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20
OCT

Think Beyond the Pink

Every month it seems is an “awareness” month and October is one of the biggest with “Pinktober” where everything feels like it turns pink!  Since most of us are already aware of women and breast cancer, we want to expand your awareness so you know there is more than women and pink. There are men too!

Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.  Although a large percentage of breast cancers are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background.  Approximately  5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene).  50% of BRCA carriers are male! In general there is a 1% chance of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer (1 in 1000) however this percentage increases up to 7% if a man is a carrier of the gene mutation.

There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.

First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breast? Aren’t they just pecs?!

Is there a family history of breast and other cancers as most don’t equate this with a male breast cancer risk.  Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated.  Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms (yes men can have a mammogram and should do self exams!) are important tools for early detection. Unfortunately since no is checking, men are often diagnosed far too late.

In addition to knowing your risk factors, changes in your diet, supplementation, exercise programs and meditation may also help. Choosing more organic foods with little to no hormones added has been found to be helpful as breast cancer is often hormonally driven in men. A diet filled with organic cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale along with berries can also be beneficial.  Since we can’t always eat our nourishment, taking additional supplements or choosing green powders for drinks can help get the proper daily intake as well as supplements such as Vitamin D, Turmeric, Green Tea and natural products that works as an anti-inflamatory or antioxidants.

So this month while everything is turning pink, think about turning your lifestyle a little green. Now that you’re aware, become educated with your genetic background, know your risk and make healthier choices. And remember this month it’s not just about the women, it’s about the men too!

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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12
OCT

13 Deadly Toxins in Your Make-Up

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking to shop make-up products? Be careful! Many products contain hazardous chemicals ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. Here’s a list of 13 deadly toxins to avoid in your make-up, cosmetic, and personal care products.

1- Parabens: commonly used in makeup, this toxic ingredient may interfere with hormone function and it has been associated with breast cancer. Look out for ingredients with “pararaben” in their name such as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, or ethylparaben.

2- BHA and BHT: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are widely used as preservatives in makeup products, lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. BHA and BHT are closely related synthetic antioxidants known to induce allergic reactions in the skin, cause cancer, and interfere with hormone function.

3- Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone): these silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics and facial treatments to soften, smooth, and moisten. It can interfere with hormone function, may impair human fertility, and damage the liver. Check for ingredients ending with the word siloxane such as cyclotetrasiloxane.

4- DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA: widely used in moisturizers and makeup products. DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy but are known to cause skin irritation. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients.

5- Parfum and Synthetic fragrances: widely used, even in some products marketed as “unscented”. Mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

6. PEGs: these petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer.

7. Petrolatum: used in a variety of make-up products, as well as lip balm/lipstick, and skin care products. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers that can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.

8. Mineral Oil: often used in beauty treatments products, mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which may clog the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Its solvent properties are used on cleansers that are intended to use in removing oil-based makeup and in removing the accumulated dust and dirt on oily skin types.

9. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used in cosmetics as a detergent, SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver, irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

10- Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP: often found in nail products and some hair sprays, this toxic to reproduction may interfere with hormone function. DBP’s are commonly hidden on ingredient labels under the term “fragrance”.

11. Heavy Metals: heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel can build up in the body over time and are known to cause many health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss, cardiovascular, kidney and renal problems; headaches, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; among many others. Multiple conventional cosmetic products such as foundation, mascaras, lipsticks, tints, glosses contain multiple heavy metals.

12.  Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: widely used in moisturizers, formaldehyde is known for causing cancer. Look out for ingredient such as DMDM Hydantoin, Daizolidinyl Urea, and Methenamine.

13. Coal Tar Dyes: Labeled as P-phenylenediamine, this toxic is known to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Coal tar-derived colors are used extensively in cosmetics, generally identified by a five-digit Color Index (C.I.) number.

 

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6
OCT

Acure Skin, Body and Hair Care: Battling Breast Cancer with Better Choices

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

On average, women use a dozen personal care products containing 168 chemical ingredients every day.  Manufactures claim levels are too low to cause harm, however, low levels layered on everyday, add up. When one third of personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer and up to 80% of products may contain one or more hidden hazards that are not even listed on product labels, it is no wonder that the likelihood of a woman being confronted with breast cancer in their lifetime has risen to 1 in 8. Fortunately, recent studies show that breast cancer is linked to several environmental and genetic factors, which can be controlled or mitigated. Using clean personal care is an amazing first step.

Acure is a family owned and operated company, founded on sustainable principles, to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Kristy and Jon Guerra founded Acure as a way to honor Kristy’s grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years.

“I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet,” says Kristy.

In addition to creating clinically proven effective formulas that steer women away from cancer-causing ingredients, Acure also donates 5% of their skin care proceeds to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey.

Acure continues their commitment to clean, healthy, clinically proven effective products, as they extend the facial and body care line to include hair care.  These formulas are salon tested for maximum performance, using the finest natural, organic and fair trade ingredients available, leaving out the parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal bi-products and synthetic fragrances found in most shampoos and conditioners.  Acure uses cutting edge plant stem cell technology to address specific hair concerns at the root and follicle level.  Argan plant stem cells extracted from the Moroccan argan tree, famous for its prized argan nut oil, are the first active stem cells with proven effect on real dermal stem cells. In the skin, argan stem cells support the dermal stem cells in their regenerating potential, accelerating the skin’s natural repair process. In the hair, they strengthen the follicle connection between the hair fiber and the follicle itself, promoting healthy hair retention and growth.

Not only is plant stem cell technology impactful to the skin and hair, it also has far reaching positive impact to the environment in that it supports preservation and availability of the most rare plant species for generations to come. Argan plant stem cells are 100% non-GMO, free from herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and organically extracted.

Acure’s Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner not only embody these dynamic little buds of gold but also folds in organic Moroccan argan oil and CoQ10 to support keratin production and strengthen the follicle connection, rich avocado oil, which provides vitamin B12 and moisture, while lemongrass cleanses and clarifies.  All of our shampoos and conditioners are vegan, gluten free and color safe, plus for each hair care product Acure sells, they donate 10 cents to Water.Org. Water.org provides underdeveloped communities with sustainable, sanitary water sources through local partnership, technology and education.

Try them all and fall in love with the results while making a healthy choice that supports the fight against breast cancer!

 

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2
OCT

Breast Cancer: What the Medical Professionals Don’t Talk About

 

WARNING! This is NOT just “another” story for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Read on to learn something most people and medical professionals don’t know or talk about…

Let’s face it, if you’re a man you probably tune all the “pink stuff” this month right out!  But what if the pink ribbon had a little BLUE in it? Then would you notice it? Do men even know they have breast tissue? And if so, how many of you really DO anything with this awareness?

Ask yourself these questions and see how educated you really are?

(Questions below should be answered by both men and women);

  • Do you know or talk about a family history of ALL cancers for both genders?
  • Do you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer?
  • Do you (men and women) perform a self breast exam once a month?
  • Have you changed or improved your diet or nutritional intake to increase prevention?
  • Do you fit in at least 3-5 hours of exercise a week?
  • How much alcohol is “ok” to consume if you’re concerned about breast cancer?
  • Has anyone in your family (men and women) been tested for the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) mutation?
  • If you have family members (with or without a gene mutation) with Prostate, Ovarian, Melanoma, Pancreatic and other cancers does this increase your risk of Breast Cancer?
  • Does your family doctor, gynecologist or urologist talk to you about your risks due to a family history of cancer(s)?
  • Does your doctor perform a routine breast exam if you’re a man? If not, who is checking you for this if you do have a family history?
  • Can a man have a mammogram?
  • Do men have breasts?

 

Most of us know the stats on breast cancer in women (1 in 8 women will be diagnosed) but do you know;

  • This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
  • 50% of the worlds BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) carriers are male and there is an increased risk from 1% closer to 6% of a diagnosis as a male if a carrier of the BRCA gene.
  • Percentage fatality rate is often higher for men diagnosed with breast cancer as usually no one is checking, men don’t notice the symptoms, men are not aware they can be diagnosed with breast cancer and are not screened on a regular basis with the current insurance regulations.
  • Male breast cancer treatment consist of mastectomy due to limited amount of tissue and often followed with some or all; radiation therapy, chemo therapy and hormone therapy

This October, we need to stretch the boundaries of breast cancer awareness to include men and really help educate. Let’s add some blue to the pink and help men to learn they too can be affected by this disease. Men need to know they do have breasts and what their risk factors are. Women need to be informed not just for themselves, their sisters or daughters but for their husbands, brothers and sons. Let’s show what awareness is really all about and educate all genders.

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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26
SEP

What’s New? Trilogy

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of beauty products to our customers: Trilogy.

Trilogy offers a variety of skincare products created from simple and unique blends of the purest natural plant oils and botanical extracts. Trilogy has an international reputation for producing ethical, sustainable, high-performance natural skincare. Trilogy believes true beauty is real beauty and creates efficient natural skincare products to help you feel good about your skin, feel good about life and when you feel good about life, good things happen. The company does not promise perfection but Trilogy skincare will help you achieve your best, most radiant complexion naturally.

Only the purest natural plant oils, extracts and actives make it into Trilogy products for hair care and body care. More than 100 raw ingredients are used and one can trace every one of them back to source. All ingredients used are non-GMO, sustainably produced and fairly traded. The company keeps it simple, pure, and vital as all ingredients used work in perfect harmony to restore and maintain the natural vitality and radiance of skin.

Additionally, Trilogy skincare is a Choose Cruelty Free accredited company. From the very beginning, animal testing has been off the cards entirely and the company does not test ingredients, product prototypes or finished products on animals, working closely with ingredient suppliers to ensure they are aware of the company’s values and policies. Trilogy is also supporting and being fully involved in local communities and causes. Whether it’s a charity, community event, play group or school activity, Trilogy likes to help wherever possible.

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22
SEP

What’s New? Jeffrey James Botanicals

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the addition of another top-quality brand of natural personal care products to our customers: Jeffrey James Botanicals.

Jeffrey James Botanicals offers a unique line of elegant, natural products created with the finest organic actives, organic botanicals and beautifying minerals. All ingredients are handpicked and hand crafted to deliver stunning results. The company believes that customers should be able to look in the mirror after one day and see a difference of using their products.  Jeffrey James Botanicals’ products are designed to leave you feeling healthier about yourselves, knowing you are nourishing your skin and taking great care of yourself.

Jeffrey James believes that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in. If your body is a temple, why would you ever want to put chemicals or toxins in or on it? With that in mind, every ingredient in every product is hand selected for its organic purity, delicious smell, healing properties and how well it absorbs into the skin. This should start with making a conscious decision to use organic naturally pure products that allows your skin, your face, and your light to shine.

Jeffrey James was created with the desire to help others look and feel amazing about their health and themselves. The company’s luxury, organic products are created and developed to promote radiant skin and radiant health.

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27
AUG

Go Red: Women Heart Disease

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

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing approximately 400.000 women per year, which represents one in every four female deaths. Heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease” but it is important to know that about the same number of women and men die each year of cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are spreading among women across the country. Complicating matters, women with heart disease often have different symptoms than men, such as back or jaw pain instead of the common crushing chest pain men often describe as a first symptom. Additionally, according to doctors, women are also more likely to deny the problem.

Awareness of heart disease among women is gradually rising and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign is an excellent way to raise awareness and help women across the country.

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It works to improve the lives of all Americans, providing public health education in a variety of ways. In 2010, it set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

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31
JUL

Premium Brand Spotlights

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Supplements,Women's Health at 1:22 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

LuckyVitamin.com is excited to offer its customers an exclusive, limited-time offer on four high-end brands. These products are rarely offered at discounted prices so the time to take advantage is now! Learn more about what makes these sought-after brands so unique.

Metagenics – Genetic Potential Through Nutrition

Science uses genomic and proteomic research to identify plant-based extracts and derivatives that communicate with specific proteins. These proteins send signals to promote healthy functioning and “amplify” healthy messages from food.  Metagenics uses these discoveries to become readily available medical foods and nutraceuticals that offer uniquely effective and powerful formulas for both targeted and broad health applications.  Their in-house scientific staff and technologically advanced facilities conduct adequate research and evaluation. That’s what enables them to continue to provide innovative formulas of the highest possible quality to help you make a noticeable impact on health.

Thorne Research – Pure Ingredients, Trusted Results, Worldwide

Thorne is the only hypoallergenic dietary supplement manufacturer with the highest degree of purity that you – and your most severely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients – can truly trust. Also, they do not make any products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (known as GMOs). In 2014, Thorne Research celebrated their 30-year commitment to transforming and advancing the quality of health care in the United States and around the world. Thorne Research understands that to successfully deliver innovative solutions it must identify and partner with forward-thinking companies that envision a future in which lifestyle medicine is at the forefront of patient care.

Vitanica Professional – Addressing The Health Care Needs Of Women

Vitanica’s professional line of nutritional supplements has been used in clinical practice for over 18 years in the area of women’s health. They seek excellence in their formulations by including optimal dosages, superior choice nutrient sources and clinically scrutinized products for maximal therapeutic benefit. They are committed to using the highest quality, premium grade organic or wild crafted herbs available. Vitanica’s herbs and extracts are selected on the basis of purity, bioactivity, and maximal therapeutic benefit. All of their products are formulated based on scientific research and/or clinical research and experience as conducted by Dr. Tori Hudson in her women’s health practice.

Bioray Kids – Provides Natural Kidssentials

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18
JUL

Iron Supplementation Benefits Physical Performance

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study suggests that iron supplementation may provide physical performance benefits. Previous studies have suggested that iron deficiency impairs physical exercise performance but this new research focused on iron deficiency and anemia in women of reproductive age (WRA).

Published in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, this study performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effect of iron supplementation compared with control on exercise performance in WRA. Randomized controlled trials measured exercise outcomes in WRA and compared the results of individuals taking daily oral iron supplementation versus the ones not taking it. The results were quite impressive. Iron supplementation improved both maximal exercise performance, demonstrated by an increase in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max), and submaximal exercise performance, demonstrated by a lower heart rate. Daily iron supplementation significantly helped to prevent and treat iron deficiency in the group.

Iron is an essential mineral found in many foods but women may require supplementation particularly during pregnancy, when the amount of iron needed by the body needs nearly doubles. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in your body, which helps carry oxygen to your cells. When you are pregnant the volume of blood in your body also increases by about 50%, requiring more hemoglobin to meet these requirements.

Many women have low iron levels even before they become pregnant.  The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have estimated that young minority women are at the highest risk of being iron deficient.  As pregnancy continues, normal hematocrit and hemoglobin values will also decrease during the second and third trimester because of hemodilution increasing the risk of becoming anemic. Exercising during pregnancy is very important to maintain good health but women must ensure that iron intake can support the higher required levels as well as the amount needed for physical activity.

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26
MAY

What’s New? Harmonic Innerprizes

Filed Under: Supplements,Women's Health at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Harmonic Innerprizes.

Harmonic Innerprizes offers a unique line of products to make a significant difference on people’s lives. Established in 1995, the company has pioneered the new science of monatomic elements (ORMES) that was discovered by David Hudson a few years earlier. This research led to the study of electromagnetics and how the electromagnetics of substances affected the electromagnetics of the body and how the health and vitality of the body is influenced by electromagnetic frequencies.

Harmonic Innerprizes discovered that you can positively influence the health of the body, the thoughts of the brain, and the feelings of the emotions by infusing it with the energy from minerals, botanicals, and nutraceuticals that have been energetically balanced. The company concluded that the health of the body is more influenced by belief systems than imperfect diets or the quality of drinking water. Harmonic Innerprizes believes that anything physical was created from energy and by reconnecting with that energy optimal health can be achieved. By optimal health, it means balance and harmony permeating mind, body and spirit because you simply will not have a healthy body unless the mind is focused on the positive and the emotions are proactive and not reactive.

Harmonic Innerprizes Etherium dietary supplements are trace elements that contain significant amounts of natural monatomic minerals to enhance the body’s electromagnetic systems that increase the mind, body, spirit connections. These products have the ability to invigorate the senses and broaden your perceptions, resulting in higher states of consciousness and a spiritual transformation.

You can save even more on all Harmonic Innerprizes supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code MAY14NEWY10 to save an extra 10% on all items of this new brand.

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20
MAY

Supplements to Reduce PMS Symptoms

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

It’s that time of the month again. Aunt Flo rears her ugly head in the form of bloating, mood swings, cramping and a boatload of other annoying symptoms. This period of emotional imbalance is known as premenstrual syndrome. PMS symptoms are a lot more common than you think. In fact, around 80% of women will experience at least one PMS symptom in each cycle. Luckily, there’s something out there that can bring relief when PMS symptoms start.

Super Nutrition offers three formulations that can reduce PMS symptoms including Simply One Women, Women’s Blend and Anti-aging Potency. All of these formulations contain vital nutrients that have been scientifically proven to reduce PMS discomfort.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), naturally present in many foods, can reduce PMS symptoms, including moodiness, irritability. In a recent study of 630 women, 100 mg to 150 mg of supplemental vitamin B6 reduced PMS in about 66% of the women, and 160 mg to 200 mg of Vitamin B6 reduced PMS in about 79% of the women.

Vitamin D

There is some evidence that getting more vitamin D from the diet might help to prevent PMS or reduce symptoms. Another study revealed women who received took 706 IU/day of vitamin D per had 41% less PMS symptoms than those who received 112IU/day.

Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry) 

Vitex is sometimes called “the women’s herb.” It is used for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and symptoms of menopause. Please take into consideration it should not be taken with the pill as it may increase the side effects and decrease its effectiveness.

Magnesium

The mineral magnesium, found naturally in food and available in supplements, has showing good preliminary results for PMS. When taking magnesium at 200 and 360 mg per day reduced symptoms including weight gain, fluid retention, swelling of extremities, breast tenderness and abdominal bloating.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is very helpful to women. It provides relief from hot flashes, cramps, and menstrual pain. It has a primary function as an antioxidant, protecting cell membranes, active enzyme sites and DNA.

Every woman with PMS suffers a different set of physical and emotional symptoms. It’s good to know that help is here from Super Nutrition!

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2
MAY

Vitamins During Pregnancy

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 4:02 pm | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Pregnancy is one of the most talked about terms in medicine. Making sure that both the mother and fetus stay healthy throughout the pregnancy is very important.  A balanced diet is the best way for your baby to receive nutrients during the pregnancy. Vitamins should only be used to ensure you are receiving the proper amount of nutrients and should not in any way replace a healthy diet.   A healthy diet is one that consists of a variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and fats. Calories are very important for pregnant women during pregnancy. They provide energy, aid in the expansion of red blood cells, as well as aid in the growth of the uterus and breasts. I’m going to discuss some of the supplements and why they are important for you and your growing baby.

  1. The majority of the vitamins and the dosage needed can be found in a good prenatal multivitamin.
    1. Vitamin A – Important for reproduction, healthy skin, and promoting normal vision.  Recommended dose 2,500-5,000 IU/day.
    2. Vitamin C – Aids in the absorption of iron.
    3. Vitamin D – Vital in the development of fetal teeth and bone as well as necessary for metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Recommended dose 400 IU/day.
    4. Vitamin E – A very potent antioxidant that helps in maintaining cell integrity. Recommended dose 200-800 IU/day.
    5. Vitamin K – Aids in the prevention of neonatal hemorrhage. Recommended dose not established.
    6. B6–Prevents morning sickness, preeclampsia, and diabetes.
    7. B12 – Functions in protein metabolism and DNA synthesis.
  2. Minerals are also important throughout your pregnancy.
    1. Iron- Statuses decline during pregnancy because the fetus consumes what maternal iron is stored.  It is important that mom consults with her healthcare practitioner for the amount of iron she should be taking to help prevent anemia and other iron deficiency conditions.
    2. Folic acid-Helps prevent neural tube defects and low birth weight infants. It also prevents megaloblastic anemia and increases protein effectiveness in the body. Recommended dose 400-800 micrograms/day.
    3. Calcium- Another mineral important to supplement during pregnancy as it has been found to increase bone mineral density in offspring. Recommended dose between 900-1200mg/day.
    4. Zinc-Necessary for DNA and protein synthesis as well as for the prevention of congenital malformations. Recommended dose 15mg/day.

 

  1. Besides vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 acids such as DHA, play a vital role in the development of the brain, central nervous system, and visual system.  Fetuses rely on DHA from their mother so it is imperative that the mother has adequate intake in her diet and supplements. Recommended dosage 200-300mg/day.
  2. Choline is an essential nutrient needed for proper brain development. Studies have shown that high choline diets during pregnancy resulted in improved cognitive function in offspring. Recommended dose around 450mg/day.
  3. Probiotics have shown to reduce the risk of allergies and eczema in offspring during pregnancy. These are also important because infants are born with a sterile intestinal tract. The mother’s flora is needed to build the intestinal flora of the baby.

 

 

All supplements should be prescribed by your healthcare provider or under direct supervision of a healthcare provider. These dosages are only recommendations and are not in any way meant to replace any dosage prescribed by your doctor. Please consult your healthcare provider before changing or including supplements in your daily routine.

 

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13
APR

Aging: Keep the Good & Reverse The Bad

Filed Under: Men's Health,Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 8:45 am | By: Kim McCorkell, Senior Editor

Did you know if you live until 2050, some scientists believe you may not need to get older?

Granted, there are wonderful things about aging: wisdom, experience, lasting friendships or retirement (even getting closer to it!). But in an ideal world, there wouldn’t be a decline in immune function, fine lines or wrinkles, memory loss and slower movement to go with it. Luckily for us, it may not have to.

New science has profoundly expanded our understanding of what’s possible in human wellness and anti-aging. Optimal anti-aging potencies have been discovered to help prevent premature aging – and in some cases reverse it*. SuperNutrition has capitalized on these discoveries and released a new line of multivitamins specifically formulated for cell protection and rejuvenation, to help put an end premature aging.

SuperNutrition’s AntiAging Potency Multivitamins for Men and Women contain the world’s highest anti-aging potencies. These radically different multivitamins are based on published scientific studies that have determined the potencies that provide optimum anti-aging effects*.  They contain:

  • Research-level potencies of eleven bone-building nutrients
  • Hair, skin & nail support (for women)
  • Folic acid, vitamins E, C, B6 and selenium to support heart health
  • Vitamins for immune support including D3, real retinol vitamin A and zinc
  • An effective balance of stress reducing, energy enhancing B vitamins

Keep the wisdom and gain the energy. For a limited time, shop SuperNutrition at LuckyVitamin.com up to 50% off retail prices. Take advantage of our incredible savings today and try SuperNutrition’s AntiAging Potency Multivitamin for Men or Women!

*To read more, visit SuperNutritionUSA.com/science.php to access an extensive database of scientific abstracts.

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Super Nutrition – Prenatal Blend Antioxidant-Rich Multi-Vitamin/Mineral – 180 Vegetarian Tablets
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26
DEC

Lucky Vitamin Presents: Optimal Blend For Dynamic Women

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Diet & Weight Loss,Women's Health at 6:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is pleased to announce a new line of products from Olympian Labs, Inc. For over 20 years, OL has been a trusted supplement company with a proven track record of success. They pride themselves on innovative vitamin, supplement and sports nutrition formulations, as well as, potency and the highest quality ingredients.   We are excited to introduce OL’s new line: Optimal Blend for Dynamic Women. It’s designed to support women’s health, wellness and graceful aging.

The new line includes exciting and effective anti-aging products such as Biocell Collagen®, Skin Support Supplement and Ageless that contain natural nutrients that work from the inside-out at the cellular level to improve the appearance of skin, repair cells and restore youthfulness. With the stress of daily life, environmental contaminants and lack of proper nutrition, it is never too early to properly care for your skin. Additionally, the product line contains weight loss and stress products that help accelerate weight loss, reduce appetite, overeating tendencies, and speed metabolism. Other general health products that address digestive, bone, urinary tract health, energy and hormonal balance are also sold by the company as well.

Since their beginning, the Olympian Labs mission has been to create the world’s most effective and advanced line of supplements to improve the quality of life. They have conducted extensive research and development and partnered with leading naturopathic institutes and physicians to develop cutting- edge formulations that support health, age management and performance. Olympian Labs is cGMP and NSF certified. Click here to view the Optimal Blend for Dynamic Women line.

 

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Olympian Labs – Optimal Blend For Dynamic Women Cal/Mag Plus – 111 Gram(s)
Olympian Labs – Optimal Blend For Dynamic Women Cranberry Complex – 30 Capsules
Olympian Labs – Optimal Blend For Dynamic Women Complete Digestive Blend – 60 Capsules

 
16
JUL

The Nausea Of Pregnancy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Homeopathy,Women's Health at 11:50 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Did you know that approximately 80% of pregnant women experience nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy?  The term most people use to associate with the nausea of pregnancy is “morning sickness.” However these symptoms can strike at any time and, for most women, last all day long. Doctors and scientists are not sure what causes nausea during pregnancy.  Anti-emetic drugs can be used to help with nausea but are often times limited due to risk of birth defects.  So today we are going to look at some alternatives to help treat the nausea associated with pregnancy.

Common dietary recommendations include eating small, frequent meals and avoiding spicy, fatty foods. It is also recommended to avoid foods and smells that cause nausea. One study found that high protein meals were more effective at preventing nausea then high carbohydrates or high fat meals.  Let’s look at some other alternatives besides dietary changes to help combat the nausea.

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) has anti-nausea and antiemetic effects and has been used successfully help combat nausea associated with chemotherapy and other drugs, motion sickness and postoperative nausea.  There have been at least 4 randomized controlled trials that have found Ginger powder or extract to be an effective treatment for the nausea of vomiting associated with pregnancy.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) has also been found to be as effective as ginger in the treatment of nausea.  In uncontrolled trials, 75% to nearly 100% of women experienced marked improvement or complete relief of symptoms after taking Vitamin B6.  Another useful modality for nausea is homoepathy. A common homeopathic remedy for morning sickness is Sepia Oficinalis. The characteristic symptoms of Sepia are nausea first thing in morning or from the smell of food/odors, a sick feeling in the stomach and nausea that is soothed from eating.

Some experts are unsure whether pharmaceutical drugs are safe during pregnancy. So try some of these safe and effective alternatives to helping combat your nausea associated with pregnancy.

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