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12
NOV

Get More Energy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

Do you have problems finding the energy to get up and work out in the morning or have trouble maintaining your energy throughout your work out? Don’t worry, LuckyVitamin has an array of energy chews, shots, gels and bars that can help get you going and even keep you going throughout your workout.Your body uses two primary sources of fuel to feed the muscles when you’re running: fats and carbohydrates. Your body relies on carbohydrates as its primary fuel source when racing.

I personally find myself getting home from work struggling to find the energy to make it to the gym. The first thing I do when I feel like this is reach for my energy chews. Products like Honey Stinger Energy Chews are naturally caffeinated from white tea.  These chews contain 32mg of white tea extract per package, are comprised of 95% organic ingredients and sweetened with organic honey. They are perfect for athletes and other individuals looking for a little extra energy to help them get through their workout. Another product that I couldn’t live without are the GU-Energy Chomps. This company makes Chomps that are both caffeinated (20mg per serving) and non-caffeinated as well contain a proven blend of carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes. These products are not only good to take before a workout, but can also be useful while you are out on your run, bike ride, walk, etc.

Need more then a chew to fill you up on your long workout? We got you covered with a large assortment of energy bars. We have bars that are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and even kosher. The Vega Sport Immediate Sustained Energy Bar is not only packed with 27g of carbohydrates (the preferred energy source during a workout), but it also taste great!  It is vegan, gluten free, artificial color free, artificial sweetener free, eco-friendly and non-GMO.

The last must-have workout pick-me-ups are energy gels. These carb-packed energy fuels come in tiny packets, but deliver a great a deal of energy. These gels are designed to replenish carbohydrate stores that are depleted when running, biking, walking or doing any other form of exercise. Fueling the body with what it needs during your workout will help keep you going. Some of these gels also contain caffeine for that extra little pick-me-up. I specifically enjoy the taste of the GU Energy Energy Gels. They come in a variety of flavors and each one seems to be more delicious than the next.

Don’t let fatigue get in the way of good workout.  Shop LuckyVitamin for your energy boosting needs.

 

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11
NOV

5 Omega Foods That Aren’t Fish

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

Most people are aware of the importance of omegas to maintain good health. However, some people find it difficult to obtain this important nutrient if the fish sources aren’t really an option. What people need to know is that many other vegetarian sources contain good amounts of omegas. So, here is a list of 5 foods for omegas that aren’t fish:

1. Flax Seeds: flax seeds are considered the best vegetarian source of omega 3. One ounce of flax seeds packs in 6388mg of omega 3 (nearly 6 times the RDA) as well as 1655mg of omega 6 in the process, which helps keep your omega 3 to omega 6 radios in check. If you can take a tablespoon of flax oil, the amount of omega 3s is even higher, about 7196mg.

2. Chia Seeds: chia seeds have recently been one of the hottest natural supplements. These incredible nutrient-packed seeds contain 4915mg of omega 3 in one single ounce as well as 1620mg of omega 6. They are also loaded with calcium, fiber, and manganese.

3. Mustard Oil: this natural oil has 826mg omega 3 and 2146mg omega 6 in a tablespoon. Compare this to the 103mg omega 3 and 1318mg omega 6 found in olive oil and a simple switch of your oil can provide you a boost of omegas and health benefits.

4. Seaweed: seaweeds not only have fairly high amounts of omega 3, but they are also one of the only vegan foods which also have EPA and DHEA. Spirulina contains 58mg omega 3, 88mg omega 6 per tablespoon and is considered one of the best choices for seaweed.

5. Berries: berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but did you know that most berries can also be a good vegetarian source of omega 3? Blueberries top the list with 174mg of omega 3 per one cup serving while simultaneously delivering 259mg of omega 6.

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Navitas Naturals – Raw Chia Seeds Certified Organic – 16 oz.
NOW Foods – Flax Seed Meal Organic – 12 oz.
Earthrise – Spirulina Natural Green Super Food For Longevity Powder – 6.3 oz.
Fruit Advantage – Brain Support Wild Blueberry – 60 Capsules formerly Traverse Bay

 
10
NOV

3 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for The Beauty Junkie

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

 

Nothing says put together like a woman with a chip-free manicure or pedicure. This female ritual, as silly as it may seem, can be an instant mood booster or the perfect finishing touch for any occasion. Take things to another level by swapping out your old chemical-filled beauty products with new natural or non-toxic alternatives. Finding a new, natural nail polish can be a little bit of trial and error. For starters, you’ll need to purchase the base and top coat that go along with the brand to achieve the best results – especially with water-based formulas. Here are some of our favorites:

Zoya –If you are a recovering OPI junkie, Zoya’s your best bet for not turning back. This brand is long-wearing and contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor. Zoya provides a great selection of subtle shimmers, bold glitters, gorgeous neutrals and more.

Scotch Naturals Scotch Naturals has a buzz that extends even beyond the world of natural beauty. They not only have a great name and even better tagline (Not all Scotch is an acquired taste…brilliant!), they are truly non-toxic and contain none of the abrasive chemicals that are found in typical nail polish. Scotch’s line of polishes offers a wonderful eco-friendly option that comes in a variety of sophisticated colors that don’t require an acquired taste. Just remember, since this is a water-based nail polish, stick with their base coat, top coat and even polish remover for best results.

Piggy Paint – It’s all about female bonding with this one. The brand name is cute and the colors are bright and fun! This is another great water-based formula which is odorless and hypoallergenic which means it’s mommy (or big sister) approved. You won’t find any toxic chemicals here because Piggy Paint is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. This nail polish brand is perfect for sleepovers or as stocking stuffer. One tip: Piggy Paint recommends using a blow dryer on a low heat setting for maximum chip resistance.

No matter what brand you end up leaning towards, it’s fun finding your favorites!

 

 

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9
NOV

What’s New? Balanced Guru

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

Balanced Guru is a recently added premium line of certified organic skin, body, hair and energy products, now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Balanced Guru offers unique products created and developed to help you find balance in every aspect of your being. All products can help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. By combining ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science, the company has unique formulations to integrate the benefits of aromatherapy and wholesome ingredients to balance your health and beauty.

Beauty and health starts from within, thus, Balanced Guru believes in simultaneously nurturing body, mind and spirit in everything we do. Additionally, Balanced Guru was created with a conscious and passionate commitment to promote the wellbeing of customers and the planet we all share. The company crafts wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the social impact by giving it back to communities.

The company only uses ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment, including raw ingredients which are always natural, certified organic and come from sustainable harvesting. All jars and bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. In addition, all packaging, marketing and shipping materials are made with 100% recycled and recyclable paper, and labels and formulations are 100% biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

Save even more when you shop Balanced Guru products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Balanced Guru – Face It Off Facial Cleanser – 4 oz.
Balanced Guru – Drop Dead Salt Scrub Body Exfoliator – 9 oz.
Balanced Guru – Balm Me Up Body Balm Cocoa & Tang – 4 oz.

 
7
NOV

Natural Beauty- Limitless Possibilities Where Health & Beauty Coexist

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When the great thinkers of their day wrote about beauty, you’ll often find they trained their thoughtful gaze on the same thing: nature.

Lord Byron and Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote extensively about the natural wonder of the world. So did artists as disparate as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates and Confucious all marveled at its splendor.

Even a man of science, such as Albert Einstein, was not immune to the glory of natural beauty, once saying, “Our task must be to free ourselves …by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

When making beauty-related choices, it’s important to know what you are purchasing. It may be helpful to keep this question in mind: “Knowing what chemicals were used to make this product, would I put this IN my body?” If you wouldn’t, then why would you put it ON your body, only to let it be absorbed by your largest organ, your skin?

It’s the old, and not particularly eloquent, adage of garbage in/garbage out, only in reverse.  By using natural, non-toxic personal care products, your body creates its own self-perpetuating cycle of healthy living. You’ll find that you’ll look as great as you always have, but you’ll feel better and have more energy to direct towards positive, more fulfilling pursuits such as yoga, exercise and long neglected hobbies.

Achieving real beauty and a state of total peace with oneself is only possible through personal discipline and by making a conscious decision to adopt a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. By doing so, you open yourself up to limitless possibilities and the opportunity to walk the path to more fulfilling life where health and beauty peacefully co-exist.

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7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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YS Organic Bee Farms – Raw Tupelo Honey – 13 oz.
CC Pollen – High Desert Totally Desert Honey – 1.5 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey – 16 oz.

 
6
NOV

Chocolate Helps with Memory

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

 

As if you didn’t already love chocolate enough, a small-scale study found that an antioxidant in chocolate might improve memory skills associated with age related memory loss. The study, which was released by the Journal Nature Neuroscience, included healthy people ages 50 to 69, who for three months drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols. This group performed better on a memory tests than those who drank a low flavanol mixture. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Cocoa flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean. This research supports other findings showing that flavanols, especially epicatechin (found in cocoa beans), improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans.  The researchers of this study also found that the flavanol mixture was able to increase activity of the dentate gyru: the part of the brain that is involved in memory associated with recognizing faces and remembering where you parked your car.

Unfortunately for us chocolate lovers out there you would need to consume about seven average-sized chocolate bars to replicate the amount of epicatechin (138 mg) used in the study. However, if you do want to try to increase the cocoa and chocolate in your life then shop LuckyVitamin. We carry chocolate bars like Theo Chocolate, which is organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, soy free and fair trade. We also have other top brands like Chocolove, Green and Black’s Organic, Dagoba, Newman’s Own, and Endangered Species.  Endangered Species chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change with each chocolate bar.  They donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. While you might not increase your memory overnight eating our organic chocolates, at least you will be happy doing so.

 

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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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