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8
FEB

Welcome Ortho Molecular Research

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Lucky Vitamin is excited to introduce a new professional brand to our extensive selection of professional grade supplements. Ortho Molecular research manufactures quality products beyond what is expected from a supplement company.  The focus on high quality formulations, which they manufacture in their own dedicated tableting and encapsulating rooms, and control every step of the process. One of the many processing steps that they take to ensure product quality is post manufacturing product identity. This includes testing the formula to make sure it contains the ingredients at the potencies listed, checking to make sure it contains the correct ingredients, checking for purities, as well as 6-month post stability testing to make sure the products meet the label expiration dates.

One of their many formulas that we are particularly excited to add is their all-natural D-Hist for adults and D-Hist Jr for children.  This product contains a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, enzymes, and herbs, which are designed to support the body through symptoms and changes associated with common environmental allergens.  D-Hist includes a blend of stinging nettles, N-Acetyl Cysteine, bromelain, and quercetin which work together to promote healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.

Another popular formula to check out is Ortho Molecular’s VesselMax. This blend of nutrients supports the integrity of healthy veins and promotes efficient vessel function.  The benefits of adding this supplement to your regimen is healthy circulation, normal tone and flexibility of veins, proper vessel strength and supporting cardiovascular health. Vesselmax is a blend of bioflavonoid Troxerutin, and herbs like Horse chestnut Seed Extract, Gotu Kola, and Butcher’s Broom.  Other added benefits of this supplements incudlue free of yeast, gluten, corn, artificial colors and flavors.

Check out the entire line of Ortho Molecular Research products and formulations on our LuckyVitamin site here.  Free shipping on all Ortho Molecular Products is now being offered.

 


 
3
FEB

Homeopathy Goes Vegan

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Homeopathy at 9:30 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Looking for Arnica pellets that are lactose-free & vegan?  Now, it’s possible thanks to OLLOÏS®.

Since 2012, OLLOÏS® has created a line of 45 homeopathic remedies, including the latest innovation in homeopathic medicines — lactose-free homeopathic sublingual pellets. This revolutionary advancement of a 200-year old medical practice meets the increasing demand for natural and lactose-free products for those with dietary restrictions or who choose to refrain from consuming animal products.

Homeopathy is a medical practice based on the Law of Similars: that is, if a natural substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. Homeopathic medicines enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.

To provide the most effective product, OLLOÏS®  is committed to sustainable practices in the preparation of its medicines. Made in France and frequently lab-tested to ensure safety, quality, and efficacy of OLLOÏS® natural remedies, their line is manufactured according to the highest Good Manufacturing Practices.

Lactose-free OLLOÏS®  is the Natural Way to Better Health.

 

This week  you can save up to 14% off OLLOÏS® homeopathic remedies!


 
29
JAN

Vitamin K2 Provides Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Vitamin K2 deficiency is on the rise and linked to many age-related health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This common neurodegenerative disorder adversely affects the central nervous system, targeting the part of the brain associated with critical functions such as vision, hearing and movement.

Though there may not be a definitive cause for PD many believe it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, some PD cases are being attributed to mutations of specific genes, which have a negative impact on protein function. One such gene is PINK1, which functions as the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria) and plays a crucial role in the process of neuron differentiation.

A recent study in Science revealed an exciting discovery that vitamin K2 alleviates the negative effects of the Parkinson’s-specific PINK1 mutations in fruit flies.  Flies are used most in genetic and biological studies because their inner workings and cellular activities closely reflect what occurs within our very own cells. Amazingly, PINK1-deficient flies fed vitamin K2 exhibited significantly improved flight, energy levels and survival rates compared with flies that were not supplemented with the vitamin.

Furthermore, the research revealed that vitamin K2 could transport electrons, a vital step in energy production. Overall the results from this study show a significant leap in our scientific understanding of the potential of vitamin K2, and were a welcome development for those suffering from, not only Parkinson’s, but from a variety of other diseases and disorders.

Innerzyme offers one of the highest potency formulas of Vitamin K2, MK-7 on the market. Each vegetarian capsule – derived from non-GMO soybeans – is loaded with 300mcg of Vitamin K2, MK-7 as menaquinone-7. Research indicates Vitamin K2, MK-7 may have a positive impact on cardiovascular, bone and soft tissue health. For a limited time, you can save 15% off Innerzyme products with promo code “JAN15NEW15” at checkout. Hurry, offer expires 2/1/15!

 

 


 
28
JAN

8 Food Trends of 2015

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Nutrition at 10:38 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Move over quinoa and bye bye kale.

Each new year brings new food trends in the nutrition world.  Whether it be advances in technology and the discovery of new culinary techniques or the revival of popular, healing foods from the past, what’s old is new and what’s new is, well…really interesting. That’s the wonderful thing about food — it’s completely a matter of taste, and there’s no shortage of trends to explore.

Sip on This: In major metropolitan areas people are trading in their Starbucks for coffee cups of bone broth. This nutritiously packed food contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals that can help with everything from joint pain to cellulite. Its soothing, warming – not to mention healing – qualities make bone broth the perfect comfort food this winter.

Get Smart, Be “Bulletproof”: By adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee it becomes Bulletproof Coffee. This combo of ingredients is said to trigger weight loss, decrease brain fog and boost cognitive function.

Insect Invasion – Cricket Flour. Yes you read correctlyIt’s popping up in everything from protein bars to baked goods and is being promoted as the most sustainable protein on the planet. Edible insects provide protein, fats and essential amino acids without consuming as many resources or emitting anywhere near the level of greenhouse gases that are associated with the production of animal proteins.

Savory Yogurt – The Stone Barns at Blue Hill in Tarrytown, New York is known as a farm to table mecca amongst the region’s foodie locavores. Recently, they have branched out to add veggies such as beets and squash to their yogurts to rave reviews and predictably delicious results. It shouldn’t be long before other eateries hop on the bandwagon.

Millet, The New Grain – This gluten-free grain has been a staple in Eastern Europe and Asian for thousands of years.  It’s delicious, mildly sweet and fluffy when cooked. We recommend toasting millet prior to cooking to bring out its earthy flavor.

A New Superfood: Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Superfruits”,  baobab originated in Africa and is loaded with vitamins, fiber and twice the antioxidants of acai fruit. Eat it raw or sprinkle in some baobab power to supercharge your smoothies.

The Future of Food - Molecular gastronomy has been around for a while now, but new techniques are being used to create sustainable foods utilizing plants as an alternative to animal-based foods.

Crazy for Cruciferous: Sometimes genetically modifying vegetable can be good thing, like when it results in an amazing hybrid species such as kalettes. This sweet and nutty union of brussel sprouts and kale burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2014 and is sure to be a new, featured player on the foodie scene in the new year.

 


 
7
JAN

What’s New? Nellie’s

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Green Living,Natural Cleaning Aids at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of natural cleaning products to our customers: Nellie’s.

Nellie’s is a company developed from honesty and simplicity and, from those beliefs, a line of cleaning products was created. From fragrance sticks to laundry nuggets, every single product is free of irritating toxins and phosphates, creating a hypoallergenic experience. In addition, all items are biodegradable, helping to keep the environment as spotless as your clothes.

Nellie’s all-natural products provide more than an exception clean as they can help your family go green, stripping away toxins and chemicals not only from your clothes and your house but from your life. The company’s products work efficiently in your clothes and soften fabrics without leaving behind that dreaded residue that can absorb into your skin. From dryerballs to laundry soda and everything in between, Nellie’s all-natural has your covered.

Nellie’s all-natural products are biodegradable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, gluten-free, chlorine-free, phosphate-free, and septic-safe. All products contain no SLS or SLES, GMO’s, parabens, ammonia, and other synthetic fragrances. The company is also Leaping Bunny Certified, ensuring that no animal testing is even done.

One of the company’s top-selling products is Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soda. Available in an adorable 100 load tin, this product is perfect for every household as its highly-concentrated formula will leave your clothes soft and fresh, rinsing residue free. Additionally, you can shop the specially designed Nellie’s All-Natural Baby Laundry Soda. This top-quality product is specially formulated to deal with baby’s unavoidable mishaps, with a concentration of sodium percarbonate for natural brightening as well as the addition of pure vegetable soap. There is no needed to add any additional whiteners or brighteners.


 
5
JAN

4 Tips for a Guest-Ready Home

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Green Living at 2:09 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

When hosting a party or a get together you want to create a space for your guests that will make them feel at home. Here’s a few tips and tricks to help you prepare.

  1. Enhance Your Entrance – Place a rough mat outside to catch the snow and mud that clings to the bottom of your shoes. Prevent additional dirt from being tracked through the house by adding a shoe rack inside your entryway along with a coat rack or hooks to keep coats off the floors. Placing a large basket next to the front door for hats, scarves and other winter accessories makes getting out the door easier, too!
  2. Deep Clean – While it might not be something we often think about, having carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned can make a difference. Curtains and blinds can be real dust magnets, so make sure to incorporate them into your cleaning routine.  Don’t forget about the bathrooms, either. Ensure that there is plenty of extra toilet paper,hand soap and towels. It’s also the perfect time to invest in new towel sets, rugs and a shower curtain liner.
  3. Clear the Clutter – Scan your house for “homeless” items and find a logical place to file them away. Utilize storage areas and make the most of that space with bins and labels. Focus your attention on visible, high-traffic areas first.  Once you’ve cleaned, it’s time for the fun part – decorating! Dress up drab spaces by adding some visual flair in the forms of some new décor or soy candles. Don’t forget to reward yourself for all that hard work. Fire up the stove and bake something sweet to eat to complete the warm and inviting atmosphere you’ve fashioned.
  4. Create an Inviting Guest Room – Visitors will feel at home when they see travel toiletries and bath towels already out in their room.  Add some additional ambiance with fresh flowers, magazines and books. Don’t forget to clear out some closet space and drawers so that guests can have a space to call their own during their stay.

 


 
9
DEC

LuckyVitamin’s Green Gift Guide: Under $25

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Green Living at 2:30 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The holidays are almost here so why not give the gift of health!

Here’s our guide to natural, healthy and eco-friendly gifts all under $25!

1. Saavy Naturals – Jojoba Handcrafted Soap Plumeria Violet – 8 oz.

Give a gift that will nourish and hydrate dry and cracked winter skin.  Savvy Naturals soaps are wonderfully hydrating and aromatic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Pura Botanica – Just Because Soy Jar Candle Sweet Chai – 6.7 oz.

This 100 percent cosmetic-grade soy wax contains an intoxicating blend of exotic, warming spices that evokes the sights and scents of a bustling Indian marketplace. Perfect for tea lovers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Rosebud Perfume Co. – Smith’s Luscious Layers of Lip Balm

This gift set features a trio of delightful, vintage-inspired tins of with full-sized Rosebud Salve, Strawberry Lip Balm and Minted Rose Lip Balm.. Perfect for the green, glam goddess in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Way Out Wax – GMO-Free Soy Wax Candle Glass Tumbler Peppermint Snow – 6 oz.

Who doesn’t love a gift that gives back! The glass tumbler is food-grade and reusable.  A percentage of Way Out Wax profit is donated to environmental and social causes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Hydro Flask – Stainless Steel Water Bottle Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Black Butte – 18 oz.

We love this beverage bottle.  The double wall vacuum insulation technology allows Hydro Flasks to keep contents hot and cold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Ekobrew – Reusable K-Cup Coffee Filter for Keurig Single Cup Brewers

It’s eco-friendly but it saves you some green too! Its costs around 15 cents for this greener alternative compared to 70 cents for K-cups.  Ekobrew Reusable K-Cups are 100% BPA free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Life-factory – Small Wine Glasses Orange  – 11 oz.

Any hostess with the mostess will love these glasses! Great for entertaining and durable enough for everyday use. They’re perfect with wine and pair nicely with juices, natural sodas and water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Sprout-Eease – The Jar Seed Sprouter – 1 qt.

You don’t need a green thumb to sprout your own delicious, nutritious, fresh vegetables year round in your own kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Manduka – Cork Yoga Block Made of sustainable cork

This high quality yoga block sports a firmness that is sorely lacking in traditional foam blocks, allowing you to feel secure while in bridge pose or any other asanas where you need a little extra support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. SPRI – High Density Foam Roller 12″

A powerful tool for your fitness fanatics, a foam roller can build strength, improve muscle length and balance and release tension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. GoFit – Pro Ankle Weights Padded – 5 lbs. Pair

This is ideal for rehab and improving lower body strength. It targets lower body muscle groups, including inner and outer thighs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Gaiam – Yoga Mat Earth and Sky

What yogi wouldn’t love this great, extra thick premium Earth & Sky Reversible Yoga Mat that provides a stable, non-slip surface to get your om on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Zing Anything – Kid Zinger Juice Maker Pink – 16 oz.

Perfect for kids who just aren’t into plain old water. Get them to chug down some H2O by infusing it with fresh oranges, clementines, lemons and limes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Scotch Naturals – Nail Polish Tartan Swizzle – 0.35 oz.

Nail Polish is full of nasty chemicals! Give a non-toxic and eco-friendly alternative to “three-free” solvent-based polishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Harold Import - Mortar and Pestle Set of 3 Porcelain White

Any herbalist will love powdering their summer herbs into spices for the kitchen, natural remedies and more!

 


24
NOV

Wonderful Aromatherapy!

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Aromatherapy has become one of the most popular therapies and the number of practitioners continue to grow year after year. If you are one of the few people still not familiar with this amazing therapy, here is a quick guide to introduce you to aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oils therapy, uses a plant’s aroma-producing oils, called essential oils, to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots and then mixed with other substances such as oil, alcohol, or lotion. The end result is used as a product that people can apply onto the skin as well as spray in the air or inhale. You can also massage the oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Originated in Europe, aromatherapy has been practiced in the old continent since the early 1900s.

Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and may cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. In addition, aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. Studies have shown that regular therapy may help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Practitioners of aromatherapy are often licensed health professionals such as massage therapists, nurses, and counselors. They may have experience and training in aromatherapy but it is important to talk with your doctor to see whether aromatherapy may be helpful and safe for your specific health condition.

Lucky Vitamin is now offering a special aromatherapy sale. Click here to check out and shop these amazing products at LuckyVitamin.com.


 
21
NOV

Memoirs of a Marathoner: A Look Back On 500 Miles

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

 

 

We sat down with LuckyVitamin’s Senior Merchandising Manager, as he prepares for the Philadelphia Marathon and describes his 500 mile journey on the road.

Tell us about your relationship with running?

I still cannot believe I am doing this. I can vividly remember back when my relationship with running was more of a love-hate situation (high emphasis on the latter). I was on the track team, but by no means was I there to run. I was a thrower. My time was spent competing to see how far I could launch objects into the air and detested every second of our mandatory 2 lap warm-up around the track.

Flash forward 8 years to 2012 where I am tying up my first pair of running shoes. I pondered to myself how I let my friend talk me into running the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler race and I needed to start training.  My first three mile run that day was brutal. While I dreaded every minute of it though, I didn’t quit. I had a plan to follow and I was determined to stick to it. As I gradually built up my distance and speed, I started to fall in love with running. It wasn’t just the physical aspect that I was drawn to but the mental aspect as well. Running not only presented a physical challenge but soon became became a form of mindfulness. As my feet hit the asphalt, I felt it was just me and the road; no one else could get in my way. I still remember the first time I experienced my first runners high. It felt like I was unstoppable. No matter how fast or hard I ran, I felt like I could keep going. Every run was a new experience and I could not wait to feel that high again.

Over the last two years, running has continued to challenge me in ways I would have never thought possible. I have enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) participating in numerous races of varying distances. Three months ago, I started to embark on a journey to my first marathon with no real insight into what I was getting myself into. Over 72 training runs, 500 miles, 2 pairs of shoes and countless Saturdays and Sundays later, I am now prepared to again tie up a pair of shoes, walk up to the starting line and go the distance of #26.2 miles.

What is your Advice for New Runners?

Take it slow and easy. Like any exercise, you have to build the muscle your body needs to perform. It doesn’t matter how fast you run. It is important to build up your distance, thus building up your endurance and muscle. Speed will come naturally.

What other exercise and fitness routines did you follow?

Besides running, I mixed in various cross training activities from cycling, weight training, high aerobic cross-fit classes and yoga.

What does your long pre-run meal consist of?

Half a whole wheat bagel with Almond Butter , a bowl of Nature’s Path Organic Granola mixed with Purely Elizabeth Granola and 2 bananas  and a little  Almond Milk.

 1 Comment, latest by Gary


 
20
OCT

Think Beyond the Pink

Every month it seems is an “awareness” month and October is one of the biggest with “Pinktober” where everything feels like it turns pink!  Since most of us are already aware of women and breast cancer, we want to expand your awareness so you know there is more than women and pink. There are men too!

Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.  Although a large percentage of breast cancers are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background.  Approximately  5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene).  50% of BRCA carriers are male! In general there is a 1% chance of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer (1 in 1000) however this percentage increases up to 7% if a man is a carrier of the gene mutation.

There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.

First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breast? Aren’t they just pecs?!

Is there a family history of breast and other cancers as most don’t equate this with a male breast cancer risk.  Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated.  Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms (yes men can have a mammogram and should do self exams!) are important tools for early detection. Unfortunately since no is checking, men are often diagnosed far too late.

In addition to knowing your risk factors, changes in your diet, supplementation, exercise programs and meditation may also help. Choosing more organic foods with little to no hormones added has been found to be helpful as breast cancer is often hormonally driven in men. A diet filled with organic cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale along with berries can also be beneficial.  Since we can’t always eat our nourishment, taking additional supplements or choosing green powders for drinks can help get the proper daily intake as well as supplements such as Vitamin D, Turmeric, Green Tea and natural products that works as an anti-inflamatory or antioxidants.

So this month while everything is turning pink, think about turning your lifestyle a little green. Now that you’re aware, become educated with your genetic background, know your risk and make healthier choices. And remember this month it’s not just about the women, it’s about the men too!

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/


 
17
OCT

The Hidden Dangers of GMOs

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Food Politics at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the US’s most harvested crops, including corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton, contain DNA that was manipulated in labs to resist drought, disease and insect infestation. However, these potentially dangerous genes can be transferred to DNA found in bacteria living inside of us. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning.

GMOs are bad for the environment. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. In return, farmers have to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. As if that weren’t bad enough, herbicides like Roundup reduce biodiversity and can harm insects, birds and other animals.

GMOs are affecting our health. The number of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses has increased from 7% to 13% over the past nine years – a figure that doesn’t even account for the increase in food allergies, autism, and reproductive and digestive issues that afflict more and more of us each year. Many medical groups including the American Public Health Association and American Nurse Association condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone due to the fact that milk from treated cows contain insulin growth factor 1, which has been shown to cause cancer.

GMOs will not feed the world. Contrary to Big Agriculture’s argument, the agricultural methods behind GMOs do not result in higher yields. A report authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments with The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) stated that GM crop yields were “highly variable” and in some cases, “yields declined.”

GMOs are present in over 70% of supermarket foods. Protect yourself and protect your family by doing the research and making smart choices. This handy guide will help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs.

 1 Comment, latest by Diana


15
OCT

4 Nutrients You Need For Younger Looking Skin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Let’s face it, no one wants to grow old. If there was a magic serum to stay young and beautiful forever, everyone would want a bottle. While this may sound like make believe, science and research shows that certain nutrients can, in fact, slow down the aging clock. Olympian Lab’s Optimal Blend Skin Support can help nurture and support your skin with these four ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid – As we age, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid begins to slow down. This molecule is responsible for the skin’s moisture. Hyaluronic acid helps rehydrate the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

DMAE – This ultra-firming ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties which provide a lift to aging skin and improves elasticity. This nutrient works best when applied topically and taken as a supplement.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – Considered one of the most powerful antioxidants, this compound is fat-soluble and can prevent free radical damage from occurring inside the cell. As we age, the cell’s natural defenses begin to decline, but ALA reduces the damage that results in wrinkles.

Grape Seed Extract – Another antioxidant powerhouse, grape seed extract is rich in fatty acids that are important for maintaining a cell’s structure. Plus, it’s astringent-like properties tone and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.

LuckyVitamin is offering an exclusive deal with Olympian Labs. When you purchase Optimal Blend Skin Support you’ll receive a FREE 1.7 oz. serum. Both products promote youthful looking skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


 
6
OCT

Acure Skin, Body and Hair Care: Battling Breast Cancer with Better Choices

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

On average, women use a dozen personal care products containing 168 chemical ingredients every day.  Manufactures claim levels are too low to cause harm, however, low levels layered on everyday, add up. When one third of personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer and up to 80% of products may contain one or more hidden hazards that are not even listed on product labels, it is no wonder that the likelihood of a woman being confronted with breast cancer in their lifetime has risen to 1 in 8. Fortunately, recent studies show that breast cancer is linked to several environmental and genetic factors, which can be controlled or mitigated. Using clean personal care is an amazing first step.

Acure is a family owned and operated company, founded on sustainable principles, to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Kristy and Jon Guerra founded Acure as a way to honor Kristy’s grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years.

“I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet,” says Kristy.

In addition to creating clinically proven effective formulas that steer women away from cancer-causing ingredients, Acure also donates 5% of their skin care proceeds to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey.

Acure continues their commitment to clean, healthy, clinically proven effective products, as they extend the facial and body care line to include hair care.  These formulas are salon tested for maximum performance, using the finest natural, organic and fair trade ingredients available, leaving out the parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal bi-products and synthetic fragrances found in most shampoos and conditioners.  Acure uses cutting edge plant stem cell technology to address specific hair concerns at the root and follicle level.  Argan plant stem cells extracted from the Moroccan argan tree, famous for its prized argan nut oil, are the first active stem cells with proven effect on real dermal stem cells. In the skin, argan stem cells support the dermal stem cells in their regenerating potential, accelerating the skin’s natural repair process. In the hair, they strengthen the follicle connection between the hair fiber and the follicle itself, promoting healthy hair retention and growth.

Not only is plant stem cell technology impactful to the skin and hair, it also has far reaching positive impact to the environment in that it supports preservation and availability of the most rare plant species for generations to come. Argan plant stem cells are 100% non-GMO, free from herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and organically extracted.

Acure’s Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner not only embody these dynamic little buds of gold but also folds in organic Moroccan argan oil and CoQ10 to support keratin production and strengthen the follicle connection, rich avocado oil, which provides vitamin B12 and moisture, while lemongrass cleanses and clarifies.  All of our shampoos and conditioners are vegan, gluten free and color safe, plus for each hair care product Acure sells, they donate 10 cents to Water.Org. Water.org provides underdeveloped communities with sustainable, sanitary water sources through local partnership, technology and education.

Try them all and fall in love with the results while making a healthy choice that supports the fight against breast cancer!

 


 
2
OCT

Breast Cancer: What the Medical Professionals Don’t Talk About

 

WARNING! This is NOT just “another” story for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Read on to learn something most people and medical professionals don’t know or talk about…

Let’s face it, if you’re a man you probably tune all the “pink stuff” this month right out!  But what if the pink ribbon had a little BLUE in it? Then would you notice it? Do men even know they have breast tissue? And if so, how many of you really DO anything with this awareness?

Ask yourself these questions and see how educated you really are?

(Questions below should be answered by both men and women);

  • Do you know or talk about a family history of ALL cancers for both genders?
  • Do you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer?
  • Do you (men and women) perform a self breast exam once a month?
  • Have you changed or improved your diet or nutritional intake to increase prevention?
  • Do you fit in at least 3-5 hours of exercise a week?
  • How much alcohol is “ok” to consume if you’re concerned about breast cancer?
  • Has anyone in your family (men and women) been tested for the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) mutation?
  • If you have family members (with or without a gene mutation) with Prostate, Ovarian, Melanoma, Pancreatic and other cancers does this increase your risk of Breast Cancer?
  • Does your family doctor, gynecologist or urologist talk to you about your risks due to a family history of cancer(s)?
  • Does your doctor perform a routine breast exam if you’re a man? If not, who is checking you for this if you do have a family history?
  • Can a man have a mammogram?
  • Do men have breasts?

 

Most of us know the stats on breast cancer in women (1 in 8 women will be diagnosed) but do you know;

  • This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
  • 50% of the worlds BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) carriers are male and there is an increased risk from 1% closer to 6% of a diagnosis as a male if a carrier of the BRCA gene.
  • Percentage fatality rate is often higher for men diagnosed with breast cancer as usually no one is checking, men don’t notice the symptoms, men are not aware they can be diagnosed with breast cancer and are not screened on a regular basis with the current insurance regulations.
  • Male breast cancer treatment consist of mastectomy due to limited amount of tissue and often followed with some or all; radiation therapy, chemo therapy and hormone therapy

This October, we need to stretch the boundaries of breast cancer awareness to include men and really help educate. Let’s add some blue to the pink and help men to learn they too can be affected by this disease. Men need to know they do have breasts and what their risk factors are. Women need to be informed not just for themselves, their sisters or daughters but for their husbands, brothers and sons. Let’s show what awareness is really all about and educate all genders.

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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#ExpoEast – Bring More Health to More People

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Nutrition,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The natural products industry is on the rise. With so many choices and niches to explore, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more enlightened and inquisitive about what ingredients are in their food and personal care items.

Here at LuckyVitamin, we want to be your go to for all things natural and organic. In order to keep up with the trends, we attended the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD to learn about new products and hot trends in the industry.

Here’s what’s new from the brands you love:

Badger Balm – Coming this November, Badger’s men’s line of personal care products. USDA Certified Organic & 100% natural grooming products for men. Soothe, refresh, restore and improve your skin and hair naturally.

Ways Out Wax – Just in time for the holidays, Way Out Wax’s Buddha Beeswax Ornament is perfect for setting your intention and practicing mindfulness. Their waxes are 100% natural and biodegradable. Plus, they use 100% soy wax in all of their container candles.

Nutiva   – O’Coconut snacks from Nutiva are crafted from lightly sweetened organic coconut flakes and have only 60 calories each. You can start noshing on these tasty treats in late November.

New brands coming soon in 2015:

Cultures For Health – A wide selection of starter cultures and supplies available including those that can get you started on making traditional foods such as kefir, yogurt, sourdough and more.

Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips – Made from only sustainably grown, organic seaweed and other real, gluten-free ingredients, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are baked, taste great, and are packed with six grams of protein and loads of Vitamin A, B12, Folic Acid and essential minerals like potassium, manganese and iodine.

Beard Balm – Beard Balm makes beards happy. Good for your face, good for the earth, quality-controlled and endurance-tested on real beards. Warning: May cause excessive beard. Natural. Local. Awesome. Handcrafted in Detroit!

Mediterra – Mediterra has created a healthy option to complement the accelerated pace of modern life. Inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra’s savory nutrition bars are made from all-natural ingredients such as nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and fiber-packed grains and seeds. Healthy and delicious. What’s not to love?

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