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16
MAR

Vitamin Rich, St. Patty’s Day Green Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 4:02 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this low calorie smoothie packed with antioxidants and ingredients to aid in digestive health. You’ll be feeling as good as gold!

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16
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Pure Indian Foods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PureIndianFoodsLucky Vitamin is introducing another brand of premium health foods to our customers: Pure Indian Foods.

Pure Indian Foods offers healthy, natural, and organic Indian food products made from the purest ghee. The company was founded in 2008 and has become one of the top brands of Indian products in the United States. Based in New Jersey, this family-owned business has been in ghee business in Northern India for 5 generations, since 1889, and now makes over 10 varieties of grassfed organic ghee products.

Pure Indian Foods makes America’s favorite grassfed and certified organic ghee, cultured ghee, coconut ghee, Coffee++, Turmeric Superghee and delicious herbal/spiced ghee. An important source of fat-soluble vitamins and CLA, ghee has a high smoke point, about 485F, and does not burn like butter, making it perfect for sautés, stir fries, and sauces.

Pure Indian Foods ghee is made with milk obtained only during spring thru fall, when the cows are out to pasture eating fresh green grass. Additionally, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the cows’ feed as grassfed milk contains fat-soluble vitamins and naturally occurring Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). The ghee is always made fresh in small batches in stainless steel equipment and adhering to organic methods. All ghee products are Non-GMO and made in a well-equipped cGMP production facility.

You can save even more when you shop Pure Indian Foods products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



14
MAR

3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Did you know that dark chocolate is actually very nutritious as it contains high concentrations of minerals, vitamins, fiber and even antioxidants? That’s not false advertisement as dark chocolate provides potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Plus, an average size, high quality dark chocolate bar contains 11 grams of soluble fiber and a variety of powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins. With so many nutrients, it makes sense this delicious product can be good for you. So, we present you 3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.

1. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease as the high amounts of copper and potassium may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments. Additionally, the compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL, which may result in much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries, lowering the risk of heart disease over the long term. Research suggests that cocoa consumption may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.

2. Cholesterol Support

Consuming dark chocolate may help regulate cholesterol levels. Cocoa powder is known to significantly decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol as well as increase HDL in men with elevated cholesterol. Dark chocolate normally contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that do make it into the bloodstream and protect lipoproteins against oxidative damage.

3. Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide (NO), which can send signals to the arteries to relax. This process may lower resistance to blood flow and therefore reduce blood pressure.



12
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Mineral Hygienics

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MineralHygienicsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new brand of superior cosmetic products to our customers: Mineral Hygienics.

Mineral Hygienics offers a unique line of cosmetics that can help you look incredible. The company has spent years perfecting all-natural formulas that uses the fewest number of ingredients in the industry, in exactly the right combination, for exactly the right results.

Mineral Hygienics products do not contain complicated fillers, ingredients, or jargon. All products are created with natural ingredients and backed by solid research, input from dermatologists and other skin experts, and continuous testing to meet the latest standards for cosmetic safety.

When Mineral Hygienics develops a product, there is both reason and logic in its formula. Every product has a purpose, and the reason for development is to be better than the competition. The company does not want to release thousands of sub-par products and saturate the market. Instead, Mineral Hygienics wants to ensure that, before using a product, customers feel comfortable knowing that it was developed with care and reason and, after using the product, customers are excited that they feel the need to share the excitement with others around them. The company’s mission is to be the premier cosmetic manufacturer focusing on creating the highest performing products and doing everything possible to keep them as natural as possible.

You can save even more when you shop Mineral Hygienics products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



11
MAR

Storing Whole Grains With Bob’s Red Mill

Filed Under: Health Foods at 2:40 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Jars-of-Grain-FIf you asked Bob how to store whole grains, he’d tell you to buy an extra fridge. Put it next to your regular fridge and fill it with all of your whole grains. Most of us don’t have the ability to add an extra fridge into our lives. Even if someone gave me a free fridge and offered to pay the increase in my electrical bill, I couldn’t fit an second fridge into my kitchen. Excepting those who are able to have a fridge or freezer with spare room, the rest of us are stuck scratching our heads and hoping our grains will be fine. Here’s a rundown on where to store whole grains. I hope it will give you some insight and inspiration for your own kitchen and maybe frees up a little room in your freezer.

Whole grains are best kept in the fridge or freezer to prevent rancidity. True. They are. BUT, this is more important when a grain has been broken up in some way- be it milled into flour, cracked into cereal or flaked like oatmeal. Whole grains themselves (brown rice, wheat berries, quinoa, etc.) are more shelf stable that we think. Some of these grains can last many years without going rancid. That’s how nature made them. Most whole grains that have been broken up in some way will last up to two years, sometimes longer, without spoiling.

Here is a quick breakdown of where to store products.

  • Whole Grains (wheat berries, brown rice, quinoa, millet, etc) used once a month: room temp
  • Whole Grains used less than once a month: freezer
  • Dried Beans: room temp
  • Flour, Cereals, Cracked Grains used once a week: room temp
  • Flour, Cereals, Cracked Grains used less than once a month: fridge or freezer
  • Baking Mixes: room temp or fridge, do not freeze
  • Refined Grains, Flours and Cereals (white flour, white rice, etc): room temp
  • Items that should always be kept in the fridge or freezer:
    • Almond Meal
    • Hazelnut Meal
    • Coconut Flour
    • Wheat Germ
    • Rice Bran
    • Flaxseed Meal (whole seeds are fine at room temp)
    • Hemp Seeds
    • Active Dry Yeast (do not freeze)

I recommend airtight containers for everything, but at the very least use airtight containers for things left at room temperature. Bugs love whole grains and nothing keeps a bug out quite like a mason jar. Plus, mason jars filled with whole grains and beans are very pretty and make a lovely addition to your decor. You can make your own labels like we did with the display above, or cut out labels from our bag and adhere them to your jars.

Article reposted from Bob’s Red Mill Blog

By: Cassidy Stockton



10
MAR

What Is Millet?

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Nutrition at 11:11 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
milletThere’s a “new” ancient grain on the block. Enter millet. I know what you’re thinking…isn’t that, like, bird seed? Well, not so fast.

Millet was mentioned in the journals of Marco Polo and considered sacred in China. It has been a staple in India and Africa for thousands of years and is even mentioned, as a grain for making bread, in the Old Testament. You might say that millet isn’t just “for the birds”. Here’s why…

Nutrition

Millet is a gluten-free grain packed with Magnesium, which can help prevent migraines and heart attacks. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that multiple varieties of millet boasted high antioxidant activity. Further research has found that millet may be helpful in controlling diabetes and inflammation. It’s an alkaline food which makes it easy to digest and serves as a great source of dietary fiber. Plus, one cup of millet contains eight grams of protein — perfect for vegetarians.

Cooking

Combine about 2 ½ cups of liquid for each cup of millet grain. This highly versatile grain can be used in sweet or savory dishes. You can use it in a variety of ways — everything from pilafs to breads, soups and stews. It can even be popped like popcorn for a healthy, delicious snack. Cooking millet increases the goitrogenic effect so unless you want to send your thyroid into a tizzy (hypothyroidism), keep your millet consumption to a minimum.  Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry, dark place.

 



9
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Training Mask

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TrainingMaskLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a revolutionary product to our customers: Training Mask.

Training Mask offers a new “Resistance Training Device” product that helps condition the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance and strengthening the diaphragm, making your workout seem like it is being held high in the mountains.

Training Mask works by making your lungs work harder. When that happens, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport or simply have increased energy for daily living. The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, but the intensity of the workout or the determination to push one’s body to the limits.

The effects of high-altitude training can really make a difference to get the most out of a workout. When the air is thinner, your body works harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It’s as if you were wearing a suit of armor while working out and then removed it for the competition.

Training Mask can simulate the benefits of high-altitude training without heading to a mountaintop. Continue use of this revolutionary product will increase your performance in running, swimming, martial arts, yoga, and sports such as soccer, football, hockey, and basketball. Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training. Simply strap it on and begin your normal workout.

You can save even more when you shop Training Mask products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



8
MAR

Gummies Versus Pills…Which One Packs More Punch?

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
gummyvitaminsIf you think gummy vitamins are strictly child’s play, you may want to think again. Not just for kids anymore, most vitamins and supplements can be found in some kind of gummy form. But are they really better than the good ‘ol tablets? Let’s find out.

Say goodbye to the hours spent grinding and cutting pills (not to mention chasing their scattered remnants all over the kitchen) to choke down in a spoonful of applesauce. Gummy vitamins are a hassle-free and satisfyingly chewable way to get your daily dose of nutrition.

Let’s face it, gummy vitamins taste WAY better than their chalky old school counterparts. They’re available in countless varieties, from classics like orange and fruit punch to some more adventurous flavors like espresso. However, keep in mind that some brands of gummy vitamins may contain sugar, trans fat and corn syrup so, as always, remember to check the label’s fine print.

Gummies pretty easily win the taste and convince tests, but how do they stack up nutritionally? To be fair, the answer isn’t quite as clear cut. Gummy vitamins are not regulated by the FDA, therefore they could have lower amounts of certain vitamins compared to pills. However, if you aren’t getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals from your diet than a gummy multivitamin supplement may be perfect for you.

Do gummy vitamins sound like a good fit for your health regimen? You can find an amazing variety of gummy vitamins from everything to multivitamins to calcium and weight loss supplements. Shop our great selection today!



7
MAR

What to Look For In Your Multivitamin!

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MVTaking a multivitamins is a great way to maintain a proper daily intake of nutrients, a common problem for most Americans, Many people do not meet the dietary recommendation of nutrients needed on a daily basis, particularly calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, three of the four nutrients with the highest inadequate intake in adults and children according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. If you have decided to start taking a multivitamin but may need a little help choosing one, we present you a simple, basic guide on what to look for in your multivitamin.

Let’s get started with your personal profile. Hundreds of multivitamin products are available and their formulas vary in many different ways. For example, some multis are designed for men while others are formulated for women. Kids multivitamins are also available with lower amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as seniors formulas which often add additional nutrients needed by the human body over a certain age, over 40, over 50, etc.

Additionally, multivitamins are available in many different forms and all of them have their pros and cons. You can find multivitamin products in tablets, capsules, softgels, liquid and powder form, chewable tablets as well as gummies, kids’ favorite choice. Tablets and capsules are the most convenient ones but liquid and power are a great alternative for people with difficulties swallowing tabs as multivitamins are often quite large tablets and a pill crusher may be helpful. Plus, some very complete multivitamins may require a few tablets three times a day but companies have created products such as “once a day”, or “twice a day”, a much more convenient way to ensure your daily vitamin intake.

Rounding up the guide, getting the basic vitamins and minerals is one of the best ways to get started. Look for vitamin A, Bs, C, D and K, and some minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Multivitamins are available in a wide variety of formulas that are aimed at helping people with specific nutritional needs or conditions. Take your time to find the best one that fits your particular needs.



4
MAR

5 Houseplants For A Green Home

Filed Under: Green Living,Home at 2:34 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
springclean_plantsWhen you spend most of your time indoors it’s important to make sure that your air quality is on point, which is not exactly an easy task considering how many of our everyday household products, such as furniture polish, window cleaners and wall paint contain high levels of air-polluting toxins. These items, and many more, invisibly leach harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia into the air that we breathe. Short-term exposure to these chemicals can have adverse effects on your health, ranging from minor nuisances like mouth or throat irritation all the way up to severe cases of larynx and lung swelling.

Fortunately, many houseplants – as well as being relatively inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing – act as super lo-fi air purifiers. Here are just a few examples of some indoor plants that can help filter out some of the nasty junk lurking around your house…

  1. Snake Plant is the absolute easiest plant to care for — no green thumb required. Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, a snake plant help absorbs formaldehyde and nitrogen oxides.
  2. Peace Lilies, or Mauna Loa, requires little sun and produces pretty flowers. Place one of these beauties in your bathroom or laundry room to help remove mold spores.
  3. pet-friendly Bamboo Palm acts as a natural humidifier and can help neutralize formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
  4. Besides being known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe has been known to remove xylene and formaldehyde from the air. Plus, Aloe is great to have around for minor cuts or sun burn.
  5. Spider Plant is another great low-maintenance plant that removes carbon monoxide and other toxins. They are easy to propagate so you can easily divide them up and place them in as many rooms as you’d like.

 



3
MAR

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring is coming and so is the famous “spring cleaning”. It’s that time of the year to clean up your house, apartment, workplace, car, and anything else that may need a good clean up before the warmer season begins.

Home spring cleaning is by far the most popular activity as everyone takes this opportunity to clean up their houses, open the windows, let some fresh air in, and throw out some old stuff. The result: people enjoy living in a much cleaner and healthier home with less dust, allergens, odors and dirt.

Most spring cleaning checklists consists of a complete house clean up, designed to go through an entire home, room by room, with several tasks that may need to be done such as dusting, washing, vacuuming, cleaning, wiping down furniture, removing stains, cleaning up air vents, etc. Ideally, people like to have a different checklist for each area of the house: bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, living rooms, garage, as well as another checklist for the outdoor areas.

There are hundreds of different spring cleaning checklists available online and many of them are very similar. The best one? Well, the best one should be the one that fits you the best. Consider the size of your home, whether you live in a house or an apartment, have kids or not, pets, and remember to consider how old your home is as older houses and apartments may need additional tasks.

One last tip: spring cleaning is also a great time to test smoke alarms, change air filters and check flashlight batteries and fire extinguishers. All can be done with the help of your family or friends and don’t forget: try to make this spring cleaning efficient and fun.



2
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Aromatherapaes

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AromatherapaesLucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of aromatherapy products: Aromatherapaes.

Aromatherapaes offers a top quality line of products including lotions, washes, scrubs, bath effervescents, and much more. Each product is designed and formulated with a unique blend of beneficial essential oils to promote many health benefits to you. The company combines the best natural ingredients with the time-tested principles of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapaes products contain only natural ingredients and do not contain synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, or GMO. Made in their own California facility, Aromatherapaes is formulated to meet the Natural Products Association standard, which ensures purity and sustainability. To meet the standard, a product must contain at least 95% certified natural ingredients, and the balance must consist of certified-safe-synthetics that have no natural alternative. The NPA seal lets you know you are getting a safe and truly natural product.

You can save even more when you shop Aromatherapaes products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers expires 3/31/2016.



29
FEB

Does Your Child Need Vitamins?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CVThe debate is endless. Children’s vitamins have bene around for years but parents are still debating whether or not their children should be taking supplements. A good number of pediatricians believe kids should get vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced, healthy diet but you may be surprised to find out that many pediatricians are highly recommending children to take a multi-vitamin products, but why?

First, many families may find it difficult to feed their children a healthy diet every single day. Busy lives and tight schedules are part of the modern life and (sometimes) time may be short to ensure everyone in the family is eating well. That includes your kids. Food on the run has become a common thing in today’s high tempo life and, just like adults, your kids may be lacking important vitamins and essential minerals.

Second, some parents may struggle to establish a well-balanced diet for their kids. Children need to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as protein and whole grains. Milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt are also essential for your little ones as it is very important that children obtain plenty of calcium to build strong bones. Let’s not forget iron, which builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells.

Now, let’s talk about the always important vitamins. We can start with the importance of vitamin D, which promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, so get your kids outside as often as possible. Essential to promote normal growth and development, vitamin A also helps bone repairs and promote healthy skin and eyes. B vitamins are important for energy production and they also help to maintain healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Vitamin C can enhance the immune system and help promote healthy muscles, connective tissue, and skin.

Lastly, just like adults, every kid is different and have different diets and levels of activity but with today’s busy lifestyle along with the great quality of vitamin supplements for children, it’s easier to understand the reason doctors are recommending children’s’ multivitamins. As always, talk to your pediatrician before start a multivitamin for your kids.



26
FEB

Natural Nail Polish: What is 5-Free?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
NPA new term has arrived in the nail polish world and some people are quickly searching for the meaning of 5-Free.

5-Free refers to the newest way to label non-toxic nail polish products which do not have the five most common dangerous chemicals found in nail polishes: toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

The term is actually very useful when shopping nail polishers. Some brands have removed these potentially dangerous ingredients without sacrificing quality or performance, creating a product that is free of all 5 chemicals, known to cause cancer, skin irritations and disrupt the endocrine system. It’s important to remember that polish is applied to nails, which aren’t made of living tissue and, therefore, these ingredients are not likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, people may inhale potent fumes or make contact with the skin while applying the product. So, prevention is better than cure.

Here’s more information about the 5 chemicals that are NOT used in 5-Free Nail Polishers:

Toluene: a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the smell of paint thinner. Known to cause skin irritation, nausea, and light-headedness, toluene can also damage the nervous system, and may cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women.

Dibutyl Phthalate: known as DBP, it is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects and is considered a suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.

Formaldehyde: this chemical’s vapors are irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen.

Formaldehyde Resin: a derivative of formaldehyde, this allergen is mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives.

Camphor: this is actually a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.



24
FEB

Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B24 AFAdrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms when the adrenal glands function below the necessary levels. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. People suffering from adrenal fatigue have a difficult time getting out of bed, feel tired at all times, and are always in need of stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks to do basic activities. Supplements can be very helpful to reduce adrenal fatigue, particularly products developed with a combination of ingredients to support adrenal function. Other herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals are also important to maintain proper function in the adrenal glands.

Ashwaghanda may be the most popular herbal supplement for adrenal. Known as an adaptogen, ashwaghanda helps adrenals adjust to stress, producing stress hormones when you need them and stop producing them when you don’t.

Vitamin C is also essential for adrenal function as it can lower the amount of cortisol, norepi, and epinephrine produced in response to physical stress when taken in adequate amounts. Additionally, B vitamins are important to boost energy levels and can be helpful to reduce adrenal fatigue. Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B12 contain a variety of adrenal-boosting nutrients that can help improve adrenal function.

Lastly, magnesium is an important element in adrenal function. Magnesium deficiency increases anxiety and depression, which may lead to improper adrenal function. Plus, if you get stressed out, you tend to lose more magnesium then normal. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels is vital to regulate proper adrenal function.