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18
JUL

Premium Brand Spotlights

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Herbs,Supplements at 11:19 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

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Metagenics – Genetic Potential Through Nutrition

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Douglas Laboratories – Trust In Professional Supplements

For more than 50 years Douglas Laboratories has been at the forefront of the nutritional health industry, product researching, developing and manufacturing superior-quality, science-based dietary supplements to help people improve their health. Douglas Laboratories is proud to offer one of the largest and most innovative selections of premium products in a comprehensive range of forms manufactured in GMP–compliant, state–of–the–art facilities.  Together, they innovate to provide you with the very best products available that are science-based products backed by solid research and development.

Nordic Naturals – Not Your Everyday Fish Oil

There are three main components to quality omega-3 fish oil: freshness, purity and taste. Consumers can rely on objective proof of purity from third-party analysis to validate these attributes. Today, the leading health organizations and industry experts have set strict purity standards for supplements, and Nordic Naturals meets every one. All oils used in Nordic Naturals products show no detectable heavy metals, dioxins or PCBs, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to Nordic’s large contingent of loyal customers. After all, Nordic is known for applying the strictest ethical and socially responsible environmental practices as they strive to eliminate the global omega-3 deficiency.

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Since 1979, Herb Pharm has been emphasizing the necessity of using the best quality organically cultivated and sustainably wild crafted herbs to produce safe and effective herbal extracts. By growing their own herbs and having such a close liaison between their manufacturing department and farm, they are able to optimize cultivation techniques, time of harvest, and handling of herbs far better than by sourcing these herbs from other growers. It is on Herb Pharm’s certified organic herb farm and plant sanctuary where their quality comes to life and begins to grow.

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16
JUL

Ashwangandha For Bipolar Disorder

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing at 11:58 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions,  Ashwagandha, one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing but is most well-known for its restorative benefits. The name “ashwagandha” translates to “horse’s smell,” referencing the musky scent of the plant. It is is a small, shrub-like plant belonging to the nightshade family and is closely related to the common tomato. The plant is native to India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, thriving in the semitropical environment of these regions.

For over 3000 years, Ayurvedic practitioners in India began using it for people with anxiety, low energy, and the ravages of aging. In holistic medical care, ashwangandha is seen as ‘adaptogenic’, meaning it will help increase effect when activity is low, but will block excess stimulation when activity is too high. This is a very good choice for the wild hormonal variations that occur with anxiety.

In a recent study published in the peer reviewed Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Ashwagandha was shown to improve several areas of cognitive effect in subjects with bipolar disorder. Recent research has identified numerous bioactive constituents in Ashwagandha that have cognitive enhancing benefits, namely the steroidal lactones which are known as glycowithanolides and sitoindosides. These brain eantooxidants have been shown to enhance mental performance and promote nueroprotective activity.

Typical dosage is 300mg of ashwagandha standardized once or twice a day. Ashwaganda may be beneficial for someone who suffers from anxiety, bipolar disorder or experiences sleeplessness due to high amounts of stress.

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2
JUL

Fight Depression Naturally With St. John’s Wort

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that one in ten adults is affected by depression in the United States? Depression can affect people in many different ways. Mood, thoughts, physical health, and behavior all may be affected but the symptoms and severity of depression can vary from person to person. Depression can be treated with regular medicine but that is not the only option. Natural supplements can be very helpful to fight this medical condition and St. John’s Wort products are one of the best ways to treat depression naturally.

St. John’s Wort supplements are made from a plant (Hypericum perforatum) that grows in the wild. This herbal product has been used for centuries for health purposes and studies have shown that St. John’s may help some types of depression, similar to treatment with standard prescription antidepressants. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity. St. John’s Wort also appeared to have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants. The studies were conducted in German-speaking countries where St. John’s Wort has a long history of use by medical professionals, reported more positive results than those done in other countries, including the United States.

St. John’s Wort is widely prescribed for depression in Europe but the herb has some side effects. Make sure to consult with your health care provider before you start taking St. John’s Wort supplements.

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Eclectic Institute – St. John’s Wort Flower & Leaf Fresh Raw Freeze-Dried 300 mg. – 50 Vegetarian Capsules
Good Nature Tea – Organic Tea Caffeine Free St. John’s Wort – 20 Tea Bags
Herb Pharm – St. John’s Wort Extract – 1 oz. Formerly Saint

 
30
JUN

What’s New? Veria SO

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin has added another top quality brand of supplements based on the 5,000 year-old wellness principles of Ayurveda: Veria SO (Self Optimize).

Veria SO offers supplements created by marrying ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with cutting-edge science. The company was born in India as the vision of Subhash Chandra, one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. Having done well, he made the choice to create a company that would help people live healthier, more vital lives. As the sister company to Veria Living – the premiere 24/7 wellness TV network, Veria now makes it possible to surround yourself with a lifestyle of wellness.

Veria SO creates personal care products and herbal supplements designed to promote wellness from within. The company is fully committed to doing it in the most natural, sustainable ways possible, to preserve balance within the environment, communities, and ourselves. Veria chooses premium ingredients over harsh chemicals, conscious packaging instead of waste, and the right regimen, not the biggest. The company’s philosophy is based on the balance of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda believes that all of nature, your body included, is a dynamic balance of the very same elements. Ever changing, it is susceptible to stress, environment, diet and more. Veria adapts Ayurveda’s essential elements and practices into easy antidotes for real life. Veria Self Optimize organic herbs and all natural blends help your body maintain its ideal set point of well-being, whatever the day may bring. Every one of the herbal supplements is organically cultivated protecting the biodiversity of the area for the next generation. Veria’s combination herbal supplements are sustainably wild-harvested in rural India and have the Indian government’s forestry department certification to prove it.

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Veria SO – Organic Shatavari – 120 Tablet(s)
Veria SO – Hers Hormonal Balance for Women – 60 Tablet(s)
Veria SO – Breathe Now Respiratory Support – 60 Tablet(s)

 
6
JUN

Wonderful Chamomile

Filed Under: Herbs,Teas at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Chamomile tea has multiple health benefits but some people may not be aware of the many ways this herbal tea can be an excellent addition to your diet.

Known as a calming beverage, chamomile teas can help to ease insomnia and promote better sleep. One of the most popular herbal tea choices, chamomile contain mild sedative effects which can help reduce sleepless or restless nights. A single cup of chamomile tea at bedtime may be just what you need to sleep soundly through the night. Chamomile tea may also be helpful to ease anxiety and depression. Traditional healers have long recommended chamomile tea as a simple, healthy way to relieve anxiety, and current studies support this tea’s long-time reputation as a stress reliever and nerve relaxant.

Additionally, studies have shown that chamomile tea may boost the immune system as well as reducing pain from menstrual cramps. If can be an excellent choice of beverage for people trying to fight a cold naturally.

Lastly, this daisy-like herb can be used for many cosmetic benefits. Chamomile tea has been used for skin treatment for hundreds of years. Chamomile tea can help to treat skin rashes, burns and scrapes when used topically. Just brew a strong mixture by adding three tea bags to one cup of boiling water. Dip a cloth into the water, and after it cools, use it as a compress on the wounded area. For sensitive skin, chamomile tea and powdered milk can be used in the form of an exfoliating paste. Chamomile tea can be used to soothe skin irritations, allergies, and bee stings. It is also applied on the skin to treat acne.

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Bigelow Tea – Herb Tea All Natural Caffeine Free Chamomile Mango – 20 Tea Bags
Good Nature Tea – Organic Tea Caffeine Free Chamomile – 20 Tea Bags
Numi Organic – Herbal Tea Chamomile Lemon – 18 Tea Bags

 
5
JUN

What’s New? Valentina’s Home-Brewed

Filed Under: Herbs,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to present another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Valentina’s Home-Brewed.

Valentina’s Home-Brewed offers a unique line of products to bring you the timeless wisdom of herb and plant magic combined with the positive focusing power of ancient ritual, seamlessly adapted to modern life. Many of the herbs and plants used in old cures have been adopted by the pharmaceutical industry and Valentina’s Home-Brewed have created products using these special ingredients to enhance the loveliness and youthfulness of skin, hair, and bodies. Valentina’s Home-Brewed was born making products at home and, today, the company uses only natural ingredients and you will never find artificial fragrances or colors in any of the products.

Valentina’s uses some very costly essential oils and co2 extracts of rare plants and blossoms in scent blends. A number of them are either not yet available from a certified organic supplier, or they are currently so prohibitively expensive that would result in an unreasonable price for products if all ingredients were switched to 100% organic formulas. While many of the ingredients used are in fact certified organic through suppliers’ certification, Valentina’s facility is not yet certified organic and as a result the company cannot label the products as organic. Valentina’s Home-Brewed consciously formulate products with ingredients that are not currently considered high risk for GMO contamination. The company is actively pursuing Non-GMO certification. Lastly, Valentina’s Home-Brewed products are not tested on animals.

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Valentina’s Home Brewed – Perfume Oil Prosperity – 0.33 oz.
Valentina’s Home Brewed – Natural Body Wash Protection – 8 oz.
Valentina’s Home Brewed – Magickal Mineral Bath Salts Protection – 8 oz.

 
30
MAY

What’s New? Lake Valley Seed

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

Lucky Vitamin continues to grow the variety of products available to our customers. Our latest addition is a premium brand of seeds so your can grow your garden naturally: Lake Valley Seed.

Lake Valley Seed offers a unique selection of garden products created with the highest quality seeds. Founded in 1985 in the confines of a small garage in Boulder, Colorado, when seed packets were filled by hand using small “teaspoon” like measuring devices, Lake Valley Seed has since developed into a high paced, automated production facility, which annually produces nearly 9 million packets of seed, consisting of over 800 different varieties of flower, vegetable and herb seeds. However, since 1985 the philosophy at Lake Valley Seed has held true: quality products at competitive prices, servicing passionate gardeners and independent retailers.

Lake Valley Seed gives you the opportunity to grow your own garden and discover a wide variety of unique flower, vegetable, and herb seeds. Every ingredient is carefully selected from growers around the world and seeds do not contain GMOs and are untreated. The company values the importance of seed quality and ensures this with yearly germination testing. Lake Valley Seed believes that a garden can be a place to grow the soul and harvest the truth and wishes you a happy gardening and that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Lake Valley Seed – Organic Kale Italian Nero Seeds – 500 mg.
Lake Valley Seed – Organic Carrot Rainbow Blend Seeds – 1 Grams
Lake Valley Seed – Organic Mint Seeds – 100 mg.

 
29
MAY

Reducing Stress with Holy Basil

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are trying to reduce stress levels but can’t seem to find a good helper, Holy Basil supplements may be a great product for you. Holy Basil has been called the “Queen of Herbs” for a good reason as this ancient herb offers multiple medicinal benefits. Holy Basil supplements have been shown to reduce stress levels, minimizing the negative effects of stress on the body and, consequently, promoting body relaxation.

Available in tablets as well as teas, Holy Basil can provide benefits in other areas. For example, some people have been able to sleep longer and better when taking the herb on a regular basis. Other people have reported that drinking Holy Basil teas can be an excellent choice for elevating spirits. Additionally, studies have concluded that regular supplementation may support carbohydrate metabolism, resulting in healthy blood glucose levels.

Also known as Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Holy Basil is a member of the mint family and similar to regular basil you add to Italian dishes and pesto. This herb cab be easily grown in your home or on your balcony, patio. In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil has been used as an adaptogen for thousands of years. Adaptogens essentially adapt to serve the body where it needs them most. Typically, adaptogens are characterized as stress-busters and most of the research on Holy Basil focus on this health benefit. However, Holy Basil contains additional beneficial properties including antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Holy Basil supplements can be used as a memory booster, for fever reduction, cough soothing, sore throat relief, clearing acne, as well as improve kidney function.

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Himalaya Herbal Healthcare – Holy Basil Stress & Emotional Wellbeing – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Enzymatic Therapy – Holy Basil Trinity Blend – 60 Softgels

 
22
MAY

Supplements to Take For Energy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Teas,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

It seems these days that everyone is looking for that quick pick-me-up. Whether it’s your local supermarket or the convenience store on the corner, there are shelves full of energy drinks, bars, chews, and more.  Let’s face it; we could all use a little more energy to get us through our hectic day. Today we are going to look at supplements and other natural products to help increase your energy.

  • Vitamin B12 and B-Complex, a supplement which contains all eight B vitamins (B6, folic acid, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and B12) have long been used in energy supplements.  All B-vitamins aid in the processes your body uses to make energy from the food you eat.  This means that B-vitamins help the body convert food, such as carbohydrates, into the main fuel for the body, glucose, which is then used to produce energy. Thiamine (B1) is needed to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy. There is debate on the effectiveness of B-vitamins in increasing energy in people who are not deficient in these vitamins.
  • Panex ginseng has traditionally been used to maintain balance in the body and enhance vital energy. The use of this herb is indicated for people who experience a decreased resistance to illness, fatigue, decreased ability to handle stress, and decreased stamina. Multiple studies have been performed on Panex ginseng’s anti-fatigue effect in the body. Panex has also been shown to enhance the cognitive performance of healthy individuals.
  • Green Tea, although not a supplement or vitamin, has long been used as a replacement for coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Green tea contains about 25mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup. This is considered a low level dose of caffeine and should be just enough to give you a little pick-me-up throughout your day.  Not only is green tea an excellent source of caffeine, it also contains many other healthy antioxidants.
  • Yerba mate is another herb commonly drank as a hot tea that contains caffeine. Yerba mate contains about 80mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup.  Most of the hype surrounding yerba mate is the fact that it has the same pick-me-up as caffeine without the shakes and jitters. There has been numerous research showing that yerba mate should be drank in moderation due to a potential increased risk for certain types of cancers.
  • One final supplement to consider for boosting your energy levels is chlorella, a single water grown micro-algae. This plant super food naturally boosts the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxic substances that surround us daily. When our body is free of toxins, we tend to feel less sluggish and have more energy to get us through our day. This may be why Chlorella has been shown to aid in the treatment of fatigue.

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13
MAY

Vitamins to Take for Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 Let’s face it; we aren’t getting any younger. As we age, our memory begins to fade and what we were able to do as kids and teenagers we are no longer able to do as adults. Remembering names, numbers, birthdays, computer passwords, etc. gets harder by the day.  What if we could take preventative measures today to help improve our memory and brain function later in life? Today we are going to take a look at vitamins and natural treatments to help improve your mental function and keep it functioning at its highest potential.

Rhodiola rosea is an herb that grows primarily in dry sandy ground at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia. A common adaptogen, meaning it helps combat stress, this herb has long been known to increase physical endurance, combat fatigue, improve immunity, increase work productivity, enhance longevity, and improve depression. Human studies have shown that salidroside, an active principal of Rhodiola, improved mental ability.  Another study looked at Rhodiola rhizome on non-specific fatigue. Fatigue was assessed based on the evaluation of audial and visual short-term memory and ability for mental attention. Results showed that Rhodiola extract posses a clear anti-fatigue effect.

Ginkgo biloba has long been known as an herb that has a strong affinity for mental function and brain health. The ginkgo tree is the sole survivor of a primitive order of plants dating from 200 million years ago and is the world’s oldest living tree species. It is best known for its ability to stimulate blood flow through the smaller blood vessels, which in turn increases circulation to all vital organs including the brain.  Studies have shown that it may delay mental decline in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and can even slow senile dementia.

Bacopa monnieri is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries. This plant has been used mostly as a brain booster that enhances memory development, learning, and concentration. Only minimal amounts of studies have been done on this herb and there have been mixed effects on Bacopa’s ability to enhance mental function.  More research is warranted on this herb’s effect on memory and brain function.

Zinc deficiency has been shown to increase neuronal apoptosis which can lead to learning and memory deficits. At optimal physiologic concentrations, zinc has been shown to be neuroprotective, while excess amounts of zinc have shown to be neurotoxic. A lot of research is currently being done on zinc’s effect on mental function and brain health. This research includes the role of zinc in Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and aging. Avoid taking zinc on an empty stomach as it may make you nauseous.

Choline is a nutrient that is found in foods like saltwater fish, eggs, liver, chicken, milk, and certain legumes, including soy and kidney beans. Choline is the precursor to acetylcholine, one of the body’s major neurotransmitters.  Acetylcholine has been found to play a key role in encoding new memories, but not affecting memories previously stored.  Pharmacological drugs used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are drugs that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine. This is because it is a brain chemical that may be important for memory and may help to delay or prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s from becoming worse for a limited time. In a study looking at dietary choline intake, researchers found that better memory performance was linked to higher choline intake.

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29
APR

Garlic Supplements Help Promote Healthy Heart

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

It’s well-known that garlic offers many health benefits and garlic supplements have been helping people for many years. Garlic lovers have no doubt about its endless benefits but for people still unsure about it, the results of a recent study have confirmed that garlic supplements may reduce high cholesterol and greatly decrease risk of heart disease.

The new research has found garlic supplements can reduce cholesterol in those with elevated levels by 8 per cent, a significant reduction as it is associated with a 38 per cent decrease in the risk of coronary events for those at 50 years of age. Led by Dr. Karin Ried of The University of Adelaide and the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, the study concluded that garlic supplements reduce blood pressure by a degree comparable to pharmaceutical medications, offering hope to those not responding to regular medications, or who would prefer a natural therapy.

The research is the most comprehensive to date (a meta-analysis of 39 primary trials) on the heart health benefits of garlic supplements. The results suggest garlic to be effective in reducing total serum cholesterol by 17 +/- 6 mg/dL and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 9 +/- 6 mg/dL in individuals with elevated cholesterol levels (>200 mg/dL) if taken for at least two months.The research also found garlic supplements have minimal side effects in comparison to conventional medication which include muscular pain, memory loss, sexual dysfunction and an increased risk of diabetes.

“For people experiencing slightly elevated levels of cholesterol, changes to lifestyle and proven natural heart health supplements such as garlic should be a first-option treatment ahead of frontline pharmaceutical medications” said Dr. Ried.

Garlic supplements can be a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications for many people.

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NOW Foods – Garlic Oil 1500 mg. – 250 Softgels
Kyolic – Garlic Extract Plain Liquid Formula 100 – 4 oz.
Good ‘N Natural – Odorless Garlic And Parsley – 100 Softgels

 
24
APR

Sweet Dreams

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

We have all been there. Lying in bed at 12:00am on a Wednesday night staring at the ceiling trying to count sheep but still unable to fall into a deep slumber. Approximately one third of adults endure some difficulty either falling asleep, staying asleep or both.  Even as many as 95% of Americans have reported an episode of insomnia at some point in their lives. Sleep disorders not only impair quality of life but have also been linked to a variety of other diseases including: hypertension, depression, anxiety, decreased reaction times, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. However, there are some dietary and supplemental changes you can add into your daily lives to help you sleep better.

There are simple changes you can make in your diet to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  Avoiding coffee and other caffeinated beverages in the late afternoon or evening can help you feel less jittery closer to bedtime. Even though it’s considered a depressant, alcohol can also be detrimental to your sleep habits. It might seem that drinking alcohol helps you to fall asleep at night; it can lead to a lighter sleep and more sleep disruptions later in the night. Other dietary changes to consider include avoiding overeating and large meals before bedtime, staying away from spicy foods, and avoiding nicotine. Changes in diet aren’t the only way to lower your sleep disruptions though. There are also some supplements you can consider adding to your daily routine.

L-Tryptophan , the precursor to serotonin, plays an important role in sleep function.  Serotonin is a chemical found naturally in the body that promotes relaxation.  A number of studies have found that taking 1-2g of L-Tryptophan before bedtime can improve insomnia.  Valeriana officinalis, or more commonly known as valerian root, has mainly been used to treat insomnia. This herb contains two substances that contain a sedative like effect. Research has also shown that valerian improves overall sleep quality, shortens the time it takes to fall asleep, and also decreases the number of perceived awakenings during sleep.  This herb although safe, should not be taken if you’re already taking a benzodiazepine or other CNS depressants.  Other supplements that have been shown to be effective for the treatment of insomnia include: vitamin B12, magnesium, and melatonin. Don’t let sleepless nights stand in your way; shop Lucky Vitamin for all your natural sleep aids.

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15
APR

Lose Weight the Natural Way with Garcinia Cambogia

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs at 1:38 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Garcinia Cambogia, or tamarind, is a small, green, pumpkin-shaped fruit that is used in many traditional Asian dishes for its sour flavor. Tamarind has also been used as a digestive aid in certain ayurvedic medicinal treatments. The skin of the fruit contains the “magic” weight loss ingredient that is advocated by celeb health guru, Dr. Oz.

How It Works

The hydroxycitric acid (HCA) extract from Garcinia Cambogia blocks fat by inhibiting an enzyme called ATP-citrate lyase. This enzyme helps convert excess carbohydrates (sugars) into fats. When HCA inhibits citrate lyase the fat-making process is halted, and the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides decrease. Simply put, Garcinia Cambogia “flips the switch” on one of your body’s primary fat-burners.

Effectiveness

There is conflicting evidence in the effectiveness of Garcinia Cambogia. Studies in rats show that the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia can inhibit a fat-producing enzyme – the aforementioned Citrate Lyase — and increase serotonin levels, which lead to significant weight loss.  Another study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association was less enthusiastic about Garcinia Cambogia’s fat-shedding capabilities. Results of the study revealed no significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo. However, it should be noted that this study was administered with a high-fiber diet rather than a carb-rich diet, which some believe may have influenced its results.

What To Look For

If used short-term, Garcinia Cambogia is considered to be generally safe and features no adverse side effects. Long-term effects, however, remain unknown. When buying Garcinia Cambogia it is best to purchase a brand with at least 50% Hydroxycitric acid. The most common dosage is 500 mg, three times per day, 30 minutes prior to a meal. Remember to consult your doctor before adding any herbal supplement to your regimen, especially if you are currently taking prescribed medication. Garcinia Cambogia is not to be used by people with diabetes’s, Alzheimer’, or dementia, or by women currently pregnant or lactating.

Have you tried Garcina Cambogia? Did you have weight loss results? Let us know…

 

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3
APR

Improve Your Sleep with Valerian

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study shows that nearly 60% of Americans say that they experience a sleep problem every night. The most common issues reported were difficulty falling asleep, waking up one or more times during the course of the night, and not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

Sleep aids supplements have been helping people for years and some of the most popular products may help improve overall sleep. For example, valerian supplements have shown the ability to improve the quality of sleep as well reduced the average time to fall asleep.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is an herb that has been used as a sleeping aid for more than 1,000 years. Studies have concluded that valerian root supplements may work just as well as a prescription sleeping pill for insomnia. Researchers think that valerian works due to a combination of compounds. The herb seems to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

Valerian is available in a variety of different forms: tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and teas. Herbal experts recommend drinking valerian tea at bedtime to help you drop off to sleep. Valerian supplements may vary in potency and most products are considered generally safe when used as directed. Occasionally it might cause headache, insomnia or vivid dreams. Valerian has been used safely in human studies for up to 28 days but as with other sleeping pills, its effectiveness may wear off over time. Avoid valerian when operating dangerous machinery or during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor before start taking valerian.

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Nature’s Answer – Organic Valerian Root – 180 Vegetarian Capsules
Natural Balance – Herbal Slumber Melatonin and Valerian Formula – 60 Capsules
Nature’s Answer – Valerian Root Alcohol Free – 2 oz.

 
29
MAR

The Amazing Benefits of Lemon Balm

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if I told you there was an herb that can help with hyperthyroidism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, IBS, and other GI complaints related to nervous origin, while at the same time contains anti-viral properties against herpes? You would want to know what this herb was, correct? The herb is Melissa officnalis, or more commonly known as lemon balm. Lemon balm is a member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family and is native to the center-southern region of Europe. It has been used medicinally for years.

There have been many studies on the positive effects lemon balm can have on overall health. One study looked at its effect on herpes. Researchers found that lemon balm extract shortened the healing time, aided in the prevention of spreading, and also helped with the tingling, burning, itching, swelling, and redness commonly associated with the infection. In another study, scientists found that it inhibited the replication of the herpes simplex virus.  In vitro studies conducted on lemon balm and Grave’s Disease have shown that lemon balm blocks the attachment of the antibodies that cause Grave’s disease. One final study found that insulin resistant high fat diet fed mice given lemon balm had reduced hyperglycemia (blood sugar), insulin resistance, and LDL/VLDL cholesterol levels after 6 weeks.

Another benefit of lemon balm is the calming effect it can have. The ability to increase relaxation makes it effective in the treatment of ADHD and anxiety.  Studies have shown that  lemon balm increases GABA (inhibitory neurotransmitter) in synapses (decreased levels of GABA have been associated with anxiety). There are many uses for lemon balm and Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry a variety of extracts, supplements, essential oils, and more.

 

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