementation Benefits Physical Performance

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study suggests that iron supplementation may provide physical performance benefits. Previous studies have suggested that iron deficiency impairs physical exercise performance but this new research focused on iron deficiency and anemia in women of reproductive age (WRA).

Published in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, this study performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effect of iron supplementation compared with control on exercise performance in WRA. Randomized controlled trials measured exercise outcomes in WRA and compared the results of individuals taking daily oral iron supplementation versus the ones not taking it. The results were quite impressive. Iron supplementation improved both maximal exercise performance, demonstrated by an increase in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max), and submaximal exercise performance, demonstrated by a lower heart rate. Daily iron supplementation significantly helped to prevent and treat iron deficiency in the group.

Iron is an essential mineral found in many foods but women may require supplementation particularly during pregnancy, when the amount of iron needed by the body needs nearly doubles. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in your body, which helps carry oxygen to your cells. When you are pregnant the volume of blood in your body also increases by about 50%, requiring more hemoglobin to meet these requirements.

Many women have low iron levels even before they become pregnant.  The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have estimated that young minority women are at the highest risk of being iron deficient.  As pregnancy continues, normal hematocrit and hemoglobin values will also decrease during the second and third trimester because of hemodilution increasing the risk of becoming anemic. Exercising during pregnancy is very important to maintain good health but women must ensure that iron intake can support the higher required levels as well as the amount needed for physical activity.

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Flora – Floradix Iron Tablets – 80 Tablets
NOW Foods – Iron Complex Vegetarian – 100 Tablets
Vitanica – Iron Extra – 60 Capsules

 
18
JUL

Premium Brand Spotlights

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Herbs,Supplements at 11:19 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

LuckyVitamin.com is excited to offer its customers an exclusive, limited-time offer on four high-end brands. These products are rarely offered at discounted prices so the time to take advantage is now! Learn more about what makes these sought-after brands so unique.

Metagenics – Genetic Potential Through Nutrition

Science uses genomic and proteomic research to identify plant-based extracts and derivatives that communicate with specific proteins. These proteins send signals to promote healthy functioning and “amplify” healthy messages from food.  Metagenics uses these discoveries to become readily available medical foods and nutraceuticals that offer uniquely effective and powerful formulas for both targeted and broad health applications.  Their in-house scientific staff and technologically advanced facilities conduct adequate research and evaluation. That’s what enables them to continue to provide innovative formulas of the highest possible quality to help you make a noticeable impact on health.

Douglas Laboratories – Trust In Professional Supplements

For more than 50 years Douglas Laboratories has been at the forefront of the nutritional health industry, product researching, developing and manufacturing superior-quality, science-based dietary supplements to help people improve their health. Douglas Laboratories is proud to offer one of the largest and most innovative selections of premium products in a comprehensive range of forms manufactured in GMP–compliant, state–of–the–art facilities.  Together, they innovate to provide you with the very best products available that are science-based products backed by solid research and development.

Nordic Naturals – Not Your Everyday Fish Oil

There are three main components to quality omega-3 fish oil: freshness, purity and taste. Consumers can rely on objective proof of purity from third-party analysis to validate these attributes. Today, the leading health organizations and industry experts have set strict purity standards for supplements, and Nordic Naturals meets every one. All oils used in Nordic Naturals products show no detectable heavy metals, dioxins or PCBs, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to Nordic’s large contingent of loyal customers. After all, Nordic is known for applying the strictest ethical and socially responsible environmental practices as they strive to eliminate the global omega-3 deficiency.

Herb Pharm – Liquid Herbal Extracts From “Seed to Shelf”

Since 1979, Herb Pharm has been emphasizing the necessity of using the best quality organically cultivated and sustainably wild crafted herbs to produce safe and effective herbal extracts. By growing their own herbs and having such a close liaison between their manufacturing department and farm, they are able to optimize cultivation techniques, time of harvest, and handling of herbs far better than by sourcing these herbs from other growers. It is on Herb Pharm’s certified organic herb farm and plant sanctuary where their quality comes to life and begins to grow.

For a limited-time save an extra 20% off these exclusive brands with promo code ‘SPOTLIGHT720’ at checkout.

 

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16
JUL

What’s New? Moon Valley Organics

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 2:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Moon Valley Organics.

Moon Valley Organics offers herbal products developed with the intention to nourish and heal your body, mind, and spirit, as well as to care for the Earth. The company started in 1998 conceived out of a passion to live ethically and sustainably. Today, that enthusiasm carries forth from the ingredients from a certified organic, biodynamic farm to the traditional knowledge from a family of artisan farmers, herbalists and beekeepers. Each element coming together to create amazing products made from the best things on Earth.

Moon Valley Organics formulates unique blends of medicinal salves, which combine western herbs with traditional Chinese medicinal ingredients. The bulk of ingredients are grown and processed in the Cascadia Bioregion, meeting high standards of integrity, quality and sustainability. The company grows 100% USDA certified organic, sustainably farmed herbs using biodynamic practices. They are carefully dried, processed, and packaged on site. What they can’t grow, it’s sourced from local organic farms and suppliers who support fair trade and (RAN) Rainforest Action Network.

Moon Valley Organics is also fully committed to green packaging, using only materials that will do the least harm to the planet. All packaging is BPA-free, 100% recyclable and made from the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled material available.

You can get five times Lucky Reward Points when you shop Moon Valley Organics products at LuckyVitamin.com. Five points based on normal point ratio of one point earned per $1 spent. Actual points offered are displayed on item detail page for each item. Click here for more information on LuckyRewards program.

Additionally, you can save extra on all these fantastic new products from Moon Valley Organics. Just enter the promo code JULY14NEW15 for an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Moon Valley Organics – Foaming Herbal Hand Soap 3x Refill Pouch Orange Spice – 10.7 oz.
Moon Valley Organics – Moon Melt Lotion Bar – 1.9 oz.
Moon Valley Organics – Rejuvenating Rub – 1.7 oz.

 
16
JUL

Ashwangandha For Bipolar Disorder

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing at 11:58 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions,  Ashwagandha, one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing but is most well-known for its restorative benefits. The name “ashwagandha” translates to “horse’s smell,” referencing the musky scent of the plant. It is is a small, shrub-like plant belonging to the nightshade family and is closely related to the common tomato. The plant is native to India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, thriving in the semitropical environment of these regions.

For over 3000 years, Ayurvedic practitioners in India began using it for people with anxiety, low energy, and the ravages of aging. In holistic medical care, ashwangandha is seen as ‘adaptogenic’, meaning it will help increase effect when activity is low, but will block excess stimulation when activity is too high. This is a very good choice for the wild hormonal variations that occur with anxiety.

In a recent study published in the peer reviewed Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Ashwagandha was shown to improve several areas of cognitive effect in subjects with bipolar disorder. Recent research has identified numerous bioactive constituents in Ashwagandha that have cognitive enhancing benefits, namely the steroidal lactones which are known as glycowithanolides and sitoindosides. These brain eantooxidants have been shown to enhance mental performance and promote nueroprotective activity.

Typical dosage is 300mg of ashwagandha standardized once or twice a day. Ashwaganda may be beneficial for someone who suffers from anxiety, bipolar disorder or experiences sleeplessness due to high amounts of stress.

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14
JUL

Healthy and Delicious Summer Beverage

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are looking for a new summer beverage but can’t find one that fits that healthy and delicious category, here’s a suggestion: try a coconut pineapple smoothie.

These two tropical fruits can be blended in many different ways but the end result is often a delicious, refreshing and, most importantly, healthy beverage. Pineapple and coconut smoothies lack the unnecessary calories while offering many additional health benefits. When made with coconut milk, an average 12-ounce pineapple coconut smoothie contains approximately 158 calories, not too bad for a good-tasting drink which fits into the healthy diet rules. There are also 30 grams of carbohydrates and two grams of dietary fiber in each smoothie. If you want to have an ever healthier beverage, you can use coconut water instead of coconut milk. Coconut water is a great source of potassium and when adding fresh pineapple chunks and ice, you have a delicious and refreshing drink for the hot summer days.

In addition, a regular pineapple and coconut smoothie contains four grams of protein and average just about three grams of fat, two grams of which are saturated, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. The saturated fat in the smoothie is mostly from the coconut milk so when you use coconut water, you have a nearly fat-free version. Each smoothie also contains only three milligrams of cholesterol per serving, considered a very low amount for a smoothie beverage.

Lastly, pineapple coconut beverages also contain important vitamins and minerals. Each 12-ounce smoothie contains in average 40 milligrams of calcium, two milligrams of iron, 325 milligrams of potassium, 80 milligrams of vitamin C, 43 milligrams of folate and 100 international units of vitamin A.

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Vita Coco – Coconut Water 100% Pure 500 ml. Unflavored – 17 oz.
Native Forest – Pineapple Chunks Organic – 14 oz.
O.N.E. – Coconut Water 100% Natural Fat Free 4 x 11.2 oz. Cartons

 
12
JUL

Eat Your Greens

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Greens are the talk of the town right now. Adding one of the healthiest foods to your diet can improve overall health and well-being. Let’s face it though, not all greens are the same.  Today we are going to look at some of the nutrients and health benefits we can receive by adding greens into our diets.

First off, we’ll talk about one of the trendiest greens right now, kale. Kale is the nutrition All-Star: the “LeBron James” of greens.  Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and contains zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It contains vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K. Kale is also a great anti-inflammatory food because it contains 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids.

The next green everyone is aware of is mostly because of the gigantic muscles and amplified strength it gave to Popeye. But there are a lot more health benefits to consider when it comes to spinach.  Spinach is full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.  Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, K, folate, iron, magnesium and much more. Spinach is a good source of dietary fiber and proteins. The folate in spinach is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, while the magnesium helps lower high blood pressure.

One green that not many people are aware of, but is a nutrition powerhouse is collard greens.  This cruciferous vegetable, used commonly in southern cooking, has one of the greatest abilities to lower cholesterol by binding bile acids.  Collard greens are a good vegetable to add to your diet if you want to improve detoxification, increase antioxidants, fight against cancer and lower inflammation. Besides the previous health benefits mentioned, collard greens are also high in vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6 as well as manganese, fiber and calcium.

Fresh vegetables are the best source of nutrients; however, a great way to make sure that you are getting all your daily servings of greens is by adding in greens formulas to you daily routine. Green Formulas are a good option to keep on hand when fresh isn’t available or when traveling. They are also great for people on the go with work and active lifestyles. Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry a wide variety of certified organic green formulas.

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