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15
MAY

3 Great Sources of Protein

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Creating 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

A 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

Quinoa 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

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

Lucky 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

There 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

Fenugreek 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.


 
19
APR

What’s New? Skoop

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

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another option of healthy, delicious, whole food products to our customers: Skoop.

Skoop is the result of an interesting combination: take the leading nutritional science and the best ingredients, toss ‘em in a blender, and you get Skoop. Made with 100% organic fruits, veggies, greens, fibers, herbs, honey, flavors, and stevia extract, Skoop uses a special process to create these delicious and healthy products. The company takes raw ingredients in puréed form, then dried in drums over low heat and milled into powder. Drum-dried foods reconstitute easily with water, and retain much of their original taste, color, and most importantly, their nutritional value.

Every single Skoop product is created from actual whole food and does not contain a single synthetic. Moreover, Skoop uses no GMO’s as the company believes that real nutrition should come from real foods, not a lab. This is the reason Skoop’s superfood packets are sourced mostly from plants. Skoop is also giving it back too as part of the Mission Nutrition Program helping schools increase kid’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. For every Skoop serving sold, fresh veggies are delivered to a school lunch program in America. What a great deal!

Nutrition that’s affordable, sustainable, and ethical, Skoop has found the most powerful way to provide it. You can save even more when you shop Skoop products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.


 
17
APR

Thermogenics & Weight Loss: Why It Works

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Thermogenics and weight loss go together but it’s quite interesting to find out why it really works. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in the warm-blooded animals. The role of thermogenesis is to maintain the temperature of body so that it can function optimally. The human body utilizes most of its calories in maintaining normal metabolic functions such as ingestion, digestion, and essential processes such as heart beat, respiration, brain activity and regular physical activity.

Thermogenesis can be classified in 3 different types. The first one is “exercise induced thermogenesis” in which the muscles are heated up with physical activity or exercise to function more effectively. The second one, is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis”(NEAT) which includes generating heat through shivering. The third type is the “diet induced thermogenesis” (DIT) where the production of heat occurs after eating. The last one is directly responsible for managing weight because some foods can enhance thermogenesis. These foods have high fiber content and are normally low in calories.

Good examples of thermogenic foods include spices such as red hot peppers, which contain capsaicin, a pungent flavored substance that enhances thermogenesis. Piperine is another thermogenic substance found in black pepper. It promotes thermogenesis by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The good-for-everything coconut oil can also promote thermogenesis as it contains great amounts of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) known to retard the accumulation of fat in the body.

Ginger and green tea can also be considered thermogenic foods. Green tea contains two important chemicals polyphenols called the catechins and caffeine, which are both known to encourage thermogenesis. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract and can enhance thermogenesis with a potential impact in weight management.


 
13
APR

7 Reasons Everyone Needs a Turmeric Supplement

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Turmeric 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.

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8
APR

The Truth about Saturated Fats (Specifically How Good Coconut Oil Is…)

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The words “Saturated Fats” may scare many people due to its “bad reputation” but did you know that not all saturated fats are actually bad for you?

In fact, some saturated fats, such as the ones found in coconut oil, are good for your health! It may be surprising to you that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has health benefits but studies have shown that it can help promoting heart health and weight loss, supporting the immune system, boosting up metabolism, and maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland.

About 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid that the body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties.

On the other hand, it is important to remember that unsaturated fats are the ones known to cause heart disease, not the naturally occurring coconut oil saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable and seed oils encourage the formation of blood clots by increasing platelet stickiness, unlike that, coconut oil helps to promote normal platelet function.

For cooking purposes, coconut oil is a much healthier choice and should be used instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other oil. Pure virgin coconut oil contains 92% saturated fats, and only 1% Omega-6, the fat Americans get way too much of, and best of all, does not contain any cholesterol.

Additionally, anything with the words “trans fats” should be the ones to be avoided at all times as these unsaturated fats are artificially manipulated into saturated fats and have been associated with a variety of health dangers.

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5
APR

What’s New? Ojio Sport

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing Ojio Sport, another premium brand of sports nutrition products, now available at discounted prices to our customers.

Ojio Sport provides total workout support with products that can activate your workout with natural, high quality, and sustained energy. The company creates customized boosters to personalize and maximize your results as well as special supplements to elevate your stamina and focus to push your goals to new heights. Additionally, Ojio Sport products can rejuvenate your body to strengthen and replenish your muscles.

From the rich valleys of Southern California in 2003, Ojio Sport began by developing the world’s most decadent Raw Vegan Chocolate Bar. With their priorities on quality, source and purity, they soon discovered that existing sources fell short of their standards, and the company was born as the best option to directly source top-tier quality products from qualifying farms.

Ojio Sport is specialized in creating plant based, pre-workout energy enhancers. One of the company’s most popular product is the Ultimate Green Energy which provides a clean sustained energy for your workouts, and the endurance you need to propel your effort to the next level. Unlike many other pre-workout products, Ojio Sport Ultimate Green Energy is free of artificial flavors, sweeteners and colors, and does not contain synthetic stimulants or chemicals. Containing under 100mg of mainly tea based caffeine, this unique product will not leave you jittery or with side effects that cause you to crash. Created with nature’s most potent energy sustaining plant-based superfoods and extracts, Ultimate Green Energy contains grass juice powders, spirulina, matcha green tea, ashwagandha, cordyceps mushroom, panax ginseng, yerba mate, and more.

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


 
4
APR

5 Benefits of CoQ10

Filed Under: Supplements at 9:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Coenzyme 10 is an antioxidant used to protect the cells from free radical damage. It’s also known as ubiquinone, a vital nutrient for your body’s daily function. When you’re young, your body has no problem converting CoQ10 to its reduced form, ubiquinol. However, as we age, it becomes more difficult for this process to happen. Although you can get in in many foods, you should take a supplement as well. Research has shown it can have many benefits like the ones listed below.

Heart Health – Reasearch suggests that CoQ10 may be effective for chronic heart failure. A ten-year study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure demonstrated that CoQ10 dramatically improves survival in severe heart failure patients.

Fertility – Coenzyme Q 10 is thought help with infertility by improving egg quality and function and may decrease the chances of pregnancy loss and acting as a potent antioxidant.

Chemotherapy – Some studies suggest that taking CoQ10 supplements may help reduce chemotherapy-related ailments.

Immune Booster – Our thymus gland manages our immune system. As we age, it decreases in size and causes immune dysfunction. A CoQ10 supplement can restore the thymus back to proper function. One other study demonstrated that coenzyme Q10 was important in the function of both T-cells and macrophage – two types of immune cells.

Cellular Function – Most cellular processes require energy (ATP) and CoQ10 is essential for good health. It’s distributed throughout the cell membrane and serves as a membrane antioxidant.

 

 

 


 
31
MAR

7 Good Sources of Iron

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Iron is an important nutrient to maintain good health but one may be surprised by the number of people who can’t name food sources of this essential mineral. Studies have suggested that nearly 5% of the population may have iron deficiency or anemia, an alarming numbers as this mineral is required to transport oxygen through the blood and is essential for providing energy for daily life. In order to keep your iron up to good levels, we present you 7 great sources of iron.

1. Dark Green Vegetables

Most dark green vegetables contain excellent amounts of iron. Collard greens, kale, spinach, and many others can be a reliable source. An interesting fact: cooking increase the amount of iron available in many dark green vegetables.

2. Steak

A great source of absorbable iron, beef steaks have been one of the most popular sources of this mineral for years. If you are not a big fan of steaks, most read meats also contain good amounts of iron.

3. Oysters

If you don’t eat red meat at all, no problem. Oysters are full of iron as well as other minerals such as zinc and magnesium. About a dozens of oysters is a good, recommended portion for a great dose of iron.

4. Eggs

Eggs are loaded with all sorts of nutrients including iron. Not a very high source but enough to provide you a little bit more for your daily requirements.

5. Nuts

A great choice for vegetarians, a variety of nuts contain good amounts of iron. For example, almonds, sunflower seeds and cashews can provide a good dose of this essential mineral

6. Licorice

Here’s a little different option. Natural licorice is a great source of iron. Made from molasses, a single licorice strip can provide as much as 12mg of iron.

7. Herbs

Who knew? Herbs contain iron and a good number of regular popular seasonings may be a great source of this mineral. Herbs which contain the highest amount or iron are cinnamon, thyme, curry, rosemary, paprika, spearmint, and parsley.


 
30
MAR

CoQ10 vs. Ubiquinol: What’s the Difference?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Do you know the difference between CoQ10 and Ubiquinol? If you answered no, you are not alone. Many people ask themselves the very same question when shopping for supplements. So, to make things a little bit easier for you, here is a quick overview between CoQ10 vs. Ubiquinol: what’s the difference?

CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is a fat-soluble nutrient produced naturally by our bodies. CoQ10 is concentrated in organs that are essential to the process of producing cellular energy such as the heart, liver, muscles and kidneys. CoQ10 is found inside the mitochondria where energy production occurs. It acts as an electron acceptor or donor in the chain of reactions that lead to energy production.

In the body, CoQ10 exists either in its oxidized form, known as ubiquinone, or in its reduced form,  known as ubiquinol. When oxidized CoQ10 is used by the body, it becomes ubiquinol. In the same way, reduced CoQ10 becomes ubiquinone when it carries out its role in the body. Essentially, when you take CoQ10, your body converts it to the active form, ubiquinol.

Regardless of what form of CoQ10 you take as a supplement, the body is able to convert the consumed form to the other form as needed. For example, if you take a reduced CoQ10 supplement (ubiquinol), the body can convert the reduced CoQ10 (ubiquinol) to the oxidized CoQ10 (ubiquinone) and vice versa. This conversion takes place to maintain a state of equilibrium between reduced CoQ10 (ubiquinol) and oxidized CoQ10 (ubiquinone).

In resume, ubiquinone and ubiquinol are effective and essential to important processes in the human body, since both can be reduced or oxidized to form the other, they are both considered excellent products to maintain good health.


 
 
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