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What’s New? Baby Booster

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements,Women's Health at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
15. BabyBoosterLucky Vitamin is happy to present a premium brand of natural supplements to our customers: Baby Booster.

Baby Booster offers all-natural supplements with a blend of nutrients that are essential to a healthy conception and pregnancy. The company has developed special formulas which contain not only micronutrients commonly found in every prenatal supplement, but also important macronutrients.

Baby Booster ensures these products contain ingredients that are often lacking in a woman’s diet and is the perfect supplement for those gaps in the diet that many of pregnant women are trying to fill. Baby Booster is a good start to the day but it also provides a great protein supplement between meals to help ward off the afternoon “crash”, the hunger associated with low nutrition. This unique product contains DHA, folic acid, and other nutritional supplements that are so important for mothers as well as developing babies. The combination of high-protein to low carbohydrate provides an excellent nutritional source without the excess calories.

One of the company’s primary focus is ingredient quality. Baby Booster spent over a year researching the market for the best ingredient sources and consulting with medical and nutritional professionals. The company uses the same source of vegetarian DHA as over 99% of FDA-approved infant formulas, while other companies use fish oil that can contain toxic heavy metals that are especially dangerous to babies and pregnant women.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Baby Booster supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.



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5 Supplements To Promote Detoxification

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing at 2:45 pm | By: Jeremy Michael
Detox

Our bodies are capable of many incredible tasks; one of those is the ability to naturally detoxify ourselves from the everyday toxins we are exposed to. In simple terms detoxifications refers to specific metabolic pathways that process unwanted chemicals for elimination. The liver and kidneys are the body’s major detox organs. There are 3 phases of getting rid of those unwanted chemicals. The following is a simple overview of how the body eliminates the toxins. Phase 1 for the most part begins the detoxification process and is when they body converts lipid soluble compounds into water-soluble compounds, preparing for phase 2. Phase 2 of the detoxification system is when reactions conjugate (attach) the toxin to other water-soluble substances to increase its solubility. Phase 3 of the detoxification process involves elimination of the toxins from the body. Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 all require certain nutrients that act as what are called co-factors, which are needed for these processes to function. Below are some supplements that are important in the detoxification pathway.

1)Sylibum marianum or more commonly known as milk thistle is a well-known liver remedy. Most of its actions are due to the key constituent silymarin. This herb helps to stimulate phase 1 liver detoxification as well as stimulates glutathione activity. Glutathione is the body’s major detoxifier. Some research has also suggested that milk thistle has the ability to protect the liver from damage that is caused by toxins and other chemicals.

2) Glutathione–The glutathione system is our body’s main detoxification system. Old age, genetics, diet and other toxic exposure can impair our glutathione system. Besides supplements there are other ways to boost your glutathione levels. A diet rich in cysteine, one of the precursors to glutathione is a good example of this.

3)NACN-Acetyl-Cysteine is an amino acid and antioxidant made by the body. NAC helps the body to produce glutathione as well as aids in detoxifying the liver and therefore can help to remove environmental pollutants from the blood stream.

4)B-Vitamins – B-Vitamins alone don’t detoxify our bodies. However, they may play a major role by acting as cofactors for the detoxification pathways. It is important to support your body with what it requires so that it can function at its highest potential.

5)Metagenics UltraClear combines everything we talked about today in one product. Metagenics uses UltraClear as part of their Clear Change program. This program provides clinically tested detoxification support via a combination of medical foods and supplements mixed with a hypoallergenic elimination diet all needed to enhance the body’s natural detoxification pathways.



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Top 5 Amazing Uses for Honey

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods,Personal Care at 5:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Honey

Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs

Not surprise here as the combination of honey, lemon and hot tea is one of the best natural remedies for sore throats and coughs. As an effective cough suppressant, honey has properties to minimize sore throat and is a great option for children who suffer from night-time cough and upper respiratory tract infections.

Skin Moisturizer

Honey is an amazing moisturizer and can help improving your skin condition quite quickly. Honey is rich in natural antioxidants that have anti-microbial properties, which can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and facilitate the skin’s ability to rejuvenate. In fact, many anti-aging products contain honey in their formulas as it also has the ability to absorb and retain moisture, keeping the skin well hydrated, and fresh.

Eye Care

Some people may not know but honey is also beneficial in the treatment of eye infection such as redness, itching of the eyes, conjunctivitis and other similar diseases. Honey used both internally and externally prevents glaucoma in its initial stage and research has suggested honey may be useful for prevention of cataract.

Acne Treatment

A simple trick can help you minimize pimples. Add a little bit of honey and place a band aid over it for about 30 minutes. This good old style, home treatment may surprise you. Honey contain amazing properties which can remove oil and dirt from the skin, two elements that causes acne. Honey has the ability to absorb impurities from the pores on the skin, as an ideal cleansing agent, and is also acts as a natural antiseptic, soothing and healing your skin.

Repair Damaged Hair

So many shampoos contain honey for a good reason. Honey is a great natural conditioner that can improve dry, damaged and dull-looking hair. It helps keep your hair clean, lustrous, healthy and shiny as well as helping retain moisture and get rid of dry, itchy flakes on your scalp.



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5 Best Supplements for Arthritis

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ArthritisThere are a lot of supplements for treatment and prevention of arthritis. Many of these products can significantly help and are safe to be taken on a regular basis. Everyone is different and react differently to supplements but if you still haven’t found a good product or a good combination of products, we present you the 5 best supplements for arthritis.

Glucosamine

Likely the most popular product for arthritis, glucosamine helps with osteoarthritis pain and protects cartilage from deteriorating, while helping your joints to move better. A numbers of studies have shown that glucosamine can have an effect on moderate and severe arthritis, particularly if taken in combination with chondroitin and MSM.

Chondroitin

Studies have suggested that chondroitin supplements can help slow down osteoarthritis progression and may lower arthritis pain and inflammation. Researchers believe that it works by helping to keep cartilage healthy as well as improving joint function, resulting in less inflammation and pain.

MSM

MSM or methylsulfonylmethane is known to support connective tissue formation in the body and may possibly reduce arthritis pain. MSM acts as an analgesic by lessening nerve impulses that transmit pain. A variety of studies have suggested that supplementation of MSM may reduce pain and inflammation which can lead to a positive effect on knee osteoarthritis.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids seem to be good for everything, and they are! Studies have shown that omega-3 contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can help in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

SAM-e

Likely not as popular as the other supplements on this list, SAM-e is an excellent choice for arthritis. S-adenosyl-L-methionine, known as SAM-e, is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body and can be helpful for osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.



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What’s New? Strong Girl

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
13. StrongGirlLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of women’s sports supplements to our customers: Strong Girl.

Strong Girl offers a superior line of sport supplements created by women, for women. If you demand more out of your training, more out of life, and more out of your nutrition, Strong Girl products are perfect for you.

Strong Girl supplements are designed to help you achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself. The company had developed products that provide premium nutrition with effective formulas, so you can be beautiful and strong, both inside and out. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, a weekend warrior, an obstacle course enthusiast, a recreational athlete, a busy mom or a strong, active woman, Strong Girl is the perfect answer for your fitness needs.

One of the company’s best-selling items is Strong Girl Smart Weight Loss. Designed with 100% premium ingredients, this premium weight loss product includes a key ingredient shown in scientific research to help people lose weight: green coffee. Strong Girl Smart Weight Loss also contains a blend of hot, efficient ingredients such as garcinia cambogia, caralluma, amla fruit, and caraway, to deliver advanced weight loss results. Two other products from Strong Girl are also hot-selling items. Strong Girl Isolate is another popular product as this complete lean nutritional protein shake is made from 100% isolate proteins for ideal bioavailability. Strong Girl Pre-Workout is a powerful pre-workout designed specifically for explosive energy, strength and focus.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Strong Girl supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.



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The Great Fenugreek

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FenugreekFenugreek has been used both as an herb and as a spice for many years. Originally from southeastern Europe and western Asia, this plant grows practically everywhere today, including the United States. Most people know fenugreek from seasoning in mix spices but this traditional herb is also very popular in teas.

Fenugreek offers a variety of health benefits as research suggests that it may help regulate cholesterol levels, control diabetes, as well as stimulating breast milk production.

Natural supplements for cholesterol often contain fenugreek in their formulas as it contains alkaloids, protein, vitamin C, niacin and potassium, proven ingredients to inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis. Studies have shown that fenugreek supplements may help lowering harmful cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.

In addition, fenugreek may be a useful beverage for nursing mothers as studies have concluded that regular intake of fenugreek may increase breast milk supply. The herb has been used in many breastfeeding supplements along with blessed thistle, nettles and fennel seeds, increasing milk production as much as 900%. The combination is safe to use since all ingredients are natural and side effects are minimal.

Lastly, fenugreek can be helpful to improve digestion and minimize issues such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, and inflammation of the stomach. Click here to check out fenugreek supplements at LuckyVitamin.com.



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What’s New? Skoop

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
10. SkoopLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another option of healthy, delicious, whole food products to our customers: Skoop.

Skoop is the result of an interesting combination: take the leading nutritional science and the best ingredients, toss ‘em in a blender, and you get Skoop. Made with 100% organic fruits, veggies, greens, fibers, herbs, honey, flavors, and stevia extract, Skoop uses a special process to create these delicious and healthy products. The company takes raw ingredients in puréed form, then dried in drums over low heat and milled into powder. Drum-dried foods reconstitute easily with water, and retain much of their original taste, color, and most importantly, their nutritional value.

Every single Skoop product is created from actual whole food and does not contain a single synthetic. Moreover, Skoop uses no GMO’s as the company believes that real nutrition should come from real foods, not a lab. This is the reason Skoop’s superfood packets are sourced mostly from plants. Skoop is also giving it back too as part of the Mission Nutrition Program helping schools increase kid’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. For every Skoop serving sold, fresh veggies are delivered to a school lunch program in America. What a great deal!

Nutrition that’s affordable, sustainable, and ethical, Skoop has found the most powerful way to provide it. You can save even more when you shop Skoop products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.



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Thermogenics & Weight Loss: Why It Works

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Weight LossThermogenics and weight loss go together but it’s quite interesting to find out why it really works. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in the warm-blooded animals. The role of thermogenesis is to maintain the temperature of body so that it can function optimally. The human body utilizes most of its calories in maintaining normal metabolic functions such as ingestion, digestion, and essential processes such as heart beat, respiration, brain activity and regular physical activity.

Thermogenesis can be classified in 3 different types. The first one is “exercise induced thermogenesis” in which the muscles are heated up with physical activity or exercise to function more effectively. The second one, is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis”(NEAT) which includes generating heat through shivering. The third type is the “diet induced thermogenesis” (DIT) where the production of heat occurs after eating. The last one is directly responsible for managing weight because some foods can enhance thermogenesis. These foods have high fiber content and are normally low in calories.

Good examples of thermogenic foods include spices such as red hot peppers, which contain capsaicin, a pungent flavored substance that enhances thermogenesis. Piperine is another thermogenic substance found in black pepper. It promotes thermogenesis by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The good-for-everything coconut oil can also promote thermogenesis as it contains great amounts of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) known to retard the accumulation of fat in the body.

Ginger and green tea can also be considered thermogenic foods. Green tea contains two important chemicals polyphenols called the catechins and caffeine, which are both known to encourage thermogenesis. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract and can enhance thermogenesis with a potential impact in weight management.



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What’s New? Manna Organics

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Manna Butter

Lucky Vitamin is proud to present another premium brand of health food products to our loyal customers: Manna Organics.

Manna Organics, LLC is a family owned and operated bakery. All products are vegan, kosher, organic and carefully hand-made. The company’s signature product is the fully sprouted Manna Bread, a cake-like bread, free of salt, which contains no oils, no sweeteners, and no leavening agents.

Manna Organics offers a unique line of baking goods made with natural ingredients. Manna bread is moist and delicious, high in protein and fiber. The company offers a variety of types including the best organic bread, vegan organic gluten-free breads, vegan organic yeast-free sprouted breads, raw organic trail mixes, artisan sourdough breads, organic nut butters, organic Kale Chips and organic ingredients.

Manna Organics also offers amazing vegan spreads made with organic ingredients. These unique artisan spreads are handmade in small batches and are deliciously perfect right off the spoon. All spreads are certified organic, vegan, kosher certified, and GMO-free. The company has yet another top-selling item: kale chips. These unique, vegan, gluten-free kale chips are nutrient-dense and rich in enzymes. Everything is made in small batches, by hand so that customers can actually taste the difference. All of the ingredients used in the products are GMO-free. The regulatory requirements needed to obtain the USDA Organic Certification mandate that all products do not contain any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)/Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients.

You can save even more when you shop Manna Organics products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.



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5 Foods For Eye Health

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 2:30 pm | By: Jeremy Michael
Blueberries

We are born with only 1 pair of eyes and need to do everything we can to protect them. Every day our eyes are exposed to UV light, radiation, smoke, environmental pollutants, and many other factors like staring at computer screens that damage our eyes. Aging also puts people at greater risks for serious eye disease and other eye problems. Research has linked proper nutrition to the prevention of many common eye conditions. For instance certain nutrients such as Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamin E, Zinc, Fatty Acids and Vitamin C have been found to help protect our eyes against certain eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. Taking supplements are not the only way to get the proper nutrients. Eating a diet consisting of a variety of foods is the best way to supply our body’s with the proper nutrients that it needs. Below are 5 foods that are beneficial for eye health.

  • Blueberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Cataracts are thought to be due to oxidative damage that occurs in the retina and lens of the eye. Blueberries are jam-packed with anthocyanin’s a specific antioxidant that help protect against this oxidative damage. A study that was published in the British Journal of Nutrition” in 2012 showed that anthocyanin’s protect retinal cells from damage caused by both aging and light.
  • Carrots and other orange colored fruits and vegetables like apricots and sweet potatoes are rich in Beta-Carotene. Our bodies convert Beta-Carotene from carrots into Vitamin A, which is important in the fight against vision problems like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and night blindness. Beta Carotene in research has also been shown to help prevent vision loss and worsening of Age Related Macular Degeneration when taken with other antioxidants and zinc.
  • Leafy Greens like kale, spinach, and turnip greens are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin. These are the only carotenoids found in the macula and lens of the eyes. Studies show that they may have the ability to lower the risk of cataracts and Macular Degenerations.
  • Oysters – Besides being an aphrodisiac oysters are rich in Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is essential to eye health and vision. According to the AREDS trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute, researchers discovered that taking zinc, along with other antioxidants could lower the risk of developing advanced age related macular degeneration by 25%. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food.
  • Fish – Oily and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Specifically these fish are full of DHA, which is found in high concentration in the retinas of the eyes. This suggests that it has an important role in eye health. Research has shown a correlation between deficiency in DHA and Dry Eye syndrome. One study concluded that Omega 3- Fatty acids play an important role in dry eye syndrome.


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7 Reasons Everyone Needs a Turmeric Supplement

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Turmeric powderTurmeric is mostly known as the main spice in curry but curcumin, an extract of turmeric, has been used to promote health benefits for years. Since it seems like turmeric/curcumin can help with a little bit of everything, we present you 7 reasons everyone needs a turmeric supplement.

1. Arthritis: multiple studies have proved that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can be helpful for people with joint pain or arthritis. One study found that turmeric extract supplement worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Heartburn: supplements form the turmeric plant have been shown to be effective at curbing heartburn and stomach pain, likely due to its known powers to fight inflammation.

3. Brain Support: studies have suggested that curcumin can help promote repair to stems cell in the brain. Research has also found that supplementation may help boost memory.

4. Digestive Aid: turmeric may help reduce symptoms of indigestion by promoting the production of bile. Supplementation has been also beneficial to relieve gas and bloating.

5. Diabetes: curcumin extract has been found to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in a couple of studies. Supplementation over nine months was necessary to obtain significant results.

6. Cancer: a couple of studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in preventing and treating cancer. Turmeric supplements are powerful antioxidants which may protect cells from oxidative damage, a risk factor for cancer.

7. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: studies have found that curcumin contains properties that can reduce inflammatory bowel disease. Naturopathic practitioners often recommend turmeric for treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.



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What’s New? Earthly Body

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Earthly BodyLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Earthly Body.

Earthly Body is a respected, family-owned company that has been creating high-quality, natural skin and hair care products since 1994. Earthly Body is one of the first manufacturers of hemp-based natural body and skin care products. The company offers revolutionary hemp based products including hand and body lotions, shower gels, massage oil, and much more.

Earthly Body uses only natural ingredients with no mineral oil, dyes, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates or parabens. Earthly Body’s products are 100% Vegan, drug-free and cruelty-free. The company is also proud to say that it is listed on PETA’s coveted and highly regarded “No Test List.”

Earthly Body continues to grow and, as the demand grew larger for all products, this unique brand was expanded to not only include skin care but hair care as well (Marrakesh Hair Care). In July 2013, the company moved to a 50,000 square foot, solar powered facility in Chatsworth, CA. Earthly Body has become an industry leader in beauty, adult, and natural products, and is one of the preeminent manufacturers of hemp-based personal care, both in the US and internationally. The company’s collection of natural, vegan, and paraben-free skincare and body care products, which are hemp-oil based and cruelty-free, have caught the eye of many media outlets, such as Allure and Lucky magazine.

You can save even more when you shop Earthly Body products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.



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4 Health Benefits from Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ALAAlpha-Lipoic acid is antioxidant made by the body and found in every cell in the human body. Alpha Lipoic acid (ALA) is used in the body to break down carbohydrates helping turn glucose into energy but it also seems to help prevent certain kinds of cell damage, and restores levels of vitamin C and E. Spinach, broccoli, yeast, liver, kidney, and potatoes are great sources of Alpha-Lipoic Acid. Here, we present you 5 health benefits from Alpha-Lipoic Acid.

1. Alpha-Lipoic Acid can amplify the positive effects of other important antioxidants in the body, such as Coenzyme Q10, an essential compound in the fight against aging and disease, as well as glutathione, a major detoxifying antioxidant.

2. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a great supplement for treating diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms.  ALA has been shown to not only maintain optimal blood sugar levels but also supporting insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular health.

3. Alpha-Lipoic Acid has been shown to increase vasodilation of the blood vessels due to its effects on the inner lining of the vascular system.  High levels of cortisol released from the adrenal glands under stress can create the opposite, vasoconstriction, where the blood vessels can tighten up, creating high blood pressure and causing glaucoma.

4. Alpha-Lipoic Acid may be highly effective in reducing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.  The inner lining of the cells (endothelium) in the brain is very tightly bound preventing toxins from entering the brain.  This is nature’s way of protecting the brain from harm.

5. Alpha-Lipoic Acid may help promote better vision. ALA has been found to offer notable protection against cataract formation by increasing level of essential antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione.



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The Truth about Saturated Fats (Specifically How Good Coconut Oil Is…)

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coconut oil.The words “Saturated Fats” may scare many people due to its “bad reputation” but did you know that not all saturated fats are actually bad for you?

In fact, some saturated fats, such as the ones found in coconut oil, are good for your health! It may be surprising to you that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has health benefits but studies have shown that it can help promoting heart health and weight loss, supporting the immune system, boosting up metabolism, and maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland.

About 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid that the body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties.

On the other hand, it is important to remember that unsaturated fats are the ones known to cause heart disease, not the naturally occurring coconut oil saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable and seed oils encourage the formation of blood clots by increasing platelet stickiness, unlike that, coconut oil helps to promote normal platelet function.

For cooking purposes, coconut oil is a much healthier choice and should be used instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other oil. Pure virgin coconut oil contains 92% saturated fats, and only 1% Omega-6, the fat Americans get way too much of, and best of all, does not contain any cholesterol.

Additionally, anything with the words “trans fats” should be the ones to be avoided at all times as these unsaturated fats are artificially manipulated into saturated fats and have been associated with a variety of health dangers.



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5 Foods to Help Combat Allergies

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 2:05 pm | By: Jeremy Michael
 

foodsforallergies

A proper diet and nutrition is the foundation for all health care. However, food can be more than a foundation; food is medicine.  Today we are going to talk about foods that can help combat seasonal allergies. Foods rich in Vitamin C, Antioxidants, and Folic acid can help to reduce the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. Below are some super foods to add into your springtime regimen to help fight off those unwanted seasonal allergy changes. While proper diet and nutrition is important, it is also important to make sure you avoid any food allergies or sensitivities that you may have.

  • Cruciferous Vegetables – Not only do cruciferous vegetables like Kale and Broccoli aid in the detoxification pathway, but research from the University of California School of Medicine found that cruciferous vegetables can play a key role in preventing allergy symptoms and asthma. Researchers found, Sulforaphane, a chemical in broccoli, triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the numerous free radicals that we inhale every day in our polluted air. Not to mention foods like broccoli and kale are also high in Vitamin C a natural antihistamine.
  • Apples – In addition to Vitamin C apples also contain high amounts of quercetin. Apples supply roughly 4 milligrams of quercetin for every 100 grams. Quercetin is one of the most important alternative remedies when it comes to allergies because of its ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine. When it comes to purchasing your apples, make sure they are organic, as apples are the #1 Food on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen.
  • Onions and Garlic like apples are full of quercetin. Quercetin, as mentioned above works similar to many of the prescription drugs on the market today by acting like an anti-histamine. Onions contain roughly 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces. Onions and garlic also help to regulate and boost our immune system, which helps to fight off those pesky allergies.
  • Citrus Fruits – Fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes contain large doses of Vitamin C. One large orange contains roughly 100mg of Vitamin C. On top of being packed with Vitamin C lemons and other citrus fruits also contain high levels of antioxidants.
  • Fresh Fish – Fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies & sardines are high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help combat the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. A German study that was published in the journal of Allergy, found that peoples whose diets were rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms.