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9
FEB

What’s New? Biena

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BienaLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Biena.

Biena is a small food company on a big mission: change the way American snack to a better and healthier way. The company offers a unique line of snacks that are truly good as these delicious and healthy products are good for your taste buds and good for your body.

Built to revolutionize the snack field, all Biena products are made from all-natural ingredients and made from scratch in the USA. Additionally, these tasty snacks are non-GMO verified.

Biena started as a real healthy alternative to snacks in a field full of unhealthy products, with some of them dangerously labeled as healthy. Many of the conventional snacks contain no real nutrition but Biena brings fully nutritious chickpea snacks to you. Biena chickpea snacks are dramatically different than other snacks. First, these snacks are lightly crunchy, flaky and flavorful as it took hundreds of trials to perfect these recipes as well as the roasting process. This is why Biena is the most award winning chickpea snack on the market.

Additionally, Biena has a fantastic nutrition profile with more protein and fiber to fill you up, and with significantly less fat than nuts and chips. Virtually no other type of snack offers this combination naturally. You get the crunch and flavor that you want, in a much, much healthier way.

You can save even more when you shop Biena healthy snacks at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.




31
JAN

3 Simple Ways to Switch to a Healthier Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B31Changing your diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple, small changes can really make the difference in the way you eat. If you are looking for ways to make your diet a little healthier, but don’t want to follow any strict regiments, we present you 3 simple ways to make your diet a little heathier.

Popcorn

Instead of crackers with cream cheese, or instead of ice-cream, try popcorn. This whole grain easy-to-make snack contains fiber and, surprisingly, antioxidants. Considered by many nutritionist as the healthiest food snack (particularly organic products), popcorn is very filling, delivering long-lasting crunchy satisfaction.

Hard-boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are a great addition to your diet as the boiling process removes heart-clogging saturated fats found in eggs when you fry them. Try a boiled egg on a whole-grain English muffin for breakfast instead of fried eggs, sausage and cheese on a bagel.

Chicken Breast and Whole Grain Bread

One of the most popular sandwich consists of a choice of meat, cheese on a white roll with mayo. You can make some small changes and have a much healthier product. For example, chicken breast instead of meat, no cheese, add lettuce or tomatoes (good source of phytonutrients and fiber), use mustard instead of mayo, and use whole grain bread, trimming down carbs and adding fiber. The result is a delicious meal with much less calories than the traditional one.




29
JAN

Lucky New Year, New Brands: Titan Tea / Gorilly Goods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B29We wrap up the month of January presenting two new brands recently added to our site. Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce Titan Tea and Gorilly Goods to our customers.

Titan Tea

Titan Tea is an incredible brand of organic teas with electrolytes. A source of advanced hydration for the athlete in all of us, these unique cold brewed teas are infused with electrolytes to deliver delicious, healthy hydration for everyone.

Instead of the conventional sugar-laden and artificial hydration options, Titan Tea offers great benefits with natural caffeine, created with the best organic, fair trade ingredients. The company sources tea leaves from one of the most reputable estates in the world, and ensures only the highest quality, and non-GMO ingredients are used. Titan Tea leaves are cold-brewed for 12 hours for the purest flavor and then lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic fruit juice concentrates, resulting in a naturally low calorie product.

Gorilly Goods

Gorilly Goods provides healthy snack options for everyone to enjoy. Simply made using the purest ingredients, the company ensures that only organic, non-GMO, raw ingredients are used to produce these delicious treats for strength.

Gorilly Goods believes everyone should have access to incredibly delicious organic treats and delivers just that. This premium line of snacks contains a crunchy mix of fruits and nuts, or seeds and greens, all organically grown and dehydrated raw by folks who care. Started 15 years ago, Gorilly Goods has evolved from handmade batches to an industrial kitchen powered by 100% renewable energy, but continues to produce the same tasty, homemade good-for-you, raw fruit snacks for everyone to enjoy.




28
JAN

A Great Superfood Choice: Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B28Superfoods are an excellent choice for your diet but with so many options to choose from, it might be challenging to choose just one or two of these amazing products. If you are unsure about what superfood to choose, we present you a great, yet not so popular choice for your super source of nutrition.

Moringa is a superfood known for its high nutritional value. Originally from the Himalayas in India but also cultivated in Central and South America, Moringa contains 92 nutrients, 46 types of antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, and a multitude of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and much more. It also contain 18 amino acids, including all essential amino acids.

Nicknamed “The Miracle Tree” and “The Elixir of Long Life”, Moringa Oleifera superfood is a complete product that will not only provide you with the vitamins you need, but also improve your overall health as well. Moringa supplements are known to boost energy levels and improve mood but this exotic superfood may help to treat a variety of health issues too. Studies have shown that moringa may help improve digestion, enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, and treat stomach ulcers.

Moringa Oleifera was featured in the Dr. Oz talk show as he pointed out its energy enhancing properties. Many people have reported a boost in their energy levels after taking Moringa supplements.




18
JAN

Bone Broth, What’s All The Hype?

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Hot drinks, beverages and soups are the perfect fit for the winter months as they can warm up your day even during the coldest days of the season. One of the latest “hot” drinks/foods is bone broth, a simple product that offers plenty of health benefits.

Bone broths have become the foundation of cooking and are commonly used to make soups, stews, and prepare sauces. The tradition of using bones for making broth comes from years ago from Asian and European countries but one question always comes to mind when discussing this interesting healthy food: what is the difference between bone broth and stock?

Bone broth and stock are built on the same basic foundation: water, meat and/or bones, vegetables, and seasonings.  As it cooks, the liquid is typically skimmed and eventually the solids are removed by straining the stock with a fine-mesh sieve coffee filter. Bone broth is typically made with bones from fish or chicken and can contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. In stock, bones are typically roasted first to improve the flavor of the bone broth. Bone broths are typically simmered for a very long period of time to ensure production of gelatin from collagen-rich joints and also to release minerals from bones.

Bone broths are a dense source of fat-soluble vitamins, extraordinarily rich in protein, and can be a source of minerals as well. It contains glycine which supports the body’s detoxification process and also improves digestion and the secretion of gastric acids. Bone broths are also rich in gelatin which may support skin health and may help to inhibit neutrophil migration and the side effects of colds, flus and upper respiratory infections.

The biggest buzz comes from collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. When you cook down bones, it breaks down the collagen so it becomes more easily digestible as the simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that can provide a variety of health benefits.




4
JAN

5 Surprising Sources of Vitamin C

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VCVitamin C is known as the immune boosting vitamin. During the winter months, people try to enhance their immune system by increasing the amount of vitamin C in their diets. Many people usually go for “citrus” to up their C intake. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and pretty much every citrus fruit may be considered a great source of C but if you are not a big fan of the citrus family, other fruits and vegetables can be valuable sources too. We present you 5 surprising sources of vitamin C.

1. Kiwi

Kiwi fruit is one of the best sources of pretty much everything. Loaded with vitamins, one regular size kiwi contains about 70 mg of vitamin C, over 90 percent daily value.

2. Strawberry

These delicious berries are a great source of C with one average cup containing nearly 100mg of vitamin C. The bad news is that strawberries may not be easy to find in the winter (at least at reasonable prices) but the good news is that frozen berries contain just about the same amount of vitamin C.

3. Red Bell Pepper

A great addition to salads, one medium size red pepper contain about 150 mg of vitamin C, which is equivalent of over 200 percent daily value.

4. Papaya

Papayas offers many health benefits. Known to support the digestive system and regulate bowel movement, papayas are also an excellent source of vitamin C with one fruit containing as much as 185 mg of vitamin C (247 percent daily value).

5. Pineapple

This delicious tropical fruit is also a great source of vitamin C, particularly the extra sweet variety when eaten raw. Pineapples can have as much as 60 mg of vitamin C per serving and can be a great alternate source of other vitamins too.




2
JAN

New Year, New Snacks

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
NutsNew Year, fresh start. If you are looking for changes in your life for 2016, switching from unhealthy snacks to healthy ones can be a great move. No more chips, candy, chocolate or anything high in sugar and low in nutrition. Go nuts, literally, as these natural, nutritional powerhouses are loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats.

Considered by many the best nuts for your diet, pistachios, almonds, walnuts and cashews are loaded with a perfect combination of vitamins, protein, fiber and the important healthy fatty acids (omega-3s). All nuts are about equal in terms of calories per ounce, and as long as you eat them in moderation, all nuts are healthy foods. Almonds are low in calories with only about 150 per ounce and pistachios have also the same amount of calories with only about 160 per ounce. The only red flag is some nuts’ amount of fat and calories if you are starting, or you are on a weight-loss diet. Macadamia nuts and pecans reach as much as 200 calories per ounce, but even that is not considered a very high amount of calories for snacks.

On the other hand, if you are not counting calories some nuts can be an excellent addition to your diet. For example, Brazil nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fats and selenium and both of these compounds help prevent coronary artery disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Additionally, walnuts are considered the best nuts for your heart. Walnuts contain heart-healthy omega-3 fats as well as high amounts of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), known to promote a variety of health benefits.

Of course these amounts are based on raw nuts, not salted or covered with chocolate but with so many options available, as well as mix nuts packages, you should be able to find a healthy, delicious new nut-snack for 2016.




21
DEC

5 Herbs for Healthy Holiday Meals

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HerbsEating healthy in the month of December may be a difficult task. With parties, end of year celebrations, and holiday dinners, staying on track of a healthy, well-balanced diet can be a challenge. You can try to make your dishes a bit healthier by just adding some herbs known to provide multiple health benefits. So, we present you 5 herbs to help preparing healthy holiday meals.

1. Oregano

A must add for any delicious meals, oregano is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin K, which is important to increase the body’s ability to fight off infections as well as improving bone density and blood clotting. With strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, oregano may help to treat gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders, urinary tract problems and menstrual cramping.

2. Cayenne Pepper

Spice up your holiday meals and earn health benefits. Cayenne pepper is very rich in a substance called capsaicin, which studies have shown it can help to reduce appetite and increase fat burning. For this reason, capsaicin is a common ingredient in many weight loss supplements.

3. Peppermint

Peppermint is another herb you may want to add not only to your holiday cooking but also to your regular meals. Research suggest that peppermint can soothe your colon and may help to relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by activating an anti-pain channel in the colon. It reduced pain-sensing fibers, particularly those activated by eating chili and mustard.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary contains high levels of antioxidants and anti-microbial properties. This popular herb has been used to boost memory and concentration, and to relieve stress, but it can also be helpful to improve circulation, ease indigestion and heartburn.

5. Cinnamon

Cinnamon can he added to the baking section of your holiday cooking/baking. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by slowing the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity. Studies have shown that cinnamon can lower fasting blood sugars by up to 30% in diabetic patients. Cinnamon contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for its medicinal properties. Additionally, cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.




18
DEC

New Brand Spotlight: Energems

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
EnergemsIf you are always tired and need more energy, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce a revolutionary product that can give you the best energy in the most delicious form: Energems.

Energems chocolate supplements are the best tasting energy booster on the market in a delicious, healthier way to beat the afternoon energy slump. These bite-sized chocolate products are made with real dark chocolate and contain just the right amount of caffeine, vitamin B, and vitamin D.

Additionally, Energems contain antioxidants, naturally found in dark chocolate, which can help protect the body against free radicals, unstable molecules that may cause damage to cell function over time. On top of that, Energems are pretty healthy too as they contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

The afternoon fatigue always hits us and most of us continue to drink coffee or energy drinks to stay awake. It might be time for a change, time to try something new. Energems are the cleaner, healthier and tastier way to get the energy you want, when you want it. One serving, or three gems, provides 133 mg of caffeine, which is the caffeine-equivalent of a cup of coffee or an energy drink, but with only 50 little calories. Available in three delicious flavors, dark chocolate, mint dark chocolate, and berry flavored dark chocolate, Energems is the perfect answer for those who want chocolate and need energy at the same time. It seemed only natural to put chocolate and energy together.

With Energems, you get nutritional support along with a smooth energy boost, and no jitters.

You can save even more when you shop Energems supplements at our discounted prices at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code ‘DEC15NEW15′ at checkout to save an additional 15% off all products of this new brand, but hurry, offer ends 12/31/2015.




7
DEC

Delicious and Healthy: Shiitake Mushrooms

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Shiitake mushrooms are known to make delicious meals but did you know that this staple of Asian cuisine also provides a variety of health benefits?

The third most widely distributed mushroom in the world, shiitakes are rich in vitamins and can be considered a great source of B-complex vitamins. B vitamins benefit your metabolism by helping your body convert food into energy as well as increasing the production of red blood cells, protecting you from developing anemia. Four raw shiitake mushrooms contain one-seventh of the riboflavin, one-fifth of the niacin and one-sixth of the vitamin B-6 needed on a daily basis. It’s important to know that cooked shiitake mushrooms have less of each of these vitamins, but dried shiitakes contain a little more riboflavin than raw mushrooms.

Additionally shiitake mushrooms provide minerals such as iron and selenium, protein, and dietary fiber. Perhaps the most interesting ingredient in shiitakes are its high amounts of antioxidants, particularly the potent L-ergothioneine. Studies have suggested that this compound has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Also known to boost the immune system, shiitake mushrooms contains a compound called lentinan that has been shown to strengthen the immune system’s ability to fight infection and disease. The American Cancer Society says that lentinan can actually reduce and slow the growth of cancer cells while increasing activity to combat tumors by activating certain cells and proteins that attack cancer.

Other mushrooms also provide a variety of health benefits and mushroom supplements have been popular choices to treat multiple health issues as well as enhance the immune system.

Click here and check out this month’s Immunity Boosting Mushroom sale at LuckyVitamin.com.




17
NOV

Want Something Sweet? Pick up Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
17 Holiday ChocolatesWith the holidays coming up, chocolate will be around you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at least one time (but possibly many times), you will just have to eat a piece of chocolate, or two, or three. The good news is that not all chocolates are the same and we are here to talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains vitamins and high concentrations of minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which can be beneficial for your heart. 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. Plus, the copper and potassium in dark chocolate may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

Moreover, dark chocolate helps control blood sugar as the flavonoids can keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate is also known to reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index which will not create huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Lastly, can chocolate be good for your teeth? If it is dark chocolate, the answer is yes. Unlike most other sweets, dark chocolate contains theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel and lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

It is important to remember that while eating dark chocolate can lead to all these health benefits, chocolate is also high in fat and should be eaten with moderation, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet.




13
NOV

Kids: Turn Off the TV

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TVA new report says kids are seeing more “unhealthy snack ads” on television. The research from the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity ranked how often children ages 6 to 11 saw snack ads in 2014 based on Nielsen syndicated data, and the results are hardly surprising.

The products children saw advertised most often were chips, fruit snacks, cookies, and other junk foods, with the data collected showing that kids saw these ads an average of 97.1 times in 2014. Additionally, the reports states that about 40% of all the food and beverage ads young people see on TV are for snacks. The author and the researchers of the study hope these results will bring awareness and hope parents will start protesting advertising practices.

Food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for junk food and sometimes even marketing it as healthy snacks. Plus, there’s a growing amount of snack advertising on social media and mobile phone apps. Although snacks ads online were much less prevalent than on TV, big food companies placed millions of ads on Facebook and YouTube in 2014.

Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the particular report compared how many snack ads young people typically saw in 2010 and 2014, and how many promoted products such as chips or healthier options, such as yogurt, fruit and nuts. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 saw an average of 582 snack ads on TV in 2014, an increase of 18% since 2010. Children ages 6 to 11 saw 629 snack ads, an increase of 10%, and teen’s ages 12 to 17 saw 635 snack ads, an increase of 29%.

Perhaps a better solution to this problem is just turn off the TV and find another activity for your kids.  Playing sports, playground, roller skating, dancing are just a few examples of fun activities away from TV and their unhealthy snacks ads.




11
NOV

New Brand Spotlight: Mediterra

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MEDLucky Vitamin is proud to present another top quality brand of delicious nutritional bars to our customers: Mediterra.

Mediterra offers all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean diet and made to enjoy on the go. As healthy as they are appetizing, these unique bars are excellent sources of sustained energy and overall wellness. Loaded with fiber, nutrients and vitamins instead of complex sugars, and saturated fats, Mediterra bars will fundamentally change your idea of the snack bar.

The company was inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet creating nutritional bars that contain its all-natural ingredients, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fiber-packed grains and seeds. Mediterra serves up convenient-to-consume bars packed with gourmet flavor and is a healthy option to complement the nonstop pace of modern life, whether you’re meeting or messaging, enjoying a run or running around. Mediterra serves up the nutrition your body craves, the gourmet taste you love, and the convenience your life demands.

Based on the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra bars contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and olive oil. Made with only natural ingredients, each and every bar was designed with a balanced offering of all natural, nutrient-rich non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free. These delicious bars feature a low caloric profile to sustain activity, energy and promote good nutrition. All Mediterra bars are sourced responsibly with non GMO suppliers.

You can save even more when you shop Mediterra products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




2
NOV

Grapefruit Seed Extract vs. Grape Seed Extract

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GSE VS GFSEThe names are similar and some people may confuse them but grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract are two different things. What they do have in common, however, is that both products offer many health benefits. Keeping things apart, let’s do a quick breakdown between the grapefruit and grape.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit is a fruit that provide multiple health benefits. This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Grapefruit juice is used to battle high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, as well as skin issues, weight loss and obesity.

However, grapefruit seed extract has been used as medicine for many years as this incredible product can efficiently treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections. Additionally, grapefruit seed extract is often used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections. Grapefruit seed extract is generally considered safe.

Grape Seed Extract

Grapes are known as a healthy fruit but its seeds offer some pretty special benefits. Grape seed extract is derived from seeds of red wine grapes and can be used to treat a number of diseases, particularly cardiovascular conditions, due to its high level of antioxidants.

Grape seed extract may help regulate poor blood circulation, reduce high cholesterol, minimize swelling caused by injury, and speed up wound healing. Grape seed extract is also generally considered safe.




23
OCT

Discover the Health Benefits of Xylitol

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
XylitolIf you are looking for a sugar substitute but have yet to find the perfect one, it is time to consider one of the most popular choices of sugar subs: xylitol.

Stevia has been one of the most popular healthy alternatives choices for sweeteners but Xylitol has also made an impact on the sugar market. This natural product has being widely used not only as an alternative way to replace sugar in everything from baking to beverages but also by companies manufacturing products such as chewing gum or toothpaste.

Xylitol has been used as a sugar substitute for many years a this alcohol form of xylose has less effect on blood sugar or insulin levels compared with sucrose. A useful sugar substitute for diabetics, xylitol can also inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, including those that cause tooth decay and ear infections.

Xylitol occurs naturally in straw, corncobs, fruit, vegetables, cereals, mushrooms, and some seaweed. For use in food manufacturing, xylitol is extracted from birch wood chips. Xylitol may be found in many foods labeled as “sugar-free,” including hard candies, cookies, soft drinks, and throat lozenges. Xylitol is recognized as a safe food additive by the U.S. government.

In addition, xylitol has been used in chewing gum products due to ts ability to help cleaning up teeth, decreasing tooth decay and dental plaque acid production. Scientific research has showed that regular use of xylitol may reduce dental cavities by as much as 80% and may prevent gingivitis as well. Most of xylitol sugar-free products will help keeping a fresh breath, and it will actually work whitening and protecting your teeth as you chew.

Natural toothpastes have also been utilizing xylitol to promote a cooling and moisturizing effect on a dry mouth, while natural ingredients, such as mint and cinnamon, may add a refreshing flavor.