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22
FEB

New Brand Spotlight: True Moringa

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B22 TMLucky Vitamin is introducing a top-quality brand of skin and hair care products to our customers: True Moringa.

True Moringa offers natural skin and hair care powered by nature’s best kept secret: the antioxidant-rich moringa oil. This 100% cold-pressed moringa oil is sourced ethically from smallholder farmers and manufactured locally in Ghana with proprietary technology developed by MIT engineers. Known in Ghana as “the miracle tree”, moringa is an amazing plant as its leaves contain more vitamin A than carrots, more protein than eggs, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. In addition, the seeds are rich in antioxidants and moisturizing agents and, therefore, can produce one of nature’s finest cosmetic oils for hair and skin care.

True Moringa is a natural skin and hair care line 100% vegan, sulfate free and parabens free. This entire line of personal care products used true moringa oil that is cold-pressed using proprietary technologies developed to bring you the best natural beauty products for hair and skin. Lightweight and easily absorbed, true moringa oil will not clog pores and may help minimize scars, stretch marks and signs of aging while replenishing essential fatty acids to the skin and preventing long term damage.

You can save even more when you shop True Moringa products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.



20
FEB

3 Health Benefits from Hawthorn

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B20 HTHawthorn is a shrub from the rose family which grows throughout the world. Its leaves, berries, and flowers have been used medicinally for years to treat several different health conditions. As we look into the most popular uses of this amazing herb, we present you 3 health benefits from hawthorn.

1. Heart Health

Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers are a good source of heart-protective antioxidants like oligomeric procyandins and quercetin. Hawthorn supplements may help to treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. Plus, hawthorn can help improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, widen the blood vessels, and increase the transmission of nerve signals.

2. Cholesterol Control

Hawthorn products can lower cholesterol, low density lipoprotein LDL, or “bad cholesterol”, by increasing the excretion of bile as well as triglycerides, the fats in the blood. The properties of this herb seem to lower accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta, the largest artery in the body.

3. Blood Pressure

Hawthorn also seems to have blood pressure-lowering activity, according to researchers. Studies have shown that hawthorn may be used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. This herb promotes relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart due to a component in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin.



18
FEB

New Brand Spotlight: ncLA

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18 NCLALucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of beauty, personal care products to our customers: ncLA.

ncLA offers innovate products that combine fashion and beauty based on the Sunny Southern California lifestyle. This LA-inspired luxury line creates nail fashion products that will lead the industry, bringing exceptional quality, creativity and individuality to your fingertips. ncLA true essence is based on what and how they create things as well as the moments that truly inspire them, which should be deeply embedded in their DNA. It is ncLA passion and their common love for the same things.

ncLA nail fashion products is the result of a innovative expression of what they consider important such as achieving the perfect look that subtly impresses, inspiring innovation through fashion forward design, and delivering superior quality that stands far above the rest.

You can save even more when you shop ncLA products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.



17
FEB

3 DIY Homemade Hair Masks

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:51 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
hairAll these DIY hair masks use ingredients you can find in your kitchen! Coconut oil can help improve hair growth and strengthen your locks since its high in lauric acid allowing it to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft. Apple cider vinegar prevents build-up and unblocks your hair follicles leaving your hair as smooth as silk. Plus, it gently cleanses the scalp, maintains the pH balance of the hair, and accelerates hair growth. Find your hair type, try one of these masks below and let nature nurture your hair.

Smooth & Shine for Frizzy Hair

1 Tbsp. of coconut oil

½ avocado

½ ripe banana

In a food processor combine all the ingredients. Apply to hair and leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Wash with a natural shampoo of choice.

Deep Clean for Oily Hair & Dandruff

2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp. Honey

1 Tbsp. Water

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Massage into your scalp for five minutes. Leave on hair for ten minutes and wash out with warm water.

Protein for Dry/Damaged Hair

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

2 Tbsp. water

1 beaten egg

6 drops off lavender essential oil

Whisk together all the ingredients and apply to hair and scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Be careful not to use warm water because this could cook the egg. Wash with your favorite natural shampoo.



16
FEB

Beautiful Hair Naturally with Argan Oil

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16 AOIf you are looking for ways to naturally make your hair healthy and beautiful, one product could be your best bet: argan oil.

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. This oil is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for hair and skin, making it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities.

Known as the liquid gold, argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier and is often used as a main ingredient for hair conditioners. Argan oil can also help to treat split ends, tame frizzy hair and give hair shine. A variety of styling products contain argan oil too as it helps make hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. An ideal product for a daily routine after blow-drying, just rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply.

Additionally, argan oil can be helpful for some health conditions as its properties may help prevent prostate cancer as well as balance cholesterol levels. Plus, studies have showed that argan oil has antimicrobial properties and can be used to treat damaged skin and inflammation as well as protect against skin infections, clear up acne, ease eczema, and heal cracks and burns.

Pure argan oil can moisturize instantly, help repair damaged hair, and prevent split ends while restoring shine. This amazing product is also known to increase hair growth and help prevent dry and itchy scalp. Click here to shop 100% organic, all-natural, pure argan oil at LuckyVitamin.com.



15
FEB

What You Feed Your Pets Is Important Too!

Filed Under: Pet Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B15 PCYour pets’ nutrition is important too. Every owner wants their pets to be happy and active but, in order to accomplish that, it is essential that pets eat a healthy diet too. Just like us, pets need a complete and well-balanced diet which contains all the essentials such as vitamins, minerals, protein, fats, carbohydrates, and fresh water: lots of water.

The American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has set nutritional standards that provides the complete source of nutrition required for your dog or cat. This information is extremely important for manufacturers of pet food as every single product should be manufactured in accordance with AAFCO standards to provide complete nutrition for your pet.

Extensive research goes into the development of pet food. Manufacturers are always working to increase their knowledge of pet nutrition, ensuring food is palatable, healthy and completely meets the nutritional requirements of your pet.

Table scraps do not offer the nutrition that most pets need and may add unneeded calories to their diet. While it may seem safe and nutritious to prepare your own pet food, there are a number of important factors to consider. Cats and dogs have different nutritional needs than humans and it may be quite difficult for pet owners to know and to meet these requirements. Additionally, improperly prepared food may become contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella which can make your pet sick.

Natural and organic pet foods represent the safest and most balanced food choice for pets. It’s important to remember that the most appropriate choice of food should be made in consultation with your veterinarian, taking into account your pet’s lifestyle, age and overall health.



14
FEB

3 Top Products from Zahler

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Zahler (1)Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry Zahler supplements, a premium brand that creates products from pure, wholesome nutrients from natural sources. The company’s mission is to develop natural antidotes to common disorders and restore balance to the body’s metabolism. It takes the right combination to create an effective formula, and it’s the precision and efficacy of the proprietary Zahler formula that passes the ultimate litmus test: it works. With so many great supplement available, we picked just 3 top products from Zahler available at LuckyVitamin.com.

ParaGuard

ParaGuard contains a unique blend of herbs that optimizes digestive flora and aids in a healthy intestinal balance. This herbal tincture contains ingredients such as fennel seed, black walnut hull, quassia wood, pumpkin seed, wormwood herb, garlic bulb, clove bud, bayberry root bark, fresh garrya herb, peppermint oil, and oregano oil. These are all extremely effective in eliminating parasites, pinworms from our bodies. It can be used as a preventative measure and is excellent as a cleanser. For best results when you take ParaGuard, add pumpkin seeds and coconut oil to your diet as these foods are helpful in ridding our bodies of bugs.

CandAid

CandAid is an advanced intestinal health formula that supports the balance of intestinal microflora and the immune system function. This unique anti-fungal formula contains essential ingredients such as oregano, caprylic acid, garlic and grapefruit seed extract. An excellent product for thrush, fungal toenails, and vaginal yeast infections, it should always be combined with acidophilus and works best when people get off sugar and refined foods.

UTI Revolution

The new and updated UTI Revolution is as effective as antibiotics in treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) without the unwanted side effects. Unlike antibiotics, UTI Revolution actually helps prevent recurrent infections. Formulated with nutrients to successfully ward off urinary infections naturally, UTI contains lactobacillus acidophilus, D-mannose, cranberries, vitamin C, nutraflora, pumpkin seeds, and superfruits such as camu camu, acerola berry, and a proprietary blend consisting of goji berries, pomegranate, and acai berry.



12
FEB

New Brand Spotlight: Safe Catch

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B12SCLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of health food products to our customers: Safe Catch.

Safe Catch offers tuna products that are better due to its amazing purity and amazing taste. Exclusively wild caught from managed tuna stock, Safe Catch is the only brand that tests every single tuna for mercury. Starting with purity limits, once a fish passes their strict purity standards, they are packed with no water or oil and no additives, fillers, soy or pyrophosphate, in environmentally friendly, certified BPA-free cans. The company takes whole tuna steaks and pack them raw to retain nutrients unlike brands that precook away nutrients.

Safe Catch has never actually purchase tuna caught from any unregulated fishing boats as every single lot of tuna comes with a Fisheries Certificate of Origin, which is heavily regulated by the US Dept. of Commerce, and a Captain’s Statement that is signed by the captain of the boat that caught it.

Elite Tuna is wild tuna that meets the highest purity standard. Safe Catch uses wild skipjack tuna because it is one of the most plentiful stocks of tuna available. The company tests each and every fish to a mercury concentration limit of 0.1 parts per million which is 10 times stricter than the FDA action limit.

Safe Catch fresh-pack all tuna to retain all the naturally available nutrients and Omega 3 oils. Tuna contains much more than just Omega 3s as it is loaded with B vitamins, niacin, potassium, selenium, thiamin, and all nine essential amino acids.

You can save even more when you shop Safe Catch products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.



11
FEB

Vitamin D and Sunlight

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Vit DConsidered by many health experts as the most important nutrient needed by the human body, vitamin D is essential for good health. Known as the sunshine vitamin, D is important to maintain healthy bones as it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food sources.

We obtain most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure but when the sun is not out, people may have problems maintaining healthy vitamin D levels.

It’s widely known that the lack of sunlight causes vitamin D levels to significantly drop during the winter months. Research suggests that very little if any vitamin D can be synthesized in the skin from November through February at latitudes north of 37 degrees (see image) as the sunlight does not have enough UVB radiation. Vitamin D supplements are a great alternative to avoid vitamin D deficiency during the winter months.

Alternatively, some foods are good sources of vitamin D particularly fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. Meat and eggs also contain good levels of D and a variety of products such as milk, yogurt, and cereals may have added vitamin D.



11
FEB

Benefits of BCAA’s

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 10:41 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
BCAA’s (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) make up a large portion of the essential amino acids in humans. Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on essential amino acids, and helps explain how they function in the body.

Shop BCAA products at LuckyVitamin.com.

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Watch LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND series featuring Dr. Jeremy Wolf for healthy information, benefits and facts about popular nutritional supplements and wellness topics. These quick guides are great educational resources to learn about a variety of wellness-oriented topics from a trained Naturopathic Physician. View other videos from LuckyVitamin on our YouTube channel.



10
FEB

Olive Oil Benefits for the Skin

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 3:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
oliveoilWhen you think of olive oil you may think of sautéing, baking or whipping up a quick DIY salad dressing. However, this oil goes way beyond the kitchen. Get beautiful with some olive oil today.

Reduce the appearance of Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is packed with antioxidants that can prevent wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin.  Trade in your chemical-laden make up remover for a cotton ball dabbed in a small amount of olive oil! Eye make-up? Gone!

Soothe Dry skin

Forget expensive lotions; olive oil is great for dry skin. It’s loaded with skin-loving goodness and is a natural humectant, meaning that it will attract moisture to barren, cracked skin. Olive oil has also been known to improve skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Strengthen Nails

Do you suffer from dry and brittle nails? Give yourself an at-home spa nails treatment! Warm some olive oil, dip the tips of your fingers in and relax. Wait five minutes, rub your cuticles and wash your hands. The olive oil will penetrate deep into your skin and strengthen your nails while simultaneously promoting healthy nail growth.

Get hair that shines

Last but not least, let’s get to how olive oil can work wonders on your mane. Massage some olive oil into your scalp and comb it through your hair. Focus on the ends of your hair if it’s really dry or color treated. Leave on for 10 minutes. Have really dry hair? Put on a shower cap and add some heat with a blow dryer. Dandruff sufferers should leave the cap on overnight for a deep condition treatment.

 

 

 



9
FEB

What’s New? Biena

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BienaLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Biena.

Biena is a small food company on a big mission: change the way American snack to a better and healthier way. The company offers a unique line of snacks that are truly good as these delicious and healthy products are good for your taste buds and good for your body.

Built to revolutionize the snack field, all Biena products are made from all-natural ingredients and made from scratch in the USA. Additionally, these tasty snacks are non-GMO verified.

Biena started as a real healthy alternative to snacks in a field full of unhealthy products, with some of them dangerously labeled as healthy. Many of the conventional snacks contain no real nutrition but Biena brings fully nutritious chickpea snacks to you. Biena chickpea snacks are dramatically different than other snacks. First, these snacks are lightly crunchy, flaky and flavorful as it took hundreds of trials to perfect these recipes as well as the roasting process. This is why Biena is the most award winning chickpea snack on the market.

Additionally, Biena has a fantastic nutrition profile with more protein and fiber to fill you up, and with significantly less fat than nuts and chips. Virtually no other type of snack offers this combination naturally. You get the crunch and flavor that you want, in a much, much healthier way.

You can save even more when you shop Biena healthy snacks at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.



9
FEB

Badger: Power Of Oil Webinar

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 5:30 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Oil cleansing is a hot new trend in face care – and here’s your chance to get in the know! Join us for an introduction to Badger’s new Cleansing Oils, Face Oils, and Beauty Balms.

Visit LuckyVitamin.com for a large selection of Badger products.



7
FEB

Natural Ways to Boost Energy Before a Workout

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
EnergyDo you known when you need to get fired up for your workout but seems to have a difficult time finding different ways to do it? Yes, we all know that feeling but a few tips can be helpful to keep your exercise routine going. Some people opt to avoid hardcore energy boosters and strong pre-workout supplements and that’s absolutely no problem, as we present you a few natural ways to boost energy before your workout.

First, we tend to think about caffeine when planning a quick way to increase energy prior to a workout and there is a good reason for this way of thinking. Caffeine acts fast to promote mental alertness but only for a temporary period of time. Remember: caffeine doesn’t have to come from coffee or energy drinks as teas (hot and cold) and natural juices, such as acai, contain this popular energy enhancer.

Additionally, vitamins are essential for energy levels particularly B vitamins. Why not taking a B-Complex tablet or a multivitamin before your workout? The results may surprise you as B vitamins have the ability to disperse the energy from food throughout the bloodstream. Keep in mind that being deficient or at low levels of either vitamins or minerals has a direct impact to the inability to function at maximal efficiency.

Rounding up our natural ways to get fired up for a workout is a pretty easy one: rest. Working out when feeling tired is one of the most common mistakes people make on a regular basis. For example, after a long day, many people hit the gym directly after work, without proper nutrition and adequate rest. Don’t do that. Eat a well-balanced, not-heavy meal, ideally with carbs, take a power-nap, 15 to 30 minutes and then start your workout. These two simple tips can give you a rush of new energy for your workout.



5
FEB

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Filed Under: Recipes at 10:43 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Diverse mix of young friends celebrating goal watching winning fThe Super Bowl is a fun time for friends and family to get together and enjoy a great football game and delicious snacks. Too often though, those snacks are laden with high calories, high fat and low nutritional content. Want to participate in the fun without sacrificing your eating habits? Check out these 3 healthy Super Bowl snack recipes!

Zucchini Fries

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°. Cut zucchini into 3-inch sticks. Whisk an egg white in a small bowl, and add milk. Combine Parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and place zucchini on sheet. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of fresh cauliflower florets
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¾ cup hot sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 450. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil, or olive oil. Set aside. Mix the garlic powder, salt, pepper, melted butter, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Add the cauliflower into a large gallon-sized bag, pour the buffalo sauce into the bag. Shake until the cauliflower florets are fully coated. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing, if desired.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 jar (10 Oz) sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil

Directions

Put chickpeas, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tahini, tomato paste, some salt and smoked paprika in a food processor or blender and process until well combined and smooth. Drizzle in sesame oil adding more if you want a thinner consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more oil, lemon juice or tomato paste if needed. Serve with a drizzle of oil.