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15
JUL

The Aloe Factor

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sunburn happens. Safe the say most people have experience, at least once in their lifetime, the uncomfortable sensation of sunburn. Every now and then even the most careful people forget to apply sunblock or miss a certain spot, resulting is the painful, redness of sunburn.

One of the best ways to reduce blistering and redness is to treat sunburn immediately. Apply a cold, damp towel on your skin for 15 minutes to help take some of the heat out of your skin. Another great way to start treatment is to take a cold shower and try not to dry yourself, leaving water on the skin to minimize dryness.

Then, look for Aloe Vera, a natural moisturizing product known to stop burning sensations and prevent swelling. This incredible plant-product can help treat sunburn and is also an excellent choice to prevent more serious long-term skin problems such as scarring, wrinkles, dark spots, and melanoma.

Aloe Vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, including zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, potassium, amino acids, and selenium. The glycoproteins and the lidocaine in Aloe Vera relieve pain and inflammation as the polysaccharides help repair damaged skin cells and trigger the formation of new ones.

Aloe Vera juice forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, hydrating it and holding moisture in. It penetrates deep into the damaged skin layers and reduces the pain and swelling associated with it. The best of Aloe Vera is that it has no side effects as it contains no harmful ingredients and is safe to use for children as well.




6
JUL

Switching From Sugar to Stevia

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SteviaStevia wonders! This famous and efficient sweetener continues to be one of the best sugar replacements available. If you are still unsure about this natural product, let’s point out a few reasons more and more people keep on switching from sugar to stevia.

First, stevia is more potent, meaning much sweeter, than sugar. Research suggests that this South American plant extract can taste around 300 times sweeter than table sugar. As a result, you need much less for your coffee or beverage and it’s also more economical, as recipes require much less of it.

Additionally, stevia is calorie-free and unlike refine sugar, does not make you fat. It is important to remember that stevia is not a weight-loss product but the benefits from reducing regular sugar intake can be very significant in any weight-loss diet. Plant-based, zero calorie stevia can be part of a well-balanced diet to help reduce energy intake without sacrificing taste.

Stevia contains important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc as well as vitamins and fiber. A great product for diabetics, stevia has a glycemic index (GI) value of zero comparing to table sugar which has a GI of 80. Research has shown that stevia sweeteners do not contribute calories or carbohydrates to the diet and do not affect blood glucose or insulin response, which allows people with diabetes to consume a wider variety of foods.

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30
JUN

7 Herbs for Energy

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Energy supplements have been helping people for years. These stimulants are often used to wake you up in the morning, get you through the afternoon slump, or keep you up late at night. However, conventional energy drinks may have side effects from headaches, stomach and sleep problems to serious issues such as increasing your heart rate and elevating blood pressure which may lead to a stroke or heart attack. Herbal supplements are a great alternative as most of these natural products are generally recognized as safe by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration). With plenty of options available, we present you 7 herbs for energy.

1. Ashwagandha

Known in Ayurvedic medicine for easing fatigue and nervous exhaustion, ashwagandha is a tonic used to energize the body and strengthen the immune system after illness. It can also help with stress and anxiety often associated with depression, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels, and improve learning, memory and reaction time.

2. Ginseng

One of the most popular herbal supplements, ginseng can provide energy and combat fatigue. It works by increasing stamina, bolstering the immune system, and minimizing the effects of stress.

3. Guarana

Guarana is a potent source of caffeine and is known to contain more than twice as much caffeine as coffee. Guarana also contains molecules called tannins, which triggers the caffeine in guarana to release slowly, producing a long-lasting energy plateau.

4. Reishi

Reishi is a rare mushroom that is called “the elixir of life” in China. Research suggests that reishi can help by increasing energy, boosting the immune system and reducing stress. People drink reishi tea in place of coffee but this natural energy booster is also available in tablets, syrup or tincture.

5. Maca

Originally from the high mountains of the Andes in Peru, maca is a safe and nutritious herb that is considered a perfect natural energizer and invigorator. It’s known to boost energy levels, increase stamina and endurance, balance hormones, increase testosterone, relieve menstrual problems, and it can also act as an aphrodisiac.

6. Ginkgo

Ginkgo is known to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body. ATP aids the brain in metabolizing glucose for energy, which improves mental function.

7. Stinging Nettle

A popular tea, stinging nettle can give you more energy than a cup of coffee, without the negative stimulant effects. It contains multiple vitamins and minerals.




14
JUN

5 Benefits of Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Superfoods at 10:14 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Close-up of Maringa green powder Moringaceae the superfood

Native to India, the Moringa tree – also known as the “miracle tree” — sure packs a powerful nutritional punch. This potent super food is a natural source for over 90 vitamins and minerals and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a vast array of diseases including anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity just to name a few.

Boost Energy & Mental Well-being

Moringa normalizes the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which play key roles in memory and mood as well as how we respond to stimulus such as stress, pleasure and mental health.

Improve Cholesterol

Moringa has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. In a recent study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.

Boost Antioxidants

Moringa oleifera is rich in nearly 90 nutrients and nearly 50 antioxidants, including quercetin and cholorogenic acid. Try adding a scoop of Moringa powder to a green smoothie to turbocharge your antioxidant intake.

Promote Weight Loss

Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, which can help prevent obesity. It’ also a great source of fiber, which helps curb appetites by making you feel fuller, longer.

Lower Blood Sugar

Moringa prevents spikes in blood sugar by slowing the rate in which your body absorbs food. The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition revealed that adding 50 grams of Moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21% among diabetic patients.




12
APR

Recipe: Turmeric Protein Smoothie

Filed Under: Herbs,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, Turmeric and Chia Seed SmoothiesTurmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is known to heal multiple ailments and improve overall health and vitality. Western medicine and research is recognizing turmeric for its ability to fight cancer. The compound in turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be the active ingredient which has a very string antioxidant effect.

Adding a smoothing to your regimen is an easy way to get more greens and superfoods into your diet. Try this smoothie for breakfast and spice up your life with some turmeric!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of coconut milk

1 scoop plant-based protein

1 tsp organic turmeric powder

1 tsp chia seeds

1 banana

½ cup frozen pineapple chunks

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

 

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender starting with the liquids and powders first. Blend and enjoy!!!




4
APR

Recipe: Golden Cauliflower

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Recipes at 9:03 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Turmeric has long been used in India for its healing properties. When added to your diet, turmeric can increase the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars while also helping regulate metabolism. This amazing spice has been used to treat diabetes, lowering cholesterol, Alzheimer’s and cancer prevention and so much more.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 heaping cups cauliflower florets (from 1-1/2 pound cauliflower) cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Cut the cauliflower into small pieces and drizzle with olive oil and toss in bowl so there is an even coat.
  • In a separate bowl combine the turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle over the cauliflower and toss to coat.
  • Spread the cauliflower out on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • After about fifteen minutes, take out baking sheet and stir
  • Bake for another 15 minutes until cauliflower is golden.

 




16
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Pure Indian Foods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PureIndianFoodsLucky Vitamin is introducing another brand of premium health foods to our customers: Pure Indian Foods.

Pure Indian Foods offers healthy, natural, and organic Indian food products made from the purest ghee. The company was founded in 2008 and has become one of the top brands of Indian products in the United States. Based in New Jersey, this family-owned business has been in ghee business in Northern India for 5 generations, since 1889, and now makes over 10 varieties of grassfed organic ghee products.

Pure Indian Foods makes America’s favorite grassfed and certified organic ghee, cultured ghee, coconut ghee, Coffee++, Turmeric Superghee and delicious herbal/spiced ghee. An important source of fat-soluble vitamins and CLA, ghee has a high smoke point, about 485F, and does not burn like butter, making it perfect for sautés, stir fries, and sauces.

Pure Indian Foods ghee is made with milk obtained only during spring thru fall, when the cows are out to pasture eating fresh green grass. Additionally, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the cows’ feed as grassfed milk contains fat-soluble vitamins and naturally occurring Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). The ghee is always made fresh in small batches in stainless steel equipment and adhering to organic methods. All ghee products are Non-GMO and made in a well-equipped cGMP production facility.

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20
FEB

3 Health Benefits from Hawthorn

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B20 HTHawthorn is a shrub from the rose family which grows throughout the world. Its leaves, berries, and flowers have been used medicinally for years to treat several different health conditions. As we look into the most popular uses of this amazing herb, we present you 3 health benefits from hawthorn.

1. Heart Health

Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers are a good source of heart-protective antioxidants like oligomeric procyandins and quercetin. Hawthorn supplements may help to treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. Plus, hawthorn can help improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, widen the blood vessels, and increase the transmission of nerve signals.

2. Cholesterol Control

Hawthorn products can lower cholesterol, low density lipoprotein LDL, or “bad cholesterol”, by increasing the excretion of bile as well as triglycerides, the fats in the blood. The properties of this herb seem to lower accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta, the largest artery in the body.

3. Blood Pressure

Hawthorn also seems to have blood pressure-lowering activity, according to researchers. Studies have shown that hawthorn may be used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. This herb promotes relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart due to a component in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin.




7
JAN

Weight-Loss Helper: Boswellia

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BoswelliaEvery January, thousands of people start a weight-loss diet and many people will be looking for a little help in a form of a supplement. Weight-loss products can be helpful as long as they are taking with a well-balanced diet and a good exercise program. If you are not very comfortable with some of the ingredients in weight-loss formulas, we can highlight a natural ingredient that may be the little help you need for 2016.

A common ingredient in over the counter weight-loss supplements, Boswellia (boswellia serrata) is a tree gum resin that offers multiple health benefits and can be used for treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, bronchitis, asthma, skin and blood diseases, along with the ability to lower cholesterol, prevent plaque buildup, and protect the liver.

Widely regarded as a potent anti-inflammatory nutrient, boswellia’s primary active ingredient, acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), inhibits the inflammatory enzyme 5-lipoxygenase. Excess of the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase is common in joint pain, allergies, respiratory conditions, and cardiovascular problems.

New studies have shown that the association of joint pain and obesity is a more complex process than just the extra weight resulting in mechanical wear and tear. Common inflammation mechanisms may cause both joint destruction and obesity possibly due to excessive amounts of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), generated as bacteria sheath off their outer wall. Overweight individuals typically have imbalanced digestive bacteria making higher amounts of LPS, which enter the general circulation and trigger inflammation. Boswellia can directly attach itself to toxic LPS, preventing the LPS from inflammatory reaction. As a result, boswellia can reduce inflammation particularly for individuals who are overweight and are experiencing joint pain.

Additionally, boswellia is a rich source of gugglesterones which stimulates the thyroid, leading to metabolic up-regulation. An increase in thyroid efficiency may lead to an increase in caloric burn, and possibly weight loss.




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.




3
DEC

Happy Holiday Spirits with St. John’s Wort

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
St. John's WortIt’s December and the holidays are upon us. We are focused on holiday parties, shopping, spending time with family and friends and many other “end of the year” rituals. Many people enjoy this time of the year and believe December is a month full of joy and happiness. Others may not share the same feelings and, unfortunately, some people may feel sad even depressed as the year closes out.

Depression affects people in many different ways including mood swings and change of behavior but also affecting physical health. Treatment may vary from person to person but natural remedies may be helpful at this time the year.

Natural supplements for depression have been helping people for years but one particular product has been labeled as one of the best products to treat depression naturally: St. John’s Wort.

St. John’s Wort supplements are made from a wild plant named Hypericum perforatum. Studies have shown that this herbal product may help fighting depression and can be as efficient as standard prescription antidepressants. Moreover, St. John’s Wort has a long history of positive results when used by medical professionals and appears to have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.

In addition, St. John’s Wort has been studied in the treatment of other mood disorders such as severe depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For depression, the standard dose for adults is 300 milligrams of St. John’s wort (of 0.3% hypericin extract) taken three times a day. After the initial treatment, some people may choose to go onto a lower maintenance dose of 300 milligrams to 600 milligrams per day.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you are on any medication and before you start taking St. John’s Wort supplements.




2
DEC

Cordyceps: Exotic Source of Health Benefits

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CordycepsHave you ever heard about cordyceps mushrooms? Many people may answer yes to this question as this strange looking caterpillar fungus, mushroom isn’t the most popular product. However, cordyceps supplements popularity have been growing in the past years due to multiple reports on its long list of potential health benefits.

There are more than 600 species of cordyceps but the most well-known is Cordyceps Sinesis. This parasite fungus grows on caterpillar larvae, generally native to the high-altitude regions of China, Nepal, and Tibet. This unique mushroom contains a variety of anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-lipid properties which, according to studies, may help enhance the functionality of the immune system, improve stamina and endurance, as well as increase aerobic capacity and oxygen utilization. In addition, research suggests that cordyceps may help stabilize blood sugar metabolism and improve, kidney, lung, and liver function.

Cordyceps supplements are widely available and used to treat coughs, chronic bronchitis, respiratory disorders, kidney disorders, nighttime urination, male sexual problems, anemia, irregular heartbeat high cholesterol, liver disorders, dizziness, and overall weakness. Some people use cordyceps as a stimulant, a tonic, and an “adaptogen,” which is used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reduce fatigue.

Cordyceps might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It may also have activity against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers.

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26
NOV

Happy Digestion, Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be followed by indigestion. Overeating is as common as turkey on this traditional holiday but a bit too much of turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing or cranberry sauce should not ruin the rest of your holiday weekend. Oh, don’t forget about dessert as people tend to overeat pumpkin pie, apple pie and many other delicious traditional desserts.

Since you want to feel well on Friday, after all it is Black Friday, and you may want to go out shopping, quickly fix your post-party indigestion with digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzyme supplements help your body efficiently digest food, alleviating occasional digestion-related discomforts, a common thing on Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Heartburn, irregularity, gas, bloating, constipation are often a direct result of inadequate enzymes. Natural digestive enzymes may be the relief you need for late Thursday as a variety of products can provide quick relief, making your feel better even before bedtime.

Look for a few natural ingredients in the supplements that support the digestive system. Bromelain from pineapples and papain from papayas are two natural digestive ingredients and supplements can provide higher amount of these enzymes.

Additionally, when you eat, you are using up your natural supply of digestive enzymes but as you age, digestion becomes more difficult for your body and, therefore, older people have lower quantities of natural digestive enzymes than younger people do.

Digestive enzyme supplements can provide the relief you need and, on a long run, regulate your supply of digestive enzymes.




11
NOV

What is Ashwagandha?

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Herbs at 10:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf explains what kind of herb Ashwagandha is and how it interacts with the body.

Shop Ashwagandha at LuckyVitamin.com

About The Series:

Watch LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND series featuring Dr. Jeremy Wolf for healthy information, benefits and facts about popular nutritional supplements and wellness topics. These quick guides are great educational resources to learn about a variety of wellness-oriented topics from a trained Naturopathic Physician. View other videos from LuckyVitamin on our YouTube channel.




3
NOV

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.