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4
FEB

Heart Health

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 10:58 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on heart health and some tips you may be able to use in order to maintain a healthy circulatory system.

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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.




29
JAN

Lucky New Year, New Brands: Titan Tea / Gorilly Goods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B29We wrap up the month of January presenting two new brands recently added to our site. Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce Titan Tea and Gorilly Goods to our customers.

Titan Tea

Titan Tea is an incredible brand of organic teas with electrolytes. A source of advanced hydration for the athlete in all of us, these unique cold brewed teas are infused with electrolytes to deliver delicious, healthy hydration for everyone.

Instead of the conventional sugar-laden and artificial hydration options, Titan Tea offers great benefits with natural caffeine, created with the best organic, fair trade ingredients. The company sources tea leaves from one of the most reputable estates in the world, and ensures only the highest quality, and non-GMO ingredients are used. Titan Tea leaves are cold-brewed for 12 hours for the purest flavor and then lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic fruit juice concentrates, resulting in a naturally low calorie product.

Gorilly Goods

Gorilly Goods provides healthy snack options for everyone to enjoy. Simply made using the purest ingredients, the company ensures that only organic, non-GMO, raw ingredients are used to produce these delicious treats for strength.

Gorilly Goods believes everyone should have access to incredibly delicious organic treats and delivers just that. This premium line of snacks contains a crunchy mix of fruits and nuts, or seeds and greens, all organically grown and dehydrated raw by folks who care. Started 15 years ago, Gorilly Goods has evolved from handmade batches to an industrial kitchen powered by 100% renewable energy, but continues to produce the same tasty, homemade good-for-you, raw fruit snacks for everyone to enjoy.




28
JAN

A Great Superfood Choice: Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B28Superfoods are an excellent choice for your diet but with so many options to choose from, it might be challenging to choose just one or two of these amazing products. If you are unsure about what superfood to choose, we present you a great, yet not so popular choice for your super source of nutrition.

Moringa is a superfood known for its high nutritional value. Originally from the Himalayas in India but also cultivated in Central and South America, Moringa contains 92 nutrients, 46 types of antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, and a multitude of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and much more. It also contain 18 amino acids, including all essential amino acids.

Nicknamed “The Miracle Tree” and “The Elixir of Long Life”, Moringa Oleifera superfood is a complete product that will not only provide you with the vitamins you need, but also improve your overall health as well. Moringa supplements are known to boost energy levels and improve mood but this exotic superfood may help to treat a variety of health issues too. Studies have shown that moringa may help improve digestion, enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, and treat stomach ulcers.

Moringa Oleifera was featured in the Dr. Oz talk show as he pointed out its energy enhancing properties. Many people have reported a boost in their energy levels after taking Moringa supplements.




25
JAN

BCAA: No Pain, Much Gain

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BCAAThe old saying has an updated version. No pain, no gain is a thing of the past as many supplements can help you gain muscle and support muscle recovery at the same time. BCAA supplements are one of these great products known to help increase muscle mass, speed up recovery, and enhance athletic performance.

Short for Branched-Chain Amino Acids, BCAA are known as the building blocks of muscle mass. Research suggests that continue use of BCAA can help individuals not only to build muscle, but also burn fat, and increase athletic performance.

Considered one of the best post workout recovery products, BCAA supplements contain three essential amino acids which play an important role in protein synthesis: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.  By taking BCAA’s, the breakdown of muscle, known as muscle catabolism, can be prevented quickly, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

The perfect supplement for endurance and strength training, BCAA has also the ability to prevent muscle loss at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat, a common condition for marathon or triathlon runners. A popular supplement in the bodybuilding and fitness community, BCAAs are useful for gaining mass and maintaining muscle mass even while on a calorie-deficit diet. BCAAs not only increase the rate of protein synthesis, but they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis.

Additionally, BCAAs might also help improve workout intensity as it competes with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where Tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can increase fatigue. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced.




18
JAN

Bone Broth, What’s All The Hype?

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Hot drinks, beverages and soups are the perfect fit for the winter months as they can warm up your day even during the coldest days of the season. One of the latest “hot” drinks/foods is bone broth, a simple product that offers plenty of health benefits.

Bone broths have become the foundation of cooking and are commonly used to make soups, stews, and prepare sauces. The tradition of using bones for making broth comes from years ago from Asian and European countries but one question always comes to mind when discussing this interesting healthy food: what is the difference between bone broth and stock?

Bone broth and stock are built on the same basic foundation: water, meat and/or bones, vegetables, and seasonings.  As it cooks, the liquid is typically skimmed and eventually the solids are removed by straining the stock with a fine-mesh sieve coffee filter. Bone broth is typically made with bones from fish or chicken and can contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. In stock, bones are typically roasted first to improve the flavor of the bone broth. Bone broths are typically simmered for a very long period of time to ensure production of gelatin from collagen-rich joints and also to release minerals from bones.

Bone broths are a dense source of fat-soluble vitamins, extraordinarily rich in protein, and can be a source of minerals as well. It contains glycine which supports the body’s detoxification process and also improves digestion and the secretion of gastric acids. Bone broths are also rich in gelatin which may support skin health and may help to inhibit neutrophil migration and the side effects of colds, flus and upper respiratory infections.

The biggest buzz comes from collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. When you cook down bones, it breaks down the collagen so it becomes more easily digestible as the simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that can provide a variety of health benefits.




16
JAN

Lucky New Year, New Brands: Evalar Femiwell / CannaVest

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
2016 has just started and with a couple weeks in the books, Lucky Vitamin continues to present new brands to our loyal customers. Today, we look at a couple new top quality brand of supplements that can help your achieve a much healthier life in 2016. We are proud to introduce Evalar Femiwell and CannaVest.

Evalar Femiwell offers natural dietary supplements to preserve health and quality of life. A leading brand in Europe for more than 20 years, the company offers over 200 products created with the purest, gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients from their own farms. In the pristine Altai Mountains, Evalar’s own plantations cultivate over 30 varieties of herbs and is one of the first European companies with a complete cycle of production: from farm to final product.

Evalar’s Femiwell is a natural, gluten-free line of supplements designed by women, for women. The company understands your needs, from help to manage weight and stress, to heart health, beauty, and overall wellness.

CannaVest is another top-quality brand just added to our site. From harvesting hemp seeds to laboratory testing, the company is fully committed to providing the health and wellness benefits of products from the hemp plant.

CannaVest specializes in providing the purest, non-GMO, gluten-free hemp-based cannabidol (CBD) oil. All products feature this federally legal substance that can be used in foods and nutritional supplements for consumer health and wellness benefits. CannaVest is committed to pioneering the hemp revolution as the world’s leading producer of quality hemp-derived CBD products.

You can save even more when you shop Evalar Femiwell / CannaVest products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code JAN16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% of all items of these new brands.




9
JAN

New Year, New Brands

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B9The New Year just started and Lucky Vitamin continues to add brands to bring something new to our customers in 2016. With a lot of people starting New Year’s resolutions, and many of these people taking weight-loss as a resolution for 2016, Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce two new brand of products that can help you achieve your weight-loss goals this year: NutraKey and SatisFive.

NutraKey

NutraKey offers a unique line of sport nutrition supplements created to make life better. The company believes the best way to improve quality of life is through health and wellness and manufactures over 100 products with the highest quality ingredients which are free of harmful items. With raw, pure nutrition in every bottle, NutraKey products can help you build muscle, lose fat and promote athletic performance.

SatisFive

SatisFive is an advanced, multi-action blend with fibers plus thylakoids designed to promote fullness, reduce hunger and cravings, and help you achieve your weight-loss goals. The patented Appethyl green spinach extract contains thylakoids that bind to dietary fat to reduce the rate of fat digestion, increasing your body’s satiety signals and decreasing hunger signals. Plus, a root fiber called LuraLean creates a gel in the stomach that can bind dietary fat and carbohydrate and further help in weight management. Taken before a meal, SatisFive helps control appetite by promoting a feeling of fullness for up to five hours.

You can save even more when you shop NutraKey and/or SatisFive products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code JAN16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% of all items of these new brands.




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.




25
DEC

Planning a Resolution…

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Resol2016 is almost here. For many people, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Some people say planning is (almost) everything and one has to agree that for every great project, a ton of planning is needed in order to succeed. It’s no different for resolutions.

Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy, or start exercising, start planning your resolution right now and you may increase the odds that this year, you will stick with your resolution until you accomplish your goals.

First, it’s important to focus on your goal and line up a few different methods to accomplish it. One of the reasons many people fail at resolutions is a lack of a “plan B”. So, right from start, having an alternative way to reach that goal can be helpful. For example, your goal is to exercise three times a week and you are committed to walking or running. After a couple weeks, your feet are sore, or your leg muscles are hurting. What most people do? They stop, or take a week off, only to never resume exercising again, and the resolution is gone. OK, if you do have pain from exercising on your lower body, have a upper body workout back-up plan, just in case this happens, you can still exercise your upper body for one week or until your lower body is healed and ready to resume your original workout.

Second, believe in yourself. Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest resolutions but it can definitely be accomplished. Many people have tried to quit smoking several times and fail at it every time. Why should this year be different? Time to believe in yourself, time to believe you can do it. One great tip is to spend time with family or friends who are very positive, who encourage you to achieve this goal. Find a little reward for every week, month, you have spent without smoking and perhaps this year will be the one.

Lastly, don’t give up. The most important advice for any resolution. If you fail, start over again, if it’s difficult, find ways to make it easier, if you can’t do it yourself, find help, but don’t give up. 2016 can be the year you finally stick with your New Year’s Resolution!!!




22
DEC

Benefits of Phosphatidylserine

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 1:39 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on phosphatidylserine, and how phospholipids functions in the body.

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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.




19
DEC

How To Choose A Digestive Enzyme

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
iStock_000020894368_MediumEvery time you bite into a delicious piece of food, your body secretes digestive enzymes to help you break down the nutrients so they can be absorbed. This starts in the mouth when your body releases saliva containing digestive enzymes, which is why it is so important to properly chew your food. After the saliva helps break down various compounds and moistens the food to help you swallow, the food travels through the throat and esophagus where it ends up in the stomach. The stomach then secretes enzymes and acid to continue the process of breaking down the food. Once it leaves the stomach, the food moves into the small intestine and awaits the arrival of enzymes released by the pancreas and bile from the liver. Bile helps digest fats, while pancreatic enzymes help break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Food that travels through the small intestine becomes absorbed and any leftovers then proceed through your large intestine for elimination. But what happens if we don’t produce enough of these enzymes?

Possible Outcomes Of Impaired Digestion

  • Malnutrition (brittle nails, unhealthy skin, poor complexion, dry hair, muscle weakness)
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion issues such as frequent gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea
  • Local Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Food sensitivities or food allergies
  • Dysbiosis

Meet The Enzymes

  • Pepsin is one of the chief digestive enzymes of the stomach responsible for breaking down proteins.
  • Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) is found in the gastric juices of the stomach and is secreted when we eat to help break down food for absorption.
  • Amylase is an enzyme made in the salivary glands as well as the pancreas and helps to breakdown starches as well as complex sugars.
  • Lipase is produced by the pancreas and helps to breakdown fats found in the foods we eat.
  • Protease is the last enzyme secreted by the pancreas and include trypsin, chymotrypsin and elastase. These proteases are responsible for the breakdown of proteins into amino acids.
  • Papain comes from the papaya fruit and is a powerful digestive enzyme that plays a key role in the breakdown of proteins in addition to their many other health benefits.
  • Bromelain comes from pineapple and is a proteolytic enzyme responsible for breaking down protein fibers, and also has added health benefits.
  • Ox Bile contains lipase enzymes that help emulsify and break down fats.
  • Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-IV) assists in the digestion of gluten in wheat, barley, and rye, and casein in dairy products.

What To Look For In Your Supplement

  • Look for a digestive enzyme supplement with a wide variety of enzymes included in the formula to help you digest a wide variety of different foods.
  • Although many of the digestive enzymes on the market are made from animal products, there is also a large selection of Vegetarian and Vegan based digestive aids available.
  • If you have any allergies or sensitivities to foods you will want to make sure your product is free of those allergens.
  • Limit fillers and additives.
  • Choose high quality and all-natural formulas.

Helpful Tips

It is best to take digestive enzymes supplements before meals. This way the enzymes are in your system waiting for the food to arrive. Additionally, many of the enzymes discussed above have added health benefits such as strong anti-inflammatory properties. When taken with food they help digestion, however, when taken away from food they can be absorbed through your gut and into your blood stream where they will have different effects throughout the body.




18
DEC

The Importance of Digestive Enzymes

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 10:10 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf describes various types of digestive enzymes and how they function in the body.

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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.




18
DEC

New Brand Spotlight: Energems

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
EnergemsIf you are always tired and need more energy, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce a revolutionary product that can give you the best energy in the most delicious form: Energems.

Energems chocolate supplements are the best tasting energy booster on the market in a delicious, healthier way to beat the afternoon energy slump. These bite-sized chocolate products are made with real dark chocolate and contain just the right amount of caffeine, vitamin B, and vitamin D.

Additionally, Energems contain antioxidants, naturally found in dark chocolate, which can help protect the body against free radicals, unstable molecules that may cause damage to cell function over time. On top of that, Energems are pretty healthy too as they contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

The afternoon fatigue always hits us and most of us continue to drink coffee or energy drinks to stay awake. It might be time for a change, time to try something new. Energems are the cleaner, healthier and tastier way to get the energy you want, when you want it. One serving, or three gems, provides 133 mg of caffeine, which is the caffeine-equivalent of a cup of coffee or an energy drink, but with only 50 little calories. Available in three delicious flavors, dark chocolate, mint dark chocolate, and berry flavored dark chocolate, Energems is the perfect answer for those who want chocolate and need energy at the same time. It seemed only natural to put chocolate and energy together.

With Energems, you get nutritional support along with a smooth energy boost, and no jitters.

You can save even more when you shop Energems supplements at our discounted prices at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code ‘DEC15NEW15′ at checkout to save an additional 15% off all products of this new brand, but hurry, offer ends 12/31/2015.




12
DEC

4 Cures for Sore Muscles

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Homeopathy,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
pain

Whether you workout, play sports or sit at a desk all day, your bound to have some aches and pains. It’s your body’s way of adapting. Get relief and alleviate sore muscles with the remedies below. You’re body will thank you!

Tart Cherry Juice – As a recent Newsweek article said, “the day when doctors say – ‘take 10 cherries and call me in the morning’ – may not be far off.” This tart cherry juice recipe makes a great addition to your post-workout recovery drink and is packed with anthocyanins that help reduce inflammation.

Epsom Salt Bath – Soothe aches while softening skin at the same time.  Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is a popular remedy for flushing built-up lactic acid from muscles. Also, magnesium is a mineral known for increasing absorption of other vitamins in the body. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and feel the pain melt away.

Arnica – Treat muscle pain with the help of Mother Nature! Arnica Montana is a plant that grows in mountainous areas in the northern United States, Canada and the European Alps and is used in homeopathic circles for the treatment of muscle aches and stiffness, swelling from injuries and discoloration from bruising.

Nutmeg Oil – Besides its culinary uses, Nutmeg oil is an essential part of Chinese medicine used to treat muscle soreness and inflammation by reducing the swelling of joints. It’s more than just a holiday spice; nutmeg has been used since prehistoric times to treat fevers, headaches and even the plague!

Sore Muscle Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

3 cups kale, lightly packed

2 cups pineapple, frozen

1 banana

16 oz. coconut water

½ juiced lemon

1 tsp turmeric powder

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Feel free to add more coconut water if consistency is too thick.



8
DEC

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Nutrition,Supplements at 5:52 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf describes the differences between various types of medicinal mushrooms, and their benefits and effects on the body.

Shop Mushrooms 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.