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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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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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17
OCT

7 Foods You Need to Give Up to Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 12:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Everyone should be aware of the dangers of GMOs, genetically modified organisms. These organisms whose genetic material has been altered by use of genetic engineering techniques are quite often used in food products. Studies have shown that food derived from GMO crops poses greater risk to health than food from natural, organic sources. Here is a list of 7 foods you need to give up to avoid GMOs.

1. Prepackaged Meals

Prepackaged foods often contain a variety of GMOs in their ingredients. Unless the product is labeled organic, pre-made foods, particularly frozen foods, are made with low-cost food ingredients which usually contain GMOs.

2. Conventional Corn

Conventional corn is the staple of GMO food. By far the largest crop grown in the United States, corn providers have altered the process of growing corn to collect better, more efficient results. GMO corn has been engineered with chemicals that will ward off insects and battle back against herbicides. Corn is used to make High Fructose Corn Syrup, which should be a priority ingredient to be eliminated from your diet.

3. Conventional Milk

Conventional milking cows are fed a steady diet of GMO-laced feed, as well as antibiotics and other drugs to try to keep them healthy. Buy organic milk or use another natural, organic source of milk such as soy or almond.

4. Conventional Tomatoes

Conventional tomatoes most likely contain high amounts of GMOs as the majority of the farms across the nation do not grown organic tomatoes. Regular tomatoes contain herbicides and pesticides built right into it. Remember to avoid other products made from conventional tomatoes such as catchup, sauces, and salsa.

5. Farmed Salmon

Farm-raised salmon is one of the most dangerous food products and definitely one to be avoided.  Farmed fish often live in small tanks in their own feces, and are given fish pellets with all sorts of medicine and growth vitamins to help the fish grow faster so they can be harvested more quickly. Look for wild-caught Alaskan or Norwegian salmon to avoid GMOs and other toxic additives found in farm raised salmon.

6. Conventional Potatoes

Potatoes are used by fast food companies and prepared food companies to make French fries, chips, hash browns, snacks, soups, and many other foods. Regular potatoes have GMO chemicals which are placed right into the seed itself. You can shop organically grown potatoes as well as products made from organic potatoes.

7. Soybeans

Soybeans are the second-largest crop grown in America and, unfortunately, the use of GMOs in soybeans is greater than in other crops. Soybean oil and other soy-derived products are likely to contain GMOs. Search for organic alternatives or non-GMO labels before buying any soy product.

 

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NuGo Nutrition – Gluten Free Bar Dark Chocolate Crunch – 1.59 oz.

 
9
OCT

7 Essentials for the Gluten-Free Baker

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

 

Attempting to bake without gluten can be quite the challenge, not to mention just a little bit terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow these seven pantry essentials to master the art form of gluten-free baking.

1. Whole Grain Flours – It’s necessary to have several different flours on hand including brown rice flour, chick pea flour, quinoa flour, teff flour and millet.

2. Starches – Arrowroot flour, Cornstarch, Potato Starch and Tapioca Flour

3. Baking Soda and Baking Powder – You’ll need to increase the amount of these leavening agents by 25% when adapting a recipe to one that is gluten-free.

4. Thickeners –Xanthan Gum is added to gluten-free baked goods to bind, stabilize, emulsify, thicken or lend structure or suspension to your baked treat.

5. Buckwheat Flakes – These are a wonderful substitute for anyone avoiding oats.

6. Ener-G Egg Replacer – This is for anyone with a food allergy that needs to avoid gluten, as well as dairy.

7. Gluten Free Mixes – Try saving time with some pre-made blends of most baked goods, including everything from pizza crusts to cupcakes.

Bonus Tip: When creating your own gluten-free flour blend, use a ratio of 60% starch with 40% whole grain flours.  Keep in mind that these rations may vary depending on what you’re baking. If you’re converting grandma’s cookie recipe, a great tip is to substitute 140 grams of your gluten-free mix for every cup of “regular” gluten all-purpose flour.

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9
OCT

What’s New? Beanitos

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Beanitos.

Beanitos offers a top-quality line of innovative chips made from beans, created to be your new favorite snack. With amazing taste and powerful nutrition, Beanitos are an honestly delicious snack made from super nutritious beans that have fiber and protein grown right in them. They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients.

Beanitos thinks everyone deserves to crunch and dip without compromise, to enjoy a snack that tastes great and is good for you. Since it had been difficult to find a snack that fit the bill, Beanitos was born.

Beanitos are made from fiber and protein rich whole beans. About 12 chips or 1 oz. of Restaurant Style White Bean Chips contains 4 grams complete protein, 6 grams fiber, 16 grams carbohydrates, only 7 grams fat with NO trans-fats, and no sugar added. Beanitos also have lower sodium than most snack chips, ranging from 55 mg to 140 mg per serving. No other snack chip can boast all the healthy nutrition of Beanitos.

Beanitos are made the simple way. The company sort, wash, and cook the beans in small batches, combining them with whole-grain rice to create a special dough. Then they are shaped and cut into pieces, which are baked and then flash-fried in sunflower oil and finished with a light dusting of sea salt or natural seasoning.

You can save even more when you shop all Beanitos items at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Beanitos – Bean Chips Restaurant Style – 6 oz.
Beanitos – Bean Chips Original Black Bean with Sea Salt – 6 oz.

 
7
OCT

Add to Your Diet: Five Super Berries to Improve Your Health

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

Super berries are among the hottest, most popular super-foods in the market and for good reasons. These nutrient-rich foods have high concentrations of anthocyanin, a super antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function, among other health benefits. If you are not sure which one(s) should you add to your diet, here’s a great list for five super berries that can help improve your health.

1. Açai berry

Perhaps the most popular of the miracle, super-food variety, açai berries are harvested from açai palm trees native to the rain forests of South America. Among its health benefits, açai has been known to help with weight loss and high cholesterol, give a boost to erectile dysfunction, support arthritis, aid detoxification, and improve overall health. Açai berries have proven to be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.

 

 

2. Blueberry

 

Blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Studies have shown that blueberries may reduce memory decline as well as heart attack risk, can improve vision, and may provide other anti-aging benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and a good source of dietary fiber.

 

 

3. Cranberry

 

Cranberry can help prevent urinary tract infections but this North America native fruit offers a variety of other health benefits. Cranberries have a long history of use for medicinal purposes, including treatments for wounds, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments and liver issues.

 

 

4. Goji berry

 

Native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet, Goji berries have been used by Chinese herbalists for years to help eyesight, boost immune function and promote longevity. Goji berries contain very high antioxidant concentration as well as remarkable levels of vitamin C, beta carotene, amino acids, iron, and B vitamins.

 

 

 

5. Noni berry

 

Originally from the tropical areas of the South Pacific, noni berry has been a popular ingredient in Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps, bowel irregularities, diabetes, liver diseases and urinary tract infections. Noni offers significant amounts of vitamin C, niacin, iron, potassium, with lesser amounts of vitamin A and calcium.

 

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Ojio – Goji Berries Raw Organic – 8 oz.
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South Pacific Trading Company – Noni Pacific Juice – 32 oz.

 
30
SEP

What’s New? Dang

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

Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands of health food products to promote a better, healthier lifestyle for our customers. The latest addition is a top-quality brand of unique snacks: Dang Coconut Chips.

Dang offers a variety of coconut chips snacks that are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no cholesterol and no GMO ingredients. These delicious and healthy snacks are a good source of fiber and are high in Lauric Acid.

Dang Foods is a family-run snack company that runs on love and coconuts. Made from the nutrient-packed copra, the “meat” of the coconut, Dang Coconut Chips are a delicious snack that provides loads of energy. The meat is sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to golden brown. Since copra is high in fiber, you don’t have to eat a lot to feel full, with only a few handfuls and you’ll be good to go.

Dang believes that these toasted coconut chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy your snack cravings quickly and give you a boost of energy. While great on their own, toasted coconut chips can be used to enhance other foods. Try them with: Salads, ice cream, trail mix, cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, cakes and cookies, and other baked goods. Dang’s motto is “Dang, that’s good!” as the company is forging ahead fast, bringing you unconventional culinary delights from around the globe.

You can save even more when you shop Dang products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code SEP14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 3.17 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 3.17 oz.

 
28
SEP

5 Items From Your Kitchen That Will Make You Beautiful

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

The kitchen is a nightmare place for many people trying to lose weight. Folks on weight-loss diets often avoid this part of the house hoping to prevent an unnecessary snack or meal. But did you know that many items in your kitchen can actually help your weight-loss program?  So, here is a list of five items from your kitchen that can help make you beautiful:

1- Cinnamon:

 

Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body as well as speeding up the metabolism of glucose. Cinnamon helps prevent increased storage of fats caused by high blood sugar levels. Plus, cinnamon helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine making you feel satisfied for a longer time.

 

2- Coconut Oil:

 

Coconut oil is known for causing a metabolic boost when taken regularly. Studies have shown that just over a tablespoon for women and just less than two tablespoons for men each day may double the weight-loss in overweight people. Researchers believe that the extra calorie burn produced by coconut oil is the reason for such impressive results after continue use of the product for three months.

 

 

3- Coffee:

 

Coffee is well-known for helping with weight-loss. Studies have shown that drinking coffee may slightly increase weight loss or in actuality prevent weight gain by suppressing the appetite or the desire to eat. Caffeine is proven to help with calorie burning by stimulating thermogenesis. It is important to note that coffee weight-loss studies are always based on 100% pure coffee without sugar, milk or any additional flavoring.

 

 

4- Honey:

 

Here’s a tricky one. Americans consume too much sugar and processed food but a tablespoon of honey before bed may help with weight-loss as the body begins to burn more fat during those early hours of sleep. Try to replace all sugar from your diet with honey, including artificial sweeteners. Use honey in your tea, coffee and cereal instead of refined sugar. The results of this simple switch may surprise you!

 

 

5- Lemon:

 

Adding lemons to your water may sound like a silly idea for weight-loss but did you know that lemon water combines powerful agents that improve your chances for weight-loss? The potent vitamin C and antioxidants of lemon and the digestion-improving ability of hot water may be the perfect combination to help your weight-loss program.

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Simply Organic – Cinnamon – 2.45 oz.

 
23
SEP

#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?

Follow us on social to keep up-to-date with the newest brands and products!

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18
SEP

Drink to Your Health with Red Ace

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods at 2:10 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Backed by science and enhanced by breakthrough technology, Red Ace has created a nitric oxide potent organic beet juice shot that banks on the conversion of dietary nitrates into nitric oxide. Each two-ounce glass bottle of Red Ace contains three organic beets, making it extremely high in natural nitrates, and a quick and easy way to acquire all the performance, health and nutritional benefits of the superfood. With only 100% organic beet juice concentrate, organic lemon juice and organic flavors, Red Ace offers one of the most delicious and refreshing options on the market. Drinking just one two-ounce bottle of Red Ace daily increases stamina, improves circulation, and supports cardiovascular wellness.

 

Who says a cocktail can’t be healthy in moderation?

 

Try a healthy libation with these recipes from Red Ace:

Red Rum

4 watermelon cubes

2 oz. rum

½ oz. Red Ace Organic Beet Performance Supplement

3 oz. Freshly squeezed Lemonade

 

Red Queen

4 Slices of cucumber

3 sprigs of fresh cilantro

2 lime wedges

1 lemon wedge

2 oz. tequila

½ oz. Red Ace Organic Beet Performance Supplement

¼ oz. Agave Nectar

Splash of soda water

 

 

Red Ace Cocktail

4 oz. Ketel  Oranj

3 oz. San Pelligrino Pompelmo

¼ oz. Red Ace Organic Beet Performance Supplement

Combine in a shaker filled with ice. Shake gently and serve in a martini glass

 

For a limited time, you can enjoy an extra 15% off all Red Ace products. Use promo code ‘SEP14NEW15’ at checkout. Hurry, offers expires 9/30/2014

 

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11
SEP

The Importance of Magnesium for Brain Health

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

A new study suggests that magnesium levels are vital to brain health as population ages. The nutritional research concluded that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in cognitive impairment (CI), and more seriously, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), than previously thought.

The results of the study suggest that elevation of brain magnesium through dietary intake of magnesium exerts substantial positive effects on brain, actually restoring aging brains to their youthful conditions. The study is the first to show a mechanism for reversing cognitive decline in advanced stage AD mice, and is also the first to show an effective long-term treatment in AD mice. More exciting, though, are the implications of this study for the potential for treating AD in humans. Researchers feel confident that magnesium threonate can help maintain healthy brain activity and has dramatic effects in preventing synapse loss and reversing memory decline.

Magnesium is an essential mineral responsible to maintaining healthy brain functions. Over 50 million Americans have low levels of magnesium because people do not eat enough foods that contain magnesium. Cognitive impairment can affect a person’s memory, language, perception, ability to plan and carry out tasks, and judgment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that approximately 20% of people ages 55 and older will experience some form of cognitive impairment. The number and growth of the aging population in the U.S. is unprecedented.

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1
SEP

Cashews: Healthy, Delicious Snacks

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

One of the best ways to feel good about snacking is when you find out that your favorite snack offers multiple health benefits. So, if you like cashews, we have good news for you.

A recent study shows that regular consumption of cashews can be beneficial for healthy muscles and nerves as it contains good levels of magnesium, a vital mineral for the healthy development of bones, muscles, tissues, and organs of the body. Magnesium is known to maintain proper nerve function and keep the bones strong. A deficiency of magnesium alters the metabolism of calcium and the hormones responsible for its regulation.

Considered a “super nut”, cashews are very nutritious and a powerhouse of proteins and essential minerals including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Cashews also contains vitamins such as C, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6, folate, E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K (phylloquinone). These tropical nuts are a source of oleic acid and provide a good quantity of monounsaturated fat and low amounts of polyunsaturated fats with no harmful cholesterol, if consumed appropriately. Additionally, cashews are a good source of healthy dietary fats, which are essential for our body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and produce fatty acids that are vital for the development of the brain and blood clotting.

Additional health benefits of cashews include a healthy heart and relief from diabetes. By offering antioxidant defenses, these delicious nuts also aid in the formation of red blood cells. Cashews provide phosphorous, which is essential for the healthy development of teeth and bones. Lastly, cashews may help prevent anemia as they are a good source of iron which is vital for carrying oxygen around the body and aids in the functioning of enzymes and the immune system.

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Sahale Snacks – Glazed Nuts Cashews with Pomegranate + Vanilla – 4 oz.
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18
AUG

Magnificent Blueberries

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Blueberries are known for its health benefits but some people may not know how many different benefits one can get from these delicious little blue fruits. Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients including essential dietary minerals, vitamins, and soluble dietary fiber.

Blueberries are very low in calories. About 100g of fresh berries provide only 57 calories and, similar to red grape, they contain resveratrol, the anti-aging superfood. Additionally, blueberries contain anthocyanins, other pigments, and various phytochemicals anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness. Studies have shown that pigments found in blueberries may reduce risks of diseases such as inflammation and cancer. Preliminary studies found blueberry consumption lowered cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, possibly affecting symptoms of heart disease. Wild South American varieties may contain higher levels of polyphenols.

Research has shown that supplementation of wild blueberry juice may benefit the brain, improve memory and learning in older adults, while possibly reducing blood sugar and symptoms of depression. Blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits. The ORAC value of 100 g fresh blueberry is 5562 TE (Trolex equivalents).

Blueberries contain plenty of vitamin and minerals. Vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E are found in small amounts but altogether work as potent anti-oxidants. The berries also contain a small amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. Blueberries also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.

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Solaray – Guaranteed Potency Blueberry Leaf Extract 100 mg. – 60 Capsules

 
13
AUG

What’s New? The Perfect Bar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of nutritional bars to our customers: The Perfect Bar.

The Perfect Bar offers a variety of nutritional bars created with only natural and pure ingredients. The company believes that whole foods are the only acceptable source of nourishment for the body and, therefore, had created the “perfect bar”. You are what you eat and The Perfect Bar wants to spread the message that good health begins with eating right. Other companies use a third party or co-packer to mass produce their bars using a machine driven extruding process that calls for emulsifiers and preservatives to extend shelf-life at room temperature. Perfect Bar is real food made by real people, creating bars the natural way and making sure that you will be able to taste the difference. Started as a small family business, The Perfect Bar company has grown but has kept the nutritional principle of “quality over quantity” throughout the years.

The Perfect Bar is the result of much experiment with natural whole foods. Back in 1995, whole food supplements were mixed with organic peanut butter and honey, creating small, delicious balls packed with nutritional awesomeness, and The Perfect Foods Bar was born. In 2005, The Perfect Bars creators decided to share this amazing recipe with everyone and started Perfect Foods Research, rooted in the tradition of healthy living. Today, you can enjoy this unique selection of delicious, healthy nutritional bars now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Additionally, you can save even more on products from The Perfect Bar when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just use promo code ‘AUG14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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The Perfect Bar – Perfect Foods Bar Peanut Butter – 2.5 oz.
The Perfect Bar – Perfect Foods Bar Cranberry Crunch – 1.6 oz.
The Perfect Bar – Perfect Foods Bar Carob Chip – 2.5 oz.

 
 
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