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APR

Why Choose Organic Protein?

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Organic protein continues to gain popularity across the country. Every day, more people are switching to the most natural version of protein products for several good reasons.

First, protein products are one of the best examples of how the organic version can be much better than the conventional, non-organic ones. Organic protein, particularly whey protein, is by far the best form of protein powder you can possibly buy and consume as these products are hormone-free. Non-organic foods are often made from milk from cows that are given hormones to help boost milk production. However, these hormones stay present in the milk and its products, eventually ending in the consumers’ system. Organic whey protein comes from cows which are fed organically pesticide-free grown feed and never treated with hormones.

Additionally, a lot of organic protein products come from vegetarian sources and are perhaps the most natural form available. Vegan products are not only great sources of protein but also ensure that you are getting a product from a company/brand that uses ingredients with zero exposure to pesticides and toxins, as well as helping to promote sustainable and ecologically-friendly agricultural practices.

If that’s not enough reasons to choose organic protein, here’s another one. Some of the dairy non-organic protein products are made with milk from cows treated with antibiotics. This is also important because antibiotics can be passed through milk into individuals. This is especially dangerous if a person has an antibiotic allergy which could be potentially deadly. Organic certified protein comes from cows which are not treated with unnecessary antibiotics.

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27
APR

Paleo Diet 101

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The Paleo diet has been making some noise lately but some people are still unfamiliar with this trendy diet. Lucky Vitamin is helping out with a Paleo Diet 101, a quick beginner’s guide to this natural food diet.

What is Paleo Diet?

Paleo is a diet based on eating natural, non-processed foods. The idea of this diet is to eat food like we ate thousands of years ago, fresh from the nature with no additives, and no processing.  The Paleo diet contains mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and nuts and does not include ingredients such as grains, sugars, preservatives, and other non-natural ingredients.

What is on the menu of the Paleo Diet?

Vegetables are all in. Fish such as salmon, bass, tilapia, herring are also part of the diet. Green light for seafood and eggs. Only lean meats are in the Paleo including beef, veal, and chicken. Plus some fruits, particularly the less sugary fruits such as berries. Legumes are not Paleo. Most nuts are also acceptable but peanuts are not. No grains, no dairy, and definitely no processed foods. Look up “foods allowed on the paleo diet” to ensure you are eating it correctly.

What are the benefits of the Paleo Diet?

Paleo diet is great for losing fat as it changes your body from primarily burning carbs to basically just burning fat. The human body preferred source of energy is fats, a slow burning and more efficient fuel for your body to use. Since we consume a lot of carbohydrates, our bodies tend to burn carbohydrates rather than fat, consequently storing these fats aside causing people to gain weight over time. The paleo diet alter this process by removing a lot of the simple carbohydrates from your diet and, as a result, your body can no longer use carbs for energy producing and is forced to use and burn fat stores.




26
APR

New Brands Showcase: Bee Panacea

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin offers an incredible selection of honey products but we can still find room for one more premium brand: Bee Panacea.

Bee Panacea offers a unique mix of raw, organic honey, infused with a unique combination of natural herbs and superfoods. The company develops these potent formulas to be mixed with a delicious 100% raw royal honey base, creating products to promote energy, mental clarity and vitality. Bee Panacea uncompromising hand-made production standards maintain the highest level of purity. Nothing in Bee Panacea is ever pasteurized or modified and each ingredient is backed by a Certification of Analysis, which eliminates any possibility of toxins, chemicals and bacteria.

Bee Panacea products provide sustained energy and can be useful to elevate mood, manage weight, strengthen immunity, aid digestion and much more as it contain detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.

The company combines super-foods, such as spirulina, chlorella and maca root, with Chinese and Ayurveda (Indian) herbs such as shilajit and reishi mushrooms. These combo is then infused with the complex flavors of raw, organic royal honey, bee pollen, propolis (rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory) and royal jelly (rich in proteins and collagen). Working in harmony, these ingredients allow your energy to feel balanced and may help you achieve a sense of balance and well-being.

You can save even more when you shop Bee Panacea products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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20
APR

4 Great Coconut Products

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Coconuts are known to provide a ton of health benefits in many different ways. Coconuts are used in everything these days from creams and lotions to shampoos and conditioners, sunscreens, candles, soaps, baking products, ice cream, coconut milk, and much more. With so many options, we choose 4 great coconut products to present to you.

1. Coconut Water

One of the most known products, coconut water has become one of the best-selling sports drinks because of its health benefits. A single (100ml) serving of coconut water contain only 19 calories and is considered a natural isotonic beverage, helping replace fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. Plus, coconut water contains more potassium than bananas.

2. Coconut Oil

Another popular product, coconut oil has been trending in the past few years. Commonly used in cooking, especially for frying, coconut oil can be used in liquid form as a replacement for vegetable oils. Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils and it doesn’t go rancid easily. The sweet, nutty taste and the creamy texture make it a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Coconut oil is often used in raw, vegan kitchen for desserts.

3. Coconut Butter

Coconut is a type of butter with an extra touch. The delicious, sweet, exotic taste of the coconut can be a great addition to your diet or a replacement for regular butter or margarine. Great for cooking, coconut butter can also be used as a replacement for peanut butter.

4. Coconut Vinegar

Coconut vinegar is certainly the less known product on this list but perhaps it’s time to give this one a try. Coconut vinegar is produced from fermented coconut water and has not only a unique, different taste but is surprisingly nutritious. For example, coconut vinegar is more nutritious than apple cider vinegar and it has the same alkalizing effect in the body.




19
APR

Non-GMO: Your Right to Know Webinar

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 10:45 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.

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7
APR

Nutritional Benefits of Almond Milk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B7What’s with all the hype about almond milk? The answer is pretty simple: lots of nutrition and great taste. When a product provides tons of health benefits and actually tastes pretty good, it’s a safe bet many people will be willing to, at the very least, give it a try and that seems to be the case of almond milk.

Almond milk has been growing in popularity not only for people avoiding dairy products but also for people searching for a delicious and different taste. A creamy, nutty-flavored beverage, almond milk is very nutritious as it contains many vitamins, tons of minerals as well as antioxidants.

Almond milk products contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and a multitude of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Although it does not contain calcium, some almond milks are supplemented with calcium to meet one-third of the recommended daily average.

The health benefits of almond milk include improvement of vision, weight loss, and building stronger bones. It can also help in building strong muscles, regulating blood pressure and maintaining a proper kidney function.

While cow’s milk, rice milk and soy milk are often fortified with various minerals and vitamins, all of these nutrients occur naturally in almond milk. A great milk substitute choice for those who are trying to lower their fat and calorie intake, almond milk contains only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, and these are healthy fats that help protect your heart and preserve cognitive function.

Low in fat and high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, almond milk can be a great addition to your diet whether you want to avoid dairy products or not.




7
APR

4 Differences Between Juicing & Blending

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 9:14 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Fruit SmoothieTo juice or to blend…that is the question. And the answer is, well…it depends. Read on for more about the key differences between smoothies and green juice.

Pulp

Blending combines everything. Nothing is removed. With juicing you’re separating the juice from the pulp, and for anyone who has ever juiced, you know all about that mountain of leftover pulp. Still, there are multiple uses for all that pulp, such as adding it to your compost pile or an ingredient in baked goods. Plus, you furry friends will love it too!

Fiber

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber keeps your GI tract in top shape and it slows down the absorption of sugar. However, it slows down the rate in which your body absorbs nutrients. With juicing the soluble fiber remains which can act as a prebiotic but removes insoluble fiber aka the pulp to give your body a jolt of nutrients.

Absorption

With juicing the nutrients are quickly absorbed, resulting in a quick release of all things healthy into your body and blood stream. Juicing extracts up to 70% of the nutritional goodness right into your glass and your body absorbs 100%. On the flip side, blending gives you a sustained release of nutrients throughout the day.

Consumption

It’s way easier to consume a massive amount of fruits and vegetable when you’re juicing, but if you’re trying to use all organic produce, that can take a toll on your wallet. Blending a smoothie may not help you get all your servings of fruits and veggies, but at least you can blend a banana and our favorite, avocado.

Now that you have the facts, think about what your health goals are. Trying to get more fruits and veggie in your diet? Then juicing might be more for you. Is losing weight one of your goals? A smoothie will curb your appetite and make you feel full longer. In the end, you really can’t go wrong with either of these tasty additions to your health regimen.

 




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APR

The Benefits of Beet Juice

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
iStock_000045499888_SmallBeet juice has been one of the hottest supplements in recent years and if you are still not familiar with this wonderful product, let’s not waste any more time and learn a bit more about the health benefits of beet juice.

Considered a superfood, beet juice contain high levels of antioxidants, dietary fiber as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. This all-natural, low-fat juice is an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin C, niacin, biotin, potassium, iron and magnesium. Plus, beet juice is rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health.

Beet juice is known to boost physical stamina and increase exercise endurance as studies have shown that a nitrate in beetroot juice can turn into nitric oxide (NO) in the body. This process can lead to a reduction in oxygen uptake, consequently increasing stamina, reducing fatigue, and making exercise less tiring. Regular consumption of beet juice can benefit endurance athletes, elderly people and those with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.

Featured in the Dr. Oz show, a recent study has shown that supplementation with dietary nitrate NO3 from beet root juice can have beneficial effects on blood pressure. Researchers suggested that drinking a glass of beet juice a day can lower high blood pressure, safely restoring cardio health.

Additionally, beet juice is known to increase blood flow dramatically and is considered a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits in the body. Therefore, it is essential in the prevention of circulatory disorders like varicose veins, hypertension and arteriosclerosis.




4
APR

Recipe: Golden Cauliflower

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Recipes at 9:03 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Turmeric has long been used in India for its healing properties. When added to your diet, turmeric can increase the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars while also helping regulate metabolism. This amazing spice has been used to treat diabetes, lowering cholesterol, Alzheimer’s and cancer prevention and so much more.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 heaping cups cauliflower florets (from 1-1/2 pound cauliflower) cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Cut the cauliflower into small pieces and drizzle with olive oil and toss in bowl so there is an even coat.
  • In a separate bowl combine the turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle over the cauliflower and toss to coat.
  • Spread the cauliflower out on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • After about fifteen minutes, take out baking sheet and stir
  • Bake for another 15 minutes until cauliflower is golden.

 




31
MAR

Many Benefits of Coconut

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Health Foods at 8:52 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Not only do coconuts provide food and nutrients for millions of people around the world, they also have many other uses and benefits. In this episode of Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf breaks down the coconut and its many health benefits.

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25
MAR

5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Cooking

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B25Time and time again we talk about the health benefits of coconut oil but some people still find it difficult to add this incredible product to their diet. We come up with a few suggestion and present you 5 ways to use coconut oil for cooking.

1. Cooking

Replacing other cooking oils such as canola oil or any other vegetable oil with virgin organic coconut oil is a great way to start. Coconut oil is perfect for cooking at high heat, particularly since some oils are unsafe for cooking at high temperatures.

2. Baking

Coconut oil is a great replacement for butter and vegetable oils since it can tolerate high temperatures. An excellent dairy-free option, baking with coconut oil also adds an additional flavor to muffins, scones, cookies, brownies and pies.

3. Salad Dressings

Coconut oil is a perfect fit for a delicious salad dressing. This addition is ideal for anyone trying to increase energy levels and lose weight as coconut oil is known to enhance the metabolism and help weight-loss.

4. Frying

Frying can be healthier if you use coconut oil instead of conventional oil. It works really well to fry eggs as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and chicken. The additional health benefits combined with the delicious hint of coconut makes this a perfect choice.

5. Popcorn

This fun part of cooking can also be made with coconut oil. A spoonful of extra virgin organic coconut oil works just perfectly for making popcorn but you can also use it as a topping, drizzling melted coconut oil over popcorn for a sweet taste.




18
MAR

Need Fiber? Check Out Psyllium Husks!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Superfoods at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18Low fiber intake may lead to many health issues. Fiber is very important for proper function of the digestive system but yet some people eat very little fiber.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal issues caused by insufficient intake of fiber and liquids but there is one product that can really help aid constipation and we are talking about psyllium husks.

Psyllium husks are portions of the seed of the plant Plantago ovata, and this bulking agent swells considerable when added to liquid, helping to support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage. Psyllium forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water.  The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying. It is important to maintain a high water intake when using psyllium.

In addition, psyllium husks can provide additional health benefits as its high fiber content is effective in relieving the symptoms associated with diverticular disease as well as lowering total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Some people with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, may benefit from bulk-forming laxatives as regular intake of psyllium products may help regulate normal bowel activity and improved symptoms. Adding some psyllium fiber to your diet might lower your chances of developing a set of risk factors for the heart disease called metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome are at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke and developing diabetes than people without the condition. A review of studies conducted over the past 32 years showed that taking a psyllium supplement helps decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.

Psyllium supplements are available in whole husks, husk powder and capsules. Click here to shop Psyllium supplements at LuckyVitamin.com.




18
MAR

To Be (Vegetarian) or Not To Be

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 12:32 pm | By: Mary Nason, Contributing Author
Various vegetables on table with woman chopping radish in backgrSo many omnivores want to eat less meat as a way to benefit their health, the planet, and the well-being of animals, yet they struggle with the concept of “going vegetarian”. The mere thought of “not being able” to eat meat again can be a major roadblock, not to mention – a major bummer.

A Different Way to Think About Vegetarianism
You know, you can simply decide to try more plant-based options and forgo the meat more often than you do now. It can be that simple. There’s no need to make a lifelong commitment or take on the label of “Vegetarian”. You can just go into discovery mode and find new alternatives. Who knows? Maybe later on you’ll decide to go for an official title.

  • Pescetarians are vegetarians who also eat fish
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat dairy and eggs
  • Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy but not eggs
  • Flexitarians (or Semi-Vegetarians) eat meat on occasion

Replace 1 Meat with 1 New-to-You Plant-Based Dish
By deciding to replace 1 single serving of meat with a plant-based option, you are not only aspiring to be more healthy and eco/animal-friendly, you are succeeding! Studies show the environmental impact of not eating just 1 hamburger is equal to that of not driving 320 miles. So this one decision does have an effect.

And, this is where it begins to get interesting too, because instead of the boring string beans you’ve never really enjoyed, you’re discovering something (hopefully) delicious that you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy again and again. Nothing you love is taken away (forever) and yet something else gets added in. Win win.

A great way to try this approach is to go to a restaurant featuring plant-friendly cuisine like Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, or Japanese. Choose someplace where you don’t already have a favorite meat-based dish. Remember, the goal is to try something new, not to tempt yourself into failure! Repeat this meat-replacement-new-dish-discovery method as often as you like, at your own pace. Take note of the dishes you enjoy and then try making them at home.

It really can be that simple – to be.

Written By: Mary Nason




16
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Pure Indian Foods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PureIndianFoodsLucky Vitamin is introducing another brand of premium health foods to our customers: Pure Indian Foods.

Pure Indian Foods offers healthy, natural, and organic Indian food products made from the purest ghee. The company was founded in 2008 and has become one of the top brands of Indian products in the United States. Based in New Jersey, this family-owned business has been in ghee business in Northern India for 5 generations, since 1889, and now makes over 10 varieties of grassfed organic ghee products.

Pure Indian Foods makes America’s favorite grassfed and certified organic ghee, cultured ghee, coconut ghee, Coffee++, Turmeric Superghee and delicious herbal/spiced ghee. An important source of fat-soluble vitamins and CLA, ghee has a high smoke point, about 485F, and does not burn like butter, making it perfect for sautés, stir fries, and sauces.

Pure Indian Foods ghee is made with milk obtained only during spring thru fall, when the cows are out to pasture eating fresh green grass. Additionally, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the cows’ feed as grassfed milk contains fat-soluble vitamins and naturally occurring Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). The ghee is always made fresh in small batches in stainless steel equipment and adhering to organic methods. All ghee products are Non-GMO and made in a well-equipped cGMP production facility.

You can save even more when you shop Pure Indian Foods products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




14
MAR

3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Did you know that dark chocolate is actually very nutritious as it contains high concentrations of minerals, vitamins, fiber and even antioxidants? That’s not false advertisement as dark chocolate provides potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Plus, an average size, high quality dark chocolate bar contains 11 grams of soluble fiber and a variety of powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins. With so many nutrients, it makes sense this delicious product can be good for you. So, we present you 3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.

1. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease as the high amounts of copper and potassium may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments. Additionally, the compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL, which may result in much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries, lowering the risk of heart disease over the long term. Research suggests that cocoa consumption may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.

2. Cholesterol Support

Consuming dark chocolate may help regulate cholesterol levels. Cocoa powder is known to significantly decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol as well as increase HDL in men with elevated cholesterol. Dark chocolate normally contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that do make it into the bloodstream and protect lipoproteins against oxidative damage.

3. Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide (NO), which can send signals to the arteries to relax. This process may lower resistance to blood flow and therefore reduce blood pressure.