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5
NOV

What’s New? Splash

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top quality brand of whey isolate products to our customers: Splash.

Splash offers premium whey isolate products developed by a team of professionals who have each worked in the nutrition industry for more than a decade. The company was created because the founders observed an ever increasing number of low-quality protein powders as well as supplements from untrustworthy manufacturers on the market. Determined to change the face of the supplement industry, Splash launched their own manufacturing facility in 2011.

Splash Whey Isolate is a high quality whey protein isolate that is available in four dynamic, fruity flavors. Whey protein powder is the number one protein used by bodybuilders and pro-athletes to accelerate muscle development as well as increase antioxidant levels, helping with muscle recovery better than other conventional protein supplements.

You can enjoy these great Splash products that are gluten free and lactose free. Additionally, Splash supplements are non-GMO , contain no artificial colors, and all products are manufactured using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). If you are concerned about the quality of your current products, it is time to switch to Splash. The company guarantees that each and every supplement is manufactured using the highest quality ingredients and is subject to rigorous quality control standards. All production is under the direct supervision of highly experienced and trained personnel.

You can save even more when you shop Splash supplements at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Splash – Whey Isolate Island Cooler – 2 lbs.
Splash – Whey Isolate Kiwi Berry – 2 lbs.
Splash – Whey Isolate Mango Tango – 2 lbs.
Splash – Whey Isolate Melon Mania – 2 lbs.

 
3
NOV

7 Herbs to Control Blood Sugar Levels

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar levels is a major problem in the U.S. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and 79 million are likely to develop diabetes over time. High blood glucose happens when the body has too little insulin or when the body can’t use insulin properly. Changes in your diet and exercise can help but if you need a little more help, here are 7 herbs to help regulate blood sugar levels:

1. Cinnamon: has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Only about half of a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can improve one’s insulin sensitivity and help controlling weight, thereby decreasing one’s risk for heart disease. Studies have proved that cinnamon can significantly lower HbA1c levels, as well as significantly reduced blood pressure. Cinnamon supplementation may be considered as an additional dietary supplement option to regulate blood glucose and blood pressure levels.

2. Gymnema: this herb Ayurvedic name, Gurmar, means ‘destroyer of sugar’ and it has some unusually beneficial properties for treating diabetes. One of the primary active ingredients in Gymnema sylvestre is gymnemic acid, a unique compound which increases the production of insulin, improves glucose utilization and may even help to regenerate islet beta cells within the pancreas which produce insulin. Gymnema sylvestre supplementation appears to improve glucose control in patients with type II diabetes.

3. Bitter melon:  this vine-grown vegetable is also called bitter apple, bitter gourd or bitter cucumber. Diabetes Health reports that several compounds in bitter melon may have glucose-lowering properties, including polypeptide P, vicine, and momordin and charantin, which are glycosides. The taste of bitter melon is very bitter, so you may consider supplements or eat it with sweeter vegetables such as onions, baby corn, or bell peppers.

4. Neem: found abundantly in India, the bitter leaf has a number of amazing medicinal properties. Neem enhances insulin receptor sensitivity, helps improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels and, consequently, lowering blood glucose levels

5. Fenugreek: its dried seeds have culinary uses but this traditional herb has also been part of herbal medicine for centuries. Practitioners recommend fenugreek to improve symptoms of menopause and also to increase milk production in breastfeeding women. However, fenugreek supplements can also be used as a traditional remedy for high cholesterol and diabetes.

6. Prickly Pear Cactus: often part of the diet in Mexican and Mexican-American cultures, Prickly pear cactus can also be used for type 2 diabetes as studies have shown that frequent intake of this prickly pear can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Prickly pear cactus contains fiber and pectin, which can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine.

7. Ginseng: several studies have found that American ginseng lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The effect was seen both on fasting blood sugar and on postprandial glucose levels. One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who took American ginseng before or together with a high sugar drink experienced less of an increase in blood glucose levels.

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Herbs Etc – Ultimate Ginseng 7 Medicinal Ginsengs Alcohol Free – 30 Softgels
Himalaya Herbal Healthcare – Bitter Melon Glycemic Support – 60 Caplets
Source Naturals – Ultra Potency Gymnema Sylvestre 550 mg. – 120 Tablets
Nature’s Way – Fenugreek Seed 610 mg. – 100 Capsules

 
3
NOV

What to Eat to Beat High Blood Sugar Levels

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 3:17 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you eat can help control your diabetes and keep your blood sugar under control. Next time you’re at the grocery store, start stocking up on the following heart healthy foods:

It’s important to get your daily dose of friendly fats.  Monounsaturated fats lower the risk of diabetes. These foods include applesavocado and nuts.

Taste the rainbow and improve your insulin sensitivity with nutrients found in colorful plants, especially in vegetables and fruits called anthrocyanins. Load up your cart with sweet, delicious blueberriesraspberries and blackberries.

Fill up on fiber. Roughage has been shown to slow the release of glucose into the body. You want to aim for 20-30 grams per day from fresh vegetables (think broccoli,artichokes and peas) and legumes, like beans and lentils.

Carb quality counts. Stay away from refined starches and stick to complex carbs that metabolize slower, such as whole grains and brown rice.

 

Also, keep in mind these healthy living tips:

Drink 64 ounces of water a day.

Catch more than six hours of sleep each night.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

 

 

 

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31
OCT

Preventing Colds with Zinc Supplements

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Cold weather is coming and so is the common cold. As people start looking for supplements to build up the immune system and prevent colds during the winter months, a new study shows that zinc supplements may be the best way to prevent the common cold.

A recent report shows that taking zinc supplements were found to be beneficial at preventing colds. Additionally, the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, emphasizes that hand washing was also effective at preventing the illness spreading, the authors concluded. “The best evidence for the prevention of the common cold supports hand-washing and possibly the use of zinc supplements,” said Dr. Michael Allan, of the Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Alberta.

At least two trials indicated that children who took 10 or 15mg of zinc sulphate daily had lower rates of colds and fewer absences from school due to colds. Although the studies carried out on children the researchers concluded that there is no reason zinc could work only in children and not adults.

The common cold affects adults approximately 2-3 times a year and children under age 2 approximately 6 times a year. Symptoms such as sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, cough and malaise are usually worse in days 1-3 and can last 7-10 days, sometimes as long as 3 weeks. Only about one in 20 colds are caused by bacteria, with the majority caused by a virus which cannot be treated with anti-biotics.

“It is also important to note that these products are not designed for curing or preventing the spread of disease. Daily vitamin supplements provide important nutritional insurance for millions of users looking to safeguard their nutritional intake alongside a healthy diet.”

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Garden of Life – Vitamin Code Raw Zinc – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
New Chapter – Zinc Food Complex – 60 Tablets
Advanced Research – Zinc Orotate 60 mg. – 200 Tablets

 
30
OCT

Walnuts: More than Delicious

Filed Under: Health Foods at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

In an interesting study released earlier this year, scientists found that walnuts appear to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, you just read the previous statement correctly. Walnuts may keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay. Researchers at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities said an experiment with Alzheimer’s-susceptible mice found those that consumed walnuts showed significant improvement in their memory and learning skills compared with mice without walnuts.  Previous research has shown that walnuts have a protective effect in the brain preventing against oxidative damages. Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids which may help to explain some of their benefits for Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers in this study also looked at walnuts’ effects on anxiety, loco motor activity and motor coordination.  From the age of 4 months, they fed the experimental mice custom mixed diets containing 6% or 9% walnuts, which is equivalent to 1 or 1.5 oz of walnuts per day in humans. Again, the other groups were given no walnuts in their diets. At the age of 13-14 months, the mice were tested using a variety of mazes. These mazes tested loco motor skills, memory and learning ability, psychomotor coordination, as well as anxiety related behaviors. The mice that were not fed any walnuts showed memory deficits, anxiety-related behaviors and severe impairment in spatial learning ability. However, the mice fed the walnut rich diets showed significant improvement in memory, learning ability, anxiety and motor development.

Aiding in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease is not the only health benefit of walnuts. A quick Google search reveals that walnuts have been found beneficial in lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, lowering risk of diabetes, and also contain other antioxidants that boost heart health. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of organic walnuts, trail mixes and snack bars to help you get your daily filling of walnuts.

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29
OCT

What’s New? Organika

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add premium supplements to our site, increasing the number and variety of top-quality products for our customers. The latest addition is an innovative brand of supplements from north of the border: Organika.

Organika offers a unique line of supplements developed to provide the best possible solution for health. The company prides itself on turning the world’s latest scientific discoveries on natural products into health opportunities. As a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified licensed site company, Organika complies with the Government of Canada’s standards for health supplements, which are among the highest in the world.

Organika has set the highest standards of quality, purity and potency, starting during product development and manufacturing stages, where purest raw materials are sourced for the creation of each product. The company only uses raw materials that will provide the safest and most effective health products. Additionally, raw materials are meticulous tested to ensure purity before starting the manufacturing process.

The words “Truth in a Bottle” is the product transparency from manufacturer to consumer that allows for an honest understanding of ingredients sourced, product benefits, and processing standards. Truth, is the information that every consumer needs to make an educated decision for their health, which is exactly what Organika stands for.

In addition, Organika guarantees that every bottle contain ingredients sourced from the purest raw materials to provide the safest and most potent health products. The company is a member in good standing of the True Label program, undergoing random inspections to test product ingredients against label claims, and to ensure that products maintain efficacy and safety.

You can save even more when you shop Organika’s supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry: offer expires 10/31/14.

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Organika – Plant Enzymes 500 mg. – 120 Vegetarian Capsules
Organika – Fibro-M – 120 Vegetarian Capsules
Organika – Formula Candida – 90 Vegetarian Capsules

 
28
OCT

Not Just For Humans?

Filed Under: Pet Care at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Did you know that LuckyVitamin is not just for humans?  While you are shopping for your supplements, protein powders, snacks, and personal care needs, don’t forget about the important dogs, cats, birds or other animals in your life.

For the dog lovers out there, LuckyVitamin carries many all-natural products to keep that special pup in your life feeling great. We offer a wide array of all natural dog treats, dog foods and dog bones to spoil your dog with. You can also shop our site for your dog’s entire grooming needs. Shampoos, teeth cleaning  and coat care products are just some of the items you can find to keep your dog looking its best.  Concerned about your dog’s joint or hip problems? Don’t worry, we have a large selection of joint and hip formulas to help support your dog’s needs. Worried about taking your dog in the car on that long road trip? LuckyVitamin has that covered too! We carry many formulas, such as Rescue Remedy to keep your pet calm throughout the trip, as well as eco friendly pet clean up bags.

But maybe you are more of a cat person. No worries since LuckyVitamin also has an assortment of cat treats, catnip, cat foods that are all-natural and organic. We sell a variety of hairball formulas like the Pet Naturals of Vermont Hairball Relief supplement that helps remove hairballs and minimize hairball formation and shedding. While on our site you can also shop products to help keep your cat calm with products like King Bio Natural Pet Anxiety and Stress Relief for Felines.

LuckyVitamin has something for almost all of the animals in your life. Check out our Equine formulas and other pet products here.  We’ve thought of everything, including those products that help get rid of the unwanted smells that pets can sometimes make. Try this link and see what products we have to help keep your home smelling like a home. This holiday season don’t forget to take care of and spoil all the animals in your lives.

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27
OCT

5 Scary Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Artificial sweeteners are scary. Many of these products are the result of blended chemicals to create super sweet powders without calories. Breaking the habit of using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may be one of the most difficult challenges people have to overcome but it is definitely worth it. Switching to natural sweeteners is one of the best ways to not just improve your health but also to avoid toxic ingredients into your body. Here is a list of the top 5 scary sweeteners:

1. Aspartame: one of the most popular sweetener, aspartame is often added to diet sodas and pre-packaged foods. This dangerous sweetener is found in Equal, Sugar Twin, and NutraSweetis and there are an amazing 92 reported side effects, including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.

2. Saccharin: another famous sweetener, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but is often mixed with other artificial sweeteners due to its metallic aftertaste. Sugar substitute’s products such as Sweet N’ Low contain saccharin which was suspected to be a human carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program for nearly 20 years.

3. Acesulfame Potassium: also known as Acesulfame-K, this sweetener has a potential link to cancer. Studies have showed a link between consumption of acesulfame potassium and cancer in laboratory animals but more scientific study on the artificial sweetener is needed. Concerns have been attributed to contamination of methylene chloride, a known human carcinogen. Products such as Sunett, Sweet One, and Sweet ‘n Safe contain acesulfame potassium, sometimes shorted as ACE on labels.

4. Sucralose: this sweet-bomb is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than table sugar and the main ingredient on Splenda products. Though it is deemed safe by the FDA, reports claim that its composition makes it nearly impossible for our bodies to metabolize normally. Reported side effects include skin rashes, agitation, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle and stomach pain, headaches, intestinal cramping, and bladder issues.

5. Neotame: originally introduced by Monsanto, before it was sold to NutraSweet, this sweetener is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which sits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most hazardous chemicals and somehow is available in food products such as NutraSweet and Sweetos.

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Navitas Naturals – Sweet Tooth Organic Coconut Palm Sugar – 16 oz.
In The Raw – Monk Fruit In The Raw Natural Sweetener – 40 Packet(s)
Coombs Family Farms – Organic Pure Maple Sugar – 25 oz.

 
26
OCT

Turn Heads with Love Your Color

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, healthy hair color to our customers: Love Your Color by CoSaMo.

Love Your Color offers its users something unique. An easy to use, one bottle formula for hair coloring. To get started, all you would need to do is open the box, twist the top and apply it to dry hair. Have any leftover color? KEEP IT! This line allows for users to keep leftovers and use it for root touchups! We’re happy to add such an awesome, unique color line to our profile.

Inspired to create a no ammonia and peroxide formula that was free of PPD, the CoSaMo team worked diligently for 2 years testing and sampling this line. A great deal of research has gone into Love Your Color to provide you the ultimate in non –invasive color. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including those allergic to most other colors, are able to use this gentle, soft, and incredible product. . Love Your Color is highly effective at gently covering grays. Plus, all products are made in the United States.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products with a smaller carbon footprint and free of harsh chemicals. All products are engineered specifically for you. Love Your Color is no ordinary line. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently color your hair like no other product you’ve ever used.

For a limited time, you can enter to win a hair color giveaway. Hurry, contest ends 10/30/14.

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24
OCT

A Guide to Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but sometimes we just can’t help but succumb to our sweet tooth. Not only is it OK to treat yourself every now and then, you can still make smart choices when doing so. Check out the following list for some natural sugar alternatives, as well as a few ingredients you should always try to avoid.

Look For:

Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener is made using a two-step process. While here are several grades commonly found in most food stores, Grade B is the darkest and has the strongest maple flavor.

Raw, Local Honey – Packed with amazing health benefits, this natural sweetener easily trumps refined table sugar. Plus, honey has immune strengthening properties, as well!

Stevia  – A plant-derived herb that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar, so tread lightly when substituting in baked goods.

Black Strap Molasses – A strong flavored, sugarcane sweetener full of vitamins and minerals. Use a small amount of black strap molasses when replacing with sugar in recipes.

Xylitiol/ ErythritolThese are common sugar alcohols that have few calories and little aftertaste. Xylitol and Erythritol do not raise blood sugar but may cause digestion issues when over consumed.

Steer Clear Of:

Stay away from products that contain the ingredients below, and remember that, as always (even when indulging!), moderation is key.

Agave

Refined White Sugar Cane

Aspartame

HFCS

Sucralose

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22
OCT

5 Healthy, Delicious Fall Teas

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Fall season is the time of the year when many people switch from iced teas to hot teas. Many teas rich in flavors are available including everyone’s fall favorites such as pumpkin and cinnamon but we have prepared a list of five healthy, and delicious fall teas.

1. Cinnamon Tea

Nothing smells fall season like cinnamon and this delicious, spicy tea offers many health benefits. Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties which help fighting viruses, such as cold and flu, as well as inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Filled with potent antioxidants, cinnamon teas may also help to prevent and fight chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis as well as supporting weight-loss by boosting metabolism and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

2. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold from developing or making symptoms less severe. Research has shown that echinacea can help reduces cold symptoms, as well as many other infections including the flu.

3. Cranberry Tea

Cranberry teas are packed with antioxidants and offer good levels of vitamin C and fiber. The antioxidants in cranberries protect cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals, which can damage cells and may also contribute to heart disease, and other diseases. Cranberry can also help urinary tract infections as a number of small molecules in cranberries may bind iron. The bacteria that causes a urinary tract infection needs iron to develop and, therefore, the less iron present, the less likely an infection will occur.

4. Blueberry Tea

One of the most flavorful teas, blueberries act as a natural sweetener in both herbal tea and in flavored, caffeinated tea. Blueberries offer many health benefits as they contain vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin K. They are also a healthy alternative to refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

5. Peppermint Teas

Peppermint tea is a delicious source of health benefits. Peppermint is very helpful to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. The menthol naturally present in the tea is a muscle relaxant, which is an enormous component of natural stress and anxiety relief. Drinking peppermint tea before bed has been proven to promote more restful sleep.

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Stash Tea – Premium Caffeine Free Herbal Tea Blueberry Superfruit – 20 Tea Bags
Celebration Herbals – Organic Caffeine Free Echinacea Purpurea Herb Herbal Tea – 24 Tea Bags
Pukka Herbs – Organic Indian, Indonesian & Vietnamese Cinnamon Tea Three Cinnamon – 20 Tea Bags
Celestial Seasonings – Cranberry Apple Zinger Herb Tea Caffeine Free – 20 Tea Bags
Traditional Medicinals – Organic Peppermint Tea – 16 Tea Bags

 
21
OCT

What’s New? Probium Premium Probiotics

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of probiotic supplements to our customers: Probium Premium Probiotics.

Probium offers a unique line of the best probiotic supplements at affordable prices to enhance the quality of life of all human beings. The company continuously improves its products by incorporating innovations to meet market demand and keep ahead of the competition.  Probium also understands the importance of educating people on the usefulness of probiotics and probiotic supplements by offering seminars, conferences, e-newsletters, and other media channels.

Probium LLC sources all of the probiotic strains and other ingredients from only top quality cGMP complied suppliers and vendors. The manufacturing of all probiotics is done through Dietary Pros, Inc., the parent company of Probium, LLC.  The manufacturing is done in a state-of-the-art cGMP facility located in Wausau, Wisconsin.  This relationship between the two companies allows Probium to offer custom manufacturing and private labeling services in addition to providing the Probium brand.

Probium, LLC is constantly striving to make the best probiotic products in the market in terms of effectiveness, quality, and stability. Probium products are all-natural and meet the highest quality standards. Probium unique products are available in delayed release vegetarian capsules to ensure probiotic strains pass through the stomach and reach the intestinal tract with a higher success rate than regular probiotic supplements without delayed release vegetarian capsules. Additionally, acid and bile resistant strains ensure minimal loss due to stomach acid and the use of bottles with patented Activ-Polymer advanced desiccant polymer technology enhances the stability, shelf life of the probiotic products, and convenience to the consumer.

You can save even more when you shop Probium probiotic supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 10/31/14.

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Probium Premium Probiotics – Oral Bliss Combo 4B – 30 Tablet(s)
Probium Premium Probiotics – Ten Strain Blend 50B – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Probium Premium Probiotics – Pro-Cran Blend 6B – 60 Vegetarian Capsules

 
21
OCT

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Fall is the time for carving pumpkins and making Jack-O-Lanterns to illuminate your front steps.  You’ve just finished cutting open the top of your pumpkin. The newspaper has been laid out on the table; a trash can next to you and all of your carving accessories handy. As you begin to reach into the pumpkin to scoop out the insides, you might be considering whether or not to get rid of all of its contents. What if I told you those seeds on the inside may actually have some healthy properties? Today we are going to look at some of those benefits.

Cucurbita pepo more, commonly known as pumpkin, contains many physiologic health benefits. The majority of its salubrious assets come from the seeds and include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic, and anthelmintic properties. Besides having actual physiologic benefits, pumpkin seeds are also very nutritious. One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Pumpkins seeds are also full of zinc, fiber and healthy fats like ALA, which together all play a key role in supporting your body.

Pumpkin seeds’ anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for inflamed, boggy, irritated prostates as seen in Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).  In a randomized double blind study, it was found that pumpkin significantly improved urinary flow, micturition time, residual urine, as well as frequency of micturition.  Another study showed that a combination of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto were both clinically safe and effective as complementary treatments for BPH.

In addition to its benefits for BPH, pumpkin seed oil has also been researched for its role in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones. Two studies performed in Thailand looked at pumpkin seeds snacks and their role in preventing kidney stones in children with a high risk for developing them. Research found that pumpkin seeds increased the level of inhibitors of crystal formation in the urine suggesting a preventive effect, but did not look at the actual reduction in stone formation.

This fall don’t just get rid of all of the “guts” of your pumpkin. Clean and wash off the pumpkin seeds, add a small amount of salt and bake for not only a delicious, but also nutritious snack.

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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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19
OCT

5 Ingredients Hiding in your Feminine Hygiene

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

More and more people are reading foods labels to check for GMOs and other harmful additives. But what about your feminine hygiene products?  GMO cotton is bleached, sprayed with pesticides and is teeming with toxins. Do we really want these poison products anywhere near our private parts? This has got to end.

Rayon/Viscose – When choosing feminine care look for brands like Maxim that use 100% organic and natural cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Sewage Sludge, Irradiation or Genetic Engineering. Instead, Organic Farmers use natural alternative methods and tools that help enhance soil quality and biodiversity and protect the air and water on which we depend. Who wouldn’t prefer their most intimate products to be made from only all organic and natural methods?

Chlorine/Dioxin  – Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate body parts. Dioxin is a chemical substance or resulting residue of the Chlorine bleaching process. It can stay within the fluff fibers of the product materials that come in contact with your body, leading to prolonged exposure to this toxic carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Maxim products are bleached through a safer process which uses Hydrogen-Peroxide, a natural and safe alternative to Chlorine.

Synthetics – When synthetics come in contact with the body they can create unfavorable conditions leading to allergy, irritation, discomfort, and even that slight discomfort you may have experienced recently with your conventional products.

Wood Fluff Pulp – A tree byproduct that is obtained by destroying natural forests.  Maxim products use cotton which  is a more renewable crop that can be harvested once a year, whereas trees take 6 – 12 years to grow. Also, once the trees are harvested and cut down, they go through a very harsh chemical treatment in order to break them down in to the cotton-like and looking absorbent core you’re used to seeing in other pads. Do not be fooled – even though it looks like cotton, it might not actually be cotton.

Fragrance – Many conventional feminine hygiene brands use irritants, such as Fragrances, which are not natural and can cause irritation and discomfort. The plastics, viscose, wood fluff pulp, perfume, super-absorbents and other petro-chemical fillers found in standard feminine hygiene products creates what’s called a “heat-dampness micro-climate” in the body, which is an ideal environment for encouraging the growth of bacteria, fungi and other irritation-causing subjects.

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