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Green Goddess Spirulina Mask

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Spirulina for your face? Sounds crazy, no? Well, this power-packed superfood aint just for smoothies anymore. Here’s the magic behind this refreshing and impossibly easy rejuvenating mask…

Those already familiar with Spirulina probably know it best in its dark green powdery supplement form, but it actually begins its life in spectacularly unglamorous fashion as blue-green algae. And that’s why you don’t judge your algae by the trail of slime it leaves behind! It may not sound appetizing but Spirulina is one of the richest sources of vegetarian protein, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, and antioxidants and helps minimize acne, reduce sun damage and keeps skin feeling soft and supple.

Honey is another key ingredient, not just for this particular recipe, but in literally dozens of other natural beauty regimens. Thanks to its naturally-occurring trace amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids, you’ll want to keep a second jar in your medicine chest.

Lastly, aloe vera – hero to chapped and burned sun worshippers everywhere – revitalizes dry, irritated skin, and helps seal the moisture in where it belongs.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tablespoon spirulina

1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl

Apply to face evenly

Leave on 20 minutes

Rinse with warm water



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New Brands Showcase: Pure Polar Labs

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of omega-3 supplements to our customers: Pure Polar Labs.

Pure Polar Labs is a brand of health nutrition products dedicated to helping you support good overall health. All products are scientifically crafted to deliver a powerful way to get the highest standard in omega-3 nutritional and astaxanthin nutrients.

Sustainably sourced, 100% natural, and made with the highest quality ingredients. Pure Polar’s “Promise to Consumers” is to formulate premium omega-3 supplements that deliver at least two times more omega-3s and 10 times more natural astaxanthin than krill oils. Every single shrimp oil supplement is made using oils extracted from sustainably sourced shrimp bi-products. Pure Polar is 100% natural and doctor formulated to deliver high concentrations of omega-3s, phospholipids, and the highest levels of natural astaxanthin versus competitor fish and krill oil products.

Pure Polar Omega-3 Shrimp Oil is made from environmentally friendly and sustainably-sourced shrimp shells from the cold waters of the North Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans. Shrimp is the most popular seafood choice in the United States, with consumption rates that surpass even salmon and tuna fish by a significant margin.

Pure Polar Omega-3 Shrimp Oil contains phospholipid bound EPA and DHA as well as more EPA and DHA from its quality omega-3 fish oil blends. It contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in phospholipid form, so it’s easily absorbed by your body resulting in no fishy aftertaste. Pure Polar Omega-3 Shrimp Oil comes in small softgels and extended release tablets.

You can save even more when you shop Pure Polar Labs products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.



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5 Great Natural Ingredients to Moisturize Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for an effective moisturizer product but want to have only natural ingredients, it’s important to know which ones are considered efficient. With many options available, we give you a little help and present 5 natural ingredients to moisturize skin.

Honey

One of the best natural moisturizers, honey has the ability to lock in moisture to help maintain skin soft and smooth. Honey contains lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and antimicrobial properties which are essential to moisturize the skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin. One of the best ingredients to treat dry skin, you can easily find multiple products with coconut oil as an ingredient. You can also apply warm coconut oil by itself to make your skin soft and smooth.

Olive Oil

Loaded with antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, olive oil can help soothe and condition dry skin as well as reduce cracks and improve overall condition.

Aloe Vera

Particularly good to recover skin from sunburn, aloe vera has soothing, antiseptic and antifungal properties that can help dry, irritated skin and prevent flaking. Aloe vera works by forming a protective layer that will keep your skin free from any kind of impurities.

Milk Cream

Another popular ingredient in lotions and creams, milk cream is an excellent moisturizer because it has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. It contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead, dry skin and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. The soothing nature of milk cream also helps preserve the skin’s delicate pH levels.

 



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The Power Of Vitamin C For Your Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Personal Care at 8:36 am | By: Guest Blogger
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Abracadabra. Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Vitamin C isn’t magical, or mystical, but it is essential for overall skin health and protection, and defending against the signs of aging. The most effective type of Vitamin C, L-Ascorbic Acid is the only active form available for use in skin care products. This transformative, multi-tasking ingredient is also the only antioxidant able to simultaneously enhance skin’s natural renewal process, while reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and post-blemish discoloration.

Maybe Vitamin C is a little bit magic?

C Behind the Curtain

When selecting a Vitamin C-focused skin care product, those that are clean and made without toxic ingredients are recommended. The MyChelle Perfect C™ products contain some of the beauty industry’s highest levels of stable L-Ascorbic Acid, allowing the user to “C” a visible difference in their skin within minutes and with continuous use. The company’s use of new plant stem cell technology, Plant C-Stem™, derived from the Mung Bean, helps boost skin’s natural environmental stress defense, while increasing Vitamin C’s brightening power.

C the Difference

  1. Perfect C™ PRO Speed Peel

This one-step, one-minute facial peel is formulated with a strong 10% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid, 1% L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, Retinal, and a stimulating 25% Citrus Fruit puree. It is a professional-strength peel that retexturizes while gently exfoliating. The peel can be used once or twice a week in the evening and can be layered with a moisturizer.

  1. Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion

Get a complete daily dose of Vitamin C with this nutrient-rich lotion that combines 12% L-Ascorbic Acid with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help restore and protect skin for a smoother complexion. Pair this ultra moisturizing lotion with the Perfect C™ Serum for maximum, long-term brightening effects.

  1. Perfect C™ Serum

Formulated with 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cell, this potent facial serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; brightens; and minimizes the visible signs of aging. When layering serums, apply the Perfect C™ Serum first, followed by a moisturizer.

For optimal results, use Vitamin C or any combination of the products above consistently, as part of a healthy skin care routine. There won’t be smoke, but you may be pleasantly surprised with the reflection in the mirrors!



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SEP

Move Better with Move Matrix

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 3:30 pm | By: Guest Blogger
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NeoCell’s Move Matrix™ is a comprehensive joint formula containing scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically to support overall joint health and comfort. Connective tissue structure is aided by Collagen Type 2, MSM and Vitamin C for proper mechanical functioning. Joint hydration and cushioning are supported with  moisturizing nutrients hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin. A blend of powerful antioxidants turmeric, ginger root, resveratrol, boswelia, pine bark, and black pepper extracts help to help with a healthy inflammatory response.

A Detailed Look

Structure: Collagen is the main structural protein that creates a mesh framework that holds the body’s tissues together. Collagen production is enhanced by Vitamin C, which also holds the fibers of collagen together and provides antioxidant benefits. Likewise, MSM contains a bioactive form of Sulphur that creates strong bonds in connective tissue.

Hydration: Moisture is critical to joints because for both lubrication of the joints in the form of synovial fluid – much like motor oil lubricates an engine – and for cushioning as we move throughout daily life – much like the shocks on a car. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is responsible for drawing water molecules into the joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin work in conjunction with HA to form a gel-like “goo” that pads the joints.

Antioxidants: Free radicals are wrecking balls that bounce around the body and cause tissue degradation, resulting in pain and inflammation of the tissues. Antioxidants are nature’s way of neutralizing the destruction free radicals. Each antioxidant contains unique compounds that target different tissues and pathways within the body. An important distinction with antioxidant-containing herbs is the form and concentration of the active components. Ground powders are not condensed and bulky substances like fiber and cellulose remain. Extracts concentrate the value of the herbs by removing inactive components of the plant, resulting in a more powerful bioactivity in the body. For example, turmeric can be a seasoning used in cooking as a powdered root, but when curcumin is extracted it forms a highly effective supplement. The Move Matrix Blend™ contains multiple antioxidants in the form of supplement-grade extracts.

Anyone wanting an all-in-one joint formula should look no further than NeoCell’s Move Matrix™!



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SEP

Oatmega Breakfast Cookies

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Recipes,Superfoods at 7:22 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Cookies for breakfast? Heck, yeah! Using just one bowl, you can bake like Betty to create these delicious and nutritious cookies loaded with superfoods like chia, flax and blueberries. Start your day with these vegan, gluten-free breakfast cookies that taste exactly like a blueberry muffin!

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil or use parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, mashed banana, and vanilla
  • Next fold in flaxseed meal, almond meal, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix well until a dough forms. Then fold in blueberries
  • Roll dough into a ball and press on the top slightly
  • Bake for 15 minutes and let cool

 



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Reasons to Switch to Natural Toothpaste

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
People continue a good trend of switching to natural products. Every day, more and more people realize the issues caused by dangerous ingredients in food and personal care products and are switching over to more natural options. It’s no different with toothpaste and you don’t need a lot of reasons to make a switch to natural toothpaste.

First, as a healthier alternative to chemical-filled toothpaste, natural products contain little to none ingredients that can harm you and your family. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in toothpaste products as a thickener as well as to help create that nice lathery soap you get in your mouth. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to a number of different health dangers such as skin and eye irritation. It can also alter the structure of the skin which may mean more toxins are able to absorb into your body. In addition, most conventional toothpastes have glycerin, a pretty controversial ingredient as it provides no health benefits but it’s used in toothpaste to improve the texture of the paste.

Second, natural toothpaste products contain natural antibacterial ingredients to help eliminate bacteria and keep your mouth healthy. However, one common ingredient in many products is not really necessary on your toothpaste: fluoride. We have all heard that fluoride is essential for dental health but, in fact, fluoride is toxic in high doses and may not help your teeth at all. Most people get enough fluoride from city-treated drinking water to fight cavities. You can find several flouride-free natural toothpastes.

Lastly, conventional toothpaste products are more likely to increase sensitivity in your mouth. A good number of regular products are known to irritate and burn the mouth. On the other hand, natural toothpaste contains mild ingredients known to decrease sensitivity and make brushing less painful.



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Icelandic Astaxanthin by Algalife

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of supplements specialized in astaxanthin: Algalife.

Algalife believes that is possible to solve the nutritional needs of current and future generations through microalgae, which has the power to improve people’s health, support those with chronic diseases, address malnutrition and it’s 100% sustainable. Icelandic astaxanthin is the first step in this journey.

A powerful antioxidant naturally found in algae, shrimp, salmon, crab and lobster, astaxanthin has been the subject of numerous scientific studies affirming its antioxidant power and support for good health. Astaxanthin protects the entire cell, working in both the water and fat soluble part of the cell, and is known to support brain, eye, cardiovascular joint and skin health.

Each ingredient in Icelandic astaxanthin has been researched and clinically validated for safety. Iceland is the perfect location for cultivating the best quality Astaxanthin. Algae is very sensitive to the environment and is easily contaminated by air-borne pollutants and bacteria. Iceland offers clean air, pristine glacial waters and Algalife’s proprietary cultivation process is closed removing the risk of contamination from open ponds.

Algalife’s products do not contain GMOs and Icelandic astaxanthin uses non-GMO fish gelatin, never any porcine or bovine. The company’s facility in Iceland is 100% powered with local and sustainable geothermal water and processing systems are certified under GMP. Each pill is individually blister packed to reduce risk of contamination once the products have left the facility.

You can save even more when you shop Algalife products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.



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New Brands Showcase: C & Co.

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: C & Co.

C & Co. offers handcrafted skincare products that are made by the principles of simplicity. The company believes that, when it comes to skincare, it is essential to use products that allow your largest organ to fulfill its purpose of protecting against toxic environmental factors.

C & Co. products are developed to work with skin and not against it. Armed with a passion for chemistry and desired efficacy, this unique brand set out to formulate a new skincare line using plant-based raw organic ingredients.

The company’s intent is to produce quality products that are free of all petrochemicals, detergents, fillers, GMOs and synthetic preservatives while remaining affordable. C & Co. also believes that quality and organic skincare products shouldn’t be considered a luxury and formulates and handcrafts from scratch each and every item within the shop in downtown Asheville. Passionate about small batch production because it ensures the highest quality and level of care, you will find the manufacturing date stamped on every container. Additionally, no products are ever tested on animals.

You can save even more when you shop C & Co. products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.



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AUG

Snack Time? Fruits and Nuts Bars

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you struggle to eat fresh fruits but know the importance they have as part of a well-balanced, healthy diet, you may have an alternative option: nutritional fruit bars.

If you keep reading about the health benefits from nuts and seeds but can’t seem to be able to add them into your diet, you may also have a good alternative: nutritional nut bars.

Do you want to solve two problems at once? Check out nutritional fruit and nut bars! These delicious products can be easily added to your diet at very affordable prices.

Most fruit and nut bars are a great source of fiber as well as a good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Plus, a good number of these types of nutritional bars contain good amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your cells. However, not all bars can be considered healthy as many fruit and nut bars may have unhealthy saturated fat and sugar, particularly the conventional brands sold at large retail stores.

The most nutritious prepackaged fruit and nut bars are those that are low in sugar and high in fiber. Bars made with oats and other whole grains are usually better choices because these ingredients are good sources of fiber. For example, nut and raisin bars average about 3 grams of saturated fat, and some fruit and nut bars can have as much as 20 grams of sugar. If you considered fruit and nut bars coated with chocolate, this number can be as high as 30 grams of sugar. So, carefully check the labels for nutritional value and ingredients.

Lastly, if you want to ensure you are eating healthy fruit and nut bars, why not making them yourself? If you can find many different DIY bar recipes online and, surprisingly, making homemade nutritional bars may be easier than you think. Give it a try!



29
AUG

4 Benefits of CLA Supplementation

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, has been an effective and safe weight-loss supplement for many years. A naturally occurring form of the essential fatty acid linoleic, CLA helps block cells from filling up with fat by interfering with a fat-storing enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase. Additionally, the vast majority of CLA supplements are caffeine-free or contain small amounts of caffeine in their formulas, unlike most fat-burners which tend to have a lot of caffeine and may not be suitable to many people.

Often classified as a natural fat burner, CLA offers additional benefits that are not known to many users. Let’s have a quick look at 4 benefits of CLA supplements.

1. Speed Up Metabolic Rate

The most known benefit is that CLA is able to increase metabolic rate, resulting in greater amounts of fat burning, particularly after exercising. This would obviously be a positive benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and improve body composition.

2. Boost Immune System

Staying healthy is key to any weight-loss program and CLA can help boost the immune system. CLA has been known to improve the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria as well as enhance the immune system’s ability to function properly.

3. Enhance Muscle Growth

Studies have shown CLA supplements are known to build up lean muscle and lose extra body fat. For many users, continue CLA supplementation can help accelerate muscle growth.

4. Lower Cholesterol

Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, CLA products may have a positive impact on any person who has high cholesterol, regulating to healthy levels and significantly helping with weight-loss diets.



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AUG

New Brands Showcase: Faktrition

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of sport nutrition supplements to our customers: Faktrition.

Faktrition is a sports supplement brand offering high-quality products to motivate and empower athletes of all kinds. The company ensures all supplements are 100% transparent, contain no proprietary blends and have complete and effective dosages. Developed by IFBB pro Fakhri Mubarak who has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Mubarak’s credentials range from being a professional athlete to being one of the top nutritional coaches in the world. The company was created to provide a unique brand which creates and develops products based on integrity and trust. All labels display full transparency, as the company say “Labels Don’t Lie”.

One of Faktrition best-selling items is F.Burner Cmplx, a premium weight-loss supplements created with selected ingredients working synergistically to burn fat, increase metabolic rate, and enhance thermogenesis throughout the body. Other popular products include BCAA Cmplx, a 2:1:1 ratio to reduce recovery time, stimulate protein synthesis, and limit muscle breakdown, and PRE Cmplx, a fully clinically dosed stand-alone ingredients to increase blood flow, enhance power and strength, maximize stamina, and reduce fatigue.

You can save even more when you shop Faktrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.



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AUG

Battle of Superfoods: Flax vs. Chia

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Flax seeds and chia seeds are two of the most popular superfoods as both are excellent plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. One question always pops up when talking about these two seeds: which one is better? Which one should you buy? Perhaps the best answer is: it depends on what you are looking for but, regardless, both seeds are an excellent addition to your diet.

Chia seeds have been one of the hottest, top-selling items in recent years due to its endless health benefits. These South American seeds are known to promote energy, weight-loss, and strength as well as regulate the digestive system. In comparison to flax, chia seeds contain less calories 69 vs. 75 per 2tbsp serving and less fat 4,4g vs. 6g. Additionally, chia offers a little more fiber and antioxidants than flax seeds. One ounce of chia seeds has 11g of fiber, 20% of the RDA vs. 15% RDA from flax. The fiber in chia is largely soluble and may bind with cholesterol, evacuating it out of the body, It can also help IBS as it absorbs water that is excreted more slowly during digestion than insoluble fibers. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, as one serving of chia contains roughly 20% of your daily calcium needs.

Flax seeds are just as nutritious and offer many health benefits. In comparison to chia, flax offer less carbs 4g vs. 6g per 2tbsp serving and more vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper, vitamin B1 and folate. One of the best nutritional benefits of flax is that they are a rich source of lignans, a type of antioxidant known as phytochemicals that have been linked to a reduction in menopause symptoms, removing cholesterol from the body, and enhancing the appearance of skin and hair. Flax is the number one highest source of omega-3 fatty acids of all plant foods, slightly edging chia in this category. Flax is mostly comprised of ALA fats (alpha linolenic fats), which is a precursor fat to forming EPA and DHA, the types of omega 3′s that are excellent for your skin, brain, arteries, and preventing inflammation.



22
AUG

Holy Benefits!

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holy Basil has been helping people for hundreds of years but some people may not know the multiple health benefits from this amazing plant.

Native to Southeast Asia, Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus who have been making medicine from the plant’s leaves, stems, and seeds. The Hindu name for Holy Basil is Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” and the plant has been used to treat mercury poisoning, promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.

Holy Basil supplements are known to provide several health benefits from cleansing the body to treating common cold, influenza, and flu. Additionally, research has shown that supplementation from Holy Basil can help to treat diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and upset stomach.

Other studies have shown that Holy Basil can help relieve anxiety and stress, both physical and emotional, naturally. Extracts made from the root of Holy Basil have been shown to have mentally stimulating and destressing capabilities as well as promoting relaxation. The exact mechanism of action is yet to be determined although research has shown that this herb decreases the amount of cortisol released during stress without the adverse side-effects of prescription medications. Holy Basil has been traditionally used for stress relief working as adaptogen, a substance that balances and protects the body by improving resistance to any type of physiological or mental stress.



21
AUG

Reduce Pain with Sona Turmeric

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Turmeric supplements are known to help reduce pain and inflammation and Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a revolutionary brand of turmeric products: Sona.

Sona Turmeric offers a breakthrough innovation with six times more absorption over traditional turmeric supplements. This patent-pending hydrogel technology combines time-tested knowledge of turmeric with modern science, and actually tastes great. Best of all, no pills to swallow as Sona uses a unique pastille formulation, similar to a gummy chew. You just pop into your mouth anytime, anywhere, and let it dissolve slowly, with no water needed, no large pills, no strong after-taste, and no stomach irritation.

A common problem with most turmeric and curcumin supplements is that as much as 60% of the constituents are quickly excreted or degraded on ingestion. Sona’s hydrogel technology encases turmeric extract in a gel pastille and overcomes the insoluble nature of the compounds present in the extract. This results in 600% higher absorption over traditional turmeric supplements.

Sona Turmeric was created after 5 years of research and development to people who are unable to live fully active lives due to aches and pains. This product is a natural and gentler alternative to pain killers due to its highly effective delivery system, which harnesses all the goodness of turmeric and is easily absorbed by the body. Sona has delivered tremendous health benefits to people taking at least 1 or 2 pastilles a day. It supports healthy inflammation response to muscle and joint pain and stiffness caused by aging, strains, exercise and over-exertion.

You can save even more when you shop Sona Turmeric products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.