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14
JUL

3 Natural Supplements to Lower Blood Pressure

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HBPOne in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. This scary number shows that many people may be at risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), kidney disease, and heart failure. Several conditions may play a role in developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, including being overweight, smoking, eating too much salt, family history, among other factors. A healthy diet and exercise are still the best way to keep your blood pressure in check but supplements may be helpful. Here is a list of 3 natural supplements to lower blood pressure.

1. Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of the best supplements for the cardiovascular system as this powerful antioxidant plays an important role in cellular energy production. Studies have shown that CoQ10 can help lower blood pressure naturally with a recommended dosage of 60 mg, taken twice a day, may provide an impressive reduction in systolic blood pressure after 12 weeks.

2. Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract supplements contain compounds called polyphenols that provide numerous health benefits including the ability to lower blood pressure naturally. Multiple studies have shown that grape seed extract is very effective in relaxing the smooth muscle tissues in the blood vessels.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to provide a lot of health benefits and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are important for overall cardiovascular health. Research has shown that increased consumption of omega-3s can lower blood pressure naturally with results coming in as little as two weeks.



12
JUL

New Brand Spotlight: Organic Traditions

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
OTLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of superfood products to our customers: Organic Traditions.

Organic Traditions offers unique superfoods to bring you organic nutrition from around the world. The company is fully committed to supporting farmers who are dedicated to the principles of sustainable and fair trade agriculture. Now more than ever, we need to nourish ourselves with superfoods, herbs, seeds and fruits packed with the nutrition needed to support the challenges that come with living in a fast paced world.

Organic Traditions superfoods are powerful, versatile, and you can easily incorporate them into recipes in any creative way you see fit. The company creates these products so that you may have the opportunity to choose dense nutrition at every meal. From raw, gluten-free superfoods to high potency digestive and therapeutic enzyme formulas to the very best in whole food supplementation. Organic Traditions is committed to offering the most important anti-aging strategies for prevention, wellness and longevity.

Organic Traditions also believes that the environment is important to us.  The company maintains an eco-mission to ensure sourcing of only organic, wild crafted, ethically grown ingredients and eco-conscious products.

You can save even more when you shop Organic Traditions products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



10
JUL

7 Herbal Energy Boosters

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BoostAre you looking to energize yourself the natural way? Well, get ready for it as you have quite a few options of herbal energy enhancer products. If you are not sure which one(s) to take, here’s a quick look at 7 herbal energy boosters.

1. Guaraná

Guaraná is one of the most popular products used as a stimulant because it offers about twice the caffeine of a coffee bean. Guaraná also contains theobromine and theophylline, other stimulants that may help to increase energy levels.

2. Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is an excellent herbal alternative to increase energy and focus. This exotic herbal tea contains a unique blend of stimulants which delivers high doses of caffeine as well as theobromine, and theophylline.

3. Chia

Chia seeds were known as the “runner’s food” as this superfood contains a ton of nutrients such as essential fatty acids, alpha-linolenic, linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, protein, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language.

4. Maca

Maca root contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious. Maca is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as improving sexual desire.

5. Siberian Ginseng

A very popular enhancer among athletes, Siberian ginseng works by increasing stamina, reducing fatigue and minimizing the effects of stress.

6. Ginkgo

Ginkgo improves energy flow at a cellular level by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body, which helps the brain in metabolizing glucose for energy.

7. Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea is an effective herb for improving energy and alleviating depression as it has the ability to change serotonin and dopamine levels.



8
JUL

3 Seed Recipes To Try Now

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
seedsOvernight Chia Oats

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic, old fashion rolled oats

1/2 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon chia seeds

½ mashed banana

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a mason jar. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours.
  2. In the morning, add additional liquid if you’d like. Finish it off by adding any toppings that you have on hand.

Flax Crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup flax seeds

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup water

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon coriander

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Just mix the seeds with 1 cup water and let it set for 20 minutes
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  1. Spread the mixture evenly on a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake at 200F for an hour and a half. Flip over and bake for another hour and a half. Turn the heat off and let it cool inside the oven.
  1. Once cooled, break it into free-form pieces.

Raw Hemp Energy Bites

Ingredients:

25 Whole Pitted Dates

1/2 Cup Almond Butter (or other nut butter)

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Cup Hemp Hearts

1/3 Cup Unsweetened Coconut

1/2 Cacao Nibs (optional)

Directions:

  1. Process dates almond butter and coconut oil until it forms a blended paste.
  2. Mix in Hemp Hearts, coconut and cacao nibs. It’s gonna be sticky so get in there and use your hands!
  3. Roll into 2 inch balls.
  4. Place on a baking sheet in freezer for one hour. Enjoy!


7
JUL

5 Health Benefits of Eating Seeds

Filed Under: Health Foods,Immunity,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SeedsIf you are not eating seeds, you don’t know what you’re missing. Chia, hemp, flax and many others seeds contain one thing in common: they are healthy foods that can be easily added to a healthy diet. Antioxidants, fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and much more can be found in these wonderful health foods. So, let’s look at 5 health benefits of eating seeds.

1. Antioxidants

Chia seeds are famous for its high amount of antioxidants which provides an endless list of benefits such as anti-aging, improve cellular health and hormone balance. Flax seeds are also packed with antioxidants (lignans), known to fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute not only to aging process but also to several diseases including cancer.

2. Fiber

Chia, flax, hemp are all “high in fiber, low in carbs”. So, if you are looking for that specific combination, make sure to add these seeds to you diet. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber as its true carb-content is only one gram per ounce. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, expanding in your stomach, increasing fullness, and helping you eat fewer calories. Flax seeds are also extremely high in both soluble and insoluble fiber which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.

3. Lower cholesterol

Studies have found that adding flax seeds into your diet can naturally reduce cholesterol levels. The soluble fiber content of flax seeds trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system. It also traps bile (made from cholesterol) which is then excreted, forcing the body to use up excess cholesterol in the blood to make more and, as a result, lowering cholesterol levels.

4. Healthy Skin and Hair

Promoting healthier skin and hair is another great benefit from eating seeds. Flax seed oil contains essential ALA fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.

5. Immune Support

Hemp seed oil contain sterols, which can improve immune function and help control cholesterol levels. Also found in sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sterols may also naturally help increase your intake of dietary fiber.

 



6
JUL

New Brand Spotlight: Field Trip

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FieldTripIf you like jerky, Lucky Vitamin has exciting news for you. We are happy to introduce a new brand of natural jerky to our customers: Field Trip.

Field Trip offers jerky products that are hardly ordinary. The company was started to provide a healthy alternative to people who cannot find healthy jerky products at grocery stores and gas stations.

Field Trip jerky is made the old-fashion way: dried and seasoned with natural ingredients and without artificial preservatives and sodium nitrates. Just a traditional cut jerky, done right. All products are all natural and contain no chemical ingredients such as commonly used nitrates, nitrites, preservatives, artificial ingredients, added msg, hydrolyzed corn protein, celery juice powder, disodium inosinate, fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin, and sodium erythorbate.

Additionally, Field Trip jerky products are gluten-free. For years, jerky producers try to weigh down the finished product by using soy sauces and other unnecessary ingredients that contain wheat. These products have higher sodium, sugar, and long chemical words on the ingredient list as this common strategy may lead consumers to think they are actually getting more protein per bite. Field Trip jerky does not employ any of those tactics and uses only gluten-free reduced sodium soy sauce. The company has tested all jerky products for gluten and every single jerky product contains less than 5 ppm of wheat.

You can save even more when you shop Field Trip products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



4
JUL

3 Health Benefits of Krill Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Krill

Krill oil supplements have been a popular choice of omega-3 products for many years. This unique oil is a rich source of essential nutrients that support a number of potential health benefits. If you still don’t know the reasons many people take these supplements, we present you 3 health benefits of krill oil.

1. Cardiovascular Support

Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, particularly polyunsaturated EPA and DHA, which support cardio health, promote healthy circulation, and may help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Additionally, krill oil is a great source of the super antioxidant astaxanthin, which also supports cardiovascular health.

2. Joint Health

Krill oil supplements offer another great health benefit due to its ability to support joint health. Getting more omega-6 than omega-3 may lead to mild imbalances that set the stage for joint health problems. Krill oil is a highly digestible form of Omega-3, which helps maintain a good omega-3 and omega-6 balance, so important for joint function.

3. Hair, Skin and Nails

Omega-3s are essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Krill oil supplements are an excellent choice to improve hair as these fatty acids are known to be effective in fighting dry scalp and keeping hair follicles strong. In addition, Omega-3s may help with cell regrowth as studies have found that it can be a very effective ingredient to fight hair loss and damage. Most people report results in as little as six weeks when krill oil supplements are taken regularly.



2
JUL

Aluminum & Your Health

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 2:09 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Most of us brush our teeth, wash our face and roll on some deodorant without much thought. What you might not realize is that one of these products may be causing irreparable damage to your health – your deodorant.

Even though new research shows that aluminum has cancer-causing properties, it’s still considered perfectly acceptable to eat, inject into your body as a vaccine adjuvant and to wear as an antiperspirant by most health officials. This mindset is unacceptable and you as a consumer have a choice of what you put on and in your body.

Aluminum-based antiperspirants work by blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms. Although that might not sound that bad, this heavy metal also blocks your body’s ability to detoxify itself and has demonstrated harmful effects when absorbed by the body.

The Journal of Applied Toxicology has shown that absorbed aluminum is deposited in your breast tissue which may suggest that raised levels of aluminum as a biomarker for identifying women with higher risks for developing breast cancer.

Many leading brands of deodorant contain aluminum, synthetic fragrances and other harmful ingredients that your body, not only doesn’t need, but shouldn’t be interacting with at all. We strongly suggest that you seek out brands with natural ingredients that are aluminum-free.

 



1
JUL

5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Deodorants

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
DeodorantIf you are still using regular deodorants, it’s time to consider making a switch to natural products. The majority of deodorants are designed to stop you from sweating, a normal and healthy function that allows your body to release toxins. So, when you use a deodorant that contains harmful ingredients, you are applying these ingredients directly to the skin and leaving it there. How dangerous is that? If you are still not sure about switching, we give you 5 reasons to switch to natural deodorants.

1. Concern about Aluminum

Leading off the list is aluminum. This ingredient negative health effects’ are scary. Aluminum is found in antiperspirants and works to completely stop perspiration. Most antiperspirants contain a warning to discontinue use if you experience irritation from its use, and a good number of people are sensitive to these aluminum salts. Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues including seizures, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone formation disorders, and kidney problems.

2. Protect the Environment

Deodorant sprays are the worst choice from an air pollution standpoint as these products have the highest amount of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, a key component in smog.

3. Avoid Parabens

Parabens are found in a good number of personal care products including deodorants. Used as a preservative, parabens mimics estrogen in your body and can affect your body’s hormonal balance. This may cause a variety of health issues such as increasing your risk of hormonal cancers, early onset of puberty, and even birth defects in your future children.

4. Prevent Thyroid Issues

An ingredient commonly found in deodorants may cause thyroid issues. Triclosan is an antimicrobial that kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes. Classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, triclosan has been linked to a number of different health problems including disruption of the endocrine system, particularly thyroid function, and increased risk of cancer as well as allergy symptoms.

5. Maintain Healthy Skin

If you want to maintain healthy skin, switching to natural deodorants is an essential move. Conventional products may contain propylene glycol, a neurotoxin and skin irritant use to increase absorption and help keep substances from drying out. Thus substance was originally formulated to be used as an anti-freeze and now is a personal care ingredient. Propylene glycol may also cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver.



29
JUN

3 Health Benefits from Lutein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GreensLutein is a powerful antioxidant related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Also called a carotenoid vitamin, Lutein is found in foods such as kale, broccoli, spinach, collards, corn, kiwi fruit, eggs, and oranges, and is known as “the eye vitamin” for providing benefits to the eyes. But did you know that lutein may be helpful to other health issues? Here is a quick look at 3 Health Benefits from Lutein.

 

Eye Health

Of course eye health is the number one. Lutein is one of two major carotenoids found as a color pigment in the human eye (macula and retina) and play an important role in maintaining eye health. It is believed to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from sunlight damage. Research has suggested that lutein may help to prevent a variety of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

 

Skin Health

Lutein is also an important element for healthy skin, improving the hydration and elasticity of skin. Lutein antioxidant activity can potentially help prevent oxidative damage to your skin and it can also help protect the lipids, oils and fats in the skin from peroxidation. Additionally, lutein can be used as a personal care product. When applied as a topical cream or ointment, lutein may help to protect skin from damage caused by the sun’s UV rays and pollutants found in the air.

 

Cardiovascular Health

Lutein supplements have been used to promote cardiovascular health due to its antioxidant effects. Lutein is present in the blood serum and its antioxidants may help to prevent the peroxidation of fats and cholesterol in the blood, thereby reducing plaque buildup in arteries. Lutein may also help slow the progression of atherosclerosis as well as preventing type 2 diabetes.



28
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Color Earth

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Color EarthWould you like to help our planet by planting a tree? Lucky Vitamin is very proud to present a new brand which can make that possible by simply buying a product: Color Earth.

Let’s explain it a little better. Color Earth pledges that for every product sold, they will plant a tree in the developing world, helping growing food, restoring soil and building a sustainable future for people in rural communities all over the globe.

Color Earth offers a superior line of products to improve and fortify your health as well as make you feel good about supporting a refreshing cause. The company creates high-quality, effective and affordable products which are made using living ingredients from nature.

Since Mother Nature is the source of all these wonderful ingredients used in all Color Earth products, the company has decided to pay nature back by creating this amazing initiative: for every Color Earth supplement and Chocolate a Day product purchased, they’ll plant a tree in the world. In this way, your purchase of their products not only gives something back to your body, but also gives something back to this beautiful earth that we live on and to beautiful people in need.

Color Earth believes in creating high-quality and effective products using only unique living ingredients from nature to help the body recognize and utilize them better. Many Color Earth products contain herbal and vegetable fortifications such as barberry, wheat grass, passion flower, horsetail, basil, carob, alfalfa, cabbage, spirulina, garlic, Echinacea, chlorella, sprouted barley and many more.

You can save even more when you shop Color Earth products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends 06/30/2015.



26
JUN

Good Morning Breakfast!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BreakfastThe importance of breakfast is never in question but for some reason some people continue to skip this important meal. Studies have confirmed that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss in many different ways but yet some people still start their day with no meal at all.

Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to establish a well-balanced diet. Research has suggested that people who eat breakfast regularly may reduce hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. Skipping breakfast often result in snacks which more often than not are unhealthy alternatives. plus the prolonged fasting can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.

Additionally, eating a healthy breakfast provides more energy for daily tasks. Think about the time you sleep: let’s say seven to eight hours that your body has no food intake. With no breakfast, you are expanding this time frame to at least ten or up to fourteen hours without new energy. It’s too much as the human body needs food to produce new energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Routinely skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity as with no new energy, people are less likely to be active and exercise.

Plus, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to also skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day as well.

Lastly, the importance of the word “healthy” when eating breakfast cannot be overviewed. Starting your day with unhealthy choices may lead to continue eating poorly throughout the day.



24
JUN

3 Health Benefits from Milk Thistle

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Milk ThistleMilk thistle is not just a pretty flower. Also known as silymarin, this flowering herb is related to the daisy and ragweed family but did you know that milk thistle offers a variety of health benefits. So, here is a quick list of 3 health benefits from milk thistle.

1. Liver Support

The most known use of milk thistle is as a natural supplement to help in the treatment of liver problems. Silymarin is the main active ingredient in milk thistle and studies have shown that it is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may offer benefits for people whose liver is damaged by industrial toxins, such as toluene and xylene. Milk thistle supplements may help liver problems such as cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

Medical research has suggested that milk thistle supplements may help people who have type 2 diabetes. Silymarin may help stimulate a decrease in blood sugar levels and an improvement in cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, researchers have found that milk thistle improved insulin resistance, a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

3. Cholesterol Support

Milk thistle may also be beneficial for heart health. Studies have shown that silymarin can provide heart benefits by lowering LDL bad cholesterol levels and decreasing the chance of developing heart disease.

Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.



23
JUN

Letter From Our Founder & Chief Wellness Spreader

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 1:10 pm | By: Sam Wolf, Founder & Chief Wellness Spreader
Dear Wellness Customer,

What an incredible journey we’ve been on! What started as a small extension of my family’s neighborhood health store has grown beyond our wildest expectations. As we embark on our second decade (we turn 10 this year!) we felt it was time to take another huge step forward.

You’ll notice some big changes when visiting LuckyVitamin.com – a new logo, an updated slogan, design that we feel better represents who we are. But rest assured, this is more than just a spiffy new outfit. This was a thoughtful process of reflecting on our values as we heard your health and wellness stories.

Over the past year we’ve engaged in learning more about YOU. We knew you had a passion for healthy living and were excited to learn about your eagerness to share what works with others. We call this “Spreading The Wellness.” We were inspired by your amazing desire to Spread The Wellness within yourself, your family, friends and community. We learned that making healthy choices wasn’t always easy and sometimes involved making sacrifices and braving roads less traveled. Our admiration only grew.

Freshly inspired, we’ve updated the LuckyVitamin vision to reflect our shared aspirations to Spread The Wellness and make the world a healthier place:

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From my family to yours, thank you for your support and partnering with us on this journey. I invite you to take a behind-the-scenes look at the LuckyVitamin story and how it all began:

Learn more about LuckyVitamin.

Spread The Wellness,
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22
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Summer Life Naturals

Filed Under: Immunity,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Summer Life NaturalsLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of natural supplements to our customers: Summer Life Naturals.

Summer Life Naturals offers plant-based dietary supplements that are gentle enough for sensitive individuals. Summer Life Naturals is paving a new path in the natural supplement industry not only for sensitive individuals but also for other body types. The company’s intention is to bring more balance into the world by formulating plant-based non-GMO supplements and natural products that resonate with our bodies without the typical harsh side effects.

The company started with the intention to share the restorative qualities of consciously created herbal formulas. These unique formulations are thoughtfully blended with a select amount of the purest botanicals found on the planet. Summer Life Naturals believes in the purity of the formula to provide gentle yet optimal absorption of the plant nutrients and living energy. All products are manufactured in a NSF certified and GMP compliant facility, current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. All Summer Life Naturals supplements are non-GMO, made with organic and wild-crafted ingredients, and contain no magnesium stearate, no harsh herbs and these incredible plant-based formulas are available in vegetarian capsules.

Summer Life Naturals Immune Impact offers a variety of health benefits such as help promote upper respiratory, nasal and immune health. A great product for extreme weather changes, Immune Impact is fast-acting, non-drowsy and is available in a BPA-free and recyclable bottle.

You can save even more when you shop Summer Life Naturals products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.