Garlic has long been considered useful in the fight against certain cancers and other serious diseases.
Scientists consider sulfur compounds the main force behind garlic’s many health benefits. Unfortunately, the inconsistent nature of these compounds has led to varied research results.
Generally, researchers agree that garlic is useful in fighting cancer, but the exact nature of the connection is still mysterious and difficult to repeat.
For millennia, garlic has been used around the world to treat various diseases. Over the years, researchers have typically agreed on the fact that garlic is useful in preventing certain cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Still, a recent study conducted at the University of Nottingham has elaborated on why the composition of garlic makes it difficult to make bold claims about garlic’s impact on our health.
Sulfur compounds found within garlic are what give the vegetable its robust and distinct flavor. Over the years, researchers have also suggested these compounds give garlic its reputation as a cancer-fighting agent. Unfortunately, there seems to be a great deal of inconsistency on how the human body absorbs these sulfur compounds. How the garlic itself is cooked, prepared and consumed can alter the effect of the garlic.
“[T]hat’s what makes this research so complex, because we don’t really understand how these compounds are metabolized in humans and it’s very difficult to identify common mechanisms of action for these molecules,” stated Peter Rose, one of the authors of the recent study.
Rose and his collaborators believe there might be a connection between sulfur compounds found in garlic and gaseous signaling molecules found in human beings. These molecules, like nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide, are responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Higher quantities of these molecules are usually present when a person is fighting a particular disease. Researchers have also noted that consuming garlic can increase the production of gaseous signaling molecules, which Rose and his colleagues believe might be the answer to how garlic works its health magic.
The researchers said further studies must be conducted in order to figure out exactly how garlic helps to fight cancerous cells. Until then, scientists and researchers alike agree that consuming garlic regularly through your meals and other supplementsis an excellent move for your overall health and wellness.
Introducing LuckyVitamin’s newest addition — LuckyAromas 100% pure essential oils!
Essential oils are quintessential ingredients for aromatherapy and the handcrafting of personal care items and home sprays. Unlike other brands, LuckyAromas Essential Oils are extracted from superior quality plants and are highly concentrated and pure, not diluted with alcohol or water. Plus, all LuckyAromas Essential Oils are packaged in premium amber glass bottles which provide protection from UV light so the essential oils remain stable, pure, and fresh. They are all also Certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny.
Lavender Oil is a top priority item on every essential oil user’s list. Its aroma is fresh, clean, and gentle, imparting a soothing calm that promotes relaxation and sleep. In addition to its amazing scent, Lavender Oil provides antiseptic, expectorant, and analgesic properties.
Eucalyptus Oil is one of the most powerful plant remedies that has been used therapeutically and medicinally for centuries. It has a strong, fresh, outdoorsy, evergreen scent that is popular for its ability to clear nasal congestion. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is potent enough to help treat and relieve many conditions such as colds, coughs, sinus problems, cold sores, muscle and arthritis pain, acne, foot fungus, and an itchy scalp. It’s also able to aid in minor wound healing, decrease inflammation, and act as an insect repellent, among many other uses and benefits. Plus, Eucalyptus Oil is the perfect addition for homemade cleaning solutions due to its many properties including antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, and deodorizing.
Lemon Oil is a well-loved scent by essential oil users. It can be used simply for its bright, fresh scent and in body care products, plus for home cleaning. Its aroma is as versatile as the oil itself – ranging from uplifting, cheerful, and energizing to calming and soothing. Lemon oil promotes relaxed concentration and can boost low energy. In addition to its refreshing scent, Lemon Oil provides astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and disinfectant properties.
Rosemary Oil is a versatile and potent item for every essential oil user. Its aroma is energizing and herbaceous, with the ability to promote mental clarity. In addition to its amazing woody, evergreen scent, Rosemary Oil provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and analgesic properties.
Peppermint Oil is a versatile item for every essential oil user. It’s one of the most powerful plant remedies available and it’s been used therapeutically for centuries. Its aroma is refreshing and stimulating while also having the ability to impart a nostalgic calm. In addition to its amazing scent, Peppermint Oil provides antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic properties.
Lemongrass is a well-known seasoning in Thai cooking, but it’s also a versatile item for every essential oil user. It can relieve muscular aches and pains, reduce depression, kill bacteria, and aid skin healing. Its aroma is fresh and stimulating. In addition to its amazing scent, Lemongrass Oil provides antimicrobial, deodorant, anti-fungal, and analgesic properties.
LuckyVitamin, a family-run online retailer in the health and wellness space, is partnering with worldwide ecommerce leader Alibaba to reach increasingly health-conscious Chinese consumers.
As part of this global expansion, LuckyVitamin will offer more than 10,000 products for direct shipping to Chinese customers through Alibaba’s Tmall Global. Tmall offers LuckyVitamin a way to directly connect with the company’s 443 million Chinese customers within their platform.
LuckyVitamin was selected to showcase Alibaba Group’s upcoming Gateway ’17, a conference designed to help small U.S. businesses learn about the opportunities available to them in the China market and network with like-minded entrepreneurs.
See LuckyVitamin’s featured U.S. business story and learn more about how they are leading the direct to consumer export of American-made health and wellness items.
It’s not too late. Shopping holiday gifts can literally be done in the last-minute. A lot of people seem too busy to shop presents ahead of time and the only option left is to do it as time expires. Since online shopping has become very popular, last-minute shopping is now a little bit easier as you can still find the perfect gifts and have it delivered to your door only a few days, even hours before you need them.
Personal care items can also be an excellent choice. Choose from items FOR HER or FOR HIM, and find great gifts for you mom, dad, brothers, sisters, and friends.
FOR THE DIYERS is one of the most interesting sections. Here you can find a perfect gift to support their next great project. Choose from many options that may spark their creativity and can also be fun.
Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest, most effective health remedies and routines available. Now LuckyVitamin has their own! Brewed in small batches, the ingredients could not get any simpler: water and organic apples.
Some of the most coveted health benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:
Cholesterol – Recent studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may reduce bad LDL cholesterol, while raising good HDL cholesterol.
Weight Loss – Widely used in aiding weight loss as a metabolic support tool, an appetite suppressant, and a possible fat burner.
Digestive Aid – Often used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, soothe intestinal spasms, and other digestive ailments. It is also believed to help aid in nutrient absorption when consumed with wholesome meals.
Blood Sugar Control – Studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may help balance glucose levels.
Boost Immunity – Consumed as an aspect of a daily routine to prevent illness, it can also be used as a gargle for sore throats.
Skin Care & Body Care – Topically, it is often used as a toner or rinse for blemishes and acne, as well as an anti-inflammatory compress for bug bites, fungal infections, sunburn, and rashes. Commonly used to naturally combat undesirable odors, vinegar is used as a mouth wash for bad breath, an underarm and foot rinse, as well as a natural household cleaning agent for people with respiratory sensitivities.
Beauty – In beauty regiments, it makes an invigorating hair rinse to increase shine and reduce dandruff.
Aside from the multitude of possible natural health uses, raw apple cider vinegar is deliciously nutritious and so simple to incorporate into any diet. Add a splash to a favorite vinaigrette salad dressing, marinade, or beverage for a refreshing tonic with a delightful zing. As little as a spoonful or two a day could naturally provide relief to a plethora of ailments. Sometimes the simplest things in life really are the most essential. All natural, organic, and relied on for thousands of years, there is indeed something wondrous about this coveted elixir known as Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
The holidays are almost here and gift giving time is quickly approaching. Luckily, we have thousands of unique gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Give a gift that inspires health, and Spread the Wellness along with some holiday cheer this year.
In an ideal world, healthy food would be available en masse no matter your geographic region, or social class. Of course, reality falls quite short of that dream, and many of the highest quality health and wellness items come at a premium. But think—would you rather pay the cost up front at the grocery store or down the road to your medical practitioner’s office?
Let’s face it, unless you can afford your own personal shopper (in which case you probably don’t care much about clipping coupons anyway), most people are too busy to hop from four or five different grocery and health stores to get the best prices. As a new mom, those days of hanging out in health food aisles reading labels are but a fond, distant memory.
However, thanks to the ease of online shopping, saving on health and wellness items doesn’t have to be such a time-suck! Below you’ll find some of my strategies for living the healthy life on a budget.
1. Do your homework This tip is number one for a reason. You need to do some initial research to figure out where you can get the best price on a favorite herb or mushroom growing kit. How anyone was able to do this pre-Google, I have no idea! Now, all you have to do is search a product and viola! You can scan multiple sites and compare to see who’s offering the best deal. Nine times out of ten, you’ll find the best prices here. 🙂
2. Be a savvy shopper Companies realize that there is a booming market for health and wellness items. The competition is fiercer than ever, with many brands now offering their own private label versions of your favorite products at a cheaper price in order to undercut the competition. ALWAYS check the labels. If the ingredients in the “generic” line are the same as those the brand name is offering, you’re essentially getting the same exact product for a fraction of the price.
3. DIY whenever possible! This is probably my favorite method because you save money, learn something new and get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that YOU made something with your own two hands. You just need to know where to get supplies. Whether you’re canning, making personal care products, dabbling in aromatherapy or brewing some booch (kombucha, that is), DIYing is an effective and fun way to save!
4. Pay attention to holidays You can rest assured that during major holidays like Independence Day, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, online health suppliers offer some pretty sweet site-wide sales. Take advantage of these times to order big ticket items that you’ve been eyeing up but have yet to take the plunge on. I saved big on what I call the “mother of all yoga mats” by waiting until Memorial Day to order.
5. Check your inbox Online health and wellness sites offer weekly and monthly sales constantly. It’s hard to keep up with the constant blitz of promotional emails, but it does pay to open them from time to time. You could be missing out on saving an extra 10% off your favorite brands or getting the newest products to hit the health scene for an extra 15% off. I know my mom friends were totally in awe of my Calm-A-Mama drops formulated to eliminate tension and promote positive vibes (even during teething.)
6. Consider autoship As a working mom, my brain can never remember how much protein powder I have left, but my prayers have been answered with this Autoship program. Not only does my favorite protein powder come monthly with no effort on my part, but I also save an extra 10% off!
What are some of your favorite ways to save? Let us know below!
Pink – it’s either Spring or it’s October! In this case, we’re talking about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us are aware we should be checking for breast cancer, but do you? And have you read up on some of the latest news and findings?
Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,600 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.
First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breasts? Young boys and girls both have breast tissue that includes ducts. Once puberty begins, while girls will continue to develop, male hormones such as Testosterone suppress the growth of breast tissue, however, it still exists. Male breast cancer has the same causes as for women, higher levels of estrogen, family history, genetics, lifestyle or other exposures.
Although a large percentage of breast cancers for women and men are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background. Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene). BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for approximately 20-25 of hereditary breast cancers. Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast (including male or female) and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. If you’re concerned, seek a genetic counselor to find out more. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated. Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms or breast MRIs (yes, men can have these and should do self exams!). These are important tools for early detection.
There are many new types of hormone therapy used to prevent estrogen from binding to estrogen receptor positive cancer. New studies discuss remaining on treatment from 5 to now 10 years. Learning more about your type of cancer, the Oncotype DX and MammaPrint, help to determine the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease. This is important information for the plan of treatment. PARP inhibitors have recently been studied to be helpful against some cancers especially that are caused from BRCA mutations.
Lifestyle, the foods we eat (organic, hormone free, etc), less meat, more cruciferous vegetables, the products we put on our body and use around our home (less chemicals) the amount of exercise we get and alcohol intake all may make a difference to our health. It’s important to feel that even though our genetic background may say one thing, we can make certain choices that are in our control.
We’re excited to announce our new line of fitness nutrition supplements and products called LuckyFit! These products contain high-quality protein & ingredients, and are make with custom formulas to support recovery. This line contains a variety of items including Ready to Drink Protein, Lean Mass Gainer, CLA softgels and Whey Protein. The Lean Mass Gainer and Whey Protein are Informed-Choice Certified, meaning the supplements have been rigorously tested for banned substances indicated by the world class sports anti-doping lab. You’ll also find a variety of products that are low carb, gluten-free and lactose-free.
Shop all LuckyFit supplements to find products to help with weight loss, improve muscle tone and burn fat. Keep checking back for new products being added to the LuckyFit line!
LuckyVitamin is excited to announce the arrival of our newest private label brand product lines – LuckyEats and LuckyRoots! Our new lines of natural foods and superfoods were founded on high-quality, simple ingredients and farmed from non-GMO sources that you can trust.
The new line of LuckyEats has 18 products in total, ranging from coconut oil to pumpkin seeds, ginger medallions to dark chocolate almonds. All LuckyEats products are Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified and the majority are also USDA Certified Organic. The beauty of the LuckyEats line is how affordable the items are compared to their quality. These products are a true “bang for your buck” and contain high-quality ingredients for a fraction of the cost of other brands. Shop the full list of products here.
Our new LuckyRoots line of products features two of our favorite superfoods — flax seeds and chia seeds. These two products are Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of artificial colors and flavors. Our raw flax seeds are also USDA Certified Organic. You can take home either of these LuckyRoots products for under $5. How great is that?!
The new LuckyEats and LuckyRoots lines allow customers to shop high-quality snacks at an affordable price. We’re excited to offer these as an added supportive source for customers on their journey towards Happy Wellness™.
Truly dedicated to a lifestyle of promoting wellness, LuckyVitamin is excited to be launching a new philanthropy initiative called LuckyKids. With the purchase of any LuckyVitamin brand product, one percent of all proceeds will go directly to the LuckyKids program.
The LuckyKids initiative seeks to spread health and wellness to our next generation by giving back to the children of our communities. LuckyKids focuses on three main aspects of child wellness:
Education – Providing schoolchildren with educational literature and fun presentations, so that they receive the skills, information, and support needed to make healthier choices for themselves. By learning healthy habits early, children gain important nutritional and fitness information they can use throughout adolescence and well into adulthood.
Nutrition – Through the donation of nutritional meals, vitamin supplements, and healthy snacks, children will be surrounded by deliciously nourishing options to help them grow.
Fitness – Inspiring kids to embrace active lifestyles by providing children’s fitness classes, playground cleanups, and the donation of fitness equipment. Encouraging fun exercise gives kids more opportunities to lead strong and happy lives.
An innovative program to make healthy shopping even more rewarding, customers can now feel even better knowing that their own personal wellness investments are also providing healthy foundations for children in our communities. LuckyVitamin brand purchases included in the LuckyKids initiative are all products by LuckyVitamin, LuckyEats, LuckyFit, LuckyRoots, and LuckyHerbs.
Help us continue to Spread the Wellness on to the next generation.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Lawless Jerky.
Lawless Jerky offers 100% grass-fed beef snacks created for the inspired “snacker” who values quality. Handcrafted with top-quality ingredients and without artificial additives or preservatives, Lawless Jerky is loaded with more intense flavors with a soft texture and contain no sugary coatings.
Lawless Jerky offers seven world-inspired flavors, including Sweet Sriracha (beef), Aloha Teriyaki (beef), BBQ Spare Rib (pork), Pho (beef), and Japanese Curry (beef). All flavors are thoughtfully handmade with consciously raised meats, including 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork. With all jerky products created by hand in micro batches, the company uses spices, herbs, and ingredients that are completely unique to jerky-making.
Unlike gas station jerky and gimmicky upstarts, Lawless Jerky jerky tastes like carefully flavored meat with no added nitrates and nitrites, no added MSG, and no corn syrup. This unique grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in heart healthy omega-3s and antioxidants and lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
PiperWai is a natural deodorant that was featured on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank that aired Friday, December 11th. This awesome product was created when owners Jess and Sarah wanted a deodorant that was natural, effective and without yucky stuff like aluminum compounds, parabens, triclosan, and phthalates.
So, the PiperWai entrepreneurs came to Shark Tank seeking $50,000 for 10 percent stake in the company and, after a ton of negotiations, they were able to seal a deal. The brand gained a name for itself when the PiperWai women contacted online writers and bloggers, sending folks free samples and gaining buzz on the web.
PiperWai Natural Deodorant contains super absorbent activated charcoal and is gentle on the most sensitive skin, even after shaving. With a fresh, gender-neutral scent, PiperWai rubs in clear and won’t discolor your clothes, plus this deodorant’s unique skin-conditioning qualities make it great for your hands too.
Natural deodorant gets a bad rap for letting you sweat, even if it neutralizes odor at the same time. The ingredients in PiperWai can absorb 1,000x its own weight in moisture and form an invisible absorbent shield between your skin and your shirt, protecting it from wet stains. On top of that, its magnesium content in the form of magnesium hydroxide appears to significantly curb the offensiveness of underarm sweat.
You can shop this exclusive PiperWai natural deodorant at LuckyVitamin.com at our always discounted prices. Click here to check out the product’s page.
Today is Cyber Monday and as you get ready for some online shopping, we present you a little bit about the history of this recent and real great day for shopping.
Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. It was first used by online retailers in the United States but today the term is used in many countries around the world. Since its debut back in 2005, Cyber Monday online sales have been growing year after year. The deals are online-only and generally offers great prices plus the great advantage of home delivery.
The term “Cyber Monday” was first used within the ecommerce e community during the 2005 holiday season. It was coined based on 2004 research showing “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year” was the Monday after Thanksgiving. Retailers also noted the biggest period was December 5 through 15 of the previous year. Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.
Stock up on popular health and wellness products such as vitamins, supplements, diet, personal care, sports nutrition, teas, housewares, natural foods, pet products and much more. Treat yourself to healthy savings with an extra 10% off your order SITEWIDE. But hurry, sale ends 12/1/2015 at 9:00 AM ET, 6:00 AM PT. Just enter the promo code “CBRM1115” at checkout for additionally savings.
Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Some offers are limited. Promotional code-based offers cannot be combined. Cyber Monday and promotional code ‘CBRM1115’ expire 12/1/2015 at 9:00 AM ET, 6:00 AM PT. Not eligible for bulk/wholesale purchases over $1,000. See site for further details and expiration dates where applicable. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this message was sent; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the site.
Solgar has taken the world of children’s multivitamins and minerals gummies to a whole new level and Lucky Vitamin has these fantastic products for you. We are happy to introduce Solgar U-Cubes, a new line of children’s nutritional supplements.
Solgar U-Cubes Children’s are available in two top-quality products: multi-vitamin and mineral gummies and calcium with vitamin D3 gummies.
Solgar U-Cubes Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Gummies is a unique product developed with all the science and knowledge behind Solgar’s name. These tapioca and pectin-based gummies provide 100% DV (400 IU) of vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older, and 50% DV (200 IU) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Best of all, U-Cubes are 100% natural, non-GMO, contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and are manufactured in small batches ensuring the highest quality product. Every single product is gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy free, and rigorously tested for safety and potency, but never animal tested. A delicious way to give your children the nutrients they need for proper development, Solgar U-Cubes are available in three great flavors: grape, orange, and cherry, and two sizes: 60 and 120 gummies. A great tasting multivitamin that U can be sure is great for your children.
Additionally, Solgar is introducing the new U-Cubes Children’s Calcium with D3. These beneficial gummies can be taken alone or in combination with the multivitamin gummies. Each serving of tapioca-based U-Cubes Calcium with D3 provides the pediatrician-recommended dosage of Vitamin D3, 600 IU (per 4 gummies), offers 150% DV of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and up, and 75% DV (300 IU, per 2 gummies) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Vitamin D3 assists in the absorption of calcium to promote healthy bones and teeth, and supports immune-system health.