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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.




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APR

The Healing Properties of Coconuts: 5 Ways You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Immunity,Nutrition,Supplements at 1:38 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
coconuts

The coconut’s status as one of those elusive “good fats” has skyrocketed in recent years, with the tropical stone fruit being repurposed as a dairy substitute (think coconut milk and butter), beauty product (hair masks, skin lotion) and household cleaner among countless other uses. Coconut oil even has an SPF of 8! Check out some additional ways that the coconut can be added to your health, beauty and healing regimens.

Heart Health
According to many studies, lauric acid—a protective type of fatty acid—has been linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health. Because coconuts contain minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow, coconut milk is also useful for lowering blood pressure and keeping blood vessels flexible, elastic and free from plaque buildup.

Digestion
The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) in coconuts can help rid your gut of harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil, which can be used in baking and as an alternative to butter and oil for sautéing, is considered an anti-inflammatory food. Those anti-inflammatory benefits help heal injury to the digestive tract in patients who suffer from diseases like Crohn’s. Finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract.

Skin
It’s no wonder that coconut products make the perfect natural additions to add to your beauty regimen. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is an excellent body moisturizer and it penetrates hair better than other “typical” hair conditioners. However, be careful not to overdo it when applying it to your skin. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it may clog pores.

Immunity
Monolaurin and Monocaprin are the naturally occurring fatty acids in coconuts than can boost the immune system. For an example of what they can do, consider that Monolaurin is found in breast milk as a way for mothers to boost the immune strength of babies.

Energy
Compared to the long-chain fatty acids found in most of your diet, the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are metabolized a bit differently, heading from your digestive tract straight to the liver. There they are converted to energy which helps nourish and rejuvenate the body.

 




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APR

3 Health Benefits of MCT Oil

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition,Supplements at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The MCT oil versus Coconut oil debate is often making the headlines. These two products are considered beneficial and provide many health benefits. Both offer abundant levels of lauric acid, antibacterial properties, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. The main difference between MCT oil and coconut oil is that MCT oil is more concentrated and, while coconut oil certainly has MCTs in it, concentrated MCT oil is almost entirely MCTs. But what should you take MCT oil for? We present 3 health benefits of MCT oil.

1. Improve Digestion

MCT oil is known for balancing bacteria in the gut microbiota, which in turn has positive effects on digestive symptoms, energy expenditure, and the ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Medium-chain fats can help kill a wide range of pathogenic viruses and strains and bacteria that cause digestive issues, including candida, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, stomachaches and so on.

2. Weight Loss

Compared to other types of oils and fats, MCTs seem to have positive effects on fat burning and weight reduction as it helps increase satiety and even raise the metabolic rate at which the body functions. Studies demonstrate that dietary MCTs suppress fat deposition through enhanced thermogenesis and fat oxidation, helping the body produce ketones, which gives you the same benefits as the ketogenic diet without needing to cut carbs to drastically low levels. MCTs are sometimes called “the ultimate ketogenic fats” because of their heating effect in the body and ability to rapidly be used for energy.

3. Energy

Medium-chain fats are believed to be one of the most easily digested, utilized and protective fatty acids that exists. MCTs may help improve memory problems including Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. It only makes sense that a food that supplies fuel for your brain and also helps you absorb vitamins and minerals better will also make you feel more clearheaded, energetic and positive.




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APR

How To Choose A Folate Supplement

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:16 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
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Introduction

While shopping for supplements or simply browsing your local grocery store, you may come across the words “folate” or “folic acid.” What are folate and folic acid, and do you know the difference between the two? Folate is the general term that refers to both natural folates found in food and folic acid—the synthetic, man-made form—used in supplements and fortified foods. Also known as Vitamin B-9, folate is a water-soluble vitamin that belongs to the B-Vitamin complex. Our bodies do not make folate so we must get it from the foods we eat or the supplements we take. So what is the best way to get folate? Should we be taking folate or folic acid or both? Read on to find out all the answers to these questions and more!

 

Benefits of folate

  • Detoxification
  • Supports mental health
  • Metabolizes amino acids.
  • Helps form red and white blood cells and platelets
  • Aids neurotransmitter production
  • Reduces the risk of neural tube defects during pregnancy
  • Assists in methylation—a process responsible for a number of functions in the body.

 

Where to find folate in food

  • Beans: lentils, lima beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas and chickpeas
  • Green Leafy Veggies: asparagus, broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts and spinach
  • Juices: orange and tomato juice.
  • Fortified Foods: spaghetti, cereals, white rice, and bread.

 

How much folate should you take?

  • The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for folate from the food you eat and the supplements you take in micrograms/day are as follows:
Life Stage Age Males (mcg/day) Females (mcg/day)
Infants 0-6 months 65 65
Infants 7-12 months 80 80
Children 1-3 years 150 150
Children 4-8 years 200 200
Children 9-13 years 300 300
Adolescents 14-18 years 400 400
Adults 19 years and older 400 400
Pregnancy All ages 600
Breast-feeding All ages 500

 

What’s in your folate supplements?

Synthetic Forms

  • Folic Acid: A man-made form of folate not found naturally in foods. Though the body absorbs it well, it does not get used to its full potential. For maximum potency, folic acid needs to be absorbed and then transported through our blood via proteins to a receptor that allows it to enter our cells. Once inside the cell, folic acid needs to be converted to its active form to reap all the benefits mentioned above. Too much folic acid that isn’t utilized has the potential to block the natural form from getting into the cells.

Natural Forms

  • Folinic Acid: A natural form of folate that is readily converted by the body into its active form. Plays a role in DNA-based productions.
  • Methylfolate: This has a variety of names including L-5-Methylfolate, L-Methylfolate, Methylfolate, 5-MTHF and others. Like folinic acid, this a natural form of folate that can be readily used by the body. Methylfolate supports methylation—a process responsible for turning your genes on and off, building neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine), building immune cells, energy production, preventing hormone imbalances, managing your stress response and a host of other functions.  

Folate and pregnancy

Folate deficiencies during pregnancy have been associated with abnormalities in both the mother and baby, so adequate folate intake is necessary for healthy growth and development, especially of the neural tube where the brain and spinal cord form. Folate helps decrease the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus and may help prevent anemia and peripheral neuropathy in the expecting mom. Because the neural tube develops very early on in pregnancy, it’s important to make sure you start taking folate supplements before you even start trying to conceive. On top of neural tube defects, folate during pregnancy appears to also be beneficial in the prevention of congenital heart disease and oral clefts such as cleft lip and cleft palate. 

Important tips about folate

  • A deficiency in folate may increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • The symptoms of folate deficiency are very subtle. You may see signs of Anemia, which can occur due to folate deficiency. Anemia may present as pale skin, shortness of breath, persistent fatigue, weakness and lethargy.
  • Folate works in conjunction with B12. So if you believe you are deficient in either, taking them together may bring better results.
  • Extensive cooking may destroy 50-95% of the folate in food.
  • New research has shown that some individuals may have antibodies that can either bind or block the folate receptor, which prevents folate from entering the cell.
  • Certain health conditions such as alcoholism or inflammatory bowel diseases can cause a folate deficiency.

*Disclaimer* There is a lot to understand about the different forms of folate and how they work in the body. Make sure to speak with your health care provider before starting a folate or any other supplements, as side effects and interactions may occur!




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APR

New Brands Showcase: Älsa

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 9:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Finding a healthy energy drink can be a difficult task but to help make this challenge a little bit easier, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are proud to introduce Älsa, a twice-daily solution for active adults seeking a steady, long-lasting physical and mental energy boost without the jitters or crash of the typical energy drinks.

Älsa offers energy products created with special mixed formulas packed with vitamins, electrolytes, white tea, and yerba mate extracts to deliver sustained energy and focus. This unique blend of clinically tested premium ingredients delivers a steady, measured flow of energy to support the way you live every day, all day, Älsa uses two key ingredients: Cognizin citicoline for enhanced mental focus and Purenergy for long-lasting energy.

Citicoline is a natural substance found in every cell of the body that is especially vital to brain health. Cognizin citicoline is a patented, branded form clinically proven to provide sustained mental energy, enhanced focus and healthy memory function.

An innovative, patent-protected caffeine ingredient that combines caffeine and pTeroPure pterostilbene, Purenergy provides caffeine 25% longer and delivers 51% more at six hours when compared to ordinary caffeine.

Älsa also contains Vitamins C, B6 and B12 for immune support, electrolytes for enhanced hydration, white tea and yerba mate extracts to boost energy and deliver antioxidants. Vegan and gluten-free, Älsa is naturally sweetened with fructose and stevia extract and naturally flavored for a healthy energy drink with a light, pleasing taste.

You can save even more when you shop Älsa 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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APR

4 Health Benefits of Coconut

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Personal Care,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coconut can provide a lot of health benefits but it’s quite interesting that this tropical fruit can be helpful in so many different ways. Coconut products vary from natural supplements to cosmetic lotions, cooking oil to shampoos, skin moisturizers to nutritional bars ingredients, and much more. The one thing in common: coconut makes efficient products. Let’s look at 4 health benefits of coconut products.

1. Cosmetic

Coconut is great for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Individuals with dry skin can benefit from coconut oil as it can improve the moisture and fat content of the skin. Plus, coconut oil can be very protective against hair damage and used as an effective sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

2. Cholesterol

Coconut oil is cholesterol-free and can help regulate cholesterol levels. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats which may help with lowering bad LDL cholesterol as well as boosting good HDL cholesterol. It may also improve other risk factors and therefore protect against heart disease.

3. Weight-Loss

Often associated with weight-loss, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.

4. Alzheimer’s

Several different studies have shown that coconut oil can be helpful to minimize the effects of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Coconuts are a source of food that the body can easily convert into ketones, essential for stalling the mental decline of Alzheimer’s, like Ginkgo biloba, Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.




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APR

The 5 Best Supplements to Take Before a Workout

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Some people tend to focus only on post-workout supplements and while it is no secret these products are essential to help recovery, let’s not forget that something else can really make a difference on your workout. Pre-workout supplements may be equally as helpful as they provide the extra energy push needed to get through the entire workout.

Since you already know what to take after your workout, let’s look at the 5 best supplements to take before your workout.

1. BCAA’s – Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are essential to regulate protein metabolism, stimulate protein synthesis, and suppress protein breakdown.It is important that you get the ideal ratio of 2:1:1 for leucine to isoleucine to valine respectively. Taking BCAAs before your workout allows your body to break them down and use them as an energy source. Drinking them during the workout can prevent the decrease in BCAA levels, helping to delay fatigue. On top of that, BCAAs help decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) the following day.

2. Caffeine

You can’t exercise if you don’t have energy and no matter how much some people avoid it, caffeine is an effective performance booster for both endurance training as well as short, sprint workouts. Plus, caffeine will not only fire you up for a workout but it can also help decrease the rate of fatigue, increase muscular endurance, enhance the rate of fat oxidation, and improve mental focus and drive.

3. Citrulline Malate

A natural amino acid, Citrulline Malate is produced in the body from other amino acids you consume. Boosting the levels of Citrulline Malate in your body can help increase energy levels and performance while speeding up the recovery rate. If you often wake up sore from a hard workout the next day, this ingredient can be helpful. Citrulline also helps remove the byproduct of lactic acid from your muscles during a set, which would otherwise create that intense burning sensation, causing you to stop early.

4. Beta-Alanine

A great ingredient to increase muscular endurance and improve overall training volume, beta-alanine works by buffering hydrogen ions which help keep the intensity up for longer periods of time. Beta-alanine is excellent at diminishing the sensation of fatigue you experience during each session by maintaining a favorable pH level in the body.

5. Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate is a well-proven ingredient you’ll want in any pre-workout product as it saturates muscles with the energy source needed to produce fast and big energy pumps. Used by bodybuilders for decades, creatine works by boosting the level of ATP generation in the muscles, allowing you to perform more before hitting the point of fatigue, as well as enhancing strength, lean mass muscle, and sprinting capability.

 




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APR

Trending in Wellness: Why Turmeric Is Everywhere

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Trends come and go but when something that is getting trendy is able to provide health benefits and taste delicious in so many different ways, you got a potential long-term hot item in the making.

That’s the case of turmeric (curcumin). Nicknamed the “Spice of Life”, the health benefits turmeric offers can be attributed to curcumin, a well-studied bioactive compound. It seems like this bright yellow Indian spice is getting more popular every day. Known to help reduce pain, turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Turmeric supplements have been used to treat osteoarthritis as well as joint pain and can be a natural replacement to drugs such as ibuprofen.

Additionally, the compound curcumin in turmeric can efficiently help to reduce digestive issues such as bloating, IBS, and colitis. Plus, these same anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties may enable turmeric to support the liver, the body’s natural detox system.

Since turmeric provide all these health benefits, people are getting creative to add this amazing spicy into their diets. Often used in culinary as ground spice, turmeric has been a very popular tea too. Now, turmeric is getting fancy and is being used in juices, smoothies, golden lattes, and many other creative ways. For example, adding a little bit of turmeric to scramble eggs has become a staple of a healthy breakfast. Turmeric soup is another great way to add it to your diet, particularly if you enjoy spicy soups. Lastly, turmeric is one of the best all-natural food colorings and can be used in a variety of ways.




28
MAR

Improve Digestion with Papaya

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Indigestion has become so common that some people don’t even considered it as a problem. Poor eating habits can lead to digestive system issues but one might be surprised how many people believe indigestion will just “go away” after a few hours. On the other hand, many people go the other way and take tons of medication to improve digestion when they may actually not need to. Natural supplements to support the digestive system are likely the best way to resolve this common issue without going to extremes. If you are looking into natural ingredients to enhance your digestion, a tropical fruit might just be the perfect fit.

Papayas have been used to improve digestion for many years. Native to Central and South America, this tropical fruit is often used for juices and smoothies but it has also place in salads, desserts, salsa, and some cooking recipes.

Papayas are a rich source of fiber, antioxidant nutrients, minerals, vitamin A, C and E, beta-carotene and lycopene. The fiber found in papayas may help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Papayas are the only natural source of papain, an effective natural digestive aid, which breaks down protein and cleanses the digestive system. Papain helps to digest food, maximizing nutrients which is essential for people trying to lose weight. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and it’s often used as an ingredient in combination with other enzymes in products to improve the digestive system. Additionally, papaya supplements are used to treat sports injuries as the enzyme papain has been shown to help lower inflammation and support muscle recovery as well.




27
MAR

Health And Wellness Trends To Watch In Spring 2017

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living,Health Foods,Personal Care,Supplements at 3:34 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Female athlete getting ready for running in spring park. Fitness workout outdoor concept.

With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring.

Coconut

Everyone is still going cuckoo for coconuts. What may have started as a health trend with using coconut oil for cooking has now turned into a coconut takeover. In today’s market, it seems as if there is no part of the coconut that can’t be used. One of the newest trends for coconuts are coconut wraps. By using the white meaty part of the coconut, coconut wraps offer a vegan, gluten-free and Paleo friendly alternative to traditional wraps. NUCO now featured on LuckyVitamin offers a USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher and raw coconuts wrap to replace traditional bread and tortillas.  But it wouldn’t be much of a trend if the uses for coconuts stopped there. While traditional coconut products continue to sell, new coconut products can now be found such as coconut vinegar salad dressings, coconut sugar, coconut aminos, coconut flour and even coconut butter. So why the coconut craze? Coconuts are a healthy alternative to some of the most commonly used foods. They are a rich source of dietary fats, vitamins, fiber electrolytes, enzymes and amino acids.

The Ketogenic Diet

Similar to the Atkins diet, although much stricter, the Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carbohydrate diet. The diet was first designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder and is commonly used as a treatment for children or individuals with epilepsy. However, many researchers are starting to look at the use of the ketogenic diet for disorders other than epilepsy. This includes other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, migraines and autism. Like the Atkins diet, it too is also in the spotlight for its weight loss potential. New research has shown on top of weight loss, following a ketogenic diet may also help decrease total cholesterol, increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, lower LDL (the “bad”), decrease triglycerides and lower blood sugar levels. Even professional athletes and endurance athletes are catching on to this popular diet. The diet works by forcing the body into a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is the result of ketones building up in the bloodstream when people eat a low- or no-carbohydrate diet. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy, fat becomes the primary fuel source.  The diet isn’t as simple as just cutting back on carbohydrates; there are specific calculations that go into figuring out the right percentage of fat to protein to carbohydrate ratio.  LuckyVitamin’s new ketogenic specialty page is designed to help support your ketogenic diet needs. It’s important to note that you should be under the care of a trained health care provider during this diet or at least in the beginning.

Cannabidiol

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in public awareness for the possible health benefits of cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is one of at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis and is the major non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa. CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system. This system is thought to play a key role in memory, mood brain reward systems and certain metabolic processes. Possible therapeutic uses for CBD include anxiety, nausea prevention, pain management, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer and more. But how can makers of CBD oil legally sell CBD in the United States when marijuana is illegal? Enter, hemp. The difference in hemp and marijuana lies in the fact that hemp is a low resin, low THC, high CBD form of cannabis. Currently, there are a wide variety of CBD hemp oil extracts products available including pure oils, dark chocolates, gummies and even chewing gum.

Athleisure

What happens when you combine the comfort and convenience of workout clothes with the style and fashion? You get athleisure.  Athleisure is a trend in fashion in which individuals wear clothing intended for workouts and other athletic activities in other settings, such as during work as well as casual or social occasions. It has become one of the biggest trends in the fashion and retail industry today and it continues to grow and expand into new venues and marketplaces. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of fitness apparel for both men and women from top brands such as Chaser, Purusha People, Soybu, Manduka and Teeki. Many of these brands offer products that are not just beneficial to you but incorporate materials such as fair trade cotton and recycled plastic that are also beneficial to the environment.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms belong to a unique group of organisms called fungi. While new mushroom trends are emerging in the health and wellness industry, the health promoting benefits of mushrooms are well-known and have been around for a long time. For thousands of years mushrooms have been known to be both nutritious and immune building, and now modern research is beginning to validate traditional herbalists beliefs about mushrooms. Mushrooms are a natural source of vitamin D precursors, contain proteins, minerals and are packed with polysaccharides like beta-glucans which have immune-boosting effects. For years traditional mushroom supplements and extracts have been available, but new trends are popping up everywhere. The new products include mushroom powder, elixir mixes, coffee and hot chocolate all with the same added benefits. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of all the mushrooms products you need to help you be a fun-gi or fun-gal.

Collagen

Nutrition is a key factor for influencing skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This is why nutricosmetics, or the use of supplements to help improve skin health, is a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and it can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. This is why it is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen can be found in supplements, protein powders, protein bars and even beauty chews. Shop our top selection of collagen products from NeoCell, Reserveage Nutrition, Primal Kitchen, Vital Protein and many more if you’re looking to give your skin and joints a little health boost.

Plant-Based Proteins Powders

 Plant-based protein powders were featured in our 2016 trend report and they continue to dominate the market. With new formulas like chia protein, what was once advertised mostly to body builders looking to get “jacked,” is now marketed to triathletes, marathon runners, weekend warriors, vegans, moms, yoga enthusiasts and even business people constantly on-the-go. Plant-based formulas are often hypoallergenic, free of common food irritants making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend of foods such as pea, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth and rice. Because of this blend, they contain an excellent variety of amino acids while also delivering quality protein.  LuckyVitamin has a large selection of top brands including Plant Fusion, Garden of Life, Aloha, Orgain and much more.




17
MAR

Surprising Health Benefits from Licorice

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Teas at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sometimes we find out that some foods offer benefits when you had not idea they were even considered healthy. It seems to be the case for licorice. Native to the Mediterranean but now grown throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, this herb is commonly used to flavor foods and beverages but what some people may not know is that it can provide a variety of health benefits.

Licorice is known to support various issues in the digestive system including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and chronic gastritis. A formulation containing licorice root along with slippery elm bark, lactulose, and oat bran has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Licorice contains chemicals that are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.

Additionally, licorice can also be taken to help sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum, licorice can help improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term. Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands, which produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress. Licorice is used intravenously to treat hepatitis B and C, as well as mouth sores (lichen planus) in people with hepatitis C.

A good number of licorice products manufactured in the U.S. actually don’t contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of “black licorice” and is often used as a substitute. Licorice tea is another popular product that can provide the health benefits mentioned above.




15
MAR

Beauty From The Inside Out

Filed Under: Beauty,Supplements,Webinars at 1:45 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Discover ways to care for your skin both internally and externally with science driven skin nutrition from MyChelle Dermaceuticals and NeoCell. During this informative webinar we will discuss how to keep your skin “instantly ageless & hydrated” through the use of Vitamin C, Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid featuring active products from MyChelle and Neocell. Join us to learn how to enhance your daily routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing!

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7
MAR

What Are Prebiotics?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Prebiotics and probiotics. Two similar words, two completely different things. Probiotics have been popular for quite some time as they are essential for gut health and overall wellbeing. However, what’s interesting about this debate is that prebiotics are actually one of the best ways to improve probiotics and get even better results but many people still wonder: what are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. Prebiotics help your good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio, which is essential to your health and overall wellbeing.

Additionally, prebiotics provide a wide range of health benefits which have been medically proven. These amazing non-digestible fiber compounds are known to improve gut health and enhance digestion as well as lower inflammation, reduce risk of heart disease, boost immune function and promote weight loss.

Found in many fruits and vegetables, sources of prebiotic fiber include greenish bananas, raw garlic, raw asparagus, raw leeks, onions, artichokes, chicory root, and beans. However, it’s nearly impossible to obtain the ideal amount of prebiotic from food sources as one would have to eat in large quantities every day.

Prebiotic supplements are a great option as most products are mild in texture, nearly tasteless, and can be easily added to water or any other food. Prebiotics powders are not affected by heat, cold, acid or time, unlike probiotics which must be kept alive and may be killed by heat or simply die with time.




1
MAR

Beauty Connection – Science Driven Nutrition from the Inside and Out

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Supplements at 12:01 pm | By: Guest Blogger
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Let your outer beauty shine with MyChelle and NeoCell and stay instantly ageless.

Did you know our skin is the largest organ and is made up of mostly water and collagen, which is the foundation for our skin’s structural support and thickness? Collagen consists of proteins made of long chains of amino acids fastened together like chains on a linked fence. In our youth we have an abundance of collagen giving us firm, even skin; however, as early as 25 collagen production naturally declines causing fine lines and wrinkles.

To support, nourish and protect all layers of the skin, incorporate these two essential ingredients into your daily skin care routine.

Vitamin C

Topical Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients, and everyone can benefit from using it! Thousands of independent clinical studies show that L-Ascorbic Acid, naturally found in the skin, is the BEST skin care ingredient for promoting skin health. Be sure to select the L-Ascorbic acid version of Vitamin C, as it is chirally correct and better absorbed by the skin. Additionally, you want to look for concentrations of 10% or higher to get all of the excellent benefits vitamin C offers. Lastly, you want to make sure your topical vitamin C is always formulated with other great antioxidants.

As a supplement, Vitamin C is also critical in the formation of healthy collagen within the skin, allowing interlaced collagen fibers to remain strong and flexible. Nearly all forms of Vitamin C found in supplements are in the correct L-Ascorbic Acid form, but daily supplementation is essential to maintaining healthy levels within the skin. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is eliminated from the body quickly, so to protect against deficiency – and therefore decreased collagen production – incorporate Vitamin C into your daily routine.

 

C The Difference with these awarding-winning MyChelle products:

Perfect C PRO™ Speed Peel 10% A professional-level, one-step, one-minute, fast-acting 25% Citrus Fruit puree peel. Formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid blended with L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, and Retinal to deliver youthful, soft, and glowing skin.

Perfect C™ Serum 17% Advanced multi-tasking Vitamin C formula reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cells brighten and protect against photo-damage and combat the visible signs of aging. Non-irritating. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.

Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion 12% This velvety-rich, nutrient- and moisture-restoring lotion deliver a potent 12% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid combined with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help brighten and protect skin from the effects of environmental pollution for a smoother and more luminous complexion.

 

Be your best you with these NeoCell products containing Vitamin C:

NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a delectable way to get your collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid for skin hydration, and Vitamin C in a soft chew you’ll actually look forward to eating! Choose either the Super Fruit Punch or Chocolate Mint to snack your way to a beautiful day!

NeoCell Beauty Infusion is a comprehensive formula that infuses your body with beauty nutrients. High dose collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Biotin, and ALA are included in this refreshing collagen drink mix, which comes in two delicious flavors Tangerine Twist or Cranberry Cocktail.

NeoCell Super Collagen Tablets are tried and true best-selling collagen supplements for over two decades. The convenient tablets contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with clinically proven NeoCell Collagen Peptides for outstanding skin health.

Powerhouse PeptidesIt’s ideal to start incorporating peptides into your routine as early as your 20’s. Peptides are long or short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen (proteins) within the skin. Since peptides are tiny amino acids, they are able to penetrate the skin’s protective barriers and work their magic.  Peptides are intrinsically linked to proteins, allowing the user to see powerful results quickly. As an internal supplement hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been shown to work at the cellular level to naturally boost collagen production and support skin beauty from within.

 

Pump up your daily peptide routine with these MyChelle and NeoCell fan favorites:

Supreme Polypeptide Cream – This multi-peptide, nutrient-rich cream is enriched with four powerful anti-aging peptides: Matrixyl® Synthe’6™, Syn-Coll®, AC DermaPeptide Revitalizing PF, and Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore tone and texture.

Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum – This concentrated, multi-peptide serum helps visibly improve skin’s texture and reduce the telltale signs of aging. Argan Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus extract help promote natural skin renewal while Squalene and Rapeseed Oil increase moisture retention for long-lasting hydration.

NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the choice of millions of Glow Getters worldwide for their collagen peptide beauty routine. The high dose, affordable and clinically-proven hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder is unflavored, making it an ideal addition to beverages like coffee or tea, or recipes like soups, dressings or sauces.

NeoCell Glow Matrix makes the ideal complement to Super Collagen powder or tablets by working internally to hydrate the skin for a dewy, soft complexion. Containing clinically proven Ceramosides, high dose hyaluronic acid, and many other activated moisturizing nutrients, Glow Matrix is being hailed as the most effective hydration supplement on the market!