Flax seeds and chia seeds are two of the most popular superfoods as both are excellent plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. One question always pops up when talking about these two seeds: which one is better? Which one should you buy? Perhaps the best answer is: it depends on what you are looking for but, regardless, both seeds are an excellent addition to your diet.
Chia seeds have been one of the hottest, top-selling items in recent years due to its endless health benefits. These South American seeds are known to promote energy, weight-loss, and strength as well as regulate the digestive system. In comparison to flax, chia seeds contain less calories 69 vs. 75 per 2tbsp serving and less fat 4,4g vs. 6g. Additionally, chia offers a little more fiber and antioxidants than flax seeds. One ounce of chia seeds has 11g of fiber, 20% of the RDA vs. 15% RDA from flax. The fiber in chia is largely soluble and may bind with cholesterol, evacuating it out of the body, It can also help IBS as it absorbs water that is excreted more slowly during digestion than insoluble fibers. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, as one serving of chia contains roughly 20% of your daily calcium needs.
Flax seeds are just as nutritious and offer many health benefits. In comparison to chia, flax offer less carbs 4g vs. 6g per 2tbsp serving and more vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper, vitamin B1 and folate. One of the best nutritional benefits of flax is that they are a rich source of lignans, a type of antioxidant known as phytochemicals that have been linked to a reduction in menopause symptoms, removing cholesterol from the body, and enhancing the appearance of skin and hair. Flax is the number one highest source of omega-3 fatty acids of all plant foods, slightly edging chia in this category. Flax is mostly comprised of ALA fats (alpha linolenic fats), which is a precursor fat to forming EPA and DHA, the types of omega 3′s that are excellent for your skin, brain, arteries, and preventing inflammation.
Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holy Basil has been helping people for hundreds of years but some people may not know the multiple health benefits from this amazing plant.
Native to Southeast Asia, Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus who have been making medicine from the plant’s leaves, stems, and seeds. The Hindu name for Holy Basil is Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” and the plant has been used to treat mercury poisoning, promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
Holy Basil supplements are known to provide several health benefits from cleansing the body to treating common cold, influenza, and flu. Additionally, research has shown that supplementation from Holy Basil can help to treat diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and upset stomach.
Other studies have shown that Holy Basil can help relieve anxiety and stress, both physical and emotional, naturally. Extracts made from the root of Holy Basil have been shown to have mentally stimulating and destressing capabilities as well as promoting relaxation. The exact mechanism of action is yet to be determined although research has shown that this herb decreases the amount of cortisol released during stress without the adverse side-effects of prescription medications. Holy Basil has been traditionally used for stress relief working as adaptogen, a substance that balances and protects the body by improving resistance to any type of physiological or mental stress.
Turmeric supplements are known to help reduce pain and inflammation and Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a revolutionary brand of turmeric products: Sona.
Sona Turmeric offers a breakthrough innovation with six times more absorption over traditional turmeric supplements. This patent-pending hydrogel technology combines time-tested knowledge of turmeric with modern science, and actually tastes great. Best of all, no pills to swallow as Sona uses a unique pastille formulation, similar to a gummy chew. You just pop into your mouth anytime, anywhere, and let it dissolve slowly, with no water needed, no large pills, no strong after-taste, and no stomach irritation.
A common problem with most turmeric and curcumin supplements is that as much as 60% of the constituents are quickly excreted or degraded on ingestion. Sona’s hydrogel technology encases turmeric extract in a gel pastille and overcomes the insoluble nature of the compounds present in the extract. This results in 600% higher absorption over traditional turmeric supplements.
Sona Turmeric was created after 5 years of research and development to people who are unable to live fully active lives due to aches and pains. This product is a natural and gentler alternative to pain killers due to its highly effective delivery system, which harnesses all the goodness of turmeric and is easily absorbed by the body. Sona has delivered tremendous health benefits to people taking at least 1 or 2 pastilles a day. It supports healthy inflammation response to muscle and joint pain and stiffness caused by aging, strains, exercise and over-exertion.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of supplements to our customers: Nuzest.
Nuzest offers unique products made with real foods that are rich in nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. The company believes in nutrition for life, making good nutrition easy for everyone by using only, top-quality, responsibly-sourced ingredients.
Nuzest was created to bring a nutritional platform based on efficacy without compromise, bringing together the best of nutritional science and natural medicine. All Nuzest products are designed to fill the nutritional gaps caused by nutrient-deficient food, stressful lifestyles, and poor eating habits.
One of the brand’s best-selling items is the Nuzest Clean Lean Protein. This product is not just any protein as it’s made with the highest quality European golden peas, the most potent of all vegetable proteins with up to 90% protein. Most importantly, it contains a combined 8.6g per serving of all nine of the essential amino acids and it’s really easy to digest, with no discomfort. Nuzest Clean Lean Protein contains no gluten, dairy, egg, lactose, soy or nuts as well as no additives, preservatives or artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.
Everyone knows the importance of drinking water but there is always much debate about the amount of water people should drink per day. The eight glasses of water recommendation has been around for years but it’s not 100% accurate because other things must be factored in. Diet, body size, amount of physical activities, and the amount of sleep are just a few factors that make it so difficult to make a “one fits all” recommendation of how much water one should drink a day.
Drinking water is essential to your health but you don’t get all your fluids from just water. Other drinks and food also provide plenty of essential nutrients your body need for daily activities as well as to replenish the amount of water lost each day. Fluid losses occur continuously and in many different forms such as sweating, breathing, and urine. If you don’t replace these losses, dehydration may happen when your water intake does not equal your output.
Drinking water can help maintain the balance of body fluids but it’s important to remember that other drinks such as milk, juice, and even coffee (after all it’s made from water) also count for your fluid intake. Additionally, you can add to your hydration by simply eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, reducing the amount of water you need to drink every day. Cucumbers, watermelons, melons, oranges, and many other fruits contain excellent amounts of water as well as impotent vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that about 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods. Since the human body is composed of about 60% water, the functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Filed Under: Health Foods at 5:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a new brand of health food products that believes wholesome, nutritious food matters: Native State Foods.
Native State Foods creates healthy, delicious products that are better for you and for the planet. The company uses the unique Purely Pinole, an ancient power food created by the Aztecs and Mayans. Enjoyed for centuries throughout Central and South America but nearly lost today, Native State Foods is the first ever premium pinole product to be made available in the United States, the same way it was hundreds of years ago: packed with premium nutrients and energy sustaining power.
Purely Pinole is full of vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber, and powerful antioxidants. Pinole has been fueling warriors, adventurists, endurance runners, and explorers for centuries.
Native State Foods offers this amazing ingredient in many different forms, from hot cereals to snacks on the go, Purely Pinole can provide the energy and nutrition to power your next adventure or enable you to discover more, live better, and play harder.
If you are looking for natural powerful cleaners with wonderful scents that are healthy for you and your family, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce EcoKindness, an organic and natural brand of cleaning products.
EcoKindness offers a sophisticated range of eco-products created with the powerful properties of USDA organic, therapeutic grade, essential oils. This top-quality line of products with impressive cleaning, deodorizing and freshening agents is designed to detoxify your home and workplace from harmful petro-chemical, ammonia, and chlorine based cleaners.
Each time you use one of EcoKindness 28 eco-products you will also enjoy the positive, therapeutic health and wellness benefits of natural, aromatherapy throughout your home and workplace. The company ensures all products are environmentally responsible, and safe for your family and pets and, of course, they are never tested on animals.
All EcoKindness products are plant-based and these complex formulations contain zero toxins. No fillers, emulsifiers, color scents, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and artificial additives are ever used and all products contain only 100% organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and purified water. Some EcoKindness products contain a proprietary blend of organic liquid oil castile soap, including organic olive, jojoba, aloe vera and coconut oils. This highly effective combination delivers a remarkable boost of extra grease-cutting power.
You can save even more when you shop EcoKindness products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.
Chlorella is considered a green superfood and it’s pretty easy to know the reasons for the label. This algae contains green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll and its chloroplast and is a potent food source. Chlorella is a complete protein, rich in other essential nutrients such as fats and vitamins, and is known to support several health conditions. Just to give you a quick preview, we present you 3 health benefits of chlorella.
The phytonutrients in chlorella promote detoxification, especially heavy metal excretion and radiation. Detoxing heavy metals and toxins is extremely important for overall health and chlorella wraps itself around toxins residing in our bodies, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium, and keeps them from being reabsorbed. Additionally, chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to detoxifyradiation and chemotherapy by protecting the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.
2. Healthy Cell Growth
Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) is the algae’s capability to provide DNA. Known as the fountain of youth, CGF can rejuvenate every cell of the human body, slowing the process of aging. Chlorella contains 17 times the amount of DNA found in sardines, the second richest natural source of these nucleic acids.
3. Weight Control
Chlorella can be helpful in weight control by promoting weight loss and regulate hormones. Research has shown that chlorella intake can lead to noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, fasting blood glucose levels, and stored toxins. Plus, it can help regulate your metabolism, improve circulation, and boost energy levels.
Building muscle and leaning out is possible on a plant-based diet. In this webinar you will learn about high-quality plant-based protein sources to focus on, the concept of ‘crowding-out’ unwelcomed cravings (bye-bye sugar!) and how to better improve digestion and absorption of the foods you eat to maximize your energy potential.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of fitness products that help our customers achieve a healthy lifestyle: Isolator Fitness.
Isolator Fitness creates and develops products hoping they can help all people feel empowered to reach their health and fitness goals and live the life they want to live. The company offers meal management coolers, backpacks, duffel bags, and much more.
Isolator Fitness has always done things quickly: an idea will go from the drawing board to the production floor on the same day. The company was founded on the basis of creating the best possible products by listening to customers and giving them what they want. To this day, Isolator Fitness is constantly tweaking and improving all products based on customers’ feedback. The company’s history encompasses the American Dream and one of the most important aspects is being able to have the “Made in America” seal and bring jobs back to the USA. Almost all products are manufactured in the company’s plant in Reading, Pennsylvania at the skillful hands of the sewing team. Isolator Fitness offers top-quality bags, unique shaker bottles as well as high-protein and low-carb pasta.
Every day, more people are switching to plant-based diets for many different reasons. Some people make the switch to ensure they are eating healthier, more natural foods. Others want to stop or reduce the amount of animal foods they eat on a daily basis. If you would like to see a few more reasons before making the change, we present you 4 good reasons to incorporate plant-based foods into your diet.
1. Heart Health
Eating plant-based foods can significantly lower the risk of developing heart disease. Researchers have concluded that people who eat fruits and vegetables are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The amount recommended is around eight servings a day, so be sure to add fruits and veggies to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2. Weight Loss
Everybody knows adding plant-based foods can help with weight-loss but keep in mind you don’t necessary have to completely eliminate meats from your diet. If you find it difficult to stop eating meats, try reducing to two or three times per week first and, then, gradually phasing them out of your menu. Plant-based protein supplements can also be helpful for the majority of weight-loss diets.
3. Skin Care
Smooth and beautiful skin can be achieved from plant-based foods. Some fruits contain pigments and phytochemicals which, along vitamins and minerals, can contribute to healthy skin. For example, citrus fruit contains vitamin C, known to help smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production.
Know Your Ingredients – Health junkies read labels in the same way that lit fans devour classic novels.By doing your own research you know EXACTLY what is in a product to make sure that every ingredient is clean and pronounceable — no Googling required. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy a lavender Epsom salt soak (that you made yourself, obviously.)
Save Money – This is a no-brainer. In almost all cases, making your own products (think household cleaners, soy candles, dryer balls, etc.) is a lot cheaper than buying someone else’s. Plus, mastering a skill – like brewing your own kombucha — may even lead to a new source of revenue if you’re willing to hone your craft. Sell what you make or teach classes on how to be as awesome as you are!
Gratitude – There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making something out of scratch with your own two hands. Putting in all that time and effort fosters a greater feeling of fulfillment knowing that it was YOU who crafted something out of nothing. That feeling you get when the first tomato of the season begins to ripen on the vine? Priceless.
Hand-Ons – Instead of busying your hands texting, scrolling or swiping right, put them to good use by learning a valuable new “hands-on” skill. One of our favorites is bread baking…yum!
Brain Health – Work. Commute. Eat. TV. Bed. Repeat. Sound familiar? Break out of the classic work-week rut by feeding your brain’s thirst to learn by tackling a new project. You’re not only learning something new but you’re keeping your brain as sharp as if you drank a cup of your own cold-brewed coffee.
Lucky Vitamin is having a new kind of sale and this time the term “give it a try” fits perfectly. Our DIY Sale gives our customers an opportunity to choose interesting products to help you “do it yourself” whether you are brewing something or getting creative with aromatherapy oils.
DIY, do it yourself, is the simple method of building or creating things from raw materials without the aid of experts or professionals. In other words, you make it from scratch instead of buying an already made product. So, let’s have a look at what types of DIY products you can find at our DIY Sale at LuckyVitmain.com.
Brewing kits are one of the best ways to make your beverage exactly the way you like it. DIY kits, such as the ones for coffee and kombucha, also give you the opportunity to get creative. Add a little extra spicy to your coffee, with some vanilla or mint flavor, or change up the kombucha recipe to improve its consistency and taste.
Speaking of getting creative, essential oils are one of the most popular DIY products as you can make a ton of different products from these amazing oils. Perfume, body scrubs, air spray, all-purpose salve, lip balms, soaps, shampoo and much more can be done from essential oils and other natural ingredients.
As we talk about natural ingredients, have a look at some of these great “grown your own” vegetable products. Garden in a can help you grown your own basil. How about if you can purchase a Mushroom kit to grown your own mushrooms out of a box? Yes, that’s possible. It’s incredible!
DIY products gives you a chance to get creative, save money, and get something with no unwanted ingredients. Plus, DIY can turn into a great hobby too!
Not getting the appropriate nutrition can lead to a decline in hair growth, and in some extreme circumstances, even hair loss. To go from limp to lush, try adding some of the supplements below to your regimen.
Biotin – Sometimes called B7 or Vitamin H, biotin works by renewing hair follicles that are already growing and may result in stronger, thicker hair in about six months. Taking a daily dose of 5000mcg of biotin will help give you a stronger, thicker mane.
Omegas – The anti-inflammatory properties of Omage-3 fatty acids make for a powerful ally in combating hair loss by opening follicles and promoting healthy hair growth. Plus, they can give your locks a healthy sheen while preventing dry, flaky scalp. WIN!
Folic Acid – If you’ve ever taken a prenatal, you may have wondered why your hair and nails seem to grow like weeds. The answer is: folic acid. While it may prevent spinal and neurological birth defects, it can also help aid cell and tissues growth, too. A study performed by the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada, states that folic acid also seems to be effective in treating alopecia in calves. There’s a lot to like about this powerful member of the Vitamin B family!
Vitamin D – This is a new one you’ve probably haven’t heard. Recent research has revealed a connection between the absence of vitamin D and hair loss. A recent study found that vitamin D controls mineral balance in the body through vitamin D receptors. What’s interesting is that zinc is one of those minerals controlled by vitamin D, and a zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, with hair growth resuming only when zinc levels are restored.