With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media everyday, it’s hard to know how to shop for the cleanest, most effective product innovations. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring.
A new “superfood” that has been really starting to makes its way into the spotlight is Moringa oleifera. The Moringa tree is native to South Asia and moringa products are popping up all over the health and wellness industry. It can be found as a supplement, tea, oil, body butter, and even in shampoos. One of the main reasons that this product is becoming so popular is because moringa has a very rich nutrient profile, is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and may even help with other health concerns. Some great sources of Moringa include Organic India, Moringa Revealed, and Moringa Source.
Activated Charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. But this ingredient is now making its way to the beauty realm, from facemasks to shampoos, toothpowders, and even deodorants. Activated charcoal is coal, which has been heated to increase its adsorptive power. Adsorption is the processes at which molecules bind to a surface and is different from absorption. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbs dirt and oil, and even absorbs 1000 X its own weight in moisture. Some great sources of activated charcoal beauty products include Piperwai natural deodorant, Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Level Naturals and Collective Wellbeing.
NEW USES FOR AVOCADOS
When it comes to fruits with health benefits, Avocados seem to be at the top of the list. That’s right Avocado is a fruit. One of the reasons this fruit is becoming so popular is because this fruit is packed full of fiber and vitamins such as Vitamin B6, B5, C, E and potassium. But one of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats. To be exact avocados are full of Monounsaturated Fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. One great example of new and interesting uses for avocado, is Avocado oil. Brands are now using avocado oil to make all sorts of products including; Cooking Oil, Avocado Mayonnaise, Avocado Kettle Chips and you can even find avocado oil in personal care products.
PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDERS
Protein powders are in no way new, but this market continues to expand. What was once advertised mostly to body builders looking to get “jacked” is now being marketed to tri-athletes, marathon runners, weekend warriors, vegans, moms, yoga enthusiasts and even business people constantly on the go. One of the biggest trends in the protein market stems from the source for the protein powder. Plant based formulas are one of the hottest trends right now. These are often hypoallergenic formulas free of common food irritants making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend of specific foods such as pea, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth, rice and more. Because of this blend, they contain an excellent variety of amino acids while also delivering a respectable amount of protein. Other new sources for protein include chicken, pumpkin, and even cricket.
FERMENTED PRODUCTS FOR GUT HEALTH
You may have heard of fermentation, but have never associated with the supplement industry. Fermentation is the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms. Fermented foods like Natto, Kimchi, Sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables are themselves becoming popular, but now nutrition companies are using fermented whole foods in their products. It is believed that the fermentation process helps to pre-digest complex foods, helping to increase the absorption of the nutrients. Fermented foods also contain Probiotics, the good bacteria that populate our bodies. Some great sources of fermented products include SoTru, Get Real Nutrition, Mother In Law’s Kimchi, and Kombucha kits and drinks.
Jackfruit is the largest tree-born fruit in the world and is starting to be referred to as a “Miracle Fruit.” This fruit is full of dietary fiber, is cholesterol free and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Although not very popular in the United States, yet, this fruit is becoming more and more popular amongst the vegan and vegetarian community. There are many ways one can prepare Jackfruit, however Upton’s Naturals has created a Jackfruit Bar-B-Que as a delicious meat alternative. This meat alternative is great to use for sandwiches, salads, wraps, and over rice.
Wellness bloggers and celebrities chefs have been talking about this trend for a little while now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone Broth also known as stock is made by boiling bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken, beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and proteins and has many health benefits. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones, reducing joint pain and inflammation, inhibiting infection and helps to seal your gut and promote healthy digestion. While its best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient already made broths.
MATCHA Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because Matcha is rich in catechins a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants. In fact one study found that Matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin, than regular green tea. EGCG benefits may include boosting metabolism and slowing the growth of cancer cells. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer.
NOOTROPICS (Brain Supplements)
With movies like Limitless and Lucy focusing on human’s ability to unlock the full potential of our brains, brain support supplements also known nootropics are all the rage right now. Vitamins, minerals, and other herbs may not unlock some hidden region of our brain, but they may promote brain health, improve focus and concentration, reduce risks of Alzheimer’s and other brain-associated conditions. Supplements like Vitamin D, Omega 3’s, Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Phosphatidylserine and Acetyl L Carniitine are great sources of nutrients necessary for brain health.
LABEL AND QUALITY AWARENESS
One of the biggest trends for 2016 might not be an ingredient. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable and doing more research on what they are consuming and putting into as well as on their bodies. This is why one of the biggest trends is quality in manufacturing. Customers are looking for hypoallergenic, all natural, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, products from certified organic B-Corporations. As well, they are making sure their products are free of potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients. Brands are constantly evolving to fit these demands, and LuckyVitamin offers easy navigation to help you find the products that meet your personal standards and preferences.
LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a supportive source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.
What’s with all the hype about almond milk? The answer is pretty simple: lots of nutrition and great taste. When a product provides tons of health benefits and actually tastes pretty good, it’s a safe bet many people will be willing to, at the very least, give it a try and that seems to be the case of almond milk.
Almond milk has been growing in popularity not only for people avoiding dairy products but also for people searching for a delicious and different taste. A creamy, nutty-flavored beverage, almond milk is very nutritious as it contains many vitamins, tons of minerals as well as antioxidants.
Almond milk products contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and a multitude of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Although it does not contain calcium, some almond milks are supplemented with calcium to meet one-third of the recommended daily average.
The health benefits of almond milk include improvement of vision, weight loss, and building stronger bones. It can also help in building strong muscles, regulating blood pressure and maintaining a proper kidney function.
While cow’s milk, rice milk and soy milk are often fortified with various minerals and vitamins, all of these nutrients occur naturally in almond milk. A great milk substitute choice for those who are trying to lower their fat and calorie intake, almond milk contains only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, and these are healthy fats that help protect your heart and preserve cognitive function.
Low in fat and high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, almond milk can be a great addition to your diet whether you want to avoid dairy products or not.
To juice or to blend…that is the question. And the answer is, well…it depends. Read on for more about the key differences between smoothies and green juice.
Blending combines everything. Nothing is removed. With juicing you’re separating the juice from the pulp, and for anyone who has ever juiced, you know all about that mountain of leftover pulp. Still, there are multiple uses for all that pulp, such as adding it to your compost pile or an ingredient in baked goods. Plus, you furry friends will love it too!
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber keeps your GI tract in top shape and it slows down the absorption of sugar. However, it slows down the rate in which your body absorbs nutrients. With juicing the soluble fiber remains which can act as a prebiotic but removes insoluble fiber aka the pulp to give your body a jolt of nutrients.
With juicing the nutrients are quickly absorbed, resulting in a quick release of all things healthy into your body and blood stream. Juicing extracts up to 70% of the nutritional goodness right into your glass and your body absorbs 100%. On the flip side, blending gives you a sustained release of nutrients throughout the day.
It’s way easier to consume a massive amount of fruits and vegetable when you’re juicing, but if you’re trying to use all organic produce, that can take a toll on your wallet. Blending a smoothie may not help you get all your servings of fruits and veggies, but at least you can blend a banana and our favorite, avocado.
Now that you have the facts, think about what your health goals are. Trying to get more fruits and veggie in your diet? Then juicing might be more for you. Is losing weight one of your goals? A smoothie will curb your appetite and make you feel full longer. In the end, you really can’t go wrong with either of these tasty additions to your health regimen.
Beet juice has been one of the hottest supplements in recent years and if you are still not familiar with this wonderful product, let’s not waste any more time and learn a bit more about the health benefits of beet juice.
Considered a superfood, beet juice contain high levels of antioxidants, dietary fiber as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. This all-natural, low-fat juice is an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin C, niacin, biotin, potassium, iron and magnesium. Plus, beet juice is rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health.
Beet juice is known to boost physical stamina and increase exercise endurance as studies have shown that a nitrate in beetroot juice can turn into nitric oxide (NO) in the body. This process can lead to a reduction in oxygen uptake, consequently increasing stamina, reducing fatigue, and making exercise less tiring. Regular consumption of beet juice can benefit endurance athletes, elderly people and those with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.
Featured in the Dr. Oz show, a recent study has shown that supplementation with dietary nitrate NO3 from beet root juice can have beneficial effects on blood pressure. Researchers suggested that drinking a glass of beet juice a day can lower high blood pressure, safely restoring cardio health.
Additionally, beet juice is known to increase blood flow dramatically and is considered a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits in the body. Therefore, it is essential in the prevention of circulatory disorders like varicose veins, hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
This webinar covers natural ways to boost your metabolism through diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle modification and sleep. The good and bad of all these various lifestyle topics will be discussed to show how to maximize their effect for you.
This presentation will cover how to achieve weight loss with diet and/or exercise. The equation of weight loss is more than just your body weight. The webinar will help give you and understanding of how macronutrients help to achieve weight loss as well as an understanding of the harm that you cause to your metabolism from dramatic diets.
Turmeric has long been used in India for its healing properties. When added to your diet, turmeric can increase the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars while also helping regulate metabolism. This amazing spice has been used to treat diabetes, lowering cholesterol, Alzheimer’s and cancer prevention and so much more.
Having beautiful and radiant skin requires a certain amount of proper nutrients. Some folks may find it difficult to get the correct nutrition from food but NeoCell Laboratories have the perfect line of products to help you with that: Beauty Burst.
NeoCell Beauty Burst products deliver high absorption of necessary beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews. These unique formulas contain a combination of ingredients that are essential for the skin. Collagen Type 1 & 3 is the body’s beauty protein and strengthens skin. Hyaluronic Acid is known as “nature’s moisturizer” and help with skin hydration and renewal. Vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin. Together, these three beauty nutrients work together to build beautiful skin from the inside out. Additionally, collagen type 1 and type 3 work wonderfully not only for firm, smooth skin but also promote strong hair and nails.
These award-winning products are available in three delicious flavors: super fruit punch, fresh mint chocolate, and Brazilian acai berry, a high-potency biotin and super-antioxidant formula.
A leader is natural supplement, skin care, health and wellness, NeoCell’s products are designed to nourish your body with essential healthy nutrients in order to promote health and create beauty from the inside, out.
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Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands so our customers can discover these fantastic new products at great prices. The latest “Lucky Addition” is a premium natural men’s grooming line: ManCave.
ManCave offers supreme-performance, natural men’s grooming range with a premium fragrance. Taking the grooming regime to a whole new style, ManCave is inherently masculine, sporty yet modern with a touch of humor. Launched in the UK in December 2012, the company ensures the line clearly communicates functionality and effective formulations at prices within reach of every male demographic.
ManCave products are paraben, sulphates (SLS SLES), petrochemical and synthetic dye free, as well as vegan, and are made with only naturally derived GMO-free ingredients. The formulations include prestige ingredients and enriching bioactives with 8-12 essential oils. The company’s recipe for success could be summarized as follows: first start with a natural active ingredient, such as the effective amino L-Arginine. Follow up with 12 essential oils, then complete each product with a signature key ingredient, ranging from caffeine, panthenol, shea butter, borage oil to the captivating scent of cedarwood.
ManCave was created after a two-year painstaking development process, focused on replacing man-made chemicals with a precise amalgamation of natural ingredients, all while using the most sustainable sources of production. The result is ManCave, an essential natural men’s grooming range free from skin-unfriendly ingredients.
Filed Under: Immunity,Recipes at 9:01 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Black elderberry syrup and maitake drops are just a few of the ingredients that pack this smoothie with the vitamins and minerals needed to give your immune system that extra support during allergy season.
Not only do coconuts provide food and nutrients for millions of people around the world, they also have many other uses and benefits. In this episode of Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf breaks down the coconut and its many health benefits.
Warmer days are coming and you can finally get outdoors and start exercising. Well, some people workout outdoors even during the cold, winter months but if you just don’t like the cold weather, now it’s the time to start.
Running is one of the most common outdoor activities for many reasons. It can basically be done pretty much anywhere from parks to streets, beaches to sport fields. Plus, running is free, it has no cost and does not require much equipment, although proper running shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Additionally, running can be done in many different ways: high tempo, jogging, short-distance, long-distance, interval and many other alternative ways.
Some people may say running is a “boring” activity while some others feel they don’t have the motivation to go running on a regular basis. That is indeed one of the most common problems of starting runners but there are a few tips to help keeping up with your workout plan.
First, running alone can be difficult and perhaps a partner may be a great way to “push each other”. Ideally, you should find a running mate who is at the same level as you are and don’t forget to set up days, so both of you do not have time conflicts.
Second, setting up goals can be an excellent way to stay on track. For example, plan to run a 5K, or 10K at some point in the summer or in the fall and you can track and control your results preparing for this “special run”.
Lastly, don’t give up. If you missed a run or two, even a whole week, no problem. Get back on track and if you have to start from day one, no problem again. Running can be fun and the more you run, the easier it gets.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Wojo.
Wojo offers a unique line of products which contain a blend of six B vitamins essential to healthy nerve and cell development. This single-dose liquid supplement is specially formulated with ingredients shown to support overall health and boost metabolism.
Wojo supplements are designed for the changing needs of a busy lifestyle. Packaged to go and quickly absorbed, you can simply enjoy Wojo with your favorite beverage, hot or cold, whenever and wherever it’s convenient. It’s the perfect product for busy people who may need a little push, an extra dose of energy, more focus, or simply a better mood to face what’s ahead.
From the beginning, Wojo wanted to create more than just a supplement, hoping that this new product could serve as a tangible reminder to everyone to stop, at least for a moment, and consider the road they want to travel. Based on a blend of B vitamins, Wojo contains B1, niacin/B3, pantothenic acid/B5, B6, biotin/B7, and B12. Some Wojo products also contain additional vitamins such as vitamin D3 as well as herbal extracts and amino acid ingredients, all added to help you meet your specific needs.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.
Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.
All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.
Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.