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24
JUN

10 Great Sources of Antioxidants

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Adding antioxidants to your diet is essential for overall good health. Antioxidant is a molecule that stops the process of oxidation, a common chain reaction in a cell that eventually leads to the damage or death of the cell. Foods rich in antioxidants can help to reduce this oxidation process, keeping the cells healthy. Measured by the ORAC scores, let’s look a 10 great sources of antioxidants to be added to your diet.

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best antioxidant foods and can be easily added to your breakfast. Loaded with antioxidants, particularly wild blueberries which have a 14,000 ORAC score, blueberries can also be added to your diet in juice, smoothie, and yogurt form.

2. Goji Berries

A popular superfood, goji berries have a 25,000 ORAC score and have become a staple of good source of antioxidants. Goji juice is one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of this amazing berry.

3. Kidney Beans

Beans contain cysteine, which is an antioxidant that helps flush out free radicals from the body. Kidney beans in particular are one of the best sources of antioxidants among all types of beans.

4. Cranberries

Cranberries are known for their high antioxidant properties, especially flavonoids that may increase the antioxidant activity in the body, but the fresh fruit isn’t so easy to add to your diet. The best option is cranberry juice, when the fruit is usually processed to supply the juice in the market.

5. Dark Chocolate

Some people may be surprised by this but dark chocolate has a 21,000 ORAC score and is a delicious option of a high antioxidant food.

6. Nuts

Nuts are rich sources of vitamin E, which in turn are a great food source to supply antioxidants to your body.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli contain high amount of vitamin C, making it another food source rich in the amount of antioxidants. Plus, broccoli has selenium which helps fight the damage to human body cells.

8. Fish

Fish has high amounts of selenium, which helps to save the cells of the human body from getting ruptured or damaged in any form. Among fish, you can consume various types like shellfish, salmon, and cod to keep the adequate amount of antioxidants flowing in the body.

9. Coffee

Yes, a good cup of coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. Like many teas which contains lots of antioxidants, coffee is an easy way to get antioxidants on a daily basis.

10. Ripe Bananas

Did you know that the riper a banana is, the higher is the antioxidant property? That’s right. A ripe banana plays a big role in controlling the oxidation process in the body.




15
JUN

7 Reasons To Take An MSM Supplement

Filed Under: Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
close-up of adult woman holding her arthritic hands

Suffering from joint pain, muscle cramps or even wrinkles? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplements may be able to help. MSM offers a variety of health benefits because it contains anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. It’s found in green plants, animals and humans, and this naturally occurring mineral supplies sulfur to make other chemicals in the body. MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis but MSM has much more to offer. So, let’s check out 7 reasons to take an MSM supplement.

1. Joint Pain

Known to help decrease joint inflammation, improve flexibility and restore collagen production, MSM has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility and reducing joint pain, and when combined with glucosamine, MSM is an excellent natural treatment for arthritis.

2. Muscle Cramps

MSM can also help reduce muscle cramps. Research suggests that MSM can act like a natural analgesic, helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. Plus, MSM may help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries.

3. Wrinkles

Essential for proper collagen production, MSM is one of the best products to prevent wrinkles as well as dry and cracked skin. MSM works together with vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues and can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Using an MSM supplement helps to hold on to precious collagen and keratin because sulfur is required for the production of these youthful compounds.

4. Weight Loss

MSM is important in insulin production and blood-sugar levels, directly affecting energy levels and carbohydrate metabolism, two important aspects to any weight loss program. Additionally, MSM’s ability to alleviate joint problems and reduce pain can help people become more active.

5. Hair Growth

MSM has been shown to help boost both collagen and keratin levels, two nutrients needed to form new hair strands. MSM can help reverse hair loss by providing the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.

6. Detox

One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable, allowing toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in.

7. Energy Booster

MSM is known to naturally increase energy due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins.  This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing.




8
JUN

8 Benefits of a Daily Chlorella Shake

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Superfoods,Supplements at 10:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The term “superfood” is definitely overused these days. Everything seems to be a superfood but when it comes to chlorella, the endless list of health benefits that this algae can provide speaks for itself. Green shakes have been a hot topic as a refreshing cold beverage may be one of the best ways to ensure you get your daily dose of nutrition. Let’s look at 8 benefits of a daily chlorella shake.

1. Detox

The phytonutrients in chlorella promote detoxification, especially heavy metal excretion such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium. Plus, chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to detoxify radiation by protecting the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.

2. Anti-Aging

Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) is the algae’s capability to provide DNA. Known as the fountain of youth, CGF can rejuvenate every cell of the human body, slowing the process of aging. Chlorella contains 17 times the amount of DNA found in sardines, the second richest natural source of these nucleic acids.

3. Weight-Loss

Chlorella can be helpful in weight control by promoting weight loss and regulate hormones. Known to reduce body fat, chlorella supplements can help regulate your metabolism, total cholesterol, blood glucose levels, improve circulation, and boost energy levels.

4. Immune System

Chlorella can enhance immune system functions as this algae is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid, zinc, and vitamins A, C, B6, B12, and E.

5. Digestion

Chlorella has an alkalinizing effect upon the body, promoting the growth of lactobacilli in the intestines and, as a result, improving overall bowel health. It’s also packed with protein, a 100-gram serving of chlorella contains over 58 grams of protein.

6. Cholesterol

Chlorella supplements may help regulate cholesterol levels as studies have shown that taking 5–10 grams of chlorella daily lowered total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in people with high blood pressure and/or slightly elevated cholesterol. It contains niacin, fiber, carotenoids, and antioxidants, all known to supporte healthy cholesterol levels.

7. Blood Pressure

Chlorella may help with lowering blood pressure to healthy levels. Studies have shown that regular supplementation can regulate blood pressure as well as lowered hypertension-related symptoms.

8. Respiratory Diseases

Chlorella has some components that can help reduce inflammation. Research suggests that the antioxidants in chlorella may have anti-inflammatory effects, which can possibly improve asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other respiratory diseases.

 




31
MAY

All About CBD Oil And How You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Homeopathy,Personal Care,Supplements at 10:33 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Image of health food, hemp oil

If you’re keeping tabs on wellness trends, chances are you’ve come across cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s all over wellness blogs and even landing on the shelves of health stores—but what exactly does it do?

CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains the potent health benefits of the plant minus the THC (the psychoactive part that makes you high). Researchers find CBD oil extremely useful as an anti-inflammatory and has even replaced over the counter pain relief drugs like NSAIDs for some users. It’s being used both clinically and by health conscious consumers as it proves extremely effective at promoting an overall healthy balance in our bodies.

Not sure if CBD is right for you? Here are a few of the many benefits of taking a cannabidiol supplement:

1. Relieves pain
CBD oil often substitutes traditional over-the-counter pain relievers and has been said to reduce pain and discomfort from a number of health conditions. Scientists believe that when CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system, it creates an anti-inflammatory effect. It has even been useful in alleviating pain from chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

2. Helps ease nausea
The cannabis plant has actually been used for centureis to manage nausea and vomiting. In large doses, nausea can be a side effect of CBD, but when taken in small, therapeutic amounts it can actually help curb nausea. Researchers found that CBD indirectly activates what’s called 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A)—a very complex name for a compound that plays a major role in reducing nausea sensations. Because of this, CBD is often used to reduce queasiness and vomiting from chemotherapy treatments.

3. Can help manage seizures
While more research is needed to fully understand how it works, CBD oil has been said to have anti-seizure properties. One study found that CBD may have similar effects to current drug treatments for seizures and it may even be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia.

4. Balances and supports mental health
While CBD does lack the psychoactive component (THC) of cannabis, it does have several effects on the brain that can possibly help ease anxiety. Research has shown that CBD can boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which is often the goal of mental health treatments. Evidence found in animal studies are paving the way for more CBD testing on humans to provide more effective solutions for mental health disorders.

5. Excellent for hair, skin and nails
In addition to its clinical uses, CBD is an excellent beautifying oil! it contains a number of essential nutrients that are helpful in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails, such as vitamins E and C. It’s also been said that CBD oil is helpful in treating acne by controlling inflammation, and is also great at calming irritated scalps for soft, shiny, dandruff-free hair.

6. Can improve your sleep cycle
You may already associate sleepiness with THC, but CBD can help you catch some needed Zs in a different, non-psychoactive way. While it won’t make you drowsy, a therapeutic dose can help those with sleep disorders maintain a regular REM cycle by staying asleep once they’re dozing. Considering CBD oil can help you maintain a more balanced state of mind, falling asleep may prove easier while taking it as well.

How Can You Take CBD Oil?

Tinctures
If you’re concerned about taste and not a fan of taking capsules, CBD oil tinctures are an enjoyable way to take the supplement. Tinctures are dropper bottles of sweetened and flavored CBD oil designed to yield all of the health benefits and make you actually want to take it!

Capsules
For a more convenient way to get your dose of cannabidiol, you can purchase the supplement in capsule form. These are great for taking with you on-the-go or for adding into your daily vitamin and supplement capsule regiment.

Liquids
If pills are not your style, CBD also comes in liquid form. This is a great option if you were looking to add cannabidiol into your daily smoothie or if you wanted to use it topically. Many CBD liquids come blended with other fatty acids such as MCT oil for additional benefits.

Body Care
Cannabidiol is also finding its way into personal care products! There are more and more products infusing CBD into their formulas to leverage its amazing topical benefits.

No matter how you decide to take CBD (internally or topically) always be sure to test a patch of skin for allergic reactions or start with small internal doses and consult with your doctor to ensure it is a right choice for you.

Has anyone had success while using CBD Oil? Share below!

 




31
MAY

3 Effective Digestive Enzymes

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Digestive enzymes can improve the functionality of your digestive system and make you feel a lot better after eating a meal. The majority of digestive support supplements contain a blend of enzymes, but with so many ingredients on every label, it can be hard to choose the right supplement for your needs.

Below are three highly effective digestive enzymes to consider when choosing a supplement.

1. Papaya
Papayas are a rich source of valuable proteolytic enzymes, such as papain, chymopapain, caricain and glycyl endopeptidase, that can greatly aid in the digestive process. The enzyme papain is one of the most effective at breaking down meat and other proteins, comparable to the enzyme pepsin that we produce in our pancreas.

In fact, papain is often considered a more effective enzyme than pepsin. Eating the papaya enzyme papain in a meal containing meat can significantly speed up its digestion. It may also help with the breakdown of other troublesome proteins, such as the gluten in wheat and the casein in milk, that are often implicated in digestive problems.

2. Bromelain
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem and is known to improve digestion. Used for reducing swelling and inflammation, bromelain has been shown to treat a bowel condition that includes swelling and ulcers. Often used in digestive support products, bromelain can also help improve the absorption of antibiotics. Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that fight pain and inflammation.

3. Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
Hydrochloric acid, also called HCL, is one of the many chemicals released in our stomach when we eat a meal. The role of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, along with the other gastric juices, is to break down foods and cause the release of enzymes that further aid digestion. HCl also protects the body from illness by killing pathogens commonly found in foods.

HCL supplements can aid the stomach’s acid to destroy harmful bacteria as well as relieve the symptoms of heartburn. Low stomach acid causes indigestion, gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea. Supplementing with Hydrochloric Acid in the form of Betaine HCL can dramatically help people with low stomach acid. Make sure you choose an HCL product that contains pepsin because, without it, the body can’t break down proteins into the peptides required for proper absorption.




30
MAY

New Brands Showcase: System LS

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and failed, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are introducing System LS, a new brand that offers unique products which will help reach your weight-loss goals.

This time you will succeed. System LS do things a little differently, taking a completely fresh approach to leading a healthy lifestyle. The company does not believe that only one product can help you lose weight as well as counteract all the side effects of limiting your calories. That’s the reason System LS did not develop just the one elusive ‘all-purpose/easy fix’ product, the likes of which just doesn’t exist. Instead, this brand has developed a complete system of products designed to make losing that unhealthy weight not just easy, but actually pleasant.

Each of System LS products has undergone rigorous research and testing in its development phase, incorporating potent doses of natural ingredients, proven to reduce your weight, burn fat and boost your energy.

Additionally, System LS products are natural and organic, and won’t give you any unpleasant side effects, quite the opposite. From the very first day you should start to feel better, lighter, and more energized.

System LS includes six innovative products developed after rigorous scientific testing; each product provides natural and organic ingredients designed to support weight loss and a modern lifestyle. Further, the products include a revolutionary patented phone app, which offers ongoing motivation for consumers.

You can save even more when you shop System LS products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.

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27
MAY

Probiotics Promote Strong Gut and Immune System

Filed Under: Immunity,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for a product that can help promote a strong digestive systems and at the same time enhance your immune system, probiotics are the answer.

One of the best supplements to be taken on a regular basis, probiotics are dietary supplements that provide beneficial bacteria which can prevent gastrointestinal infections and convert sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. Found in foods such as yogurt and dairy products, probiotics are known as the “good bacteria” and can fortify the immune system as well as help lowering cholesterol, managing lactose intolerance, lowering blood pressure, preventing colon cancer and reducing inflammation.

Probiotics are live microorganisms very sensitive to high temperature. The majority of products must be kept refrigerated in order to maintain high potency. During the summer months, hot temperatures may a problem for probiotic products but shelf stable probiotics are also available. Although shelf stable probiotics do not have the same potency as live products, you can still benefits from these products as they contain good amount of probiotics bacteria in their formulas.

Probiotics contain many different stains and they provide different benefits. Here’s a quick list on how to choose a probiotic if you are looking to improve you immune system or to enhance your digestive system.

Immune system

Bifidobacterium lactis

Lactobacillus reuteri

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Lactobacillus casei

Bifidobacterium lactis

Digestive system

Sacchromyces boulardii

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Lactobacillus casei

Bifidobacterium infantis

Lactobacillus plantarum




26
MAY

New Brands Showcase: VBurst

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a revolutionary brand of vitamin products to our customers: VBurst.

VBurst aims to bridge the gap between quality and flavor. These unique vitamin shots are specially formulated nutritional blends, delivered in liquid form, to provide superior delivery and absorption of essential nutrients. Powered by 16 vitamins and minerals, and fortified with antioxidants and amino acids, VBurst shots offer complete and convenient nutrition with an uncompromising taste, so you can get the nutrients you want, conveniently bottled them into three delicious flavors for life on the go.

Recognizing that many vitamins on the market have poor rates of absorption, VBurst has created liquid shots packed with vitamins, minerals and three types of antioxidants to fuel your lifestyle. The idea for VBurst was born to offer a better vitamin product as most of the vitamins and nutrients in pills and capsules do not fully dissolve in our stomachs and many of those nutrients pass through the body unabsorbed.

Upgrade your vitamins and experience the benefits of liquid supplements. Easier consumption and better absorption with a smooth, refreshing taste. Each vitamin shot comes in a 2 oz. bottle with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. In addition to 16 different vitamins and minerals, an antioxidant blend is fortified with green tea extract, grape seed extract, and panax ginseng, three powerful antioxidants that fight to keep your body happy and healthy.

You can save even more when you shop VBurst products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




22
MAY

How To Choose A Black Seed Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Recipes,Supplements,Uncategorized at 10:11 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Nigella sativa (Black cumin) on wooden spoon.

Introduction:

You may already be familiar with castor oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, red palm oil and many other oils currently on the market. However, one of the most widely used oils today with great medicinal properties is Nigella Sativa or more commonly known as black cumin. This plant is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and southwest Asia and its use can be traced all the way back to King Tut. In old Latin, it is called “panacea” which translates to “cure all.” The shrub of this plant produces fruits that have tiny black seeds that can be pressed to extract the oil. Its medicinal properties stem from the presence of thymoquinone—one of the major active chemical components of the essential oil. Thymoquinone is believed to have a wide range of medical applications and benefits we’ll discuss below. This plant has become one of the top-ranked, evidence-based herbal medicines to date, and there have been over 600 scientific, peer-reviewed articles published about black seed oil benefits.

 

Benefits of black seed oil to consider:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Supports liver health and helps protect the liver
  • May have anti-cancer properties
  • Contains protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc and iron as well as both fixed oils (fatty acids) and volatile oils
  • May help treat a variety of common health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, bronchitis and asthma
  • May be helpful in treating against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • It may help increase milk production in nursing mothers
  • May act as an appetite stimulant
  • May help to boost the immune system
  • Rich Source of Essential Fatty Acids

 

What to look for when choosing a black seed oil

  • Extraction: the method by which the oil is expressed or extracted from the seeds matters! Slow, cold-pressed means that no heat is used during the extraction process. High temperatures may cause rancidity or cause some of the more volatile oils to evaporate. Avoid any oils that use chemical extraction.
  • Purity: the product should be 100% pure Nigella Sativa oil and not filled with additives.
  • Storage: look for oil that is stored in a dark, glass bottle that will protect it from both air and light.
  • Quality: Look for unrefined vs. refined oil and make sure it’s organic!

Other important tips about black seed oil

  • Make sure to store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  • It can be used as a spice or preservative! In fact, the seeds have been added to many Persian foods including bread, pickles, sauces and salads.
  • Do not confuse it with black cohosh, cumin, curcumin or nutmeg.
  • Supplements made from black seeds are usually made up of the basic seed extract in either a crushed powder or oil form.

 

Homemade black cumin seed salad dressing:

  • ½ cup black seed oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 fresh chopped garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. Ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and mix/shake until blended together.




18
MAY

5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Apple cider vinegar has been a fountain of health benefits for quite some time now. Loaded with acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, enzymes and polyphenols, apple cider vinegar is known to help weight-loss but it can also help with so much more. Let’s look a 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar.

1. Support Weight Loss and Metabolism

The number one health benefit from apple cider vinegar continues to be weight loss. Researchers have concluded that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss by reducing sugar cravings, improving detoxification, and reducing body fat up to 10%.

2. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

Apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels and fight type 2 diabetes, characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. When avoiding refined carbs and sugar, apple cider vinegar may have a powerful positive effect on regulating blood sugar levels.

3. Detox Your Body

Used by many detox products, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body.  It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.

4. Kills Bacteria

Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar has the ability to kill pathogens, including bacteria and, at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria when it comes into contact with it, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic.

5. Digestive Support

Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce bloating. Vinegar increases the acidity in the stomach, which allows it to digest the food you’ve eaten and helps propel it into the small intestine.




17
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Laird Superfoods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The health benefits of coffee are sometimes minimized or taken away because of the amount of sugar and cream people add on their cup of Joe. Have you wondered if you could find a product that would give that extra flavor to your morning coffee and, at the same time, provide more benefits instead of erasing the ones from coffee?

Laird Superfood Creamer may be the product you’ve been looking for.

A non-dairy, GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan alternative to traditional creamers, Laird Superfood Creamer is a tasty, nutrient-dense beverage booster that will transform your morning habit into an important part of a healthy diet.

Instead of butter, Laird’s powdered creamer is a mix of healthy oils, coconut milk, coconut nectar and Aquamin, nature’s best source of calcium. The company creates non-dairy, vegan-friendly creamers and coffee designed for performance.  Created by World renowned big-wave surfer, fitness guru, coffee connoisseur Laird Hamilton, this unique product can help you reach razor-sharp focus, untapped energy, and exceptional endurance. These products provide the minerals and nutrients you need to sustain your energy and improve your performance.

Laird was inspired by the Ketogenic Diet, which recognizes the need for healthy fats. Laird Superfood is the only coffee company using food-grade nitrogen packaging system that fully remove 100% of the oxygen, where everyone else leaves 3.5% o2 in the bag which still will age the coffee rapidly.

You can save even more when you shop Laird Superfoods supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




11
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Sundown Naturals

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin already has an incredible selections of vitamins and supplements but that doesn’t mean we should stop adding top-quality brands. The latest addition offers high-quality vitamins and supplements that are 100% Non-GMO and free of gluten, dairy, preservatives, and artificial flavors: Sundown Naturals.

Sundown Naturals strives to make maintaining a healthy and balanced diet convenient and accessible. The company has been making high quality vitamins and supplements for over 40 years. What began as a small mail-order business in a Florida home, has grown into a company capable of delivering a wide variety of health-related products all over the world.

Sundown Naturals’ philosophy is simple: life is about balance. Finding the right balance of exercise, rest, work, play and nutrition isn’t always easy and Sundown Naturals products are the perfect complement to your healthy diet and active lifestyle. While no one can make healthy choices 100% of the time, you can rest assured that Sundown Naturals can support you through every step of your journey.

Knowing that consumers are looking to avoid GMOs (genetically modified organisms), Sundown Naturals is proud to say that all vitamins and supplements are 100% Non-GMO, sourcing ingredients and use materials inherently free from GMOs. Sundown Naturals ensures high standards of quality with manufacturing facilities staffed by top researchers, dedicated nutritionists, and skilled associates. In addition to a rigorous in–process quality control, the production facilities are independently audited by UL-Registrar LLC, a leading provider of quality assurance audits throughout the production process to help ensure product quality and safety.

You can save even more when you shop Sundown Naturals supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




9
MAY

DHA: The Fructose-Fighting Fatty Acid

Filed Under: Green Living,Supplements at 4:23 pm | By: Guest Blogger
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What is Fructose?

Fructose is a type of sugar naturally found in many fruits, vegetables and honey. Fructose is also found in high-fructose corn syrup, a cheap liquid sweetener derived from corn starch. High-fructose corn syrup is used in thousands of different food products, including desserts, soda, bread, sauces, and other packaged goods.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the average American consumed approximately 27 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup in 2014. Furthermore, The American Heart Association estimates that the average American consumes double, or triple, the recommended amount of sugar each day.

 

The Negative Side Effects of Fructose:

Eating too much fructose can have extremely negative side effects on the body. It can lead to diabetes and heart disease, and can increase cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.

To make matters worse, fructose can also negatively impact the brain. A team of researchers at UCLA discovered that high fructose levels can damage the communication between brain cells and increase the amount of toxic molecules in the brain. This can lead to memory loss and make it hard for us to learn information. It can also lead to a number of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorder and depression.

 

The Positive Side Effects of DHA:

Because fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, is so prevalent in the foods we eat, it can be hard (even for the most health-conscious consumer) to properly regulate their fructose levels. However, it’s not all bad news. The same study, conducted by researchers at UCLA, found that the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can help eliminate the harmful side effects of fructose.

DHA is a type of omega-3 typically found in fatty fish and more recently in algae (you can check out a high in DHA algae omega-3 supplement here). DHA is an essential nutrient that makes up nearly half of the fatty acids in the brain. DHA strengthens the synapses in the brain, improves memory and cognitive functioning, and helps support eye and skin health.

 

The Effects of DHA on Fructose:

The team at UCLA tested the effects of DHA on fructose using rats. First, they trained rats to escape from a maze. Then, they separated the rats into three groups. The first group of rats was given water mixed with fructose (the equivalent of about one liter of soda). The second group was given the same water and fructose mixture, but also fed a diet rich in DHA. The third group was given plain water without fructose or DHA. After six weeks, the researchers watched the rats try and escape from the same maze.

The rats that had been given water mixed with fructose completed the maze at about half the speed as the rats that were given only water, proving that the fructose had impacted their memory.

However, the group that was given water mixed with fructose and a diet rich in DHA completed the maze at the same speed as the group that was given only water – evidence that the DHA eliminated the negative side effects of the fructose.

Lesson learned: to avoid becoming like these fructose-loving and forgetful rats, make sure you’re getting enough DHA each day. Taking a DHA supplement, like this one, will help combat the harmful side effects of sugar and keep your brain healthy.




26
APR

Battling Spring Allergies

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring is a beautiful, colorful and happy season but for some people is the time of the year to battle allergies. The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Trees are known to cause spring allergies as the pollen produced by them can traveled far by the spring breeze. Some types of trees are common triggers of hay fever in spring such as oak, maple, red cedar, elm, birch, cypress, and walnut, among others.  Grass and weed also release tiny grains into the air and can cause allergic reactions. The most common symptoms of spring allergies are sneezing, sniffling, congestion, and itching.

You’ll get some relief from spring allergy symptoms on rainy or cloudy days, or when there’s no wind to make the pollen airborne. However, when the weather is warm and dry (just like most people want), and especially when the wind picks up, allergies are likely to become worse.

The immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. That leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms that are all too familiar if you have allergies.

Getting relief from spring allergies is actually quite simple. Just keep your doors and windows closed, use allergy filters on your air conditioning unit, wash your clothes and take a shower after you’ve been exposed to pollen and mold spores. You may also avoid doing yard work or exercising outdoors on days when pollen counts are high, such as sunny and breezy days.




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Ester-C: The Unique Vitamin C

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Many people are often intrigued by some words or terms when shopping for vitamins and supplements. For example, some people get confused when choosing vitamin C products by the word “Ester-C” whcih appear on labels of a some supplements. What is Ester-C? The answer is quite simple.

Ester-C is a unique form of buffered Vitamin C with metabolites which may offer some additional benefits when comparing to regular vitamin C. These metabolites are compounds derived from nutrients that are normally created in the body. One of the main functions of these metabolites is to activate the vitamin C molecules, making it easier for the body to transport them from cell to cell, leading to several health benefits.

Consequently, the main benefit of taking Ester-C is its quick absorption and the 24-hour retention in the immune system. So, if you struggle with absorbing minerals and vitamin, Ester-C may be the recommended product for you.

Additionally, many people do not tolerate vitamin C due to the acidity. Ester-C, however, is a combination of non-acidic vitamin C in conjunction with metabolites to increase the levels of retention of vitamin C by the blood cells and tissues. As a result, people struggling taking regular vitamin C can tolerate a pH neutral product such as Ester-C.

When searching for Ester-C products, you may notice that some products contain a blend of bioflavonoid, acerola, rose hips, and rutin, creating a superior and more complete product.

Click here to check Ester-C supplements available at Lucky Vitamin.com.