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5 Aromatherapy Blends & Their Benefits

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Herbs at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AromatherapyAromatherapy can be fun in so many different ways. Essential oils have the ability to provide health benefits as well as creating special scents for your home. Mixing and matching essential oils is another great other way to have some fun with aromatherapy and we present you 5 aromatheraphy blends and their health benefits.

1. Eucalyptus + Peppermint = Clear Sinuses

Pretty simple method. If you are congested, just add a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oils to a tub with hot water. Get in, and make sure you breathe the vapors, which help open up the sinuses. A simple and relaxing way to treat chronic sinus problems.

2. Lavender + Bergamot = Relaxation

Lavender essential oils have been known to promote relaxation but if you are looking for an extra, add bergamot oil as well. This citrus oil not contain a wonderful smell but can also help relax your body and you mind.

3. Lemon + Rosemary = Clear Your Mind

A common combination used by many aromatherapy lovers, lemon and rosemary may be helpful to clear your mind. Rosemary has a stimulating effect on the central nerve system and along with lemon oil can help clear your mind as well as increase focus and attention.

4. Geranium + Lavender + Rose = Calming

The combination of geranium, lavender, and rose can be found in some personal care products such as shampoos and skin lotions. Plus, this combo is often used for a relaxing bath.

5. Cedarwood + Lemon = Stress Relief

Another great pair of essential oils, cedarwood and lemon are useful for purposes of relaxation and some people believe they work together to promote stress relief.


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.


5 Reasons to Get More Turmeric in Your Diet

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
curcuminTurmeric? Curcumin? What is the difference? Pretty simple answer. Turmeric is the main spice in curry and curcumin is an extract of turmeric which offers a variety of health benefits. If you are still not familiar with this incredible supplement, we present you 5 reason to get more turmeric/curcumin in your diet.

1. Arthritis

Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can be highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Research has shown that curcumin can significantly reduce inflammation and might work just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Diabetes

Turmeric has been found to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes due to its ability to lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance. Turmeric acts as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, improving metabolic function and reducing the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries of type 2 diabetes patients.

3. Cancer

Studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in preventing and treating cancer. Turmeric supplements are powerful antioxidants which protect cells from oxidative damage, a risk factor for cancer. Curcumin has the ability to inhibit cancer cell growth, boost antioxidant levels and the immune system, and kill cancer cells.

4. Digestive Aid

Turmeric supplements may help relieving gas and bloating as well as reducing symptoms of indigestion by promoting the production of bile. Research has also suggested curcumin contains properties that can reduce inflammatory bowel disease.

5. Skin Care

Turmeric offers a variety of healing properties for skin. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce redness or other skin irritations and it can also be helpful for blemishes, acne and skin balance due to its antibacterial properties.



5 Health Benefits of Black Currant

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Black CurrantBlack currant is not as famous as other “healthy” berries but, just like blueberry and bilberry, this wild, deep red, purple berry offers a good number of health benefits. Also known as cassis berry, black currant (Ribes nigrum) is particularly high in anthocyanins, and is considered a rich source of both omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). With so many potential benefits, we present you 5 health benefits of black currant.

1. Brain Support

Studies have suggested that anthocyanins can deliver benefits directly to the brain, helping to protect memory and motor coordination. The polyphenolics in black currant have been shown to retard and even reverse age-related decrements in motor and cognitive performance.

2. Women’s Health

Black currant seed oil is an excellent source of both the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the omega-6 fatty acid gammalinolenic acid (GLA). The combination of essential fatty acids found in black currant seeds may influence the production of prostaglandins and assist hormone production to support women during menopause.

3. Eye Care

Bilberry is known to support eye health but black currant can also be helpful. Anthocyanosides, the bioflavonoid complex in bilberries, black currant and a number of other berries, are potent antioxidants that can improve and maintain healthy vision.

4. Colds and Flu

Just like elderberry, black currant can be helpful against influenza virus types A and B by inhibiting the release of the virus from infected cells.

5. Digestive System

Research has shown that black currant may support gastrointestinal health as well as increase the number of desirable bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.


New Brand Spotlight: Gustus Vitae

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GustusVitaeLucky Vitamin continues to expand the variety of products to our customers. Our latest addition is a premium brand of gourmet spices: Gustus Vitae.

Gustus Vitae offers top-quality condiments to share with you the magic of cooking. From gourmet seasonings to salt free seasonings, gourmet salts to gourmet collections, Gustus Vitae makes the best spices and gourmet salts on the market. The name Gustus Vitae means ‘Taste of Life’ in Latin. This spirt of this brand wants to create products that will help getting the spices off the rack and onto your plate. For trying new things. For making food taste spectacular.

The company’s sourcing team seeks out both local and international ingredients, and only accepts the highest quality. Every spice, salt, and condiment goes through a unique process to ensure that every product has been personally inspected for quality, before being hand-packed into unique tins in the Los Angeles facility. Unlike most spices and salts available today, Gustus Vitae products are never irradiated or treated with EtO (Ethylene Oxide) gas, and at no point are stored or coated with PLA (Polyactic Acid).

In addition, the company has a one-of-a-kind food education program for those interested in cooking but who are not too confident in the kitchen. You can expand your culinary horizons and share experiences as well as checkout the recipe page for ideas and inspiration for turning simple plates into signature dishes.

You can save even more when you shop Gustus Vitae products at Just enter the promotional code OCT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends October 31st, 2015.



New Brand Spotlight: VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VPKLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top quality brand of herbal products to promote holistic wellness to our customers: VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda.

VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda was created to serve your health needs with the best ayurvedic herbal products. With a unique selection of herbal supplements, plus natural skin care line, massage oils, aroma therapeutic blends, and teas, all these products were created to do one thing: restore and maintain balance where imbalance exists. Through powerful formulations and ancient lifestyle tips, this brand aims to bring balance to your body and life.

It is not disease that creates imbalance; rather, disease is a symptom of imbalance. When we bring our body into a state of equilibrium, its natural state, and maintain this state, the symptom is good health. This is Maharishi Ayurveda’s goal: to help you achieve a state of balance resulting in naturally resilient and good health.

The company’s knowledge is based on the world’s oldest holistic wellness system. It is sustainable, using whole plants, authentic ayurvedic ingredients, and meticulous manufacturing to craft ayurvedic formulations that deliver maximum effect for the mind, body and emotions. VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda products are part of a revival of this ancient wisdom. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda literally translated means “the science of life.”

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda products at Just enter the promotional code SEPT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends September 30th, 2015.


3 Health Benefits from Bromelain

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Bromelain supplements offer many health benefits as this ingredient derived from pineapples has a long tradition as a medicinal plant. Present in all parts of the pineapple, bromelain is most highly concentrated in the stem and is widely available in supplement form. If you still don’t know the reason people take this amazing product, we present you 3 health benefits from bromelain.

1. Digestive Enzyme

Bromelain has one of the highest natural potencies of protein-digesting enzyme available. Known to help your body digest food and absorb nutrients more efficiently, bromelain is extremely effective at healing issues in the gastrointestinal tract. While most enzymes are generally considered to be poorly absorbed, studies have shown bromelain is the most absorbable of all enzymes, helping to prevent and treat issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, and constipation.

2. Joint Support

Bromelain contains powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic characteristics, which can minimize acute or chronic joint pain. Studies have shown that bromelain supplementation can significantly help osteoarthritis patients with degenerative spine or painful joint conditions, decreasing up to 60% for acute situations and more than 50% for chronic disorders.

3. Recovery

Bromelain supplements have been successfully used by people recovering and healing after surgery. Bromelain may help to significantly lower post-operation pain and swelling as the anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural replacement to conventional medications. By blocking some pro-inflammatory metabolites that accelerate and worsen the inflammatory process, Bromelain can be used for sports injury, trauma, arthritis, and other kinds of swelling.


Curcumin Helps Reduce Inflammation

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
curcuminGlucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are the most popular ingredients in joint support supplements and most people get significant results from these three efficient products. However, some people struggle to reduce joint pain even when taking these highly efficient products. It is always important to remember that everyone is different and react differently to supplements but if you are looking for another natural alternative, curcumin might be the right one for you.

Curcumin supplements are an effective way to protect your joints and end joint pain quickly, naturally and safely. Curcumin is the antioxidant pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color. It has been used as a natural medicine in Indian Ayurveda for years due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Traditional Ayurvedic uses included treatment of conjunctivitis, acne, skin wounds, ringworm, eczema, hemorrhoids and other skin conditions.

Joint discomfort affects roughly 1 in 5 adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Pain in your knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows or hands can often make simple daily activities turn into painful, difficult tasks. Curcumin supplements can ease your discomfort and increase your mobility by addressing the root cause of joint pain.

Curcumin is proving to be the most powerful nutrient for addressing inflammation, the primary underlying cause of joint discomfort. With no side effects or long-term adverse consequences, curcumin supplements may be the best and safest daily treatment to reduce pain and increase mobility. Studies have shown that curcumin works by effectively switching off the body’s most powerful inflammatory chemical, Nf-kappa beta, along with specific enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation. Additionally, studies have found that curcumin blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.


5 Products Every Women Needs in Her Medicine Cabinet

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Women's Health at 4:53 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
medicineCollagen – Look your best and age beautifully with collagen. One of our favorites is derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, these peptides are soluble in cold liquids as well as hot. Enjoy a scoop in your morning coffee and feel beautiful from the inside out. Did we mention that collagen also increases elasticity and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints? You better believe it!

Probiotic – By now most people know that taking a daily probiotic is one of the biggest keys to maintaining maximum gut flora health. But what you may not know is that they are also one of the best supplements for women in regards to urinary and vaginal health. Bacteria such as Lactobacillus species, as well as the strain Bacillus coagulans help keep the pH level in these regions slightly acidic making it difficult for yeast and “unwanted” bacteria to thrive.

Daily Vitamin – Ahh, the great vitamin debate. Do you need one? The answer is yes. Today, a majority of conventional food is grown in poor soils that lack essential nutrients. Therefore if we’re not getting vital nutrients from food, then we NEED to take vitamins. A daily, one a day formula is an easy way to get complete energizing support in one capsule specifically design and formulated for a women’s chemistry.

Red Raspberry Leaf –  Red raspberry leaf can help relieve PMS symptoms such as cramping, irritability, and depression. That’s all well and good, but the leaf is most commonly known for its effects in helping maintain a healthy pregnancy. A favorite herb amongst midwifes, red raspberry leaf  is reported to increase fertility, helps tone the uterus of an expectant mother and can lessen the strain felt from contractions. Some reports have even shown that it can increase milk production. However, most experts agree that pregnant women should limit their consumption of red raspberry leaf to the third trimester, only.

Vitex – Another “women’s” herb, vitex helps keep hormones in balance. Used for centuries as a female remedy, Vvtex works by supporting the pituitary gland — the master gland for hormone production. Traditionally, vitex was used to stimulate breast milk production in nursing mothers, boost fertility and relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This herb can also shorten a woman’s monthly visit from “Aunt Flow” – always a welcome benefit. Please note that vitex should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.




7 Herbal Energy Boosters

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BoostAre you looking to energize yourself the natural way? Well, get ready for it as you have quite a few options of herbal energy enhancer products. If you are not sure which one(s) to take, here’s a quick look at 7 herbal energy boosters.

1. Guaraná

Guaraná is one of the most popular products used as a stimulant because it offers about twice the caffeine of a coffee bean. Guaraná also contains theobromine and theophylline, other stimulants that may help to increase energy levels.

2. Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is an excellent herbal alternative to increase energy and focus. This exotic herbal tea contains a unique blend of stimulants which delivers high doses of caffeine as well as theobromine, and theophylline.

3. Chia

Chia seeds were known as the “runner’s food” as this superfood contains a ton of nutrients such as essential fatty acids, alpha-linolenic, linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, protein, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language.

4. Maca

Maca root contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious. Maca is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as improving sexual desire.

5. Siberian Ginseng

A very popular enhancer among athletes, Siberian ginseng works by increasing stamina, reducing fatigue and minimizing the effects of stress.

6. Ginkgo

Ginkgo improves energy flow at a cellular level by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body, which helps the brain in metabolizing glucose for energy.

7. Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea is an effective herb for improving energy and alleviating depression as it has the ability to change serotonin and dopamine levels.


3 Health Benefits from Milk Thistle

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Milk ThistleMilk thistle is not just a pretty flower. Also known as silymarin, this flowering herb is related to the daisy and ragweed family but did you know that milk thistle offers a variety of health benefits. So, here is a quick list of 3 health benefits from milk thistle.

1. Liver Support

The most known use of milk thistle is as a natural supplement to help in the treatment of liver problems. Silymarin is the main active ingredient in milk thistle and studies have shown that it is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may offer benefits for people whose liver is damaged by industrial toxins, such as toluene and xylene. Milk thistle supplements may help liver problems such as cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

Medical research has suggested that milk thistle supplements may help people who have type 2 diabetes. Silymarin may help stimulate a decrease in blood sugar levels and an improvement in cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, researchers have found that milk thistle improved insulin resistance, a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

3. Cholesterol Support

Milk thistle may also be beneficial for heart health. Studies have shown that silymarin can provide heart benefits by lowering LDL bad cholesterol levels and decreasing the chance of developing heart disease.

Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.


Curcumin For a Healthier Mouth

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 11:17 am | By: Jeremy Michael

Curcuma longa more commonly known as Turmeric has been getting a lot of buzz lately. With numerous known health properties including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, there is no astonishment as to why this is. New research is expanding this ever growing list of benefits to curcumin. A new research article shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may prove beneficial in controlling inflammation and bone resorption in individuals with periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports teeth. Periodontitis if bad enough can lead to loss of teeth and even more serious health conditions.

In one research trial Male Wistar rates were used to determine if curcumin could inhibit the inflammation and alveolar bone resorption in rats following induced periodontitis.   The researchers of this article concluded that curcumin may decrease bone loss because of its ability to reduce inflammatory markers in the body.

Another research article  performed a study that consisted of 25 patients (15 males/10 Females) between the ages of 21-45. All patients were previously diagnosed with chronic periodontitis and had periodontal pockets >5mm on both sides. The researchers selected specific sites and the sites were then randomly grouped into test group or control group. The control group received only root planning and scaling while the test group received both root planning and scaling as well as 1% curcumin gel at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 month intervals. The results of the study showed that both root planning and scaling alone is beneficial, however, adding curcumin to the procedure seems to enhance the outcomes significantly.  Overall, the pocket depth improved, the plaque index and bleeding index reduced, as well as there was a reduction in bacteria found commonly in the mouth.

While these results are promising, much more research should be done on the matter. If you are interested in using curcumin to improve oral health speak with your healthcare provider or general dentist before starting due to the potential for side effects. Check out LuckyVitamin for a wide array of natural & organic curcumin products.


The Great Fenugreek

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FenugreekFenugreek has been used both as an herb and as a spice for many years. Originally from southeastern Europe and western Asia, this plant grows practically everywhere today, including the United States. Most people know fenugreek from seasoning in mix spices but this traditional herb is also very popular in teas.

Fenugreek offers a variety of health benefits as research suggests that it may help regulate cholesterol levels, control diabetes, as well as stimulating breast milk production.

Natural supplements for cholesterol often contain fenugreek in their formulas as it contains alkaloids, protein, vitamin C, niacin and potassium, proven ingredients to inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis. Studies have shown that fenugreek supplements may help lowering harmful cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.

In addition, fenugreek may be a useful beverage for nursing mothers as studies have concluded that regular intake of fenugreek may increase breast milk supply. The herb has been used in many breastfeeding supplements along with blessed thistle, nettles and fennel seeds, increasing milk production as much as 900%. The combination is safe to use since all ingredients are natural and side effects are minimal.

Lastly, fenugreek can be helpful to improve digestion and minimize issues such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, and inflammation of the stomach. Click here to check out fenugreek supplements at


7 Reasons Everyone Needs a Turmeric Supplement

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Turmeric powderTurmeric is mostly known as the main spice in curry but curcumin, an extract of turmeric, has been used to promote health benefits for years. Since it seems like turmeric/curcumin can help with a little bit of everything, we present you 7 reasons everyone needs a turmeric supplement.

1. Arthritis: multiple studies have proved that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can be helpful for people with joint pain or arthritis. One study found that turmeric extract supplement worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Heartburn: supplements form the turmeric plant have been shown to be effective at curbing heartburn and stomach pain, likely due to its known powers to fight inflammation.

3. Brain Support: studies have suggested that curcumin can help promote repair to stems cell in the brain. Research has also found that supplementation may help boost memory.

4. Digestive Aid: turmeric may help reduce symptoms of indigestion by promoting the production of bile. Supplementation has been also beneficial to relieve gas and bloating.

5. Diabetes: curcumin extract has been found to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in a couple of studies. Supplementation over nine months was necessary to obtain significant results.

6. Cancer: a couple of studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in preventing and treating cancer. Turmeric supplements are powerful antioxidants which may protect cells from oxidative damage, a risk factor for cancer.

7. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: studies have found that curcumin contains properties that can reduce inflammatory bowel disease. Naturopathic practitioners often recommend turmeric for treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.


3 Efficient Natural Energy Boosters

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
guaranaIf you are constantly feeling tired and can’t seem to boost your energy levels, a few natural products might be just what you need. Guaraná, maca, and ginseng have been top-selling energy enhancers for many years as studies have shown that these herbal products are efficient in providing a boost in energy levels. So, let’s learn a little more about these 3 efficient natural energy boosters.


Guaraná is originally from the Amazon region and its products are popular in Brazil and other South America countries. Loaded with caffeine, one seed of guaraná contains five times more caffeine than an average coffee bean. Available in supplement form, this tropical fruit is also used to make energy drinks as well as soft drinks but with significantly lower levels of caffeine. A good number of natural energy supplements contain guaraná in formulas designed for fat burner, weight-loss, athletic performance enhancers, and products to stimulate the mental function.


Maca products are known to promote more energy as well as hormonal balance. This superfood has been used for centuries by the native people in the Andes of Peru for a variety of health benefits. Maca root is not only known to boost energy levels but it is also believed to increase sex drive and improve fertility, increasing semen volume and sperm counts. Maca contains high levels of protein, fat and minerals and it’s eaten baked, dried or mixed with vegetables.


Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements due to its long list of health benefits. Research has suggested that the root of the ginseng plant (Panax ginseng) is helpful to improve energy levels and is also beneficial to control blood sugar levels. Ginseng provides sustainable energy by utilizing your body’s own energy resources as it has the ability to boost energy by ramping up ATP production.