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24
JUN

4 Supplements to Improve Digestion

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at Park

Overeating is a common problem. Having digestive problems regularly should be so common. It may take time, and sometimes a visit to a doctor, for some people to realize the difference between just eating a little bit too much more than you should and feeling too full because your digestive system isn’t working properly. A few supplements can be helpful, so we present you 4 supplements to improve digestion.

1. Probiotics

Known as one of the best products to support the digestive system, probiotics contain living organics such as bacteria and yeast that can help improve gut flora composition. Some probiotic products can also provide relief from diarrhea as well as minimize symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes can help in many different ways from speeding up digestion to alleviating constipation, from reducing the full feeling to minimizing bloating. These supplements contain a variety of ingredients known to enhance digestion and can also help with food absorption, increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals people get from food.

3. Fiber

Fiber is known to bulk up stools and relieve constipation but this natural product can also help digestion on a regular basis. An ingredient in laxatives, psyllium has high fiber content and it’s able to absorb water in the intestines. That makes the stool bulky and easier to pass. It’s important when treating constipation to drink plenty of fluids.

4. Betaine HCL

Betaine HCL is known to help alleviate heartburn and can be taken on a regular basis. Additionally, betaine HCL also has the ability to help the stomach break down fats and proteins from food, assisting in the general detoxification processes in the body. It is an essential component for metabolizing and absorbing food, and is particularly needed for assimilating proteins, vitamin B12, calcium, and iron.




23
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Superfoods by MRM

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B23Lucky Vitamin is happy to present to our customers a new line of products of one of our best supplement brands: Superfoods by MRM.

Superfoods by MRM produces supplements created with unique superfoods. These nutrient rich foods found in nature have few calories, many nutrients and are reported to benefit the body. MRM’s scientific expertise, superior ingredients and ability to stay at the forefront of market trends and consumer needs has given the company a distinct advantage over other manufacturers.

The company’s organic powders have rapidly become a favorite cooking alternative for all MRM Ambassadors. This organic line contain exotic ingredients such as moringa and baobab as well as sacha inchi, red beet, and mesquite powders.

Superfoods by MRM is dedicated to the furthering of nutritional modalities in the arena of alternative healthcare. The company’s staff of highly trained professionals is committed and passionate about the development of innovative nutritional supplements that reflect sound, clinical and experimental data collection, interpretation and application.

You can save even more when you shop Superfoods by MRM supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.




22
JUN

How To Shop The Summer 2016 Health And Wellness Trends

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With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this summer.

BEETROOT

The beetroot movement is upon us, I repeat, the beetroot movement is upon us. Since 2009 beet products have quadrupled. Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide (NO) availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

NUTRICOSMETICS

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it serves several important functions. Nutrition is a key factor for skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This might also be why nutricosmetics, or using supplements to help improve skin health, is now a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80-90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III. As we age, our natural ability to produce collagen and density of the dermis decreases leading to less structural support to the epidermis. The epidermis carries the blood vessels and supplies the skin with important nutrients for its functioning.  A growing body of evidence shows that collagen peptides can improve skin health by improving skin moisture and preventing the fragmentation of the dermal collagen network, thus counteracting one of the key components of skin aging. Shop some of our top rated collagen products from brands such as Reserveage Organics, Youtheory, NeoCell, and Bulletproof.

COLD BREW COFFEE

With the summer months upon us and temperatures rising, the days of warming up with a hot coffee or latte are behind us. Iced coffee sales continue to explode and with this trend comes the era of cold brew coffee. While the cold brew coffee craze isn’t completely new, it’s finally become a mainstream trend.  Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time to produce a smoother, less acidic coffee. This less acidic coffee enhances the many other flavors found in coffee beans and gets rid of the familiar ‘bite’.  Not ready to make your own pot of cold brew? Don’t worry!  LuckyVitamin carries a great selection of pre- packaged ready-to-drink cold brew coffees you’re sure to enjoy this summer. DIY extraordinaire don’t fret—we also have a selection of DIY cold brew kits for you to try.

FACIAL MASKS

Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to helps to hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.

PULSES

The term superfood describes nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for one’s health and well being.  There’s yet another superfood craze you may not have indulged in yet, but chances are after reading this you will! Pulses, which are another name for lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas, have become one of the most talked about superfoods in the health and wellness industry. Pulses provide protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. In fact, a ½ cup serving of black beans has one and half times the iron of a 3-ounce piece of steak. Pulses are also packed full of saponins and tannins, phytochemicals which may possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic benefits.  An article from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that inclusion of pulses in a diet may be a beneficial weight-loss strategy because it leads to a modest weight-loss effect, although further research & future studies are needed. This summer, shop LuckyVitamin to incorporate your favorite pulses into your diet.

PROBIOTICS

Most of us know about the buzz surrounding probiotics, live beneficial bacteria and yeasts for gut & immune health. Did you know that research shows that probiotics taken internally and applied topically may benefit the skin as well? Probiotics applied topically work in a variety of ways. First, they can provide a protective shield preventing the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause problems like inflammation. Secondly, probiotics have antimicrobial properties. Lastly, when probiotics come in contact with skin cells they calm parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of harmful bacteria. Common skin conditions that probiotics may be beneficial for include Atopic Dermatitis and Acne Rosacea. Some great sources of topical probiotics include Andalou Naturals, ACURE & Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s. 

MATCHA

Customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because matcha is rich in catechins, a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants.  In fact, one study found that matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin that may boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells, than regular green tea. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer. This summer try making a refreshing & energizing matcha green tea smoothie by mixing ½ tsp. matcha green tea powder in 2 ounces of hot water. Stir the mixture and then combine 3 teaspoons of sweetener or sweetener of your choice. Add in 4 ounces of milk or milk alternative of your choice. Combine the mixture along with ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. For a little added refreshment try mixing in some organic vanilla extract.

BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

AVOCADO

When it comes to fruits with health benefits, avocados are at the top of the list. They’re packed full of fiber, potassium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, B5, C, E. One of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which in turn can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.  One new and interesting use for avocado is avocado oil. Brands are using avocado oil to make all sorts of products, including cooking oil, avocado mayonnaise and avocado kettle chips. You can even find avocado oil in personal care products. Some great brands that use of avocado oil based beauty products include Peter Lamas, Giovanni, Now Foods and Baby Mantra.

DIY GARDEN

Love the idea of growing your own garden, but worried you don’t have the time or space to grow and maintain it? Let LuckyVitamin help you! LuckyVitamin has a large selection of DIY garden accessories that make growing a garden easy, fun, affordable and even space friendly. One of my favorite products is Garden-In-A Can from Back to the Roots. The Back to the Roots Garden-In-A-Can gives you access to organic herbs that you can grow right from your very own windowsill. Another great DIY gardening kit is from the brand Noted. With Noted plants you simply start growing the plant in a natural jute bag. Once the plant is established you transfer the entire bag to your garden and then watch it grow. Check out more of our DIY garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.

LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.




20
JUN

Health Benefits from Tomatoes, Lycopene

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you like tomatoes and eat them regularly, you should know that you are getting plenty of a very important natural substance called lycopene.

Part of the carotenoid group, lycopene is responsible for the deep red color in many fruits and vegetables, most particularly in tomatoes. High amounts of lycopene are found not only in fresh tomatoes but also in tomato products as nearly 85% of dietary lycopene comes from products such as tomato juice or paste. In average, one cup (240 mL) of tomato juice provides about 23 mg of lycopene. Processing raw tomatoes using heat, such as in the making of tomato juice, tomato paste or ketchup, can actually change the lycopene from the raw product into a form that is easier for the body to use.

Lycopene is also found in other fruits such as watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. The lycopene in supplements is about as easy for the body to use as lycopene found in food.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. It has been proven to be a cancer fighting agent and it can also provide other health benefits.

Lycopene is well known to help prevent heart diseases as it stops LDL cholesterol from being oxidized by free radicals and in turn cannot be deposited in the plaques which narrows and hardens the arteries. Research has shown that lycopene can also help prevent diabetes as well as osteoporosis. Additionally, lycopene can reduce age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and prevent the aging of skin and keeps it younger looking.

Click here to check Lucky Vitamin’s selection of Lycopene supplements.




19
JUN

Sunflower vs. Safflower

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18 SVSSunflower and safflower. Similar names but they are not the same thing. They do have one thing in common: both oils offer excellent health benefits. Used as cooking oils in cultures around the world, both are polyunsaturated oils, rich in essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, and considered healthier options than many other oils such as corn, and soybean. If you don’t know which one you should try, here’s a quick overview about sunflower and safflower.

Sunflower

Sunflower oil normally comes from the seed using steam extraction. Light in taste and color, this natural cooking oil is great for frying and baking and has a higher content of vitamin E than any other vegetable oil, including safflower oil. It contains a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with low saturated fat levels but since sunflower oil is available in three varieties, the actual fat profile is determined by the specific type of sunflower oil.

Linoleic sunflower oil is the original version and has high levels of polyunsaturated fat, low levels of saturated fat, as well as good amounts of vitamin E and the essential fatty acid omega-6. High oleic sunflower oil is rich in monounsaturated acid and can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. NuSun sunflower oil is a new variety which has been created by the National Sunflower Association to meet the growing needs of the food industry. This variety has lower saturated fat levels than linoleic sunflower and higher oleic levels, making it slightly healthier.

Safflower

Safflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the safflower plant, a relative of the sunflower plant. Safflower oil is available in two different varieties: linoleic and oleic. The linoleic variety is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid and is used as a cold oil for salad dressings and marinades. The oleic variety is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid, and just like the linoleic version, is very low in saturated fats.




16
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Mg12

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16 MgLucky Vitamin continues to add top-quality products to our customers. The latest addition is Mg12 supplements, a premium brand specialized in magnesium products.

Mg12 supplements are 100% pure magnesium with the addition of 20 essential mineral salts straight from the North Basin of the Dead Sea. The company’s main goal is to bring all-natural magnesium-rich supplements into the homes of all that are deficient.

Mg12 produces the purest and most effective magnesium oil on the market. The most important aspect for magnesium supplements is the source of the magnesium oil. There are numerous salt water sources available for the magnesium chloride needed to manufacture magnesium oil but very few are considered to be clean and effective. Only two sources have been found to be virtually free of both: the Dead Sea and deep underground basins.

Mg12 has chosen the Dead Sea as the source of magnesium oil because along with its unsurpassed purity, it also contains a unique combination of trace elements that have been known for providing health benefits for thousands of years.

Dead Sea salt products produced by Mg12 provide a host of healing properties such as slowing the aging of the skin, combating daily stress, reducing fluid retention, increasing circulation, strengthening nails and bones, relaxing muscles, and much more.

You can save even more when you shop Mg12 supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.




13
JUN

What to Look For In Green Powder Supplements

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Green powder supplements have been hot-selling items for quite some time now. The reason for its success is pretty simple: a lot of nutrients in a simple drink.

Green powders provide vitamins and minerals but also contain additional ingredients you may not find on a regular multivitamin product. For example, many green powder supplements have added nutrients such as probiotics, antioxidants, prebiotics, enzymes (including the coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10) detoxification nutrients as well as energy booster ingredients.

Studies have shown that a few ingredients from green powder supplements can have a positive effect on health. That’s the case of superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella, and wheat grass.

Additionally, look for products which contain vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, beetroot, chard, collard greens, and kale, as well as aquatic plants such as algae, and kelp.

If you don’t like the consistency of green shakes, you do have a few other options. A good number of these green powder supplements are also available in tablets and capsules and some of them are also sold as nutritional bars.

It’s important to remember that green powders should be added to enhance your diet and not to be used as substitute for greens and veggies. These powder products can make delicious drinks when mixed with water, juice or milk. Get creative and make tasty and healthy smoothies or energy booster drinks, such as pre-workout smoothies.

Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s greens formulas and bars sales.




3
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Karma

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin continues to add top-quality brands to our customers. In today’s Lucky Additions, we are proud to introduce an innovative brand of wellness water: Karma.

Karma Wellness Water transforms pristine spring water into wellness water. Karma’s ingredients are kept in the cap until you’re ready to mix them. This way, you’re able to enjoy all the benefits at maximum potency, creating positive effects for your mind, body, spirit, balance, and vitality. Vitamins deteriorate in water, so premixed vitamin drinks can lose their strength over time. However, Karma offers a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind cap, the patented KarmaCap, which keep the ingredients in until you’re ready to mix them. You’re able to enjoy all their benefits at maximum potency and peak freshness. When you think about it, it just makes sense: make good choices, and you’ll see and feel the benefits.

A great way to get your vitamins from the water you drink every day, Karma contains three to six times the active ingredients of competing brands, 110% of the recommended daily allowance of seven essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B3-Niacin, B5, B6, B12, D, and E, and a  variety of super-fruits, antioxidants, and nutraceuticals gathered from around the globe. Additionally, Karma is a great source of powerful and natural ingredients including acai extract, yerba mate, siberian ginseng, zinc, glucosamine, and green tea.

You can save even more when you shop Karma products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.




2
JUN

Beautiful Borage Oil

Filed Under: Personal Care,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
A beautiful flower can actually provide many health benefits. That’s the case of borage. Also known as starflower, borage (borago officinalis) is an herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. Native to the Mediterranean region, this beautiful plant is commercially cultivated for borage seed oil, extracted from its seeds and proved to offer a variety of health benefits.

Borage oil contains high levels of the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a strong anti-inflammatory. GLA is one type of omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body cannot make on its own and, consequently, must be obtained from food sources or supplements. GLA is present in very small amounts in plants like green leafy vegetables and certain nuts, but after humans are finished with breast milk, the most significant source of GLA, many people take in very low doses of beneficial GLA throughout their childhood and into adulthood, resulting in deficiency.

Borage oil is one of the best sources for obtaining more GLA. Other plants such as black currant or evening primrose oil also contain GLA but the roughly 23% of GLA found in borage oil makes it the most effective option.

Additionally, borage oil provides other benefits as its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can treat PMS symptoms, skin disorders, and osteoporosis, as well as promote breast-mil production, and prevent heart disease and stroke.




30
MAY

3 Great Fish Sources of Omega 3

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish is known as an excellent source of omega-3s but it’s important to remember that some types of fish contain more omega-3s than others. Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA, are found in fatty fish and are good for your heart and your health as they can lower your risk of heart disease mainly by lowering triglycerides and countering inflammation. So, let’s present you 3 great fish sources of omega-3.

1. Mackerel

The highest amount of omega-3 comes from mackerel, 2.6 grams per 3.5 ounces. Atlantic mackerel is considered the best choice as this small fish has very little mercury levels. On the other hand, you may want to avoid king mackerel as it may contain high levels of methylmercury.

2. Herring

With 1.7 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces, herring is a great choice for your diet. These oily fish have a long history as an important food and are often salted, smoked or pickled. The larger Atlantic herring is a good choice as well as the smaller Baltic herring, both high in omega-3s and low in mercury levels.

3. Wild Salmon

Salmon is another top choice of omega-3s but it’s essential to stress the importance of the word “wild” on your choice of fish. Wild salmon is high in omega-3s, (with 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces) and low in contaminants but it’s also important to choose fish that are caught using sustainable fishing techniques in the wild. The farmed variety of salmon often comes from farming practices that may produce waste and can spread parasites and disease to the fish. Researchers think antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals used in raising farmed fish may cause harmful effects to people who eat the fish.




27
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Instavit

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce to our customers a new brand that provides a smarter and more reliable alternative to the traditional pill supplements: Instavit.

Instavit offers a revolutionary product created with the latest oral spray technology, top quality ingredients, and smart packaging to deliver you a fast and modern approach to energy, sleep and health support. This incredible supplement provides great tasting with zero calories and is very easy to use. Simply spray into your mouth for an instant dose of caffeine, melatonin, vitamin D, and more.

Some traditional energy, sleep, and vitamin supplements are such a hard pill to swallow, literally, as they may taste bad and are inconvenient when you’re on the go. Instavit deliveries the supplements you need and it fits in your pocket.

Instavit has developed a unique micronutrient delivery system that requires no bulky bottles, no water chasers and no more pills to swallow. This exclusive oral spray approach makes taking supplements a lot easier and it can also provide a greater dosage control. Made by doctors, used by doctors, Instavit is wholly dedicated to your wellbeing. Free from unnecessary fillers and binders, Instavit leverages the powerful benefits of high quality ingredients.

Experience the new generation of energy, sleep and health supplements. Great tasting, zero calories and pocket-sized. Plus, you can save even more when you shop Instavit products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.




25
MAY

5 Supplements for Muscle Recovery

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Exercising is fun and great for your health but one common problem seems to slow down people’s physical activities. We are talking about muscle pain. This inconvenient, sometimes dangerous, issue can not only reduce or fully stop your exercise routine but also lead to serious injuries. Proper physical exercise is essential to maintain muscle health as well as proper nutrition but when it comes to recovery, a few products can be very helpful so you can recover faster in between workouts. Take a look at these 5 supplements to help muscle recovery.

1. Protein: of course this is the most important nutrient to take immediately after your workout, alongside carbohydrates. Your muscles have been broken down and therefore need repairing and rebuilding. Consuming protein helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis, recovery and growth.

2. BCAA’s: Branched chain amino acids are considered one of the best post workout recovery supplements. BCAA’s consist of three of the amino acids that are found in normal protein structures: L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. BCAA’s supplements help prevent muscle catabolism, the breakdown of muscle, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

3. Magnesium: minerals are essential for muscle recovery and magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation. Known to speed up recovery, magnesium can also help improve muscle function, maintain electrolyte balance and reduce fatigue.

4. Fish Oil: an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is known to decrease inflammation in the muscle and enhances body composition. Inflammation is one of the main reasons people have muscle pain as it not only causes pain but severely impacts your ability to recover, lose fat and build muscle.

5. Vitamin A: known to enhance and support early inflammation during injury, vitamin A can also help reverse post-injury immune suppression, and assists in collagen formation via collagenase modulation. Studies have shown that collagen cross-linkage is stronger with vitamin A supplementation and repair is quicker.




24
MAY

4 Foods to Get You Into Summer Mode

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements at 3:52 pm | By: Guest Blogger
iStock_000064458355_SmallSummer is just around the corner and we cannot wait! Here are 4 foods to get you into the summer spirit and keep you feeling your best.

Watermelon

Summer is hardly complete until you’ve sunk your teeth into a hunk of juicy watermelon, juice running down your face (or arms). Watermelon is high in vitamin C, which can act like a natural antihistamine, which comes in handy with all of the pollen flying around during the summer. It’s also a good source of both potassium and magnesium, both of which help the body maintain proper electrolyte balance to keep you hydrated on those hot summer days.

Berries

Although berries are available year round in most grocery stores, they are usually imported from outside of the country and the flavor doesn’t quite compare to the berries of summer, fresh from the farm or farmer’s market. Recent research on blueberries showed a positive effect between blueberry consumption and age-related cognitive decline. Eating berries can protect against oxidative stress which has been linked to neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s as well as heart disease, certain cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, and premature aging. This is why we’ve packed our A-Game Greens Blend with berries!

Cherries

Cherries are a rich source of anthocyanins and antioxidants that support against premature aging. Other chemical compounds in cherries help prevent gout and arthritis. Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant hormone, which supports normal biorhythms and healthy sleep. Cherries are also a great source of fiber, providing about 3 grams per cup of cherries.

Green Tea

So, not technically a food, but since iced tea and summertime are nearly synonymous, we had to put it on the list. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, and boasts many potential health benefits including potential protection against certain cancers, dementia, heart disease and stroke. That’s why we reached for green tea extract when we wanted to add an antioxidant punch to our Super Skoop Plant-Based Protein All-in-One Nutritional Shake.

Cheers to warmer weather, delicious in-season produce, and more time spent outside. Make sure to keep yourself fueled up right for all your summer adventures – check out Healthy Skoop if you’re looking for some organic whole-food nutrition made convenient!

By Dr. James Rouse, Naturopathic Doctor and Co-founder of Healthy Skoop




20
MAY

3 Health Benefits from Carrot Juice

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking to add a new juice to your diet, you may want to consider the healthy and delicious carrot juice. Known for its high content of vitamin A, carrot juice can be helpful to support a variety of health issues. Carrots are considered by many nutritionists as an essential part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. Here’s a quick list of 3 health benefits from drinking carrot juice.

1. Support Eye Health

Carrots are known to boost eye health due to its high amounts of lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A is essential to prevent eye disorders such as macular degeneration and drinking a glass a carrot juice a day can be an efficient way to ensure your daily intake of A stays at healthy levels. Carrot juice is a great alternative for people who don’t like eating raw carrots.

2. Allergies and Headaches

Research has shown that carrot juice is one of the most effective cure for allergies, headaches, and any type of inflammation. Regular consumption of natural carrot juice, such as one glass in the morning before breakfast, may reduce allergy symptoms as well as minimize headaches and migraines.

3. Cardiovascular Support

Regular consumption of carrots as well as carrot juice can help decrease the risk for health disease and stroke. Current research indicates that drinking carrot juice benefits heart health by lowering oxidative stress and improves the body’s defense against various forms of cardiovascular disease due to the high antioxidant content that carrots contain. Carrots also work to lower cholesterol and boost bile production, which increases the body’s ability to digest fat. This not only helps your digestive system to properly absorb nutrition from food but also directly impacts the good cholesterol levels, protecting your heart.




4
MAY

Suffering With Puffy Eyes And A Stuffy Nose?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 9:59 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In the parkAllergic rhinitis is the most pervasive chronic condition, affecting 10% to 40% of adults and children. The body’s response to an allergen like pollen leads to release of messenger chemicals such as interleukins (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13) and Th2 cells that trigger the body’s activity of IgE production and the infiltration of the site where the allergen entered by inflammatory cells. Usual meds include antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, intranasal heparin and immunotherapy—but actually use of bio-active silver hydrosol in a 10 part per million solution (available “over the counter”) could be just as effective without the headache of prospective drug side effects.

Silver “developed through nanotechnology exhibits remarkably unusual physicochemical properties and biological activities,” say researchers. “Strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activity is a major direction for development of nano-silver products.”

It has been known since ancient times that silver reduces inflammation of wounds and enhances healing. Thanks to recent advances in technology scientists have fine-tuned silver’s healing abilities by creating particles of smaller and smaller size. Bio-active silver hydrosol can be used directly on the affected areas as a gentle anti-inflammatory.

3 Ways Silver Soothes

The silver ions will begin working to reduce inflammation upon contact.

Nasal symptoms: An intranasal inhaler bottle is ideal for getting the silver hydrosol directly to the irritated tissues. While symptoms are present, use five squirts per nostril while inhaling, repeat four times per day. As the silver comes in contact with the inflamed tissue, it will begin working to bring down swelling and reduce congestion.

Eye Irritation: Choose a dropper and use it just like traditional eye drops. Use two drops in each eye every hour to help reduce puffiness and redness associated with inflammation.

Respiratory irritation: To relieve irritation and inflammation in the respiratory tract, use silver hydrosol with a spray application or with a nebulizer several times a day while the irritation persists.