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7
JUL

5 Health Benefits of Eating Seeds

Filed Under: Health Foods,Immunity,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SeedsIf you are not eating seeds, you don’t know what you’re missing. Chia, hemp, flax and many others seeds contain one thing in common: they are healthy foods that can be easily added to a healthy diet. Antioxidants, fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and much more can be found in these wonderful health foods. So, let’s look at 5 health benefits of eating seeds.

1. Antioxidants

Chia seeds are famous for its high amount of antioxidants which provides an endless list of benefits such as anti-aging, improve cellular health and hormone balance. Flax seeds are also packed with antioxidants (lignans), known to fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute not only to aging process but also to several diseases including cancer.

2. Fiber

Chia, flax, hemp are all “high in fiber, low in carbs”. So, if you are looking for that specific combination, make sure to add these seeds to you diet. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber as its true carb-content is only one gram per ounce. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, expanding in your stomach, increasing fullness, and helping you eat fewer calories. Flax seeds are also extremely high in both soluble and insoluble fiber which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.

3. Lower cholesterol

Studies have found that adding flax seeds into your diet can naturally reduce cholesterol levels. The soluble fiber content of flax seeds trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system. It also traps bile (made from cholesterol) which is then excreted, forcing the body to use up excess cholesterol in the blood to make more and, as a result, lowering cholesterol levels.

4. Healthy Skin and Hair

Promoting healthier skin and hair is another great benefit from eating seeds. Flax seed oil contains essential ALA fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.

5. Immune Support

Hemp seed oil contain sterols, which can improve immune function and help control cholesterol levels. Also found in sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sterols may also naturally help increase your intake of dietary fiber.

 




6
JUL

New Brand Spotlight: Field Trip

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FieldTripIf you like jerky, Lucky Vitamin has exciting news for you. We are happy to introduce a new brand of natural jerky to our customers: Field Trip.

Field Trip offers jerky products that are hardly ordinary. The company was started to provide a healthy alternative to people who cannot find healthy jerky products at grocery stores and gas stations.

Field Trip jerky is made the old-fashion way: dried and seasoned with natural ingredients and without artificial preservatives and sodium nitrates. Just a traditional cut jerky, done right. All products are all natural and contain no chemical ingredients such as commonly used nitrates, nitrites, preservatives, artificial ingredients, added msg, hydrolyzed corn protein, celery juice powder, disodium inosinate, fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin, and sodium erythorbate.

Additionally, Field Trip jerky products are gluten-free. For years, jerky producers try to weigh down the finished product by using soy sauces and other unnecessary ingredients that contain wheat. These products have higher sodium, sugar, and long chemical words on the ingredient list as this common strategy may lead consumers to think they are actually getting more protein per bite. Field Trip jerky does not employ any of those tactics and uses only gluten-free reduced sodium soy sauce. The company has tested all jerky products for gluten and every single jerky product contains less than 5 ppm of wheat.

You can save even more when you shop Field Trip products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




4
JUL

3 Health Benefits of Krill Oil

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

Krill oil supplements have been a popular choice of omega-3 products for many years. This unique oil is a rich source of essential nutrients that support a number of potential health benefits. If you still don’t know the reasons many people take these supplements, we present you 3 health benefits of krill oil.

1. Cardiovascular Support

Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, particularly polyunsaturated EPA and DHA, which support cardio health, promote healthy circulation, and may help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Additionally, krill oil is a great source of the super antioxidant astaxanthin, which also supports cardiovascular health.

2. Joint Health

Krill oil supplements offer another great health benefit due to its ability to support joint health. Getting more omega-6 than omega-3 may lead to mild imbalances that set the stage for joint health problems. Krill oil is a highly digestible form of Omega-3, which helps maintain a good omega-3 and omega-6 balance, so important for joint function.

3. Hair, Skin and Nails

Omega-3s are essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Krill oil supplements are an excellent choice to improve hair as these fatty acids are known to be effective in fighting dry scalp and keeping hair follicles strong. In addition, Omega-3s may help with cell regrowth as studies have found that it can be a very effective ingredient to fight hair loss and damage. Most people report results in as little as six weeks when krill oil supplements are taken regularly.




29
JUN

3 Health Benefits from Lutein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GreensLutein is a powerful antioxidant related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Also called a carotenoid vitamin, Lutein is found in foods such as kale, broccoli, spinach, collards, corn, kiwi fruit, eggs, and oranges, and is known as “the eye vitamin” for providing benefits to the eyes. But did you know that lutein may be helpful to other health issues? Here is a quick look at 3 Health Benefits from Lutein.

 

Eye Health

Of course eye health is the number one. Lutein is one of two major carotenoids found as a color pigment in the human eye (macula and retina) and play an important role in maintaining eye health. It is believed to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from sunlight damage. Research has suggested that lutein may help to prevent a variety of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

 

Skin Health

Lutein is also an important element for healthy skin, improving the hydration and elasticity of skin. Lutein antioxidant activity can potentially help prevent oxidative damage to your skin and it can also help protect the lipids, oils and fats in the skin from peroxidation. Additionally, lutein can be used as a personal care product. When applied as a topical cream or ointment, lutein may help to protect skin from damage caused by the sun’s UV rays and pollutants found in the air.

 

Cardiovascular Health

Lutein supplements have been used to promote cardiovascular health due to its antioxidant effects. Lutein is present in the blood serum and its antioxidants may help to prevent the peroxidation of fats and cholesterol in the blood, thereby reducing plaque buildup in arteries. Lutein may also help slow the progression of atherosclerosis as well as preventing type 2 diabetes.




28
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Color Earth

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Color EarthWould you like to help our planet by planting a tree? Lucky Vitamin is very proud to present a new brand which can make that possible by simply buying a product: Color Earth.

Let’s explain it a little better. Color Earth pledges that for every product sold, they will plant a tree in the developing world, helping growing food, restoring soil and building a sustainable future for people in rural communities all over the globe.

Color Earth offers a superior line of products to improve and fortify your health as well as make you feel good about supporting a refreshing cause. The company creates high-quality, effective and affordable products which are made using living ingredients from nature.

Since Mother Nature is the source of all these wonderful ingredients used in all Color Earth products, the company has decided to pay nature back by creating this amazing initiative: for every Color Earth supplement and Chocolate a Day product purchased, they’ll plant a tree in the world. In this way, your purchase of their products not only gives something back to your body, but also gives something back to this beautiful earth that we live on and to beautiful people in need.

Color Earth believes in creating high-quality and effective products using only unique living ingredients from nature to help the body recognize and utilize them better. Many Color Earth products contain herbal and vegetable fortifications such as barberry, wheat grass, passion flower, horsetail, basil, carob, alfalfa, cabbage, spirulina, garlic, Echinacea, chlorella, sprouted barley and many more.

You can save even more when you shop Color Earth products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends 06/30/2015.




26
JUN

Good Morning Breakfast!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BreakfastThe importance of breakfast is never in question but for some reason some people continue to skip this important meal. Studies have confirmed that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss in many different ways but yet some people still start their day with no meal at all.

Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to establish a well-balanced diet. Research has suggested that people who eat breakfast regularly may reduce hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. Skipping breakfast often result in snacks which more often than not are unhealthy alternatives. plus the prolonged fasting can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.

Additionally, eating a healthy breakfast provides more energy for daily tasks. Think about the time you sleep: let’s say seven to eight hours that your body has no food intake. With no breakfast, you are expanding this time frame to at least ten or up to fourteen hours without new energy. It’s too much as the human body needs food to produce new energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Routinely skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity as with no new energy, people are less likely to be active and exercise.

Plus, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to also skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day as well.

Lastly, the importance of the word “healthy” when eating breakfast cannot be overviewed. Starting your day with unhealthy choices may lead to continue eating poorly throughout the day.




20
JUN

Discovering Yacon!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
YaconYou may have not ever heard of it but yacon is a health booster item you may want to consider adding to your diet. This South American root looks like a sweet potato or a yucca root but it has actually a sweet taste, more like an apple. Yacon has a slight molasses flavor, although it is not as sweet but this fruitlike tuberous root is made into a mildly sweet syrup that has a lower glycemic index than traditional sugars

Yacon has been enjoyed for its health boosting properties in South American cultures for thousands of years as it contains inulin, which promotes healthy probiotics. The syrup is extracted from yacon roots that have been washed, peeled, double filtered, and flash pasteurized to preserve the nutrients.

Yacon is high in fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which can satisfy sweet tooth cravings without spiking blood sugar levels and contributing to empty caloric intake. Yacon syrup contains half the calories of sugar and promotes the production of healthy bacterial colonies in the digestive system, which can contribute to better absorption of nutrients.

The sugars in Yacon are mainly fructooligosaccharides, which are not processed and stored by the liver and do not cause an insulin surge. Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides  with less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels. Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.




17
JUN

Healing Power of Manuka Honey

Filed Under: Health Foods,Immunity,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Manuka HoneyManuka honey has been one of the hottest items in many health food stores across the country. This special type of honey contains properties that support the natural healing process as well as help to treat dry and scaly skin, support of joint mobility, and natural healing of wounds and immune defenses. A number of celebrities have been using Manuka honey in recent years but this is not a new product.

Active Manuka Honey is known to contain antibacterial properties and has been used by the indigenous of New Zealand for many years. Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, Manuka honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. Conventional honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can quickly reduce pain, protects against damage caused by bacteria, and may also stimulate production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. Manuka honey can do all of that and much more.

What makes Manuka honey so special is that it contains additional antibacterial components including methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. Manuka honey contains a lot of MG due to a very high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect.

Manuka honey is used for a variety of products including soaps, lozenges, lip balms and much more. A great product for treating minor wounds and burns, Manuka can also be helpful to a variety of health conditions such as reducing high cholesterol, treating diabetes, reducing systemic inflammation, treating gastrointestinal problems, and treating eye, ear, and sinus infections.

 




14
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Paleo People

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods at 3:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PaleoAnyone looking for wheat and gluten free diet snacks? Stop looking. We are happy to introduce a new brand of delicious snacks made with good, clean ingredients: Paleo People.

Paleo People manufactures a unique “Paleo” snack line of fruit and nut cluster snacks, available in four delicious flavors; Banana Nut, Apple Crisp, Cacao Nut and Cappuccino Crunch. All Paleo snacks are certified gluten-free, grain-free, sodium-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and contain only all-natural ingredients and no GMOs

Paleo People are the prefect snacks for celiacs, vegetarians, cross-fitters, fitness lovers, kids, healthy snack seekers, and pretty much anyone else who enjoys a healthy and delicious bite. You can try them in salads, with almond milk, as a topping, and in baking.

The idea of creating these amazing products goes back in history. Just like our ancestors, the simple formula of gathering nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, spices and natural sweeteners inspired the creation of the first line of Paleo snacks. The launch date was January 2011 and since, the company continues to grow as testimonials keep pouring in on how tasty all the flavors are. One of the company most popular products is the Fruit and Nut Cluster Snacks Banana Nut. This blend of nuts, seeds, berries, lots of cacao and a hint of harvest spices is the perfect snack to satisfy your craving.

You can save even more when you shop Paleo People products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.




5
JUN

10 Toxic Chemicals Commonly Found in Fast Foods

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fast Food MenuThinking about eating some fast food today? Think again. The more people read about fast food facts the more likely they are to switch to a healthier food alternative. French fries, burgers, chicken nuggets, sodas and pretty much anything in the whole universe of fast food contain a ton of ingredients you may want to think twice before ingesting that into your body. Today, we present you 10 chemicals commonly found in your favorite fast foods.

1. PAPs

Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters are chemicals used in fast-food packaging to make it grease and waterproof but eventually leach to the food inside the packaging and end up in your bloodstream. Linked to a number of health problems, including cancer and liver disease, PAPs are the same substances used to make Teflon.

2.Benzoyl Peroxide

An active ingredient in a variety of acne creams, this chemical is used by many fast food companies during bread production for bleaching wheat flour.

3. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate

Found in foods such as bacon, sausage, hot dog or ham, these chemicals are used by fast food restaurants as an additive to retain meat color and to inhibit bacterial growth on the food. Both chemicals can break down into nitrosamines, substances with the potential to cause cancer.

4. Caramel Coloring

Caramel coloring can be found in sodas, sauces and desserts and contain 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Both ingredients have been linked to cancer.

5. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

Used in shampoo and soaps, this chemical is found in fast food bread as a dough conditioner.

6. Calcium Disodiummm EDTA

Fast food companies use this chemical as a flavor protectant in sauces, dips and dressings. The same ingredient is used as a stabilizer for personal care products.

7. Disodium Phosphate

Commonly used as a food preservative, it is also often found in mascara and mouthwash products.

8. Ammonium Glycyrrhizin

Fast food chains uses it as a flavor enhances but personal care companies use the exact same chemical in facial mask products.

9. PhIP

PhIP (2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo pyridine) is a chemical found in fast food grilled chicken which has been associated with human breast, prostate and colon cancers.

10. Benzoate Preservatives

BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are compounds used by fast food chains to preserve fats and prevent them to become rancid.




3
JUN

The Good For You Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Gluten Free,Health Foods at 3:05 pm | By: Jeremy Michael
OHSO BLOG

 

When it comes to getting your daily dose of probiotics, many people head right for the dairy aisle. We’re all aware that yogurt is one of the best sources for probiotics. What if I told you that you could skip the dairy aisle and head right to the chocolate? Probiotic chocolate bars are becoming more and more popular and independent research studies have proven chocolate to deliver probiotics up to 3X more effectively than dairy alternatives.

OHSO from Solgar is the good for you chocolate that provides the optimum daily amount of probiotics. Each chocolate bar contains nearly one billion species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are the two most commonly found probiotics in our digestive tracts.  Crafted with 100% delicious, 53% cocoa Belgium chocolate, these bars have no added dairy, and are free of wheat, gluten and nuts. They are also perfect for vegetarians.  Each tasty bar contains only 70 calories, has roughly 6g of sugar and comes in two delicious flavors.

Parents are always telling children not to eat chocolate before dinner because it will “spoil their appetite.” Maybe now this isn’t the case! These good for you probiotic chocolate bars promote a healthy digestive tract, keeping both children and parents appetites growing strong. Try adding this OHSO delicious way of taking probiotics to your daily regimen.




31
MAY

What’s New? VitaPerk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VitaPerkAttention coffee lovers: Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce a revolutionary product created to enrich your coffee experience: VitaPerk.

VitaPerk takes coffee to the next level as this unique product contains a blend of vitamins and minerals that turns the average cup of coffee into something brilliant. This convenient 15 vitamin and mineral boost was designed to enrich your coffee experience with essential nutrients for an on-the-go lifestyle.

VitaPerk plus coffee is smarter than the average joe because it contains minimal calories, carbohydrates, sugar and sodium, yet it’s rich with vitamins and minerals and great natural flavor.

You can simply add VitaPerk into your coffee as part of your daily routine or you may try the flavored varieties with great taste and a hint of natural sweetener. The original signature blend is flavorless, so it allows the flavor of your favorite cup of coffee to shine through. If you like a little extra flavor, try hazelnut, which showcases the richness and subtle browned butter flavor, or vanilla with its complex aroma and richness that will add exotic flavor to your coffee.

If you are looking for an additional pick-me-up, try energy, the original blend enhanced with an extra boost of B6 and B12 vitamins plus the benefit of guarana. Derived from a South American plant, guarana has been used for centuries as a natural stimulant.

VitaPerk is the smartest thing that ever happened to coffee and you can now shop this unique product in all delicious flavors at LuckyVitamin.com. Click here to visit VitaPerk products.




30
MAY

Go Easy On Greens?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GreensModeration should be considered one of the most important words in life. Almost everything we do is always good when done in moderation. It’s no different for eating habits and, in fact, it’s no different for eating greens.

Eating greens have always been labeled as a healthy habit and in most cases that is a correct statement. However, not all vegetables should be eaten raw, in large quantities or too often as you could actually be harming yourself. So, who shouldn’t eat too many greens? People with thyroid issues should be careful with eating raw veggies.

Cruciferous raw vegetables such as broccoli, arugula, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, collard greens, bok choy, brussels sprouts, spinach, radish, rutabaga, and watercress should be eaten cooked as they contain chemicals that may affect the production of thyroid hormone in your body. Blocking thyroid production may lead to hypothyroidism, a condition with multiple symptoms including cold hands and feet, dry, thinning hair, fatigue, reduced or nonexistent libido, constipation, difficulty losing weight, and depression.

Additionally, some green vegetables contain a chemical called oxalic acid, considered an irritating substance to the mouth and intestinal tract. It also blocks iron and calcium absorption and may contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Light steaming or cooking can significantly reduce the amount of oxalic acid in veggies such as spinach, chard, parsley, chives, purslane and beet greens.

So, keep on eating greens as often as you wish. Just make sure to moderate the quantity and frequency of raw veggies to prevent oxylates and kidney stones.




20
MAY

7 Non-Dairy Alternatives

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Dairy FreeThere are plenty of non-dairy products available in the market today but despite having the same purpose, substituting milk products, these dairy-free options are all very different. Some options contain more protein, some are low-calories, and some are low-calcium. Everyone should find a best option based on their needs. So, we let you make the call and present you 7 Non-Dairy alternatives.

1. Soy

Soy milk is one of the most popular non-dairy options due to its smooth taste. A low calorie, low sugar, high protein and high calcium option, soy is nutritionally similar to traditional milk and is considered an easy to use, perfect replacement.

2. Coconut

Low calorie, low protein, and low calcium, coconut milk is a sweet, smooth alternative for people who are lactose intolerant of allergic to animal milk. However, coconut milk is not a nutrient rich source as a replacement due to its low protein and calcium content. Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

3. Oats

A cholesterol and lactose free option, oat mil contains high levels of vitamin E and folic acid. Oat milk is high in sugar and does not have the same calcium and protein content of cow’s milk but it is a great source of phytochemicals which may help fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

4. Rice

A sweet dairy-free alternative, rice milk is extremely nutritious but unfortunately not a great source of calcium and protein. However, rice milk is one of the mildest non-dairy alternatives and considered the most hypoallergenic of all the milk substitutes.

5. Almond

Considered by many as the most delicious replacement for regular milk (even though it doesn’t taste like cow’s milk), almond milk is a low calorie, low protein option which contains similar amount of calcium as traditional milk. Almond milk is also a good source of magnesium, manganese, selenium and Vitamin E.

6. Hemp

Another cholesterol and lactose free option, hemp milk is low in saturated fats and rich in healthy omega fatty acids. It’s also an excellent source of protein and tastes creamier and nuttier than soya milk or rice milk but like other plant milks though, it lacks calcium.

7. Cashew

Not a very popular choice, cashew nut milk is a great source of copper and other minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Compared to other nuts, cashews have a lower overall fat content but its milk is not a great option for people on weight-loss diets.




17
MAY

What’s New? Rishi Tea

Filed Under: Health Foods,Teas at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RishiTEaLucky Vitamin is introducing a top quality brand that offers the true taste of teas to our customers: Rishi Tea.

Rishi Tea carries a large selection of organic teas, green tea, chia tea, matcha tea, oolong tea, plus unsurpassed gourmet loose leaf tea. The company began in 1996 when a couple of friends wanted to introduce rare and exclusive, traditional handcrafted tea blends to the North American market. The ideas was to create a brand that offered the highest quality organic and Fair Trade Certified loose leaf teas imported from origins, and fresh each season. They travel thousands of miles each year to work hands-on with skilled artisans whose families have been making traditional teas and herbs for generations.

Today, Rishi Tea offers the highest quality organic and Fair Trade Certified fresh, loose leaf teas from tea gardens around the world. The direct relationships established with tea growers has allowed the company to produce rare and exclusive teas offering an unmatched level of freshness as well as ensuring the quality and authenticity of all teas and herbs.

Rishi Tea offers over 200 loose leaf teas and herbs and is your best choice as a direct link to the tea growers, landscapes, and cultures. The Rishi Tea Green Team strives to infuse daily business practices with the same focus on sustainability that is employed in tea sourcing efforts, partning with other socially and environmentally committed organizations to educate on the benefits of organic, fair trade and sustainable living.

You can save even more when you shop Rishi Tea products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promotional code MAY15NEW15 to save 15% on all products of this new brand.