Imagine if you could find a supplement that can help improve digestion and maintain a healthy weight by reducing stored body fat and raising metabolic function. On top of that, this product may help balance hormone levels, improve cognitive function, work as an energy booster, fight bacterial infection and viruses, and absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods. Sounds good? This wonderful supplement is MCT oil.
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that can offer all the numerous health benefits mentioned above. Coconut oil is the best source of MCTs as roughly 65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs.
MCT oils contain good fats which ideally should be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention and brain health. Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed more easily since there’s less work for the body to break apart carbon bonds. MCTs are smaller and can permeate cell membranes more easily without requiring special enzymes in order for our bodies to utilize them.
After digested, MCTs healthy fats are sent directly to the liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter the metabolism. Additionally, MCTs contain antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Aside from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in other foods with saturated fats including whole milk, butter, cheese, full-fat yogurt, and palm oil.
Healthy hydration is essential for our bodies and Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a revolutionary product to our customers. Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier is a great-tasting, portable powder drink mix that uses the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) to deliver hydration to your cells faster and more efficiently than water alone.
Based on science pioneered by the World Health Organization to combat dehydration in developing countries, Liquid I.V.’s Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) uses a specific ratio of potassium, sodium, and glucose to deliver water and other key nutrients directly to your cells. The specific ratio of electrolytes used in CTT creates a current in the bloodstream that allows water to be absorbed in the upper digestive track. Typical fluids pass through the entire digestive system, losing water and vital nutrients along the way, before entering the bloodstream. Think of Cellular Transport Technology as an expedited water delivery system in your body, resulting in rapid hydration and a wholesome feeling for you.
Liquid I.V allows your body to perform at the highest level and is great for exercising. Additionally, it can minimize the effects of jet lag as dehydration is one of the primary causes of it as well as its negative symptoms including fatigue, headache, nausea, and anxiety. It can also enhance calorie burn as Liquid I.V. helps you more efficiently absorb water, stay hydrated, and improves your ability to physically perform and increase calorie burn. Plus, drinking the proper amount of water daily is critical as you age as it aids in digestion, circulation, absorption, and even secretion.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of health food products to our customers: Bite Fuel.
Bite Fuel offers functional premium foods that are non-GMO, gluten-free and taste delicious. The company has specialized in protein cookies and protein granola, available in a variety of tasty flavors. Bite Fuel was created to provide an alternative food snack to help people who struggle working long hours and eating healthy throughout the day. Bite Fuel is a great product to help with a challenge many people face on a daily basis: avoid immediate cravings and stick to a healthy diet.
Bite Fuel Power Bites Protein Cookies are guilt-free protein packed treats that will delight your taste buds and fuel your body with the energy you need to go about your busy day. They are perfect for post-workout, at work, or anytime you need some convenient protein that tastes great. Each bag contains 18 grams of protein and is made with premium quality ingredients.
Bite Fuel Protein Granola Trail Mix fuels your body with energy, strength, and satisfaction. Each bag is loaded with premium quality protein granola, nuts, and dried fruit, a perfect combo of all the proper nutrients to keep you physically and mentally in high gear. Each serving contains 13 grams of protein and is sure to give you the energy and strength that you need to fuel your day. You can try it for breakfast with milk, sprinkle it on Greek yogurt, or eat it straight out of the bag.
White kidney bean extract has been one of these unconventional products that have helped many people with weight loss. But what is all the buzz about it?
Featured in many television shows, white kidney bean extract supplements have been considered as an efficient weight loss product after a study published in The Journal of Applied Research concluded that supplementation 15 minutes before each meal may led to a reduction in both weight and waist circumference. Of course, just like with any other weight loss product, results may vary and exercise and a healthy diet are essential to obtain significant results but the fact that many people have experienced a boost in weight loss from taking white kidney bean extract is encouraging.
White bean extract has been linked to one of the best ways to lose weight as supplementation can help maintain lean body mass or muscle, and most of the weight lost consists of unwanted body fat. As an efficient fat burner, white bean extract may be helpful for weight loss because the beans produce substances that interfere with an enzyme called amylase that is necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates, which are one of the main sources of calories in many diets. If carbohydrates aren’t broken down into small enough units, your body can’t absorb them and can’t make use of the calories they provide. Absorbing fewer calories can help create the calorie deficit necessary for weight loss. Of course, this is most effective with complex carbohydrates, such as starches. Some sugars are already in small enough units that they can be readily absorbed by the intestines, so white bean extract wouldn’t affect their absorption.
As always, exercise and a well-balanced diet are essential to any weight loss program but if you are looking for a little bit of help, white kidney bean extract is a natural and safe alternative.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new product which is a natural choice for upset tummies: Tummydrops.
Tummydrops are the best, natural way to help nausea, morning sickness and upset stomachs. Gluten-free and non-GMO Project Verified, these unique drops were designed to provide a natural alternative to prescription medications and chemicals.
Developed by science, Tummydrops are hand crafted in small batches using only the most premium natural ingredients to provide a convenient, great tasting drop that works efficiently to improve digestive health.
Each drop contains a special blend of ingredients, which may assist with occasional stomach upset, nausea, morning sickness, and even motion sickness. Mother Nature has provided an answer in the form of zingiber officinale, better known as ginger. Prized for its culinary uses, the root-like structure of ginger, called a rhizome, contains multiple active substances, including gingerol, which may assist with occasional nausea and vomit.
When formulating Tummydrops, the company started by carefully selecting a natural and potent source of gingerol. Next, premium natural ingredients were added to complement the natural taste of the ginger. The result is an easy to carry, great tasting drop that you can take anywhere.
Aloe Vera has been one of top-selling products for quite some time now. A premium ingredient in personal care products, this amazing natural product is known to treat sunburn as well as improve skin condition. In addition, Aloe Vera supplements are known to provide health benefits including enhancing the immune system and relieve constipation, but how about the juice? Aloe Vera juice may be that one product you must try.
Aloe Vera juice contains leaf pulp that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber and it also contains vitamins A, C, E, and B12, minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium as well as powerful antioxidants. Drinking Aloe Vera juice is great because it enables you to ingest the plant’s nutrients without dealing with the unpleasant taste of fresh aloe.
When ingested as a nutritional drink, Aloe Vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion and even relieves occasional constipation. It has the ability to decrease irritation and enhance healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe Vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut.
Additionally, Aloe Vera juice contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that may help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Research suggests that Aloe Vera helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and other inflammatory immune disorders.
On top of these great benefits, Aloe Vera juice can be a great addition to your heart. Taking Aloe Vera internally may help improve blood circulation in the body as it can decrease total fat levels in people with high cholesterol. This helps reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries of the heart and body.
Lucky Vitamin is presenting a new brand specialized in a very unique product: premium Matcha by Aiya.
Aiya is a family owned company specializing in Matcha green tea since 1888. This natural product is known to provide energy and support the body and its health benefits surpass anything that is available on the market.
Matcha is a shade-grown, all-natural, powdered Japanese green tea. Unlike other teas, Matcha undergoes a number of additional steps in the production cycle, such as shade growing, hand picking, and granite milling into a fine powder, before it makes its way into your cup. Created over 800 years ago by Buddhist monks as a meditational tool, Matcha is known today as the healthiest, rarest, and most premium of all tea varieties from Japan.
A historic tea cultivating region dating back to the 1200s, Nishio’s stable climate, fresh pristine river waters, fertile soil, and remoteness from urban development foster tea leaves that are more resiliently green and full of nutrients. Currently, Aiya holds over 80% of the exclusive harvesting rights to the Nishio tea plantations.
A lot of different factors can affect the quality of Matcha: region, geographical conditions, skill of the tea farmers, and the variety of the tea bush. A good quality Matcha should be smooth and sweet with just a hint of astringency. The sweetness comes from the L-theanine amino acids in the tea. Matcha is a vibrant jade green due to the increased chlorophyll content that occurs during the shading process and a top-quality product should be ground using slow-turning granite grinders, which minimizes friction, allowing the tea to be ground without “burning,” retaining the chlorophyll.
You can save even more when you shop Aiya products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 9/30/2016.
Soy-Free – If you are highly allergic or trying a paleo diet than you probably avoid soy like the plague. In their purest form, soybeans contain phytochemicals that may have negative effects on the body as well as anti-nutrients like enzyme inhibitors, which fortunately, are removed as part of the fermentation process. And if you didn’t know, all soy in the US is genetically modified so it’s not a bad idea to enjoy it in moderation and choose supplements that are soy-free.
Dairy-Free – Did you know that 75% off the world is genetically unable to digest dairy products, specifically milk? Lactose intolerance is no joke – try to imagine a life without pizza — which is why dairy-free supplements are a must-have for your regimen. Another component of milk to be mindful of is casein. Though a select few may have an intolerance or allergy to this phosphoprotein it’s still important to look for the dairy-free symbol on your supplements to prevent annoying side effects like gas, bloating an diarrhea.
Vegan – If you are a hardcore vegan than you know most vitamin d3 supplements are derived from lanolin, a waxy substance derived from fish oil or sheep. Another a relatively “harmless” additive to look out for if you are vegan is gelatin, which is the end product of a process that starts with boiling down bovine body parts. See all of the things you don’t think about?
Gluten-Free – A recent study found the presence of gluten in 23.8% of supplements and probiotics which can cause major problems for those who have celiac disease. The supplement manufacturing process often times uses grain as a filler. Even worse, ingredients such as natural flavors and colors could really be gluten in disguise. Look for the gluten-free certified label just to be safe.
Non-GMO – Most US crops — we’re talking 80-90% — are genetically modified. And vitamin c supplements are derived from corn. You know where we are going with this. Yup, GMOs can potentially be in your supplements. Raise the standard for yourself by looking for brands that feature the Non-GMO Projectverified label. Don’t see the label? Contact the manufacturer. You will be happy you did for yourself and for the planet.
If joint pain has become part of your life, you may want to learn about MSM supplements.
MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, has been used around the world for relief from osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation. A naturally occurring mineral, MSM is an organic source of sulfur-containing compound, which has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that can block pain response in nerve fibers. It can also reduce scar tissue by altering the cross linking process in collagen to allow quicker tissue repair.
MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis as this incredible product has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out.
A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that MSM supplementation was very effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle and joint pain. Three weeks of MSM supplementation at 3g per day attenuated post-exercise muscle and joint pain at clinically significant levels compared to placebo. It’s important to remember that results may take time to appear as some people may feel relief in as little as two weeks while others may only feel significant results after two or three months of supplementation. A good number of supplements for osteoarthritis as well as products to reduce joint-pain contain MSM in their formulas. These products often contain other effective ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a premium brand of protein bars to our customers: FitJoy Nutrition.
FitJoy Nutrition offers a unique line of healthy and gourmet snacks that answer your call for less sacrifice and more freedom. The company creates joyful snacking and ensures all protein bars are gluten-free, non-GMO, and free from artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.
FitJoy Nutrition believes you shouldn’t have to choose between healthy and happy but, far too often, you have to choose a side whether you realize it or not. Eating right, working out and making steps towards your goal should be a journey that gives you more satisfaction, not less. FitJoy Nutrition can help bringing the joy back into living a healthy lifestyle.
FitJoy began as a passion project by the company’s CEO, who, after being diagnosed with Celiac and a severe sensitivity to artificial sweeteners, wanted to develop a brand of on-the-go snacks that offered a gourmet taste experience to excite his inner foodie without interfering with his health. Like most meaningful endeavors, the journey wasn’t easy or straightforward but two and half years, thousands of man-hours, 100+ taste tests, two contract manufacturers, small wins and major setbacks, today FitJoy creates and develops a line of top-quality nutritional protein bars available in many delicious flavors.
NeoCell’s Move Matrix™ is a comprehensive joint formula containing scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically to support overall joint health and comfort. Connective tissue structure is aided by Collagen Type 2, MSM and Vitamin C for proper mechanical functioning. Joint hydration and cushioning are supported with moisturizing nutrients hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin. A blend of powerful antioxidants turmeric, ginger root, resveratrol, boswelia, pine bark, and black pepper extracts help to help with a healthy inflammatory response.
A Detailed Look
Structure: Collagenis the main structural protein that creates a mesh framework that holds the body’s tissues together. Collagen production is enhanced by Vitamin C, which also holds the fibers of collagen together and provides antioxidant benefits. Likewise, MSM contains a bioactive form of Sulphur that creates strong bonds in connective tissue.
Hydration: Moisture is critical to joints because for both lubrication of the joints in the form of synovial fluid – much like motor oil lubricates an engine – and for cushioning as we move throughout daily life – much like the shocks on a car. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is responsible for drawing water molecules into the joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin work in conjunction with HA to form a gel-like “goo” that pads the joints.
Antioxidants: Free radicals are wrecking balls that bounce around the body and cause tissue degradation, resulting in pain and inflammation of the tissues. Antioxidants are nature’s way of neutralizing the destruction free radicals. Each antioxidant contains unique compounds that target different tissues and pathways within the body. An important distinction with antioxidant-containing herbs is the form and concentration of the active components. Ground powders are not condensed and bulky substances like fiber and cellulose remain. Extracts concentrate the value of the herbs by removing inactive components of the plant, resulting in a more powerful bioactivity in the body. For example, turmeric can be a seasoning used in cooking as a powdered root, but when curcumin is extracted it forms a highly effective supplement. The Move Matrix Blend™ contains multiple antioxidants in the form of supplement-grade extracts.
CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, has been an effective and safe weight-loss supplement for many years. A naturally occurring form of the essential fatty acid linoleic, CLA helps block cells from filling up with fat by interfering with a fat-storing enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase. Additionally, the vast majority of CLA supplements are caffeine-free or contain small amounts of caffeine in their formulas, unlike most fat-burners which tend to have a lot of caffeine and may not be suitable to many people.
Often classified as a natural fat burner, CLA offers additional benefits that are not known to many users. Let’s have a quick look at 4 benefits of CLA supplements.
1. Speed Up Metabolic Rate
The most known benefit is that CLA is able to increase metabolic rate, resulting in greater amounts of fat burning, particularly after exercising. This would obviously be a positive benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and improve body composition.
2. Boost Immune System
Staying healthy is key to any weight-loss program and CLA can help boost the immune system. CLA has been known to improve the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria as well as enhance the immune system’s ability to function properly.
3. Enhance Muscle Growth
Studies have shown CLA supplements are known to build up lean muscle and lose extra body fat. For many users, continue CLA supplementation can help accelerate muscle growth.
4. Lower Cholesterol
Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, CLA products may have a positive impact on any person who has high cholesterol, regulating to healthy levels and significantly helping with weight-loss diets.
Summer is coming to an end and the beginning of school is right around the corner. For parents, it’s back to the school year routine. For a child, it commonly means a new teacher, new classmates, new routines, new thoughts and maybe even a new school. However, all this excitement can unfortunately bring some anxiety. While the cause of anxiety in children can differ, anxious feelings are normal and even expected as children make these important transitions in their life. I have found that when dealing with a fear driven thought, it’s important to walk through the fear in its entirety to help them problem solve. For instance, if your child is nervous about attending a new school and is afraid they’ll get lost or be late to class, don’t just reassure them that everything is going be “OK.” Instead, help walk them through the worst things that could happen and go through different scenarios of what to do if they get lost. Besides talking out the fears, I have found homeopathic remedies may be helpful in calming back to school jitters. These remedies can be taken as pellets and dissolved in the mouth. Below are just a few examples of some of the remedies that may be helpful. Remember it is always best to consult with a trained health care provider before starting to more accurately get the correct remedy and potency for your child.
This remedy is appropriate for a child that is very timid, mild and tends to have a yielding disposition. Often times they have a strong emotional bond with the mother and cling to them. They may display their anxiety by demanding excessive attention, weeping often and crying at almost everything. Generally their anxiety is worse in a warm room and they seek the open air.
This remedy is one of the first remedies that come to mind when speaking about anticipatory anxiety. Lycopodium is suitable for children who have an aversion to undertake new things, yet when they do so they go through it with relative easiness. A lot of the anticipatory anxiety is because they are afraid they will fail and look foolish. Most of these children try to conceal these insecurities with over confident mannerisms.
This remedy is often the first remedy considered when it comes to test anxiety and stage fright. One of the keynote symptoms for this remedy include anticipation of any unusual ordeal, such as appearing in public, public speaking or test anxiety that can bring on diarrhea.
This remedy is good for a child that is generally very sharp, alert and desires creative activities yet has many anxieties. In their anxious state they become fearful when they are alone and for that reason strongly desire company. They are very restless and fidgety and desire to be rubbed gently. When they are anxious they can bite their nails. Lastly, they have a strong fear of the dark and their anxiety is often time worse during thunderstorms.
This is a great remedy if your child is afraid to go to school because of undertaking anything new, such as new people, new classes, etc. This child is excessively shy, they oftentimes hide behind the mother, their hands or furniture as to not be looked at by strangers. They tend to lack self-confidence. If this type of child walks into a room with people laughing, they may assume the people are laughing at them. They easily get homesick because they feel a sense of safety in their home. Lastly, this child may also have some problems in the classroom with learning. They tend to be very forgetful and inattentive, and have a hard time learning and remembering new information.
Dietary and Emotional Health
Diet may also play a major role in emotional health. While sugar itself may not cause anxiety, researchers have found that it might worsen anxiety symptoms. In one study, researchers found that rats that binged on sugar and then fasted displayed anxiety-like behaviors. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar laden, processed foods in your child’s diets throughout the school year. This may not only help with keeping their anxiety at bay but also may help improve their overall health and immunity.
Other Tips to Consider
Role playing can help your children to come up with different plans for different scenarios that they may be anxious about.
Focus on the positives and help your children to redirect their attention from negative worries to positive thoughts. This could be getting to see friends they haven’t seen since the last day of school, focusing on a special snack in their lunch bag, or any other positive experiences you can come up with.
Pay attention to your own behavior. Remember, children are very aware of how parents react to situations. Even if it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, they hear and see more then we think they do. Children also learn many cues and emotions from their parents. If you can show more confidence and less anxiety, your children are more likely to follow suit.
While back to school jitters are common, there are many tips to help tackle them before they get out of hand. Consider some of these tips the next time you are faced with a child who is experiencing anxiety around school and life. Best wishes for a happy and healthy school year.
Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holy Basil has been helping people for hundreds of years but some people may not know the multiple health benefits from this amazing plant.
Native to Southeast Asia, Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus who have been making medicine from the plant’s leaves, stems, and seeds. The Hindu name for Holy Basil is Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” and the plant has been used to treat mercury poisoning, promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
Holy Basil supplements are known to provide several health benefits from cleansing the body to treating common cold, influenza, and flu. Additionally, research has shown that supplementation from Holy Basil can help to treat diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and upset stomach.
Other studies have shown that Holy Basil can help relieve anxiety and stress, both physical and emotional, naturally. Extracts made from the root of Holy Basil have been shown to have mentally stimulating and destressing capabilities as well as promoting relaxation. The exact mechanism of action is yet to be determined although research has shown that this herb decreases the amount of cortisol released during stress without the adverse side-effects of prescription medications. Holy Basil has been traditionally used for stress relief working as adaptogen, a substance that balances and protects the body by improving resistance to any type of physiological or mental stress.