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9
JUL

Pre-Workout Beverage? Coffee

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Foods at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are searching for a pre-workout beverage, you may have been drinking it without knowing it: coffee. A recent study shows that drinking coffee before a workout can help burn more calories. Published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, the study discovered that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise compared to those who ingested a placebo. The dose that triggered the effect was 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For a 150-pound person that’s roughly 300 mg of caffeine the amount in about 12 ounces of brewed coffee, the average quantity of a regular cup of coffee.

Coffee may offer a weight-loss advantage as caffeine has been known to increase workout benefits but that might be more than just a spark of energy. Scientists at the University of Illinois found that consuming the caffeine equivalent of around two cups of coffee one hour before a 30-minute, high-intensity exercise reduced muscle pain. Consequently, caffeine may help you push just a little bit harder during strength-training workouts, resulting in better improvements in muscle strength and endurance. Additionally, research suggests that caffeine may help preserve overall fitness and reduce the risk of age-related injuries.

Lastly, a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that a little caffeine post-exercise may also be beneficial, particularly for endurance athletes who perform day after day. The research found that compared to consuming carbohydrates alone, a caffeine/carb combo resulted in a 66% increase in muscle glycogen four hours after intense, glycogen-depleting exercise. Glycogen, the form of carbohydrate that gets stockpiled in muscle, serves as a vital energy reserve during exercise, to power strength moves, and fuel endurance.

Remember: do not to rely on caffeine as an energy booster if you’re often tired. Get more rest and find the real reason you feel fatigue. Be consistent with your coffee intake and drink plenty of water regularly.

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Cafe Altura – Organic Coffee Regular Roast – 12 oz.
Puroast – Organic Ground Low Acid Coffee Dark French Roast – 12 oz.
Teeccino – Mediterranean Herbal Coffee Java Medium Roast 75% Organic – 11 oz.

 
8
JUL

Chocolate Covered Breakfast & More with Vega One

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars at 10:59 pm | By: Kim McCorkell, Senior Editor

If you’re wilting at your desk by 10 AM, don’t kick yourself for missing breakfast. Instead of another cup of coffee, consider satisfying layers chocolate-dipped goodness. Sound too good to be true? Grab a Vega One All-in-One Meal Bar, and you’ll know you’ve covered your nutritional bases. Made from plant-based, whole food, non-GMO ingredients this convenient meal bar is packed with:

  • 12 g complete plant-based protein
  • 4 g fiber
  • 1 g Omega-3
  • 1 serving of greens
  • 1 billion dairy-free probiotics
  • Added vitamins, minerals
  • Antioxidants

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on plant-based nutrition, Vega One Meal Bar is gluten-free and contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. Mouthwatering bars are available in Chocolate Cherry Almond flavors. Sound better than coffee?

Manage the mid-day munchies with a mouthwatering, plant-based Vega Snack Bar. Stock your bag or desk drawer for strategic snacking with five delicious flavors of a whole food bar you can feel good about. Non-GMO superfood ingredients in Vega Snack Bar fill this gluten-free, get-you-through-to-the-next-meal morsel with satisfying protein and 1 gram of Omega-3.

Need some post-workout fuel? Give your muscles the protein they crave. Vega Sport Protein Bar supports your post-workout with 15 grams complete, multi-source, plant-based protein, 2.5 grams of BCAAs and 2 grams of glutamine from non-GMO, whole food ingredients your body needs (and deserves) to recover. If you need energy during the race, crush your personal best by giving your muscles the fast-acting, long-lasting whole food energy they need to endure. Moist and delicious, plant-based Vega Sport Energy Bar is gluten-free and easy to eat mid-workout to help you go the distance.

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Vega – Plant Based Vibrancy Bar Chocolate Decadence – 1.8 oz.
Vega Sport – Plant-Based Protein Bar Chocolate Coconut – 2.1 oz. DAILY DEAL
Vega – All-in-One Nutritional Shake Chocolate – 30.9 oz.

 
8
JUL

5 Chemical Free Alternatives to Sunscreen

Filed Under: Environment,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 1:03 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Whether you’re at the beach or just hanging out in your backyard, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s damaging rays. Unfortunately, any old sunscreen won’t do. Most commercial sunscreens contain a wide variety of toxic ingredients and have the potential to do more harm than good. Recent reports have suggested that some of the main ingredients found in mass produced sunscreens could even cause cancer.

Here’s a list of potential toxic chemicals that may be learking in you sunscreen:

  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
  • Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3, Oxybenzone
  • Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Homosalate
  • 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
  • Retinyl Palmitate

Luckily, there are ways to protect your skin from overexposure without the use of harsh chemicals. Many natural oils offer protection from the sun and offer varying levels of SPF.

Get sun protection without the toxins

When shopping for sunscreens be sure to read the labels and avoid buying sunscreens containing toxic chemicals, such as those found in the above list. Or you could try making your own using safe oils (some which you can find in your kitchen!).

Here are some natural alternatives to traditional sunscreens that feature some built-in SPF protection:

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can provide a SPF of 8. Even though this isn’t a very high SPF, multiple applications can provide extra moisture and prevent skin from burning.

Wheatgerm Oil

Wheat-germ oil contains vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins and antioxidants. These nutrients not only moisturize and heal dry or cracked skin, they also help prevent scarring. In particular, wheat-germ oil has a natural SPF of and is a great source of vitamin E, which helps reduce skin damage.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has an SPF of about 6, which is perfect for low sun levels or people with naturally dark skin. It works wonders on dry skin and eczema because it’s readily absorbed into the skin and contains so many fatty acids.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a great additional to skin care products due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, this fruit oil has been found to contain an SPF as high as 28-50 which is equal to that of titanium dioxide.

Carrot Seed Oil

This essential oil is contains a natural SPF of 38 to 40. Carrot seed oil therapeutic benefits include antioxidant, antiseptic and high levels of Vitamin A. Make sure to use with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.

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7
JUL

What’s New? Nardo’s Natural

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Nardo's

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of organic personal care products to our customers: Nardo’s Natural.

Nardo’s Natural offers a superb line of organic skin care products made fresh in small batches to ensure quality and freshness. The company’s manufactures all products in an FDA registered cosmetic facility that follows cGMP throughout all phases of production.  Product development is performed by qualified chemists and labs are certified by Organic Certifiers of Ventura, CA as an organic manufacturing facility under the National Organic Program administered by the USDA.

Nardo’s Natural is proud to offer high quality organic products certified by Oregon Tilth. Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. Oregon Tilth advocates sustainable approaches to agricultural production systems and processing, handling and marketing.

Nardo’s Natural Organic Skincare was established in April of 2009 when the four Mastronardo brothers discovered the health benefits of coconut oil for the skin. They were inspired to formulate an effective and healthy skincare line with ingredients derived from nature. For example, Nardo’s USDA certified organic and non-GMO coconut oil is the healthiest on the market. This premium coconut oil is cold-pressed so that it retains its vital nutrients and delicate fats, not bleached, refined, or mixed with chemicals. Nardo’s Natural organic products are suitable for all skin types and loaded with skin-loving nutrients.

In addition, you can save extra on these fantastic new products from Nardo’s Natural at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code JULY14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Nardo’s Natural – Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – 12 oz.
Nardo’s Natural – Muscle Rub – 5 oz.
Nardo’s Natural – Facial Toner – 4 oz.

 
2
JUL

Fight Depression Naturally With St. John’s Wort

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that one in ten adults is affected by depression in the United States? Depression can affect people in many different ways. Mood, thoughts, physical health, and behavior all may be affected but the symptoms and severity of depression can vary from person to person. Depression can be treated with regular medicine but that is not the only option. Natural supplements can be very helpful to fight this medical condition and St. John’s Wort products are one of the best ways to treat depression naturally.

St. John’s Wort supplements are made from a plant (Hypericum perforatum) that grows in the wild. This herbal product has been used for centuries for health purposes and studies have shown that St. John’s may help some types of depression, similar to treatment with standard prescription antidepressants. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity. St. John’s Wort also appeared to have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants. The studies were conducted in German-speaking countries where St. John’s Wort has a long history of use by medical professionals, reported more positive results than those done in other countries, including the United States.

St. John’s Wort is widely prescribed for depression in Europe but the herb has some side effects. Make sure to consult with your health care provider before you start taking St. John’s Wort supplements.

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Eclectic Institute – St. John’s Wort Flower & Leaf Fresh Raw Freeze-Dried 300 mg. – 50 Vegetarian Capsules
Good Nature Tea – Organic Tea Caffeine Free St. John’s Wort – 20 Tea Bags
Herb Pharm – St. John’s Wort Extract – 1 oz. Formerly Saint

 
30
JUN

What’s New? Veria SO

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin has added another top quality brand of supplements based on the 5,000 year-old wellness principles of Ayurveda: Veria SO (Self Optimize).

Veria SO offers supplements created by marrying ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with cutting-edge science. The company was born in India as the vision of Subhash Chandra, one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. Having done well, he made the choice to create a company that would help people live healthier, more vital lives. As the sister company to Veria Living – the premiere 24/7 wellness TV network, Veria now makes it possible to surround yourself with a lifestyle of wellness.

Veria SO creates personal care products and herbal supplements designed to promote wellness from within. The company is fully committed to doing it in the most natural, sustainable ways possible, to preserve balance within the environment, communities, and ourselves. Veria chooses premium ingredients over harsh chemicals, conscious packaging instead of waste, and the right regimen, not the biggest. The company’s philosophy is based on the balance of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda believes that all of nature, your body included, is a dynamic balance of the very same elements. Ever changing, it is susceptible to stress, environment, diet and more. Veria adapts Ayurveda’s essential elements and practices into easy antidotes for real life. Veria Self Optimize organic herbs and all natural blends help your body maintain its ideal set point of well-being, whatever the day may bring. Every one of the herbal supplements is organically cultivated protecting the biodiversity of the area for the next generation. Veria’s combination herbal supplements are sustainably wild-harvested in rural India and have the Indian government’s forestry department certification to prove it.

Shop now and you can save extra on these fantastic new products from Veria SO. Just enter promotional code JUN14NEW10 to save an extra 10% on all items of this new brand.

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Veria SO – Organic Shatavari – 120 Tablet(s)
Veria SO – Hers Hormonal Balance for Women – 60 Tablet(s)
Veria SO – Breathe Now Respiratory Support – 60 Tablet(s)

 
30
JUN

Premium Brand Spotlights

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 9:26 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

LuckyVitamin.com is excited to offer its customers an exclusive, limited-time offer on four high-end brands. These products are rarely offered at discounted prices so the time to take advantage is now! Learn more about what makes these sought-after brands so unique.

Metagenics – Genetic Potential Through Nutrition

Science uses genomic and proteomic research to identify plant-based extracts and derivatives that communicate with specific proteins. These proteins send signals to promote healthy functioning and “amplify” healthy messages from food.  Metagenics uses these discoveries to become readily available medical foods and nutraceuticals that offer uniquely effective and powerful formulas for both targeted and broad health applications.  Their in-house scientific staff and technologically advanced facilities conduct adequate research and evaluation. That’s what enables them to continue to provide innovative formulas of the highest possible quality to help you make a noticeable impact on health.

Thorne Research – Pure Ingredients, Trusted Results, Worldwide

Thorne is the only hypoallergenic dietary supplement manufacturer with the highest degree of purity that you – and your most severely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients – can truly trust. Also, they do not make any products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (known as GMOs). In 2014, Thorne Research celebrated their 30-year commitment to transforming and advancing the quality of health care in the United States and around the world. Thorne Research understands that to successfully deliver innovative solutions it must identify and partner with forward-thinking companies that envision a future in which lifestyle medicine is at the forefront of patient care.

Biotics Research Corporation – In the Vanguard of Research, Development & Manufacturing

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for pharmaceuticals affect everyone. Consumers expect that each batch of medicines they take will meet quality standards that guarantee their safety and effectiveness. Biotics Research Corporation manufactures their branded products on-site, in state-of the-art facilities, allowing for complete control of the entire manufacturing process. Within their laboratories, the highly skilled members of their Quality Control Unit utilize modern, sophisticated technologies and validated analytical methods to test incoming raw materials, monitor manufacturing processes, perform in-process testing, and test all finished products prior to their release for shipment. In fact, many aspects of their cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices) exceed the new, recently enacted FDA guidelines for dietary supplements in order to ensure the highest level of quality standards.

 Pure Essence Labs – Cellular Concept Of Health

At Pure Essence Labs, their mission is your health. They’ve spent over 35 years identifying the world’s most powerful whole-food, science based nutrition, which they combine with the ancient wisdom of the world’s most profound holistic medical systems.  They use Nature as the model by which to build and maintain good health. By joining the best of the old with the best of the new, makes it all available to you as the most holistic, and most effective dietary supplements and nutraceuticals.

For a limited-time save an extra 20% off these exclusive brands with promo code ‘SPOTLIGHT627’ at checkout.

 

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25
JUN

What’s New? River Soap Company

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: River Soap Company.

River Soap Company offers triple French milled soaps created with only natural ingredients. The company aims to provide high quality, vegetable based soaps and bath accessories without artificial colorants or fragrances, priced for everyday use. River Soap strives to minimize the impact on the planet and, therefore, all bath products are simply wrapped, with no fancy packaging.

River Soap Company began in 1991 producing soap bars in a kitchen. Today, the company has grown and continues to expand to include 12 different soaps, all natural sea sponges and very own complexion mitts. The unique, long-lasting 4.5 ounce soaps are all vegetable base, biodegradable, cruelty-free and contain no perfumes. The company uses a unique combination of pure essential oils to scent every soap bar and add sweet almond oil to make them extra moisturizing. Triple French milling soaps are dense, long and neat, not leaving a gooey mess in the soap dish. No artificial colorants are ever used in the soap making, only botanicals and minerals. For example, plant chlorophyll makes the mountain laurel soap a light green color and sea kelp powder makes the ocean mist soap green while acting as an exfoliator and adding trace minerals.

River Soaps are made from a coco-palm soap base. The palm oil has been farmed and harvested according to standards established by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which promotes planting and harvesting palm oil in a sustainable manner.

Additionally, you can save extra on these fantastic new products from River Soap Company. Just enter promotional code JUN14NEW10 to save an extra 10% on all items of this new brand at Lucky Vitamin.com.

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River Soap Company – Lip Balm Spearmint – 0.15 oz.
River Soap Company – Bar Soap Mountain Laurel – 4.5 oz.
River Soap Company – Bar Soap Scent Free Milk & Honey – 4.5 oz.

 
23
JUN

The Endless Coffee Debate

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study about health benefits from drinking coffee is just another chapter on the never-ending debate about the beverage. Multiple studies have shown that drinking coffee can offer a variety of health benefits from improving cardiovascular health to enhancing focus and concentration. On the other hand, studies have also proved that coffee can have negative effects on health such as sleep difficulties and anxiety.

Adding more fuel to the fire, a new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes supporting previous research which has found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk, with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.

Published in the journal Diabetologia, this latest study was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption might affect your risk. Researchers concluded that people who upped their consumption by more than a cup per day had an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with people whose consumption held steady.  Decreasing coffee consumption by the same amount – more than a cup a day – was associated with a 17% increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The data is based on an analysis of more than 120,000 health professionals already being followed observationally long term.  Researchers looked at the study participants’ coffee drinking habits across four years to reach their conclusions. “For type 2 diabetes, up to six cups per day is associated with lower risk,” said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. “As long as coffee doesn’t give you tremors, doesn’t make you jittery, it is associated with a lot of health benefits” added the lead study author.

Perhaps the story behind the study is that higher coffee consumption often results in lower consumption of sodas, lattes, frappuccinos, and other sugary drinks, consequently decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Pero – Coffee Substitute Instant Natural Beverage Original 100% Caffeine Free – 7 oz.
Mount Hagen – Organic Instant Coffee Freeze Dried – 3.53 oz.
Life Extension – Rich Rewards Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee – 12 oz.

 
20
JUN

Wholesome Gummy Goodness for the Whole Family

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:06 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

In 2000, while lunching with son at his school, Rich McPeak got a major dose of reality when he saw how poorly the other children around him were eating. Almost instantly, he knew he wanted to create products that tasted great and taught children and their parents the importance of a whole-food, nutrient dense diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Nature’s Dynamic had just been born.

Nature’s Dynamics™ is a family-owned and operated company that safely and effectively develops 100% natural whole food gummy supplements for consumers. One-hundred percent of their products are manufactured in a GMP-certified facility and produced in the US. Nature’s Dynamics™ products are the tasty and nutritious result of botanical and medical studies from around the world.

Nature’s Dynamics™ believes vitamins, minerals and nutrients should be delivered to our bodies through spices, botanicals, fruits and vegetables grown in the earth’s soil — not from manufactured synthetic chemicals. Their extensive line of products are non-GMO and include original Nature’s Dynamics™ Gummy formulas, Berry Garden Kids Multi Gummy, Body Boost Men Multi Gummy, BodyBoost Women Multi Gummy, Joint Relief Gummy and more.

Their philanthropic efforts go beyond their gummies. Nature’s Dynamics not only does good for you but good for the planet too! They support global initiatives, such as organic farming, rainforest preservation and third world food programs.

For a limited time you can get an extra 10% off all Nature’s Dynamics™ products with promo code ‘JUN14NEW10’ at checkout!

 

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19
JUN

What’s New? Natural Force

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of supplements to our customers: Natural Force.

Natural Force offers a unique line of training supplements created with Mother Nature’s raw superfoods to provide you with the highest quality training products ever created. The company values quality and honesty above all else and every product is always comprised of the purest, highest quality, all-natural and organic ingredients. Natural Force supplements do not contain any coloring, flavoring of any kind, and unnecessary fillers. Each and every product has been carefully and intelligently designed to deliver superior performance for a specific purpose.

Natural Force has created a new approach to sports supplements. Next time you grab your favorite supplement, take a look at the container. Look past the flashy label to the list of ingredients. Do you know what all of them are and what they do? Natural Force is fully dedicated to using only the best ingredients directly from nature that provides you with the performance you need.

Natural Force’s top products are Natural Stack, Raw Tea, Iskiate Endurance, and Recovery Nectar. Natural Stack is a training supplement solution to synergistically address all your pre-, intra-, and post-workout nutrition needs. Raw Tea provides you with an explosive burst of natural energy to prime your body for intense workouts. Iskiate Endurance will give your body the nutrients it needs to power through even the longest and most grueling training sessions. Lastly, Recovery Nectar post-workout will help you decrease recovery time and completely revitalize your body.

You can save extra on all products from Natural Force. Just enter promo code JUN14NEW10 to save an additional 10% on all items on this new brand.

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Natural Force – Raw Tea Pre-Workout – 0.26 lbs.
Natural Force – Iskiate Endurance Intra-Workout – 0.67 lbs.
Natural Force – Recovery Nectar Post-Workout – 0.56 lbs.

 
19
JUN

Benefits of Xylitol Chewing Gum

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

 

The American population, myself included, has definitely developed a bit of a sweet tooth. But what if there was a sugar that could have some health benefits, while also sweetening your foods? Xylitol, or birch sugar, is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol. Most of the xylitol used these days comes from birch wood or corncobs. Xylitol from corn should be avoided as it may be from a GMO source. Xylitol is available in many forms: as a chewing gum, syrup, or lozenges. Scientists believe that this sugar alcohol may actually contain many health benefits.

One major benefit of using xylitol is that it does not spike blood sugar as much as other sweeteners do. Xylitol has a glycemic index of 7, which when compared to table sugar, sucrose (a glycemic index of 58), it is extremely lower.

Xylitol has antibacterial and antiviral properties that helps protect against and fight infections. Research done in 2011 showed that Xylitol was useful in preventing recurrent otitis media in children. More specifically, there was a 25% reduction in the risk of occurrence in children that were given Xylitol versus the control group. Chewing gum and lozenges containing xylitol were found more effective than the syrup. Scientists also discovered that xylitol must be given 3 to 5 times per day for it to be effective. It is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend chewing gums, mints, or hard candy in children less than four years of age due to risk of choking.

Research has also shown that xylitol can help to prevent against tooth decay. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. This is because xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause cavities. Bacteria can’t utilize the xylitol and over time it changes the bacteria of the mouth.  It also prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth. A study on xylitol containing gum versus gum sweetened with sucrose versus a control group showed that gum containing 100% xylitol was able to reduce the incidences of cavities compared to the control group. Talk with your dentist to find out if xylitol is safe and beneficial for you.

These are just some of the common benefits of xylitol. Research and other studies are starting to look at xylitol for its benefits in weight loss as it helps appetite and sugar cravings, as well as respiratory/sinus health, bone health, anti-candida properties and much more. Make sure to shop Luckyvitamin.com for all your xylitol needs.

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16
JUN

The Power of BCAA

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Known as the building blocks of muscle mass, Branched-Chain Amino Acids have been helping people for years. Popular known as BCAA, this top-selling sports nutrition product is commonly used to build muscle, burn fat, and enhance athletic performance.

If you are not familiar with BCAA, these supplements can improve endurance and strength training results and it has the ability to prevent muscle loss at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat, a perfect product for marathon or triathlon runners. Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine are three essential amino acids which play an important role in protein synthesis. These three amino acids are considered essential because the human body does not produce any of them and human beings cannot survive unless these amino acids are present in the diet.

Recent studies have shown that dieting groups supplementing with BCAAs, such as leucine, can increase muscle retention and maximize fat loss much more effectively than non-supplemented groups. Very popular in the bodybuilding and fitness community, BCAA supplementation may be useful for gaining mass and maintaining muscle mass even while on a calorie-deficit diet. BCAAs not only increase the rate of protein synthesis, but they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis.

Additionally, BCAAs might also help improve workout intensity as it competes with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where Tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can increase fatigue. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced.

Lucky Vitamin is now offering a special sale on BCAA supplements for a limited time. Click here to check out our BCAA sale page.

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Infinite Labs – BCAA Powder – 8.4 oz.
Gaspari Nutrition – BCAA 6000 Super High Performance – 180 Tablets
NLA for Her – Her Aminos Comprehensive Amino Acid Blend Pink Lemonade 5875 mg. – 240 Grams

 
13
JUN

What’s New? Bikini Ready

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Summer is almost here and Lucky Vitamin has great news right before this hot season begins. We are happy to introduce another premium brand of weight loss products to our customers: Bikini Ready.

Bikini Ready offers much more than a line of weight loss products: it’s a lifestyle. The company has developed an entire selection of products made with only natural ingredients to help you get the bikini body you always wanted. Some of Bikini Ready products, such as Weight Loss Catalyst, Fashion Multi, Cleanse Cleanse, and Yummy Shake Flavors, are specially designed just for women. Wearing a bikini is all about having confidence which is the sexiest thing any woman can wear. Confidence is everything and Bikini Ready provides products to help you gain that confidence by accessorizing your healthy lifestyle and get that extra bit of push you need to have the kind of body you’ve always dreamed of. When you look great you have the confidence to live beyond your body.

Bikini Ready products use natural ingredients and are developed and made by a subsidiary of Inergetics Inc., an industry leader in the research and development of nutritional supplements. The company is fully committed to helping customers enjoy the safest ingredients and the most innovative nutraceutical science available to lead them on the path to better, happier, healthier life.

Additionally, you can save even more on all these fantastic new products from Bikini Ready. Just enter the promotional code JUN14NEW10 to save an additional 10% of all items of this new brand at Lucky Vitamin.com.

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Bikini Ready – Yummy Shake Vanilla Creme – 1.7 lbs.
Bikini Ready – Yummy Shake Chocolate Decadence – 1.9 lbs.
Bikini Ready – Cleanse Cleanse – 60 Capsules

 
11
JUN

Vitamin E May Offer Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Vitamin E supplements are already known for offering multiple health benefits but a recent study may add another one to the list. The results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that supplementation of vitamin E slows decline in patients with mild Alzheimer’s.

The study was a large, rigorous, multicenter randomized placebo-controlled trial with 33 authors, carried out at 14 Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. It enrolled 613 patients age 53 to 96 with a diagnosis of possible or probable AD of mild to moderate severity who were already taking an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI). 65% were on Donepezil, 32% on Galantamine, and 3% on Rivastigmine.

The results showed that participants got worse over the period of the study. However, individuals in the vitamin E group had a significantly slower decline than those in the placebo group (3.15 units less on the ADCS-ADL Inventory, annual rate of decline 19% less, and delay in progression of 6.2 months). The group taking both vitamin E and memantine did significantly worse than the group taking vitamin E alone. Adherence was estimated at 65-68%, which isn’t all that bad considering the age of patients and the effects of Alzheimer’s. They concluded that 2,000 IU of vitamin E significantly delayed clinical progression in activities of daily living in patients with mild to moderate AD who were also taking AChEI.

The results of this study bring some hope for Alzheimer’s patients but no one should start taking Vitamin E without the supervision of a physician. The Alzheimer’s Association’s call for caution as the high doses used in the ADCS study can negatively interact with other medications, including those prescribed to keep blood from clotting or to lower cholesterol.

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Carlson Labs – Key-E Natural Vitamin E 400 IU – 250 Chewable Tablets
Healthy Origins – Vitamin E 1000 IU – 240 Softgels
Source Naturals – Gamma-E 400 Complex- Vitamin E Complex with Tocotrienols 400 mg. – 120 Softgels

 
 
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