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JUL

3 Health Benefits of Krill Oil

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

Krill oil supplements have been a popular choice of omega-3 products for many years. This unique oil is a rich source of essential nutrients that support a number of potential health benefits. If you still don’t know the reasons many people take these supplements, we present you 3 health benefits of krill oil.

1. Cardiovascular Support

Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, particularly polyunsaturated EPA and DHA, which support cardio health, promote healthy circulation, and may help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Additionally, krill oil is a great source of the super antioxidant astaxanthin, which also supports cardiovascular health.

2. Joint Health

Krill oil supplements offer another great health benefit due to its ability to support joint health. Getting more omega-6 than omega-3 may lead to mild imbalances that set the stage for joint health problems. Krill oil is a highly digestible form of Omega-3, which helps maintain a good omega-3 and omega-6 balance, so important for joint function.

3. Hair, Skin and Nails

Omega-3s are essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Krill oil supplements are an excellent choice to improve hair as these fatty acids are known to be effective in fighting dry scalp and keeping hair follicles strong. In addition, Omega-3s may help with cell regrowth as studies have found that it can be a very effective ingredient to fight hair loss and damage. Most people report results in as little as six weeks when krill oil supplements are taken regularly.




29
JUN

3 Health Benefits from Lutein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GreensLutein is a powerful antioxidant related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Also called a carotenoid vitamin, Lutein is found in foods such as kale, broccoli, spinach, collards, corn, kiwi fruit, eggs, and oranges, and is known as “the eye vitamin” for providing benefits to the eyes. But did you know that lutein may be helpful to other health issues? Here is a quick look at 3 Health Benefits from Lutein.

 

Eye Health

Of course eye health is the number one. Lutein is one of two major carotenoids found as a color pigment in the human eye (macula and retina) and play an important role in maintaining eye health. It is believed to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from sunlight damage. Research has suggested that lutein may help to prevent a variety of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

 

Skin Health

Lutein is also an important element for healthy skin, improving the hydration and elasticity of skin. Lutein antioxidant activity can potentially help prevent oxidative damage to your skin and it can also help protect the lipids, oils and fats in the skin from peroxidation. Additionally, lutein can be used as a personal care product. When applied as a topical cream or ointment, lutein may help to protect skin from damage caused by the sun’s UV rays and pollutants found in the air.

 

Cardiovascular Health

Lutein supplements have been used to promote cardiovascular health due to its antioxidant effects. Lutein is present in the blood serum and its antioxidants may help to prevent the peroxidation of fats and cholesterol in the blood, thereby reducing plaque buildup in arteries. Lutein may also help slow the progression of atherosclerosis as well as preventing type 2 diabetes.




24
JUN

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.




22
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Summer Life Naturals

Filed Under: Immunity,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Summer Life NaturalsLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of natural supplements to our customers: Summer Life Naturals.

Summer Life Naturals offers plant-based dietary supplements that are gentle enough for sensitive individuals. Summer Life Naturals is paving a new path in the natural supplement industry not only for sensitive individuals but also for other body types. The company’s intention is to bring more balance into the world by formulating plant-based non-GMO supplements and natural products that resonate with our bodies without the typical harsh side effects.

The company started with the intention to share the restorative qualities of consciously created herbal formulas. These unique formulations are thoughtfully blended with a select amount of the purest botanicals found on the planet. Summer Life Naturals believes in the purity of the formula to provide gentle yet optimal absorption of the plant nutrients and living energy. All products are manufactured in a NSF certified and GMP compliant facility, current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. All Summer Life Naturals supplements are non-GMO, made with organic and wild-crafted ingredients, and contain no magnesium stearate, no harsh herbs and these incredible plant-based formulas are available in vegetarian capsules.

Summer Life Naturals Immune Impact offers a variety of health benefits such as help promote upper respiratory, nasal and immune health. A great product for extreme weather changes, Immune Impact is fast-acting, non-drowsy and is available in a BPA-free and recyclable bottle.

You can save even more when you shop Summer Life Naturals products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.




20
JUN

Discovering Yacon!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
YaconYou may have not ever heard of it but yacon is a health booster item you may want to consider adding to your diet. This South American root looks like a sweet potato or a yucca root but it has actually a sweet taste, more like an apple. Yacon has a slight molasses flavor, although it is not as sweet but this fruitlike tuberous root is made into a mildly sweet syrup that has a lower glycemic index than traditional sugars

Yacon has been enjoyed for its health boosting properties in South American cultures for thousands of years as it contains inulin, which promotes healthy probiotics. The syrup is extracted from yacon roots that have been washed, peeled, double filtered, and flash pasteurized to preserve the nutrients.

Yacon is high in fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which can satisfy sweet tooth cravings without spiking blood sugar levels and contributing to empty caloric intake. Yacon syrup contains half the calories of sugar and promotes the production of healthy bacterial colonies in the digestive system, which can contribute to better absorption of nutrients.

The sugars in Yacon are mainly fructooligosaccharides, which are not processed and stored by the liver and do not cause an insulin surge. Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides  with less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels. Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.




31
MAY

What’s New? VitaPerk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VitaPerkAttention coffee lovers: Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce a revolutionary product created to enrich your coffee experience: VitaPerk.

VitaPerk takes coffee to the next level as this unique product contains a blend of vitamins and minerals that turns the average cup of coffee into something brilliant. This convenient 15 vitamin and mineral boost was designed to enrich your coffee experience with essential nutrients for an on-the-go lifestyle.

VitaPerk plus coffee is smarter than the average joe because it contains minimal calories, carbohydrates, sugar and sodium, yet it’s rich with vitamins and minerals and great natural flavor.

You can simply add VitaPerk into your coffee as part of your daily routine or you may try the flavored varieties with great taste and a hint of natural sweetener. The original signature blend is flavorless, so it allows the flavor of your favorite cup of coffee to shine through. If you like a little extra flavor, try hazelnut, which showcases the richness and subtle browned butter flavor, or vanilla with its complex aroma and richness that will add exotic flavor to your coffee.

If you are looking for an additional pick-me-up, try energy, the original blend enhanced with an extra boost of B6 and B12 vitamins plus the benefit of guarana. Derived from a South American plant, guarana has been used for centuries as a natural stimulant.

VitaPerk is the smartest thing that ever happened to coffee and you can now shop this unique product in all delicious flavors at LuckyVitamin.com. Click here to visit VitaPerk products.




28
MAY

7 Reasons You Need a Probiotic

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Probiotics1. Immunity Enhancer

Probiotic supplements can enhance your immune system and help prevent the common flu, colds and allergies. Plus, taking a probiotic helps boost the body’s natural defenses, minimizing your chances of getting sick.

2. Improve Digestive System

Probiotics containing multiple strains of beneficial bacteria are effective in treating a range of digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea. Probiotics supplements can help reverse ulcers, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gut inflammations that occur from a lack of sufficient probiotics. Moreover, the healthy bacteria contained in probiotics help maintain normal intestinal motility and lessen the problems of constipation.

3. Energy Booster

The microflora present in probiotic products can help to energize your body. The microflora synthesize B vitamins, which are used to create serotonin and are also energy nutrients. If you want to be happy and energized, a daily dose of probiotic can help.

4. Healthy Balance of Bacteria

Probiotic supplements with multiple strains of good bacteria are considered the safest, easiest and most effective way to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in your body.

5. Speed Up Metabolism

The microflora converts 30% of the inactive thyroid hormone, thyroxine, to its active form, T3, to help boost your metabolism. This process may prevent a variety of health issues including hair loss, constipation, lack of focus, and tiredness.

6. Increase Mineral Absorption

Probiotics may help improve mineral absorption as beneficial microbes enhance the absorption of calcium, magnesium and zinc. If improved bone density is a goal, adding a good probiotic should be considered along with Vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium and other bone nutrients.

7. Cardiovascular Health

Recent studies have concluded that probiotics can help improve cardiovascular health by lowering elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels that contribute to cardiovascular disease.




23
MAY

What’s New? Energy Gummi Bears

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Energy Gummi BearsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of energy enhancer products to our customers: Energy Gummi Bears.

Energy Gummi Bears offers a unique product containing the combination of B vitamins and vitamin C along with anti-oxidants, additional vitamins, caffeine from natural sources and protein. Infused with the energy you need, Energy Gummi Bears are the perfect good-tasting product to improve human performance in all phases.

The Loud Truck research and development teams have worked for years in order to combine the science of human body energy and the great taste of gummi bears into one product. The result is Energy Gummi Bears.

This unique product is a combination of a gummy bear candy filled with a mix of natural ingredients such as guarana and B vitamins intended to give consumers an energy boost similar to that they’d expect from an energy drink. The Energy Gummy Bear was invented to give an alternative option to people who do not like the taste of most energy drinks on the market. The company started when a food scientist was hired in 2009 and worked for about a year to come up with a mix of ingredients that would taste good as a gummy bear and also would have the benefits of an energy-boosting product.

You can try out this new product and save even more when you shop Energy Gummi Bears products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter with promo code ‘MAY15NEW15′ at checkout to save 15% on all products of this new brand.




15
MAY

3 Great Sources of Protein

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ProteinCreating a quick guide for protein isn’t easy but it might be helpful to a lot of people looking for a little more information but not “too much information” about this essential nutrient. What are the different types? Which ones are the best form of protein? When should you take it? We present you three great sources of protein and what you need to know about them.

Whey

Likely the most popular protein supplement, whey is available in two forms: concentrate and isolates. Concentrate is one of the most basic forms of protein and a perfect product for beginners or people just looking to increase protein intake. Whey concentrate can be used both pre and post workout and can also be used as a snack in between meals. On the other hand, whey isolates are one of the quickest absorbing proteins, a great fit for people with low carb diets and people who are lactose intolerant. Isolates are also a great pre and post workout choice as it fast absorption helps supply muscles the nutrients needed to help recover and grow.

Soy

One of the best vegetarian sources of protein, soy is loaded with glutamine and arginine which help recovery and absorption respectively. With many benefits to its users, soy also contains a good number of BCAA’s  which help with recovery and it supports a healthy cholesterol profile due to its isoflavones. Soy protein can be taken anytime throughout the day particularly if you need to get in a meal or snack containing protein.

Casein

The slowly breakdown casein is the perfect protein to be taken at night before bed. Casein takes anywhere from 5-7 hours to fully breakdown which keeps your body absorbing and utilizing the nutrients even while you sleep. Alternatively, casein protein can be taken during the day to help stay full and to keep a constant supply of protein in your body. It also contains high glutamine content, helping boost the immune system and speed up recovery.




11
MAY

Eat Well, Remember More

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoryA new study shows that eating a healthy diet may have a significant impact on improving memory. Published in the journal Neurology, the new research suggests that eating well could potentially be linked to a lower risk of memory loss and thinking decline.

Unlike previous findings relating specific diets to improvements in cognitive function, this new study suggests that improving overall diet quality is an important factor for lowering the risk of memory and thinking loss. Researchers defined a “healthy diet” as one containing lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, as well as moderate alcohol use.

“The difference in our study is we didn’t prescribe a particular diet or explore for a particular diet pattern,” said Dr. Andrew Smyth, lead author of the study and a nephrologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. “We just wanted to look at a diverse cohort of people from all around the world and analyze what their risk for cognitive decline would be if they consumed what most organizations would consider a ‘healthy diet’,” Smyth said.

Researchers monitored the eating habits of 27,860 men and women across 40 countries for 5 years. Participants in the study were asked about the overall servings they consumed of different types of foods in both the healthy and unhealthy categories for which they received a corresponding point score. “For example, if participants consumed the standard dietary recommendations for fruits and vegetables per day, they would get a high score in that category. The reverse happens for unhealthy food choices,” said Smyth. Participants were tested for their thinking and memory skills, at the start of the study, then again after two and five years. The results indicate that participants with the healthiest diets were 24% less likely to experience cognitive decline compared to those with the least healthy diets.




4
MAY

5 Health Benefits of Quinoa

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Supplements at 5:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
QuinoaQuinoa offers a variety of health benefits as this popular superfood is incredibly nutritious. Technically a seed, quinoa can be served with brown sugar and fruit as a hot breakfast cereal, or added to soups or salads. If you are looking for a good reason to add this gluten-free food to your diet, we present you 5 health benefits of quinoa.

1. Protein

One of the best vegetarian sources of protein, quinoa contains more than 8 grams of protein per cup including all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. These essential amino acids are needed for tissue growth and repair and quinoa has all of them, plus more and better protein than most grains.

2. Minerals

Quinoa is high in minerals particularly four important ones that people often do not get enough from their diet: magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium. However, quinoa contains phytic acid that can partly prevent minerals from being absorbed but soaking or sprouting quinoa degrades most of the phytic acid.

3. Fiber

Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains and can be an excellent supplement to relieve constipation as well as prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels and may help you lose weight, as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods, making you feel fuller for longer. It is also less energy dense, which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

4. Quercetin

Quinoa also contains very large amounts of quercetin, an important flavonoids that has been shown to have all sorts of beneficial effects on health. In fact, the quercetin content of quinoa is even higher than typical high-quercetin foods like cranberries. These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant effects.

5. Antioxidants

Another reason to add quinoa to your diet: antioxidants. These substances help neutralize free radicals and are believed to help fight aging as well as a variety of diseases. Quinoa has one of the highest antioxidant content among grains and cereals, and if you allow its seeds to sprout, the amount of antioxidants increase ever further.




30
APR

4 Foods for Healthy Hair

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

If you are looking to start a healthy-hair diet, finding the right foods should not be a problem. A number of foods may provide great benefits for your hair but we picked 4 great foods to be added to your diet for healthy hair.

1. Eggs

Eggs are a great food to help with hair growth as they are an excellent source of biotin, a vitamin B that significantly helps hair grown. Lack of biotin can lead to hair loss. Eggs are also a good source of protein and iron, two important nutrients to maintain healthy hair.

2. Salmon

Just like many fish options, salmon provides healthy omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient for healthy hair. Sardines, mackerel, and other fish sources can help increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake. Since your body is unable to produce these healthy fats, you need to get them from food or supplements.

3. Walnuts

Walnuts, as well as many other nuts, are rich in nutrition that is good for your hair. For example, most nuts contain biotin and other B vitamins, which helps strengthen hair, reduce hair fall, and improve hair growth. Peanuts, cashews, and almonds are also suggested as good hair-food in case you don’t like walnuts.

4. Carrots

Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A, an essential nutrient. It has antioxidant activity, which helps protect cells from damage as well as help cell growth, including hair cells. Consumption of beta carotene can help you get rid of various hair problems such as preventing dry, lifeless hair and dry scalp which can flake off into dandruff, promoting hair growth, and minimizing hair thinning.




29
APR

What’s New? Baby Booster

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements,Women's Health at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
15. BabyBoosterLucky Vitamin is happy to present a premium brand of natural supplements to our customers: Baby Booster.

Baby Booster offers all-natural supplements with a blend of nutrients that are essential to a healthy conception and pregnancy. The company has developed special formulas which contain not only micronutrients commonly found in every prenatal supplement, but also important macronutrients.

Baby Booster ensures these products contain ingredients that are often lacking in a woman’s diet and is the perfect supplement for those gaps in the diet that many of pregnant women are trying to fill. Baby Booster is a good start to the day but it also provides a great protein supplement between meals to help ward off the afternoon “crash”, the hunger associated with low nutrition. This unique product contains DHA, folic acid, and other nutritional supplements that are so important for mothers as well as developing babies. The combination of high-protein to low carbohydrate provides an excellent nutritional source without the excess calories.

One of the company’s primary focus is ingredient quality. Baby Booster spent over a year researching the market for the best ingredient sources and consulting with medical and nutritional professionals. The company uses the same source of vegetarian DHA as over 99% of FDA-approved infant formulas, while other companies use fish oil that can contain toxic heavy metals that are especially dangerous to babies and pregnant women.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Baby Booster supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.




25
APR

5 Best Supplements for Arthritis

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ArthritisThere are a lot of supplements for treatment and prevention of arthritis. Many of these products can significantly help and are safe to be taken on a regular basis. Everyone is different and react differently to supplements but if you still haven’t found a good product or a good combination of products, we present you the 5 best supplements for arthritis.

Glucosamine

Likely the most popular product for arthritis, glucosamine helps with osteoarthritis pain and protects cartilage from deteriorating, while helping your joints to move better. A numbers of studies have shown that glucosamine can have an effect on moderate and severe arthritis, particularly if taken in combination with chondroitin and MSM.

Chondroitin

Studies have suggested that chondroitin supplements can help slow down osteoarthritis progression and may lower arthritis pain and inflammation. Researchers believe that it works by helping to keep cartilage healthy as well as improving joint function, resulting in less inflammation and pain.

MSM

MSM or methylsulfonylmethane is known to support connective tissue formation in the body and may possibly reduce arthritis pain. MSM acts as an analgesic by lessening nerve impulses that transmit pain. A variety of studies have suggested that supplementation of MSM may reduce pain and inflammation which can lead to a positive effect on knee osteoarthritis.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids seem to be good for everything, and they are! Studies have shown that omega-3 contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can help in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

SAM-e

Likely not as popular as the other supplements on this list, SAM-e is an excellent choice for arthritis. S-adenosyl-L-methionine, known as SAM-e, is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body and can be helpful for osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.




21
APR

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 LuckyVitamin.com.