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16
DEC

5 Reasons You Need A Whole Food Supplement

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The human body needs good nutrition to function properly. Eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining good health, but it can be difficult to keep up with everything we eat. Whole food nutritional supplements are one of the best ways to get all the important nutrition needed for many reasons. In addition to be the most convenient, easy-to-use product, here are 5 reasons you need a whole food supplement:

1. Absorption: your body absorbs much more of the whole food supplement than a conventional form. Synthetic alternatives to whole foods are known as isolates and your body will only absorb a small percentage of an isolate form of vitamins and minerals and utilize even less.

2. Minimal Processing: manufacturers who grow their own whole food ingredients have control over them and quite often are certified organic farms. Once the ingredients are harvested, supplements should be made as soon as possible as food begins to lose nutrients. Delays in processing can lead to a loss of phytonutrients, and starting manufacturing process immediately is the best way to minimize the loss of vital nutrients within each ingredient.

3. Organic: organic whole food supplements from certified organic sources provide superior nutrition and health benefits. Once unknown to the general public, the differences between organic and conventional foods have become very popular and today most people know the amazing benefits and advantages of organic food over regular products.

4. Nutrient Dense: supplements made from raw, nutrient-dense whole foods are by far the best products for your body. Nutrient-dense whole foods are easier to assimilate, and may have a balancing action for your body systems. Overall nutrition is the foundation for vitality and healing within the body, particularly from nutrient dense, concentrated whole foods such as algae-derived sea minerals, herbs, greens, sprouts, seeds and living pre-probiotics.

5. Naturally Occurring: whole food supplements made from concentrated whole foods contain naturally occurring ingredients like vitamins and minerals which are not isolated. These highly complex structures combine a variety of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators which work together synergistically to enable this vitamin complex to do its job in your body. Nutrients from within this complex cannot be taken apart or isolated from the whole, and then be expected to do the same job in the body as the whole complex is designed to do.

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Emerald Labs – Women’s 45+ Multi Vit-A-Min Raw Whole-Food Based Formula – 120 Vegetarian Capsules
Nature’s Plus – Source Of Life Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Supplement With Whole Food Concentrates – 90 Vegetarian Capsules
Solgar – Earth Source Multi-Nutrient Providing Whole Food Concentrates – 90 Tablets
Nature’s Way – Alive Men’s Multi Max Potency – 90 Tablets (formerly Men’s Multi Vitamin & Mineral Whole Food Energizer)

 
15
DEC

How To Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Did you know you can grow wheatgrass for as little as $1-2 per week? All you need is a few supplies and within a week you will have lush and nutritious wheat grass growing in your home. No green thumb needed. Just follow these easy steps:

1. Buy organic  wheat berries.

2. Put half a cup of wheat berries in a quart sized mason jar and fill the jar with water. Make sure the water covers the seeds. Soak the wheat berries for 8-12 hours.

3. Rinse your seeds and repeat step 2.

4. Give the wheat berries one more final rinse before you sow the seeds.

5. Cut small holes in a 10 x 10 foil tray for drainage

6. Fill the tray with moistened organic potting soil

7. Spread a single layer of “seeds” on top of the soil and spray with a water bottle.

8. Cover the tray with plastic wrap, place a plate underneath and place in a sunny window sill.

9. Keep the seeds covered for three days and spray with a water bottle every day. It’s best to use a light mist so the seeds do not move.

10. Harvest when your wheat grass is 6-10 inches high.

If you’ve never had wheatgrass juice before it’s recommended that you start off with a one ounce shot daily for a week, so that your body can acclimate itself. Wheat grass is an amazing superfood valued for its nutritional benefits. Time to drink to health. Bottoms up!

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12
DEC

What’s New? Skout Organic

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of natural, certified organic foods to our customers: Skout Organic.

Skout Organic offers a unique selection of great tasting, healthy, organic foods to sustain those who embrace adventure and actively pursue the outdoors. Created and inspired by the Pacific Northwest, one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the world, Skout Organic has developed an entire line of certified organic and gluten-free products made with delicious ingredients, which embody the rugged and energetic spirit of the Oregon region. The company is non-GMO project verified and Certified Kosher. Every product contains only naturally occurring nutrients, with no refined sugar or fillers, and all products are vegan, dairy and soy free.

Skout Organic is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and employs sustainable practices. The company proudly donates a portion of proceeds to select environmental and humanitarian charities. Skout is also proud to have sponsored The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon, considered one of the “10 Greenest Races” by Runners World.

Created out of the disappointment with existing energy and nutrition bars filled with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients, Skout Organic wanted a trail bar that was healthy, organic, and all-natural. Skout Organic combines the Pastega Family’s passion for the outdoors and excitement for creating great tasting, healthy foods.  The quality of life in the Pacific Northwest is special and it will remain so only by becoming stewards of the land as well as by fostering a growing, responsible and sustainable local economy.

You can save even more when you shop Skout Organic supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.

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Skout Organic – Organic Trailbar Chocolate Peanut Butter – 1.8 oz.
Skout Organic – Organic Trailpak Raw Pumpkin Seeds Jalapeno Salsa – 2.5 oz.
Skout Organic – Organic Trailpak Raw Pumpkin Seeds Black Pepper BBQ – 2.5 oz.

 
10
DEC

10 Superfoods You Never Heard Of

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Have you tried any unusual superfoods? Due to their high nutritional value, superfoods can help prevent diseases and may help you live longer. You may have heard of some of these superfoods but most of them are not so popular. So, we’ve made a special list of 10 superfoods you may never heard of:

1. Moringa: known as the “miracle tree,” moringa is an incredible superfood which contains over 90 trace minerals and can help with weight loss, improve digestive health, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. A single serving of moringa leaves contains 272% of your daily value of vitamin A, 125% of calcium, 71% of iron, 41% of potassium, and 22% of your daily value of vitamin C.

2. Acerola: a great source of vitamin C in the natural form of ascorbic acid, acerola contains as much as 1000 to 4500 milligrams per 100 grams of edible fruit. Also known as Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and Cerez, acerola has been showing multiple health benefits in studies due to its high antioxidant properties.

3. Camu Camu: a sour, lemon-sized fruit from the Amazonian region, this superfood comes loaded with a variety of phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Camu camu is the world’s best source of natural vitamin C as it contains approximately 50 times the amount of vitamin C found in an average orange.

4. Maca Powder: made from a root grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Maca powder is high in vitamins and helpful for improving mood and energy. Maca powder is popular in smoothies and shakes, since it is easily mixable and can be used as a replacement for coffee.

5. Mangosteen: Delicious and juicy, mangosteen is a tropical fruit loaded with essential nutrients and rich in dietary fiber as 100 g provides about 13% of daily needs. Mangosteen is high in vitamin C, a moderate source of B vitamins, and contains a very good amount of minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium.

6. Suma Root: used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties, Suma is known to increase physical strength, energy and stamina. Suma contains germanium, a potent immune system booster, as well as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

7. Pitanga: also known as Suriname cherry, this exotic fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, niacin, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It is also high in antioxidants and can be used a cold remedy in combination with lemongrass.

8. Goji Berries: a little more known than the previous listings, goji berries are high in vitamin A, fiber and iron, as well as amino acids. A staple of Asian cooking, these powerful berries are typically sold dried and can be added to your oatmeal.

9. Cordyceps Sinensis: this parasitic fungus grows on caterpillar larvae native to the high-altitude regions of China, Nepal, and Tibet. Loaded with several anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-lipid properties, cordyceps can actually enhance the functionality of your immune system, improve your stamina and endurance, stabilize your blood sugar metabolism, and increase your aerobic capacity and oxygen utilization.

10. Chia Seeds: perhaps the “most popular” of these unknown superfoods, chia seeds have become one of the top-selling supplements across the country. Ten years ago, few people knew about these seeds packed with fiber, manganese, and calcium. Today, people use it in many ways from adding in soups to salad dressings, as well as an ingredient for smoothies and much more.

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Vega – Maca powder – 3.2 oz. LUCKY PRICE
Garden of Life – Real Cold Milled Raw Organic Golden Flax Seed & Organic Chia Seed – 12 oz.
American Health – Acerola Plus Natural Vitamin C Chewable Natural Berry Flavor 100 mg. – 250 Tablets
Tahiti Trader – Mangosteen Max 100% Mangosteen Juice – 32 oz.

 
1
DEC

Sip on these Superfoods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements,Uncategorized at 11:09 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Curling up with a warm mug of vanilla, earthy goodness is nothing less than perfection on a cold winter night. Every sip of Vanilla Chai Dream Immunity feels like a hug in a mug. Only, this hug goes the extra mile by boosting your immune system and nourishing your body with superfoods such as turmeric, milk thistle and astragalus. Chai lovers are sure to enjoy the rich combination of cinnamon and clove in this raw, vegan, gluten- and soy-free, non-gmo delight. Simply heat some organic almond milk and add one heaping teaspoon of this exotic herbal blend to keep your defenses strong for the cold and flu season.

If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up that does the job and tastes great, too, then Elemental Energy Rare Chocolate Flavor is just what you need. The Arriba Nacional raw and organic cacao makes it a dessert in a glass, satisfying your sweet tooth naturally without any added sugar. It’s enriched with Maca Root, loaded with vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. Add a scoop to eight ounces of water or milk substitute for this decadent (in taste only!) drink. Dial back on your affeine intake by replacing your afternoon cup of joe with Elemental Energy!

Solis Nutritional Blends draws wisdom from South American tribal vitality rituals, Traditional Chinese wellness practices and India’s Ayurvedic health system. The herbs and superfoods they’ve selected have been safely and effectively used for thousands of years.

Solis Nutritional Blends was founded on the belief that simple and honest daily rituals are fundamental to living a healthy life. Of all these daily rituals, family nourishment may be the most important to health – but in our hectic lives, it can be a challenge. Solis solves this problem with their superfood blends that transform water/milk/etc. into nutrient-packed and drinkable superfoods for the whole family. Solis takes great pride in making family wellness easier without shortcuts or compromise – just authentic and honest plant-based nutrition.

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22
NOV

What’s New? Santa Cruz Organic

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Are you looking for a delicious, natural, and organic juice? Look no further. Lucky Vitamin is happy to present Santa Cruz Organic products to our customers.

Santa Cruz Organic offers the best organic juices made from harvest to the bottle, with no stops in between. As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic was the first company to offer customers a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends. They were also the first juice processor to use all organic fruit.

The Santa Cruz Organic brand’s roots stretch back to the early 1970′s when founder and nature lover, John Battendieri, began revitalizing orchards in the Santa Cruz mountains, an area known for its high-quality, flavorful fruit. Battendieri pressed his first batch of “Mr. Natural” apple juice in 1972, making it one of the first packaged organic products. The company believe nature itself is the truest form of art, and the goal is to infuse the beauty of nature’s process into everything.

Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 50 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads available nationwide. By offering high-quality organic products, the Santa Cruz Organic brand raises awareness for the health and economic benefits of organic agriculture.

In addition, the company has been a leader in efforts to conserve water resources, build soil integrity and support a healthier ecosystem by helping growers make the decision to choose organic practices for their fields and orchards. Each year, Santa Cruz Organic buys fruit from hundreds of carefully selected organic growers, who represent thousands of acres dedicated to organic practices. Santa Cruz Organic is proud to be an official participant of the Non-GMO Project.

Additionally, you can save an extra 15% when you shop Santa Cruz Organic products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Pure Lime Juice – 16 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Apple Sauce Strawberry – 23 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Cranberry Nectar Juice – 32 oz.

 
20
NOV

6 Fermented Foods You Need In Your Diet Now

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Fermentation is a preserving method that injects food with naturally occurring microorganisms that helps promote a diversity of cultures to thrive within your body. Consuming and creating these “live” foods have become a movement to many and an art form for some. Increase your gut flora and replenish the microbiome with these “good bacteria” foods.

Miso – This fermented soybean paste is rich in enzymes and is traditionally used in Japanese cooking. You can add miso to soups, sauces, dressings, dips and marinades.

Tempeh – Another fermented soy product that comes in a patty form, tempeh’s fermentation process allows it to retain a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.

Kefir – More nutritious than yogurt, kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains.” It’s considered one of the most probioticly rich foods on the planet, having originated centuries ago in the Caucasus Mountains. Are you vegan? No worries, kefir water is available in a variety of flavors.

Kombucha – Known by some as the “Elixir of Life,” kombucha is a fermented tea that is created from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast). The outcome is an effervescent drink that contains b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic).

Kimchi – A traditional, Korean side dish made by lacto-fermentation, similar to sauerkraut.  Both spicy and sour, Kimchi is the combination a variety of Asian vegetables (like napa cabbage and daikon radish) and seasonings.

Sauerkraut Lactobacillus is at work again to give you this wonderfully tangy condiment. Derived from the German word that simply means sour white cabbage, sauerkraut has a long history of health benefits due to its high levels of glucosinolates. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

You can find most of these foods at your nearest health food store. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try to make your own!

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17
NOV

What’s New? Cofilac

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Coffee lovers, we have good news for you. Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, top-quality brand of fiber supplement in an instant coffee form: Cofilac.

Cofilac offers a one-of-a-kind fiber supplement which can be taken as a cup of instant coffee. Made with the best Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, Cofilac delights your palate with the flavor of a premium cup of coffee while providing your body with the recommended amount of fiber every day. Sounds crazy? Give it a try!

Fiber consumption is very important in every healthy diet but consuming the required amount for the human body every day can be a challenge. Cofilac aims to help you reach the amount of fiber you need every day without changing your habits or lifestyle. The product is developed by a company named Actafarma, a pioneer pharmaceutical laboratory with more than 15 years of experience in the lifestyle-pharma segment. Throughout these years, Actafarma focus has been to provide innovative solutions to this biggest concern: how to improve the quality of life of consumers by improving also their health. In 2010 Actafarma was recognized as the most innovative Spanish company and the most innovative company of the community of Madrid, Spain.

Cofilac has been helping people reach their daily doses of fiber for 8 years in Europe and is supported by studies regarding its efficacy and safety. Cofilac is a unique fiber supplement combined with instant coffee, made with the best coffee beans to offer the flavor of a premium cup of coffee with the benefits of a fiber supplement.

You can save even more when you shop this new, revolutionary Cofilac product at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Cofilac – Fiber with Instant Coffee – 14 Packet(s)

 
14
NOV

What’s New? TerrAmazon

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a premium brand of natural products to our customers: TerrAmazon.

TerrAmazon offers top-quality products created with the unique nourishing wealth from the Amazon rainforest. The company aims to share healthy, unique, and fair trade products from the Amazon rainforest and, at the same time, promote awareness of forest preservation and social responsibility through sustainable practices. TerrAmazon is inspired by “Nature” and seeks to maintain the sustainability chain that preserves the rainforest and its people.

TerrAmazon believes that natural foods, organically grown from the Amazon rainforest, preserve their natural properties and are rich in nutrients. The consumption of Amazonian products is profoundly linked with rainforest preservation. The products from the standing forest promote the sustainable economy that empowers local communities. TerrAmazon’s core values ensure the products deliver natural and organic ingredients and also that the company encourage local sustainable economies, bringing the consumer and rainforest together, delivering genuine products based on traditional customs.

One of the company’s best-selling products is TerrAmazon Organic Acai powder. This premium supplement contains acai, a superfruit that provides Omegas 3, 6 and 9. A Brazilian super-berry originating from the Amazon rainforest, acai berries are known for having many healthy properties and are considered one of the healthiest food on the planet. Adding Organic TerrAmazon Acai powder to your diet everyday will give you the healthy boost you were looking for. TerrAmazon Acai superfood powder is USDA-certified Organic and Vegan.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop TerrAmazon products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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TerrAmazon – Camu Camu Powder – 2 oz.
TerrAmazon – Organic Maca Powder – 2 oz.
TerrAmazon – Organic Acai Powder – 2 oz.

 
11
NOV

5 Omega Foods That Aren’t Fish

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Most people are aware of the importance of omegas to maintain good health. However, some people find it difficult to obtain this important nutrient if the fish sources aren’t really an option. What people need to know is that many other vegetarian sources contain good amounts of omegas. So, here is a list of 5 foods for omegas that aren’t fish:

1. Flax Seeds: flax seeds are considered the best vegetarian source of omega 3. One ounce of flax seeds packs in 6388mg of omega 3 (nearly 6 times the RDA) as well as 1655mg of omega 6 in the process, which helps keep your omega 3 to omega 6 radios in check. If you can take a tablespoon of flax oil, the amount of omega 3s is even higher, about 7196mg.

2. Chia Seeds: chia seeds have recently been one of the hottest natural supplements. These incredible nutrient-packed seeds contain 4915mg of omega 3 in one single ounce as well as 1620mg of omega 6. They are also loaded with calcium, fiber, and manganese.

3. Mustard Oil: this natural oil has 826mg omega 3 and 2146mg omega 6 in a tablespoon. Compare this to the 103mg omega 3 and 1318mg omega 6 found in olive oil and a simple switch of your oil can provide you a boost of omegas and health benefits.

4. Seaweed: seaweeds not only have fairly high amounts of omega 3, but they are also one of the only vegan foods which also have EPA and DHEA. Spirulina contains 58mg omega 3, 88mg omega 6 per tablespoon and is considered one of the best choices for seaweed.

5. Berries: berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but did you know that most berries can also be a good vegetarian source of omega 3? Blueberries top the list with 174mg of omega 3 per one cup serving while simultaneously delivering 259mg of omega 6.

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Navitas Naturals – Raw Chia Seeds Certified Organic – 16 oz.
NOW Foods – Flax Seed Meal Organic – 12 oz.
Earthrise – Spirulina Natural Green Super Food For Longevity Powder – 6.3 oz.
Fruit Advantage – Brain Support Wild Blueberry – 60 Capsules formerly Traverse Bay

 
7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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YS Organic Bee Farms – Raw Tupelo Honey – 13 oz.
CC Pollen – High Desert Totally Desert Honey – 1.5 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey – 16 oz.

 
6
NOV

Chocolate Helps with Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

As if you didn’t already love chocolate enough, a small-scale study found that an antioxidant in chocolate might improve memory skills associated with age related memory loss. The study, which was released by the Journal Nature Neuroscience, included healthy people ages 50 to 69, who for three months drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols. This group performed better on a memory tests than those who drank a low flavanol mixture. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Cocoa flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean. This research supports other findings showing that flavanols, especially epicatechin (found in cocoa beans), improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans.  The researchers of this study also found that the flavanol mixture was able to increase activity of the dentate gyru: the part of the brain that is involved in memory associated with recognizing faces and remembering where you parked your car.

Unfortunately for us chocolate lovers out there you would need to consume about seven average-sized chocolate bars to replicate the amount of epicatechin (138 mg) used in the study. However, if you do want to try to increase the cocoa and chocolate in your life then shop LuckyVitamin. We carry chocolate bars like Theo Chocolate, which is organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, soy free and fair trade. We also have other top brands like Chocolove, Green and Black’s Organic, Dagoba, Newman’s Own, and Endangered Species.  Endangered Species chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change with each chocolate bar.  They donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. While you might not increase your memory overnight eating our organic chocolates, at least you will be happy doing so.

 

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30
OCT

Walnuts: More than Delicious

Filed Under: Health Foods at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

In an interesting study released earlier this year, scientists found that walnuts appear to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, you just read the previous statement correctly. Walnuts may keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay. Researchers at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities said an experiment with Alzheimer’s-susceptible mice found those that consumed walnuts showed significant improvement in their memory and learning skills compared with mice without walnuts.  Previous research has shown that walnuts have a protective effect in the brain preventing against oxidative damages. Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids which may help to explain some of their benefits for Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers in this study also looked at walnuts’ effects on anxiety, loco motor activity and motor coordination.  From the age of 4 months, they fed the experimental mice custom mixed diets containing 6% or 9% walnuts, which is equivalent to 1 or 1.5 oz of walnuts per day in humans. Again, the other groups were given no walnuts in their diets. At the age of 13-14 months, the mice were tested using a variety of mazes. These mazes tested loco motor skills, memory and learning ability, psychomotor coordination, as well as anxiety related behaviors. The mice that were not fed any walnuts showed memory deficits, anxiety-related behaviors and severe impairment in spatial learning ability. However, the mice fed the walnut rich diets showed significant improvement in memory, learning ability, anxiety and motor development.

Aiding in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease is not the only health benefit of walnuts. A quick Google search reveals that walnuts have been found beneficial in lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, lowering risk of diabetes, and also contain other antioxidants that boost heart health. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of organic walnuts, trail mixes and snack bars to help you get your daily filling of walnuts.

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27
OCT

5 Scary Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Artificial sweeteners are scary. Many of these products are the result of blended chemicals to create super sweet powders without calories. Breaking the habit of using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may be one of the most difficult challenges people have to overcome but it is definitely worth it. Switching to natural sweeteners is one of the best ways to not just improve your health but also to avoid toxic ingredients into your body. Here is a list of the top 5 scary sweeteners:

1. Aspartame: one of the most popular sweetener, aspartame is often added to diet sodas and pre-packaged foods. This dangerous sweetener is found in Equal, Sugar Twin, and NutraSweetis and there are an amazing 92 reported side effects, including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.

2. Saccharin: another famous sweetener, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but is often mixed with other artificial sweeteners due to its metallic aftertaste. Sugar substitute’s products such as Sweet N’ Low contain saccharin which was suspected to be a human carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program for nearly 20 years.

3. Acesulfame Potassium: also known as Acesulfame-K, this sweetener has a potential link to cancer. Studies have showed a link between consumption of acesulfame potassium and cancer in laboratory animals but more scientific study on the artificial sweetener is needed. Concerns have been attributed to contamination of methylene chloride, a known human carcinogen. Products such as Sunett, Sweet One, and Sweet ‘n Safe contain acesulfame potassium, sometimes shorted as ACE on labels.

4. Sucralose: this sweet-bomb is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than table sugar and the main ingredient on Splenda products. Though it is deemed safe by the FDA, reports claim that its composition makes it nearly impossible for our bodies to metabolize normally. Reported side effects include skin rashes, agitation, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle and stomach pain, headaches, intestinal cramping, and bladder issues.

5. Neotame: originally introduced by Monsanto, before it was sold to NutraSweet, this sweetener is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which sits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most hazardous chemicals and somehow is available in food products such as NutraSweet and Sweetos.

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Navitas Naturals – Sweet Tooth Organic Coconut Palm Sugar – 16 oz.
In The Raw – Monk Fruit In The Raw Natural Sweetener – 40 Packet(s)
Coombs Family Farms – Organic Pure Maple Sugar – 25 oz.

 
24
OCT

A Guide to Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but sometimes we just can’t help but succumb to our sweet tooth. Not only is it OK to treat yourself every now and then, you can still make smart choices when doing so. Check out the following list for some natural sugar alternatives, as well as a few ingredients you should always try to avoid.

Look For:

Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener is made using a two-step process. While here are several grades commonly found in most food stores, Grade B is the darkest and has the strongest maple flavor.

Raw, Local Honey – Packed with amazing health benefits, this natural sweetener easily trumps refined table sugar. Plus, honey has immune strengthening properties, as well!

Stevia  – A plant-derived herb that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar, so tread lightly when substituting in baked goods.

Black Strap Molasses – A strong flavored, sugarcane sweetener full of vitamins and minerals. Use a small amount of black strap molasses when replacing with sugar in recipes.

Xylitiol/ ErythritolThese are common sugar alcohols that have few calories and little aftertaste. Xylitol and Erythritol do not raise blood sugar but may cause digestion issues when over consumed.

Steer Clear Of:

Stay away from products that contain the ingredients below, and remember that, as always (even when indulging!), moderation is key.

Agave

Refined White Sugar Cane

Aspartame

HFCS

Sucralose

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