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4
MAR

4 Ancient Grains for Exceptional Health

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Have you heard of Ancient grains? High in fiber and rich in mineral content, these tasty whole grain options are one of the hottest health food trends and can be an excellent addition to your diet. On top of offering a higher amount of nutrients and protein than other grains, ancient grains are delicious in taste and can be added to a variety of meals. So, we present you 4 ancient grains for exceptional health.

1. Farro

Farro is a healthy whole grain often used in soups and salads in Italy. Loaded with nutrients, a single cup of faro has about eight grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber, that’s four times as much as white rich and even more than brown rice, which provides around 5 grams. Additionally, farro contains minerals such as magnesium and zinc, as well as cyanogenic glucosides, a type of carb that may boost the immune system. The best of it: farro’s complex carbs break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable.

2. Spelt Berries

Spelt is a type of wheat containing a rich source of nutrients. Scientifically known as triticum speltum, spelt can be consumed in whole form known as spelt berries, hulled form or even in the form of spelt flour. This ancient grain was a staple for the ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome. Spelt is highly health beneficial as it may help reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, and protects the body against cardiovascular risk factors. Spelt contains rich amount of fiber, which can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

3. Barley

Barley may be the most popular of the ancient grains and its list of health benefits is likely the reason for its great success. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that barley may help control blood sugar and lower glucose levels. Moreover, the European Journal of Nutrition reports that barely can be helpful to reduce blood pressure as well as slowing digestion which may help weight control.

4. Kamut

Kamut is an excellent alternative to traditional wheat as the protein content is significantly higher and it also has a high amount of selenium. Known as an ancient cereal grain, kamut has strong antioxidant properties, which may help protect the immune system. It is also a great ingredient for baking due to its natural sweetness.

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Bob’s Red Mill – Whole Hull-Less Barley – 26 oz. Formerly Hulled Barley
Shiloh Farms – Organic Kamut Grain – 15 oz.
Shiloh Farms – Organic Emmer Farro Grain – 16 oz.

 
14
FEB

What’s New? Chosen Foods

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

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of health food products to our customers: Chosen Foods.

Chosen Foods offers a premium line of super food products which offer unique health benefits and have the power to heal. The company believes that you deserve complete and total transparency from you food provider and each stage of all superfoods is carefully overseen, from seeding to harvesting, from cleaning to processing, ensuring complete control over supply, quality, sustainability and trade practices.

False claims in food products have been one of the biggest problems in the food industry for many years. Lack of regulatory resources coupled with the millions of consumer food products on the market makes it impossible to investigate each misleading or dishonest claim. You often find products labeled natural but a quick check at the ingredients list will tell you that the term “natural” has been widely used incorrectly .

Chosen Foods can commit to providing customers the real, hard, proof that all products are what they say they are. You can check out the company’s 3rd party lab data available for download as well as access to the exact nutrition data and certificate of analysis for each lot of chia seeds grown, instead of generic standards. Chosen Foods ultimate goal is to provide products and education that empower you to make conscious choices to improve your health.

Additionally, save even more when you shop Chosen Foods products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘FEB15NEW15′ at checkout for an additional 15% on all products of this new brand. Offer expires 2/28/15.

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Chosen Foods – Extra Virgin Avocado Oil – 8.4 oz.
Chosen Foods – Roasted Peanut Oil – 8.4 oz.
Chosen Foods – Meta Powder High Fiber – 10 x .35 oz. Stick Packs

 
3
FEB

5 Sources of Plant Protein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Protein is one of the basic building blocks of life. Every whole food contains protein so you do have a number of options to choose from when it comes to creating a balanced diet with the right percentage of protein for your body. If you want to avoid animal foods, you still have plenty of vegetarian choices. So, here is a list of 5 sources of plant protein:

1. Peas

Peas are an excellent source of plant protein and also provide other nutrients such as iron, zinc, folate, potassium, and dietary fiber. Split peas, black-eyed peas, and chickpeas are available in dry, canned, and frozen forms. Additionally, pea protein is high in glutamic acid, which helps convert carbs into energy, avoiding them to be stored as fat.

2. Brown Rice

Rice is mostly composed of carbohydrate but it contains a small amount of protein, which is extracted to create brown rice protein. Brown rice protein is hypo-allergic and easily digested, making it an excellent alternative for anyone with a sensitive stomach or allergies to soy or dairy.

3. Hemp

Hemp contains nearly 50 percent protein as well as 20 amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids our body cannot produce, making it one of the few plant-based complete protein sources. In addition, hemp has the perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (3:1), the most abundant source of EFAs (essential fatty acids), and a rich source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and plant sterols.

4. Quinoa

Quinoa contains more than 8 grams of protein per cup including all nine essential amino acids that the body needs for growth and repair, but cannot produce on its own. Technically a seed, quinoa can be served with brown sugar and fruit as a hot breakfast cereal, or added to soups or salads

5. Soy

Considered by many as the perfect replacement, soy protein contains all the amino acids gained from eating meat, which are an important part of reducing fat and maintaining healthy muscles. These amino acids are also an integral part of insulin production in the body. Studies have shown that soy protein helps reduce LDL cholesterol as well as the risk of heart disease.

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Manitoba Harvest – Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seed – 5 lbs.
Ancient Harvest Quinoa – Organic Gluten Free Quinoa Inca Red – 12 oz.
Jarrow Formulas – Iso-Rich Soy Protein (899g) – 31.5 oz.

 
16
JAN

5 Healthy Nutritional Bars

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

With so many great, healthy options, it can be quite difficult to choose just one nutritional bar. So, we have made a list of 5 healthy nutritional bars to make your decision a lit bit easier.

Chia Bars

For centuries, the Aztecs have used chia seeds as a source of strength and energy. Chia bars are loaded with this powerful ingredient that contains more omega-3 than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, and packs protein, calcium, and antioxidants.

Granola Bars

Granola can lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss attempts, among other health benefits. A popular choice, granola bars are easy on the stomach and are often mixed with nuts, fruit, or chocolate. A great source of protein and fiber, granola bars can be found in many different flavors and textures.

Fruit and Nut Bars

Fruit and nut bars are, in most cases, a healthy nutritional option. Dried fruits and nuts supply key nutrients you need for good health, but be careful with other ingredients often added to these bars, particularly white chocolate. The majority of fruit and nut bars contain good amounts of fiber and can be an excellent source of healthy unsaturated fats, as well as vitamin E.

Protein Bars

High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are one of the hottest trends as many dieters believe that eating protein bars can help with quick weight loss. Protein is used by the body to build and repair tissues as well as producing enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. In addition, protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Greek Yogurt Bars

Why is Greek yogurt so popular recently? For a good reason. Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs, and half the sodium of the regular yogurt. So, no surprise that Greek yogurt bars have became everyone’s new low-carb favorite, with an average of only 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Plain, regular yogurt may have double, sometimes triple, the number of carbohydrates.

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Organic Food Bar – Protein – 2.4 oz.
Raw Revolution – Fruit, Nut & Seed Super Food Bar Cranberry Almond & Coconut – 1.6 oz.
Cascadian Farm – Organic Granola Bars Crunchy Oats & Honey – 10 Bars
Health Warrior – Chia Bar Mango – 0.88 oz.

 
12
JAN

Nut Butter Buying Guide

Filed Under: Health Foods at 8:05 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Whether it is chunky or smooth, salted or unsalted, creamy or regular I am big fan of peanut butter. But my love for peanut butter goes far beyond just peanuts, I actually enjoy all types of Nut butters.  There are many alternatives to peanut butter such as sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter and many more.

When eaten in moderation these nut butters actually provide some health benefits. The first rule to follow is to not overindulge in nut butters. Although healthy, nut butters tend to be high in calories and fat so you will want to monitor your servings.  However if you are looking to gain weight then nut butters can be an excellent source of protein and fat. Another rule is to make sure that you are avoiding added sugars and salts. This can be an issue if you buy “reduced fat” or “low fat” nut butters. Often times foods labeled as reduced fat contain unwanted and unhealthy additives such as sugar.  When it comes to nut butters what benefits might you see from their addition into your diet?

Nuts are packed full of protein. Protein is important to every cell in the body.  Our body uses the protein we get from our diets to construct and repair tissues, make enzymes and hormones and build muscle, bone, cartilage, skin and blood.  Because nuts are such a protein dense foods they can also aid in the weight loss process.  Protein is one of the many foods that make you feel full.  Research showed that if you consume nuts you are likely to eat less later in the same day.

Besides being packed with protein as mentioned above most nuts contain unsaturated fats, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, fiber, Vitamin E, Plant sterols and L-Arginine all of which are thought to benefit your heart health. Vitamin E’s main function in the body is as an antioxidant savaging damaging free radicals and there is also large debate about its protective cardio-protective abilities. The body also uses Vitamin E to keep the immune system functioning at its fullest potential.  Sunflower seeds and almonds are high in Vitamin E. Other added benefits of adding nut butters to your diet include increased energy and improved bone strength.  Also certain nuts have higher mineral content then others. For example Almonds and almond butter are high in calcium, magnesiums and copper.  One last tip when it comes to purchasing nut butters is to look for organic nut butters when possible. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of organic nut butters to add into your diet and snack routine.

 

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5
JAN

10 Foods to Supercharge Your Immunity

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

Looking to enhance your immune system this winter? Let’s check the menu. A lot of foods can be a natural way to help you boosting your immunity. Here’s a helpful list of 10 foods to supercharge your immunity naturally.

1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms contain polysaccharides, which are compounds that support the immune system. Also known to increase the production of cytokines cells that help fight off infection, mushrooms are excellent cold and flu fighters particularly reishi, shitake, and maitake.

2. Honey

Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Honey is an excellent alternative for sugar and goes well with many hot beverages.

3. Garlic

One of the best immune system boosters, garlic has antiseptic, anti-fungal and nutritive properties. Studies have shown that garlic is a good preventative medicine against coughs, colds and chest infections during the winter or as a natural fast-acting antibiotic.

4. Oregano Oil

Oil of oregano has anti-fungal or antiviral properties and can provide relief to congestion by simply adding a couple drops of it to a vaporizer and inhaling for a few minutes. Drinking a few drops of oil in juice or water may also provide some relief from a sore throat.

5. Ginger

Ginger contains sesquiterpenes, an element which targets rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses, as well as substances that help suppress coughing. Ginger is also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative.

6. Oranges

Oranges and other citrus fruits are well known to boost the immune system as they are great source of vitamin C. Studies have found that this antioxidant can reduce cold symptoms by 23 per cent and regular intake of vitamin C can help build up immunity.

7. Yogurt

An excellent source of probiotics, eating a cup of low-fat yogurt each day can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. The beneficial bacteria is lactobacillus reuteri which has been found to block the replication of viruses that invade the body when we get sick.

8. Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful phytonutrient that boosts the immune system’s production of infection-fighting natural killer cells. Eating fresh raw carrots is the best way to get the most nutrients as cooking may remove some of its benefits

9. Hot Tea

Green and black tea contain flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants that help the immune system. A slice of lemon add extra benefits for a perfect hot beverage and great home remedy.

10. Spices

Spices can help your immunity too. Often used in immune support supplements, a variety of spices are known to enhance your immune system including pepper, garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage.

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LuckyVitamin – 35 Billion Probiotic Shelf Stable 8 Strains – 30 Vegetarian Capsules
Ginger People – Pantry Essentials Minced Ginger – 6.7 oz.

 
30
DEC

What’s New? Ground-Based Nutrition

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

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce to our customers an innovative leader in the natural food supplement industry: Ground-Based Nutrition.

Ground-Based Nutrition offers a complete line of all-natural and organic food supplements designed and created to improve the quality of one’s life. The company uses the highest quality whole food ingredients straight from mother earth to help people achieve health and wellness, whether you’re a weekend warrior, elite athlete, busy professional, or just need a boost of energy.

Ground-Based Nutrition supplements are formulated with only 100% natural organic ingredients. The company uses no artificial sweeteners, colors, dyes, additives, or man-made synthetic chemicals, ensuring top-quality nutritional supplements that help you achieve optimum health.

One of the company’s best-selling items is the Superfood Protein Smoothie. This convenient all-in-one nutritional shake contains a blend of plant-based proteins, greens, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes. It’s the perfect product for someone looking for a plant-based supplement which can provide quality nutrition for active lifestyles. Superfood Protein Smoothie is a delicious, all-natural smoothie available in three delicious flavors: strawberry creme, vanilla creme, and milk chocolate, as well as the natural unflavored version. It mixes easily and can be used to create a variety of refreshing, delicious and, most-importantly, healthy, plant-based protein smoothies.

Save even more when you shop Ground-Based Nutrition 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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Ground-Based Nutrition – Superfood Protein Smoothie Vanilla Creme – 1 lb.
Ground-Based Nutrition – Superfood Protein Smoothie Milk Chocolate – 1 lb.
Ground-Based Nutrition – Superfood Protein Smoothie Strawberry Creme – 1 lb.
Ground-Based Nutrition – Superfood Protein Smoothie Natural Unflavored – 1 lb.

 
24
DEC

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

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

Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you can’t make healthy choices. Here are some unique appetizers that will delight your guests’ palates and bring smiles to their faces.

Egg Snowman

 

 

Start by hard-boiling some eggs. Next, stack the eggs with kabob sticks.  Use peppercorns for the eyes and buttons, cut your carrots in rounds for the hat and finish it off with parsley for the arms.

 

 

 

 

Grinch Kabobs

 

These fun and healthy treats are perfect if you have kids coming to your dinner. Plus, they are a piece of cake to put together. Here’s what you’ll need – mini marshmallows, strawberries with the tops sliced off, a peeled banana and sliced green grapes. Place one of each ingredient on a toothpick to assemble and Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Cucumber Tree

 

 

This cucumber tree is so clever! Start by halving a granny smith apple. Lay it cut-side down and spear it with a skewer. Take you sliced cucumber and arrange each slice in a circular pattern. Top it off with a slice of red pepper. Cut the remainder of the pepper into small pieces to act as ornaments.

 

 

 

Penguin Olives

 

 

These adorable appetizers are so cute you won’t want to eat them! Use a can of Colossal pitted black olives. Cut a lengthwise slit in 10 olives. Using half a stick of Neufchatel (or cream cheese) make ¼ teaspoon round balls with a measuring spoon. Stuff the olive so that you see the Neufchatel through the slit. Cut a carrot into ¼ inch rounds and slice a small triangle out of each slice. Next, take the cut triangle “beak” and insert into the olive. Finally, assemble the penguin with a carrot foot, stuffed olive, and olive with carrot beak.

 

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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.
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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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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