Even if you keep to a healthy diet, there factors that influence your body’s ability to absorb key nutrients. In this episode, Dr. Wolf delves into the different types of multivitamins, and how they interact with the body.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Lucky 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.
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They are called essential minerals for a reason. A member of this group, iron is very important for your health as all cells contain some iron. The majority of iron is located in the red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the organs and tissues throughout the body. Iron has a role in creating energy from nutrients but it also contributes to the transmission of nerve impulses, which coordinates the actions of different parts of your body. Maintaining healthy iron levels is essential for good health and we present you 5 reasons you may need an iron supplement.
If you have iron deficiency anemia, your body is lacking iron for the red blood cells to effectively provide oxygen to cells and tissues, resulting in fatigue, weakness, and dizziness. Iron supplements are commonly recommended to help prevent anemia. Nearly five million Americans have iron deficiency, by far the most common form of anemia in the United States.
When you exercise, you burn fuel, including iron and other minerals, and replenishing is important to maintain good health. Additionally, people who do regular intense exercise may need up to 30% more iron than less active adults, as iron may cycle through the body more rapidly in people who exercise vigorously.
Recommended by doctors, women who are pregnant or nursing need significantly more iron than the average of 15-18 mg of iron daily. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron for pregnant women is 27 mg daily.
Kidneys make an important hormone called erythropoietin (EPO). When you have kidney disease, the kidneys cannot make enough EPO, causing red blood cells count to drop and anemia to develop. Most people with kidney disease will develop anemia and iron supplements can help avoiding that.
Lack of iron may lead to difficulty concentrating and is a common problem among students. Low iron levels can also lead to unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, decrease in physical performance, and learning problems in children and adults.
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.
There are plenty of alternatives for a healthy breakfast but some foods are often a reason for the endless debate: are they really healthy or not?
Muesli is one of them.
Muesli is often regarded as a healthy breakfast cereal but some people may beg to differ. Normally made up of oats, flakes, nuts, and dried fruit, muesli may also contain other ingredients such as wheat, rye flakes, honey, and spices. With a ton of varieties available, one must check the ingredients before claiming muesli is a healthy option or not.
Muesli typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves and is known for its high amount of fiber which can support the digestive system. Fiber also helps to regulate cholesterol levels and is essential to avoid digestive problems such as constipation. A potent source of antioxidants, muesli is also a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids as long as it contains nuts.
Additionally, muesli can aid in weight-loss as its high fiber content has the ability to make you feel full, which is ideal for a morning meal. Fiber absorbs water and swells up, filling up your stomach and making you feel less hungry during the day. On top of that, it contains B vitamins which help to break down fat in the body.
Most muesli products are more natural and contains less calories and sugar than granola, which usually has more added syrup to aid in the toasting but be careful: some muesli products may have very high sugar amounts. So, look for products with limited dry fruit which are high in sugar. Plus, aim for varieties containing under 20g of carbohydrates per serving.
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.
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.
Gummy vitamins have been known to have one main target: kids. However, that does not necessary mean every single gummy vitamin product should be made for children. In recent years, a good number of companies have created new products, particularly multivitamins, which contain gummy vitamins instead of the traditional tablet or capsule. So, what’s the real story behind this? Are the better, the same, or just another “up to your personal” taste debate?
Gummy vitamins made for adults are widely available from many different brands. Multivitamins, fish oils, calcium supplements, energy enhancers are just a few examples of products available in gummy form. Gummy vitamins contain basically the same ingredients as a regular multivitamin product but some products may leave out the vitamin K, niacin, thiamin, and a few minerals often present in most multivitamin tablets.
The interesting point about gummy products is that they may be the best way for people not used to take supplements to start a new routine of taking these essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, gummy vitamins for kids contain much small amounts of vitamins and minerals and are normally developed for a certain age group, not really suitable for adults.
The bottom line is that gummy vitamins can be a great solution for someone who may have a difficult time swallowing pills, particularly those giant multivitamin ones. Plus, it can be a great alternative for people who struggle to take pills as, for some reason, gummies seem to be a lot easier to be taken on a daily basis. One last tip: check the amount of sugar in the gummy vitamins and preferably try to find a product that contain healthier, more natural sugars, from organic sources.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Olly.
Olly offers a superior line of products created to fit your changing needs. Every blend is formulated to be super effective by pairing nutrients in powerful combinations that are designed to meet specific health benefits. Olly products are sourced from nature and contain only natural colors and flavors. Lightly sweetened, Olly products use the power of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
The company’s main goal is to make nutrition simple. Olly is proud to say the company has a bunch of vitamin geeks, who have been studying nutrition for decades and learning the right blend of nutrients to help make us stronger, faster, more balanced and more energetic.
Olly gummies and softgels containuniquely delicious flavors and vibrant colors from all natural sources. Additionally, the company includes powerful natural bioactives like plant-based phytonutrients and antioxidant extracts from hard-working ingredients like cacao and green tea. The result is a superior line of effective and delicious supplements for you and your family.
What’s with all the hype about almond milk? The answer is pretty simple: lots of nutrition and great taste. When a product provides tons of health benefits and actually tastes pretty good, it’s a safe bet many people will be willing to, at the very least, give it a try and that seems to be the case of almond milk.
Almond milk has been growing in popularity not only for people avoiding dairy products but also for people searching for a delicious and different taste. A creamy, nutty-flavored beverage, almond milk is very nutritious as it contains many vitamins, tons of minerals as well as antioxidants.
Almond milk products contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and a multitude of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Although it does not contain calcium, some almond milks are supplemented with calcium to meet one-third of the recommended daily average.
The health benefits of almond milk include improvement of vision, weight loss, and building stronger bones. It can also help in building strong muscles, regulating blood pressure and maintaining a proper kidney function.
While cow’s milk, rice milk and soy milk are often fortified with various minerals and vitamins, all of these nutrients occur naturally in almond milk. A great milk substitute choice for those who are trying to lower their fat and calorie intake, almond milk contains only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, and these are healthy fats that help protect your heart and preserve cognitive function.
Low in fat and high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, almond milk can be a great addition to your diet whether you want to avoid dairy products or not.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Wojo.
Wojo offers a unique line of products which contain a blend of six B vitamins essential to healthy nerve and cell development. This single-dose liquid supplement is specially formulated with ingredients shown to support overall health and boost metabolism.
Wojo supplements are designed for the changing needs of a busy lifestyle. Packaged to go and quickly absorbed, you can simply enjoy Wojo with your favorite beverage, hot or cold, whenever and wherever it’s convenient. It’s the perfect product for busy people who may need a little push, an extra dose of energy, more focus, or simply a better mood to face what’s ahead.
From the beginning, Wojo wanted to create more than just a supplement, hoping that this new product could serve as a tangible reminder to everyone to stop, at least for a moment, and consider the road they want to travel. Based on a blend of B vitamins, Wojo contains B1, niacin/B3, pantothenic acid/B5, B6, biotin/B7, and B12. Some Wojo products also contain additional vitamins such as vitamin D3 as well as herbal extracts and amino acid ingredients, all added to help you meet your specific needs.
If you think gummy vitamins are strictly child’s play, you may want to think again. Not just for kids anymore, most vitamins and supplements can be found in some kind of gummy form. But are they really better than the good ‘ol tablets? Let’s find out.
Say goodbye to the hours spent grinding and cutting pills (not to mention chasing their scattered remnants all over the kitchen) to choke down in a spoonful of applesauce. Gummy vitamins are a hassle-free and satisfyingly chewable way to get your daily dose of nutrition.
Let’s face it, gummy vitamins taste WAY better than their chalky old school counterparts. They’re available in countless varieties, from classics like orange and fruit punch to some more adventurous flavors like espresso. However, keep in mind that some brands of gummy vitamins may contain sugar, trans fat and corn syrup so, as always, remember to check the label’s fine print.
Gummies pretty easily win the taste and convince tests, but how do they stack up nutritionally? To be fair, the answer isn’t quite as clear cut. Gummy vitamins are not regulated by the FDA, therefore they could have lower amounts of certain vitamins compared to pills. However, if you aren’t getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals from your diet than a gummy multivitamin supplement may be perfect for you.
Do gummy vitamins sound like a good fit for your health regimen? You can find an amazing variety of gummy vitamins from everything to multivitamins to calcium and weight loss supplements. Shop our great selection today!
Taking a multivitamins is a great way to maintain a proper daily intake of nutrients, a common problem for most Americans, Many people do not meet the dietary recommendation of nutrients needed on a daily basis, particularly calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, three of the four nutrients with the highest inadequate intake in adults and children according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. If you have decided to start taking a multivitamin but may need a little help choosing one, we present you a simple, basic guide on what to look for in your multivitamin.
Let’s get started with your personal profile. Hundreds of multivitamin products are available and their formulas vary in many different ways. For example, some multis are designed for men while others are formulated for women. Kids multivitamins are also available with lower amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as seniors formulas which often add additional nutrients needed by the human body over a certain age, over 40, over 50, etc.
Additionally, multivitamins are available in many different forms and all of them have their pros and cons. You can find multivitamin products in tablets, capsules, softgels, liquid and powder form, chewable tablets as well as gummies, kids’ favorite choice. Tablets and capsules are the most convenient ones but liquid and power are a great alternative for people with difficulties swallowing tabs as multivitamins are often quite large tablets and a pill crusher may be helpful. Plus, some very complete multivitamins may require a few tablets three times a day but companies have created products such as “once a day”, or “twice a day”, a much more convenient way to ensure your daily vitamin intake.
Rounding up the guide, getting the basic vitamins and minerals is one of the best ways to get started. Look for vitamin A, Bs, C, D and K, and some minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Multivitamins are available in a wide variety of formulas that are aimed at helping people with specific nutritional needs or conditions. Take your time to find the best one that fits your particular needs.