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New Brand Showcase: Bite Fuel

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of health food products to our customers: Bite Fuel.

Bite Fuel offers functional premium foods that are non-GMO, gluten-free and taste delicious. The company has specialized in protein cookies and protein granola, available in a variety of tasty flavors. Bite Fuel was created to provide an alternative food snack to help people who struggle working long hours and eating healthy throughout the day. Bite Fuel is a great product to help with a challenge many people face on a daily basis: avoid immediate cravings and stick to a healthy diet.

Bite Fuel Power Bites Protein Cookies are guilt-free protein packed treats that will delight your taste buds and fuel your body with the energy you need to go about your busy day. They are perfect for post-workout, at work, or anytime you need some convenient protein that tastes great. Each bag contains 18 grams of protein and is made with premium quality ingredients.

Bite Fuel Protein Granola Trail Mix fuels your body with energy, strength, and satisfaction. Each bag is loaded with premium quality protein granola, nuts, and dried fruit, a perfect combo of all the proper nutrients to keep you physically and mentally in high gear. Each serving contains 13 grams of protein and is sure to give you the energy and strength that you need to fuel your day. You can try it for breakfast with milk, sprinkle it on Greek yogurt, or eat it straight out of the bag.

You can save even more when you shop Bite Fuel products at Lucky Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 9/30/2016.


White Kidney Beans Health Benefits

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
White kidney bean extract has been one of these unconventional products that have helped many people with weight loss. But what is all the buzz about it?

Featured in many television shows, white kidney bean extract supplements have been considered as an efficient weight loss product after a study published in The Journal of Applied Research concluded that supplementation 15 minutes before each meal may led to a reduction in both weight and waist circumference. Of course, just like with any other weight loss product, results may vary and exercise and a healthy diet are essential to obtain significant results but the fact that many people have experienced a boost in weight loss from taking white kidney bean extract is encouraging.

White bean extract has been linked to one of the best ways to lose weight as supplementation can help maintain lean body mass or muscle, and most of the weight lost consists of unwanted body fat. As an efficient fat burner, white bean extract may be helpful for weight loss because the beans produce substances that interfere with an enzyme called amylase that is necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates, which are one of the main sources of calories in many diets. If carbohydrates aren’t broken down into small enough units, your body can’t absorb them and can’t make use of the calories they provide. Absorbing fewer calories can help create the calorie deficit necessary for weight loss. Of course, this is most effective with complex carbohydrates, such as starches. Some sugars are already in small enough units that they can be readily absorbed by the intestines, so white bean extract wouldn’t affect their absorption.

As always, exercise and a well-balanced diet are essential to any weight loss program but if you are looking for a little bit of help, white kidney bean extract is a natural and safe alternative.


New Brand Showcase: Tummydrops

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new product which is a natural choice for upset tummies: Tummydrops.

Tummydrops are the best, natural way to help nausea, morning sickness and upset stomachs. Gluten-free and non-GMO Project Verified, these unique drops were designed to provide a natural alternative to prescription medications and chemicals.

Developed by science, Tummydrops are hand crafted in small batches using only the most premium natural ingredients to provide a convenient, great tasting drop that works efficiently to improve digestive health.

Each drop contains a special blend of ingredients, which may assist with occasional stomach upset, nausea, morning sickness, and even motion sickness. Mother Nature has provided an answer in the form of zingiber officinale, better known as ginger. Prized for its culinary uses, the root-like structure of ginger, called a rhizome, contains multiple active substances, including gingerol, which may assist with occasional nausea and vomit.

When formulating Tummydrops, the company started by carefully selecting a natural and potent source of gingerol. Next, premium natural ingredients were added to complement the natural taste of the ginger. The result is an easy to carry, great tasting drop that you can take anywhere.

You can save even more when you shop Tummydrops products at Lucky Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.


Argan Oil’s Benefits for the Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:22 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Give your skin a boost naturally with argan oil. It’s high vitamin e content, antioxidants and loaded with unsaturated fatty acids. Argan oil is the perfect solution for problem skin and can help fight wrinkles, repair damaged skin, minimize scars and stretch marks and clear up acne. Oh yeah, did we mention what a lush skin hydrator this stuff is? No greasy, filmy residue here.

Wrinkle Fighter

Wrinkles have met there match with argan oil. It can help improve skin elasticity with its high fatty acid content which helps combat the telltale symptoms of premature aging.

Sun Spots

You probably know by now how antioxidants fight against free-radicals in the environment. Yup, those same annoying guys that cause sun damage to your skin. Well, the anti-oxidants in argan oil help to protect skin and prevent damage from UV radiation.  Try applying some to fade sun spots, heal skin and promote the regeneration of healthy cells.

Scars & Stretch Marks

When the dermis level of your skin stretches, white lines known as stretch marks appear. And nobody wants that!! Dehydration contributes to the further breakdown of collagen and elastin, which is a big deal because these structural proteins are what helps keep your skin firm and tight.  A nightly application of argan oil to your stretch marky problem areas can help rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level by restoring balance to your collagen and elastin reserves.


Argan oil’s high linoleic acid content helps to reduce acne’s inflammation and heal damaged cells.  Here’s a tip from us: add a few drop of tea tree oil to a quarter-sized amount of argan oil. The high content of argan’s antioxidants pairs perfectly with tea tree’s anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial properties, which can help wipe the floor with even the worst case of acne, naturally, without any harsh or abrasive alcohol-based treatments.



New Brand Showcase: Juicera

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a new brand of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to our customers: Juicera.

Juicera offers the highest quality, certified organic, raw, non-GMO fruit and vegetable juices created with the freshest, most local ingredients, and tons of love. USDA Organic and Kosher Certified Organic, these fresh juices are cold-pressed by hand. Cold pressed means more nutrients and Juicera beverages are never heat pasteurized. The company uses HPP, or High Pressure Processing, a systems which retains the pure taste, nutrition, and antioxidants of the fresh produce because Juicera doesn’t cook it. By applying HPP, Juicera is able to extend the microbiological shelf life without using traditional high heat pasteurization. Once the juice is bottled, cold pressure is evenly applied to destroy pathogens, mold, yeast and bacteria, ensuring Juicera is safe to drink while preserving nutrients and enzymes.

Juicera is certified Kosher and very proud to be aligned with Kosher Organics Council, as they are finally addressing and working hard to bridge the gap between kosher certified and healthy. All products are gluten-free and the bottles are 100% BPA free. Juicera is also a great option for kids as supplementing your child’s diet with these natural juices is a fantastic and delicious way to get all those much needed fruits and veggies into their growing and developing bodies.

Juicera products are available for sale only in the 48 Domestic States. The makers of Juicera are in the kitchen fresh pressing with much love and happiness every week. FedEx deliveries are sent via priority overnight. Please select Standard Shipping at checkout. All shipments are sent in special insulated packaging on ice that is the best at keeping a consistent temperature and maintaining freshness of product.

You can save even more when you shop Juicera products at Lucky Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.


Breast Cancer: Not Just For Women

healthcare concept-woman`s hands holding pink breast cancer awareness ribbon

Pink – it’s either Spring or it’s October! In this case, we’re talking about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us are aware we should be checking for breast cancer, but do you? And have you read up on some of the latest news and findings?

Male Breast Cancer

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 2,600 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.  

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

First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breasts? Young boys and girls both have breast tissue that includes ducts. Once puberty begins, while girls will continue to develop, male hormones such as Testosterone suppress the growth of breast tissue, however, it still exists. Male breast cancer has the same causes as for women, higher levels of estrogen, family history, genetics, lifestyle or other exposures.


Although a large percentage of breast cancers for women and men 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 BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene).  BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for approximately 20-25 of hereditary breast cancers.  Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast (including male or female) and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. If you’re concerned, seek a genetic counselor to find out more. 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 or breast MRIs (yes, men can have these and should do self exams!). These are important tools for early detection.

Additional Advances

There are many new types of hormone therapy used to prevent estrogen from binding to estrogen receptor positive cancer. New studies discuss remaining on treatment from 5 to now 10 years. Learning more about your type of cancer, the Oncotype DX and MammaPrint, help to determine the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease. This is important information for the plan of treatment. PARP inhibitors have recently been studied to be helpful against some cancers especially that are caused from BRCA mutations.

There are also advances in the study of supplements being tested to determine how they may help reduce breast cancer risk. Some of these supplements includes: grapeseed extract, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, turmeric/curcumin, vitamin D3, green tea and melatonin, just to name a few.

Lifestyle, the foods we eat (organic, hormone free, etc), less meat, more cruciferous vegetables, the products we put on our body and use around our home (less chemicals) the amount of exercise we get and alcohol intake all may make a difference to our health. It’s important to feel that even though our genetic background may say one thing, we can make certain choices that are in our control.

For more information on breast cancer in men, genetics, prevention tips and more visit: HIS Breast Cancer Awareness


When To Take Whey Protein

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Superfoods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Whey protein is considered one of the best supplements to up the protein intake but one question often pops up: when should one take whey protein?

Protein should be obtained throughout the day in small amounts from food and, in some cases, protein shakes, bars, or gels, particularly for people exercising on a regular basis.

Protein is required to repair the muscle tears formed from intense exercise. When you workout, it causes tears that actually break down your muscles. When you consume protein, not only do these tears get repaired, but, rather, the tears are then more adaptive to exercise, thus leading to strength gains.

Whey protein is easier and quicker to absorb than protein found in foods and perhaps that’s the reason for being a number-one selling supplement for many years.

If you wonder how much you should be taking, a basic rule of “one gram per kilogram of your body weight” will be more than sufficient for the majority of people, except bodybuilders.

There are many times throughout the day that are great for protein consumption. Taking whey protein, ideally an half hour before working out, can help to jumpstart the repair process providing your muscles with adequate nutrition that the effects of weight training are not as severe. When you take it during a workout, whey protein may benefit by providing an extra boost of energy to keep you going.

Considered by many as the most important time, taking whey protein right after a workout (30-40 minutes) will maximize muscle repair as your body is starved for energy and looking to refuel, and your muscles are like a sponge absorbing nutrients much easier for muscle recovery and growth.

Whey protein can also be taken before bed time when your muscles are still recovering and it is a good idea to maintain protein levels throughout the time (6 to 8 hours) you sleep. Plus, whey protein is low in carbs, the one nutrient you may want to avoid before going to bed.

Right after you wake-up is also not a bad time as you have just gone hours without proper nutrition and your body may need protein as soon as you wake up.

In conclusion, there is no best time for whey protein but there is no bad time for it either. Just ensure that you are getting your protein all day long and enjoy the benefits of this amazing product.


10 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Health Tonic –Add two tablespoons of ACV and lemon juice with one tablespoon of raw honey to eight ounces of green tea. Drink daily for overall good health.
  2. Hair Rinse – Combine ½ cup of water with ½ cup ACV and add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Store in a spray bottle and use three times a week to replace your conditioner. You won’t believe your hair’s new, natural shine. Oh, and we promise it won’t smell like vinegar!
  3. Facial Toner – Fight acne and clear blackheads with a simple recipe consisting of one cup of witch hazel, one tablespoon ACV add five drops of lavender essential oil. Combine all ingredients, store in a sterile bottle and you’re good to go.
  4. Garden – Combine one part ACV to eight parts water in a spray bottle to form a potent, yet non-toxic, garden weed killer.
  5. Produce Wash – For a simple fruit and veggie wash combine two tablespoons of ACV with two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda. So simple, so effective.
  6. Immunity Booster – Add one tablespoon of ACV to one teaspoon of honey, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of warm water for an immunity-boosting cold season cider. Drink it as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, three times daily.
  7. Salad dressing – Combine two tablespoons of ACV with a half cup of olive oil and one cup of apple cider. Whisk together and add salt, pepper and two tablespoons of honey for a refreshing, autumnal vinaigrette. Keep in a mason jar for several days.
  8. Sunburn – Heal a sunburn and avoid nasty blisters by pouring some ACV on a damp wash cloth and applying to the affected areas for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture complete dry and follow that up with a light application of coconut oil. The ACV helps dull the burn while the coconut oil hydrates the skin.
  9. Detox bath– Add one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of ACV for a relaxing and restorative soak.
  10. Wart Remover – Put ACV on a cotton ball and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat every day for a week and save yourself a trip to the dermatologist.


New Brand Showcase: SoCozy

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are a parent looking for personal care products made just for kids, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce, SoCozy products, a new brand designed to help parents easily and effortlessly manage their kids’ hair.

SoCozy products contain good, clean formulations with non-toxic ingredients. The company believes that managing kids is one thing, managing their hair is another. Tangles, frizzies, flyaways and bedhead are common challenges of kids’ hair but with these specially developed salon-quality formulas that boast multi-functional use, parents now have a go-to that gets the job done quickly with great results every time. With over 20 years of experience and expertise about kids’ hair, SoCozy products contain no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, or any toxic ingredient. Plus, all products are free of gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

Safe to use on young children, SoCozy products contain only natural ingredients and are also considered safe for babies. The company, however, does recommend consulting your doctor before you use any products on your infant. It is best always to do a Skin Patch Test to test for possible allergic reactions. If adverse reaction occurs, or you experience irritation or itching, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

SoCozy formulas are extremely gentle and non-irritating. Many companies add numbing ingredients and chemicals to make their products tear-free. SoCozy uses extremely mild cleansing agents and does not add ‘numbing chemicals’ in any of the products.

You can save even more when you shop SoCozy products at Lucky Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.


Why You Must Try Aloe Vera Juice

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Superfoods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Aloe Vera has been one of top-selling products for quite some time now. A premium ingredient in personal care products, this amazing natural product is known to treat sunburn as well as improve skin condition. In addition, Aloe Vera supplements are known to provide health benefits including enhancing the immune system and relieve constipation, but how about the juice? Aloe Vera juice may be that one product you must try.

Aloe Vera juice contains leaf pulp that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber and it also contains vitamins A, C, E, and B12, minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium as well as powerful antioxidants. Drinking Aloe Vera juice is great because it enables you to ingest the plant’s nutrients without dealing with the unpleasant taste of fresh aloe.

When ingested as a nutritional drink, Aloe Vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion and even relieves occasional constipation. It has the ability to decrease irritation and enhance healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe Vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut.

Additionally, Aloe Vera juice contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that may help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Research suggests that Aloe Vera helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and other inflammatory immune disorders.

On top of these great benefits, Aloe Vera juice can be a great addition to your heart. Taking Aloe Vera internally may help improve blood circulation in the body as it can decrease total fat levels in people with high cholesterol. This helps reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries of the heart and body.


New Brand Showcase: Aiya

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Teas at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is presenting a new brand specialized in a very unique product: premium Matcha by Aiya.

Aiya is a family owned company specializing in Matcha green tea since 1888. This natural product is known to provide energy and support the body and its health benefits surpass anything that is available on the market.

Matcha is a shade-grown, all-natural, powdered Japanese green tea. Unlike other teas, Matcha undergoes a number of additional steps in the production cycle, such as shade growing, hand picking, and granite milling into a fine powder, before it makes its way into your cup. Created over 800 years ago by Buddhist monks as a meditational tool, Matcha is known today as the healthiest, rarest, and most premium of all tea varieties from Japan.

A historic tea cultivating region dating back to the 1200s, Nishio’s stable climate, fresh pristine river waters, fertile soil, and remoteness from urban development foster tea leaves that are more resiliently green and full of nutrients. Currently, Aiya holds over 80% of the exclusive harvesting rights to the Nishio tea plantations.

A lot of different factors can affect the quality of Matcha: region, geographical conditions, skill of the tea farmers, and the variety of the tea bush. A good quality Matcha should be smooth and sweet with just a hint of astringency. The sweetness comes from the L-theanine amino acids in the tea. Matcha is a vibrant jade green due to the increased chlorophyll content that occurs during the shading process and a top-quality product should be ground using slow-turning granite grinders, which minimizes friction, allowing the tea to be ground without “burning,” retaining the chlorophyll.

You can save even more when you shop Aiya products at Lucky Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 9/30/2016.


Why These 5 Supplement Specialties Matter

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 2:53 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
– If you are highly allergic or trying a paleo diet than you probably avoid soy like the plague. In their purest form, soybeans contain phytochemicals that may have negative effects on the body as well as anti-nutrients like enzyme inhibitors, which fortunately, are removed as part of the fermentation process.  And if you didn’t know, all soy in the US is genetically modified so it’s not a bad idea to enjoy it in moderation and choose supplements that are soy-free.

Dairy-Free – Did you know that 75% off the world is genetically unable to digest dairy products, specifically milk? Lactose intolerance is no joke – try to imagine a life without pizza — which is why dairy-free supplements are a must-have for your regimen. Another component of milk to be mindful of is casein. Though a select few may have an intolerance or allergy to this phosphoprotein it’s still important to look for the dairy-free symbol on your supplements to prevent annoying side effects like gas, bloating an diarrhea.

Vegan – If you are a hardcore vegan than you know most vitamin d3 supplements are derived from lanolin, a waxy substance derived from fish oil or sheep. Another a relatively “harmless” additive to look out for if you are vegan is gelatin, which is the end product of a process that starts with boiling down bovine body parts. See all of the things you don’t think about?

Gluten-Free – A recent study found the presence of gluten in 23.8% of supplements and probiotics which can cause major problems for those who have celiac disease. The supplement manufacturing process often times uses grain as a filler. Even worse, ingredients such as natural flavors and colors could really be gluten in disguise. Look for the gluten-free certified label just to be safe.

Non-GMO – Most US crops — we’re talking 80-90% — are genetically modified. And vitamin c supplements are derived from corn. You know where we are going with this. Yup, GMOs can potentially be in your supplements. Raise the standard for yourself by looking for brands that feature the Non-GMO Projectverified label. Don’t see the label? Contact the manufacturer. You will be happy you did for yourself and for the planet.


Michael’s Naturopathic Programs Webinar: Detoxing & Cleansing

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Webinars at 12:05 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Michael explains the entire process of detoxing and cleansing and why it is vital. You will learn what the body does with toxins and how you can prevent the negative effects of toxins in the body.

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Why You Need Vitamin D

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 11:18 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on Vitamin D and how it interacts with the body.

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Reduce Joint Pain with MSM

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If joint pain has become part of your life, you may want to learn about MSM supplements.

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, has been used around the world for relief from osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation. A naturally occurring mineral, MSM is an organic source of sulfur-containing compound, which has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that can block pain response in nerve fibers. It can also reduce scar tissue by altering the cross linking process in collagen to allow quicker tissue repair.

MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis as this incredible product has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out.

A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that MSM supplementation was very effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle and joint pain. Three weeks of MSM supplementation at 3g per day attenuated post-exercise muscle and joint pain at clinically significant levels compared to placebo. It’s important to remember that results may take time to appear as some people may feel relief in as little as two weeks while others may only feel significant results after two or three months of supplementation. A good number of supplements for osteoarthritis as well as products to reduce joint-pain contain MSM in their formulas. These products often contain other effective ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.