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28
MAY

Muesli: Healthy or Not?

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Aids,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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.




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.




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.




16
MAY

Not Just for Kids: Gummy Vitamins

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
16 GVGummy 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.

 




16
APR

New Brands Showcase: Olly

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16Lucky 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.

You can save even more when you shop Olly products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.




7
APR

Nutritional Benefits of Almond Milk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B7What’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.




29
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Wojo

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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.

You can save even more when you shop Wojo supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




8
MAR

Gummies Versus Pills…Which One Packs More Punch?

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
gummyvitaminsIf 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!




7
MAR

What to Look For In Your Multivitamin!

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MVTaking 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.




29
FEB

Does Your Child Need Vitamins?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CVThe debate is endless. Children’s vitamins have bene around for years but parents are still debating whether or not their children should be taking supplements. A good number of pediatricians believe kids should get vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced, healthy diet but you may be surprised to find out that many pediatricians are highly recommending children to take a multi-vitamin products, but why?

First, many families may find it difficult to feed their children a healthy diet every single day. Busy lives and tight schedules are part of the modern life and (sometimes) time may be short to ensure everyone in the family is eating well. That includes your kids. Food on the run has become a common thing in today’s high tempo life and, just like adults, your kids may be lacking important vitamins and essential minerals.

Second, some parents may struggle to establish a well-balanced diet for their kids. Children need to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as protein and whole grains. Milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt are also essential for your little ones as it is very important that children obtain plenty of calcium to build strong bones. Let’s not forget iron, which builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells.

Now, let’s talk about the always important vitamins. We can start with the importance of vitamin D, which promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, so get your kids outside as often as possible. Essential to promote normal growth and development, vitamin A also helps bone repairs and promote healthy skin and eyes. B vitamins are important for energy production and they also help to maintain healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Vitamin C can enhance the immune system and help promote healthy muscles, connective tissue, and skin.

Lastly, just like adults, every kid is different and have different diets and levels of activity but with today’s busy lifestyle along with the great quality of vitamin supplements for children, it’s easier to understand the reason doctors are recommending children’s’ multivitamins. As always, talk to your pediatrician before start a multivitamin for your kids.




14
FEB

3 Top Products from Zahler

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Zahler (1)Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry Zahler supplements, a premium brand that creates products from pure, wholesome nutrients from natural sources. The company’s mission is to develop natural antidotes to common disorders and restore balance to the body’s metabolism. It takes the right combination to create an effective formula, and it’s the precision and efficacy of the proprietary Zahler formula that passes the ultimate litmus test: it works. With so many great supplement available, we picked just 3 top products from Zahler available at LuckyVitamin.com.

ParaGuard

ParaGuard contains a unique blend of herbs that optimizes digestive flora and aids in a healthy intestinal balance. This herbal tincture contains ingredients such as fennel seed, black walnut hull, quassia wood, pumpkin seed, wormwood herb, garlic bulb, clove bud, bayberry root bark, fresh garrya herb, peppermint oil, and oregano oil. These are all extremely effective in eliminating parasites, pinworms from our bodies. It can be used as a preventative measure and is excellent as a cleanser. For best results when you take ParaGuard, add pumpkin seeds and coconut oil to your diet as these foods are helpful in ridding our bodies of bugs.

CandAid

CandAid is an advanced intestinal health formula that supports the balance of intestinal microflora and the immune system function. This unique anti-fungal formula contains essential ingredients such as oregano, caprylic acid, garlic and grapefruit seed extract. An excellent product for thrush, fungal toenails, and vaginal yeast infections, it should always be combined with acidophilus and works best when people get off sugar and refined foods.

UTI Revolution

The new and updated UTI Revolution is as effective as antibiotics in treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) without the unwanted side effects. Unlike antibiotics, UTI Revolution actually helps prevent recurrent infections. Formulated with nutrients to successfully ward off urinary infections naturally, UTI contains lactobacillus acidophilus, D-mannose, cranberries, vitamin C, nutraflora, pumpkin seeds, and superfruits such as camu camu, acerola berry, and a proprietary blend consisting of goji berries, pomegranate, and acai berry.




11
FEB

Vitamin D and Sunlight

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Vit DConsidered by many health experts as the most important nutrient needed by the human body, vitamin D is essential for good health. Known as the sunshine vitamin, D is important to maintain healthy bones as it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food sources.

We obtain most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure but when the sun is not out, people may have problems maintaining healthy vitamin D levels.

It’s widely known that the lack of sunlight causes vitamin D levels to significantly drop during the winter months. Research suggests that very little if any vitamin D can be synthesized in the skin from November through February at latitudes north of 37 degrees (see image) as the sunlight does not have enough UVB radiation. Vitamin D supplements are a great alternative to avoid vitamin D deficiency during the winter months.

Alternatively, some foods are good sources of vitamin D particularly fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. Meat and eggs also contain good levels of D and a variety of products such as milk, yogurt, and cereals may have added vitamin D.




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.




11
JAN

Need More Vitamins and Minerals? Try Yerba Mate

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Teas,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
YBThe beginning of the year brings up a lot of questions regarding nutrition. Some people struggle to find a way to eat less calories without dropping the nutrition intake. Eating less food may lead to less nutrients including vitamins and minerals but how can you have a successful weight-loss diet without reducing your daily intake of vitamins and minerals?

Of course, the answer to this question depends a lot on your diet but one beverage can be very helpful during this very challenging time of the year.

Yerba Mate is a great source of not only vitamins but also minerals and other nutrients. This traditional South American beverage contains vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B5, niacin (B3) as well as important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus. All these important nutrients are necessary to sustain a healthy life and vital to promote energy, a key element for any diet.

Native to subtropical South America in northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, Yerba Mate leaves contain caffeine and can promote a boost of energy as well as a variety of other health benefits. Research suggests that yerba mate can help regulate cholesterol levels, increasing HDL and reducing LDL. Researchers also believe that drinking yerba mate infusions may also reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Yerba Mate can be considered one of the healthiest herbs as researchers have concluded that it’s difficult to find a plant which can match mate’s nutritional value. Mate is more nutritious than green tea and studies have shown that mate can edge all the commonly used stimulants such as coffee, green tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, as it delivers more energy and nutrition.




4
JAN

5 Surprising Sources of Vitamin C

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VCVitamin C is known as the immune boosting vitamin. During the winter months, people try to enhance their immune system by increasing the amount of vitamin C in their diets. Many people usually go for “citrus” to up their C intake. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and pretty much every citrus fruit may be considered a great source of C but if you are not a big fan of the citrus family, other fruits and vegetables can be valuable sources too. We present you 5 surprising sources of vitamin C.

1. Kiwi

Kiwi fruit is one of the best sources of pretty much everything. Loaded with vitamins, one regular size kiwi contains about 70 mg of vitamin C, over 90 percent daily value.

2. Strawberry

These delicious berries are a great source of C with one average cup containing nearly 100mg of vitamin C. The bad news is that strawberries may not be easy to find in the winter (at least at reasonable prices) but the good news is that frozen berries contain just about the same amount of vitamin C.

3. Red Bell Pepper

A great addition to salads, one medium size red pepper contain about 150 mg of vitamin C, which is equivalent of over 200 percent daily value.

4. Papaya

Papayas offers many health benefits. Known to support the digestive system and regulate bowel movement, papayas are also an excellent source of vitamin C with one fruit containing as much as 185 mg of vitamin C (247 percent daily value).

5. Pineapple

This delicious tropical fruit is also a great source of vitamin C, particularly the extra sweet variety when eaten raw. Pineapples can have as much as 60 mg of vitamin C per serving and can be a great alternate source of other vitamins too.