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30
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Cookie+Protein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a revolutionary brand of health food products to our customers: Cookie+Protein.

Cookie+Protein specializes in creating boutique level products at a non-premium level price. The company is fully focused on using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes in order to deliver a top-notch product that consumers will love. By producing products in a facility with the highest rating possible for food safety, you will have the confidence that their unique and flavorful treats are not only delicious but safe.

Cookie+Protein’s goal is to improve upon existing products in the marketplace as well as striving to introduce new and innovative products that consumers will love. People want delicious, enjoyable, affordable food but also want food that is neither harmful to them nor the environment around them. Cookie+Protein believes food can and should be all of these things and that people should know and understand what’s in their food.

Cookie+Protein products aren’t your typical health snack. With 22 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, these wholesome cookies are perfect for your post workout needs or your nutrition on the go. Packed with protein, thess amazing cookies deliver on all the nutrition your body needs and all the flavor you crave.

You can save even more when you shop Cookie+Protein 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.



28
DEC

Recipe: Turmeric Protein Soup

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lentilchickpeasoupThis hearty soup is perfect for cold days. It can fill you up and is packed with a ton of plant-based protein. There are eight grams of protein per cup of quinoa. Chickpeas contain twelve grams per cup. And lastly, a whooping eighteen grams of protein are in a cup of lentils. Now let’s get to the turmeric, it contains compounds curcuminoids found in curcumin which have amazing anti-inflammatory affects. Also known as “queen of spices,” turmeric is a potent antioxidant. Basically, this is one healthy soup.

TIP – You can make this soup on the weekend and portion in mason jars for your lunch for the week!

INGREDIENTS

1 quart of vegetable stock

2 carrots

1 celery stick

1 onion

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon gram masala

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

1 cup red lentils

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat coconut oil in a stock pot
  2. Add celery, onion and carrots cook for 5-7 minutes
  3. Add turmeric and gram masala and cook for an additional minute
  4. Add tomatoes, stock and lentils bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes covered
  5. Lastly, combine with quinoa and chickpeas and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes



27
DEC

Powerful Berberine

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Every once in a while you may come across a supplement you’ve never even hear about. It could be a new one, just discovered, or another product which used to be popular and might be coming back to the market. However, there are a few supplements that some people may have never heard or noticed them before, and this could very well be the case of the powerful Berberine.

Berberine is a chemical found in several plants including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, and tree turmeric. It has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, where it was used to treat various ailments. Today, Berberine products are making headlines for its ability to provide multiple health benefits.

Most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including traveler’s diarrhea and food poisoning, new studies are discovering that Berberine can help reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent heart failure. Some properties of this amazing supplement can help lower cholesterol and, when taken regularly, may help promote a major reduction in blood sugar levels. Additionally, Berberine supplements may help you lose weight as well as fight harmful microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Berberine, technically, belongs to a class of compounds called alkaloids. After you ingest Berberine, it gets taken in by the body and transported into the bloodstream, travelling into the body’s cells where it binds to several different molecular targets and changes their function. One of the main actions of Berberine is to activate an enzyme inside cells called AMP- activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzyme is sometimes referred to as a “metabolic master switch” and is found in the cells of various organs, including the brain, muscle, kidney, heart, and liver. This enzyme plays a major role in regulating metabolism, which is always beneficial for weight loss.



24
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Restore

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Restore supplements to our customers. Created and developed to help restore gut health, Restore produces a unique soil-derived mineral supplement that helps maintain a healthy immune system through strengthened gut health.

The company believes complete well-being begins in the gut and is fully dedicated to provide a product that can enhance gut health by creating an environment where good gut bacteria can flourish.

Restore is easily added to your daily health plan to provide support for natural healing from environmental exposures. This supplement is the first supplement on the market that functions as an antidote to glyphosate and gluten toxicity at the tight junction.

Restore is a new generation, earth-derived supplement that promotes an optimal gut environment. It is not a probiotic. It is not a prebiotic. Rather, it is a carbon rich, alkaline liquid, with lignite derived trace organics and essential trace amino acids. With 70% of the immune system located in the gut, this optimal gut environment leads to great gut health. Restore is the first dietary supplement that delivers a balanced family of bacterial metabolites to promote a healthy firewall of tight junctions in the gut wall and blood brain barrier. Restore provides the communication network to support the return of biodiversity to the gut ecosystem that supports normal immune function, reverse fatigue, and help you reclaim mental clarity.

Save even more when you shop Restore 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.



23
DEC

Why We’re Putting Butter (and other Superfoods) in Our Coffee

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
coffee

 

Sugar and creamer is so passé. Health connoisseurs are adding everything from collagen to butter and beyond – hey, the more the merrier. The great part is that you can run wild with tons of mix-ins and or experiment until you hit on a combination that works for you . Either way, the health benefits can be amazing. Either way it’s time to add mo’ to ‘yo cup o’ joe.

TIP – We suggest blending all the ingredients below for a smoother, more homogenous drink.

Collagen – Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, this brand of peptides easily dissolve in both hot and cold liquids. It’s a natural anti-aging supplement which makes your hair and nails grow as well as lubes up your joints and cartilage. It goes down easy in coffee but it also makes a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods, too.

Ghee – Heal you gut naturally with ghee. Its high levels of butyric acid and vitamin k2 make it good for oral and digestive health. Those with dairy intolerances can handle ghee since it only contains small amounts of casein and lactose. Use one to two tablespoons in place of milk for a super creamy texture.

Mushrooms – Pump up your coffee with shrooms! Chaga mushroom is known as the “black gold” that grows on birch trees and is fantastic source of antioxidants and other immunity boosters. Try this blend of chaga, Siberian ginseng, and rose hips. The anise undertones make it a delicious addition to your next coffee break.

Coconut oil – This fatty brain food adds just a hint of exotic coconut flavor to your coffee. Unlike other oils, coconut oil is medium-chained instead of long-chained, which are absorbed faster and not stored as fat. All you need is 1-2 teaspoons per cup and you’re on your way to better nutrition absorption, pain relief, increased energy and a lot more.

Raw cacao powder – chocolate and coffee…heck yeah! Raw cacao has minerals — like magnesium and iron — flavonoids and antioxidants said to help prevent cancer and increase cardiovascular health. A little cacao powder goes a long way, though, so try not to overindulge, as hard as that may be (we’re talking raw chocolate here).



22
DEC

Blocks of Health: Understanding Weight Loss

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Webinars at 1:52 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This presentation will cover how to achieve weight loss with diet and/or exercise. The webinar will help give you and understanding of how macronutrients help to achieve weight loss as well as an understanding of the harm that you cause to your metabolism from dramatic diets.

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22
DEC

A Triad to Health: Stress, Digestion, and the Immune System

Filed Under: Immunity,Nutrition,Webinars at 11:50 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Learn how the body’s immune system is related to stress and digestive health, and how the three systems are all interrelated. You will discover how they can be supported with lifestyle choices.

Subscribe to LuckyVitamin’s YouTube Channel!

 



21
DEC

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Exercise and Fitness,Home at 12:01 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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.

Lucky Vitamin has prepared a special Healthy Holiday Gift Guide to help your find the perfect gift. Click here to see all the suggested ideas available at our discounted prices.

Here you can find tons of exercise and fitness products, the perfect present for the fitness fanatic or anyone aiming to reach their fitness goals. The New Year is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for these types of gifts.

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.

Let’s not forget our furry friends. You pet deserves just as much love as anyone else on your gift list. Click here and find the perfect present for your furry friend.



19
DEC

New Brands Showcase: EcoSouLife

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing an eco-friend line of products to our customers: EcoSouLife.

EcoSouLife manufactures environmentally friendly apparel, accessories, and tableware made from plant based sources and recycled materials. The sustainably modern designs are all biodegradable or biodisposable, replacing everyday harmful plastics and melamines with guilt-free and affordable alternatives.

All EcoSouLife products are non-GMO and available with accessible prices. The company ensures that designs are modern, unique, and functional. Convenient and easy-to-use, EcoSouLife products are the perfect fit for busy lifestyles, whilst ensuring the health of our planet and the people we love.

EcoSouLife is an award winning Australian brand that aims to inspire an ever-growing environmentally conscious global network. The company is fully dedicated to changing consumer habits by offering eco-friendly, biodegradable tableware, and specifically aim to educate the next generation, hoping to create a society of environmentally aware adults who understand the part they take in guaranteeing a cleaner environment.

EcoSouLife products are made from the latest natural fibers and sustainable materials. With a range of rice husk, corn starch, and sugarcane, these products are safer for you and safer for the planet. With clever processing methods, EcoSouLife transforms these vegetable based waste products into everyday table, lifestyle and outdoor ranges as an alternative to traditional plastics. Choose from picnic and camper sets, tableware, cutlery outdoor products, cups, storage boxes, and much more.

Save even more when you shop EcoSouLife 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.



19
DEC

Relax At Night With Tea

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Teas at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
As the classic holiday standard tells us, although it might be “the most wonderful time of the year”, for a lot of us it’s also the most stressful time of the year, too. If you’re feeling restless and wound up after another hectic day of juggling your normal day-to-day stresses with the usual holiday obligations, think about steeping  back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea. Feel your stress and anxiety melt away with every sip of one of our favorite teas listed below.

Chamomile has been shown in multiple studies to reduce stress and anxiety in patients. How does it do it? One of its potent flavonoids, chrysin, gives it it’s sleep-inducing properties. While another compound, apigenin, helps induce a feeling of gentle, pleasant sedation. Bonus — chamomile is safe for kids too, and could help calm an anxious or overactive child. It has also been shown to help with other ailment such as colds and stomach aches. This tea combines chamomile with lavender for an extra dose of chill.

Valerian’s relaxing nature is why it  has enjoyed a long history as a mild sedative. Known as “nature’s valium”, valerian has been shown to really take the edge off. A 2005 study reported in the journal Sleep, showed clinically proven results for sleeplessness. We suggest a trifecta of relaxation with this tea that blends valerian with passion flower and lemon balm. Speaking of…

Lemon Balm has been used medicinally going way back to when the ancient  Greeks prescribed it for those suffering from insomnia and anxiety. This culinary herb appears to reduce cortisol – also known as the “stress hormone” — concentrations and helps blunt the effect of enzymes that inhibit GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) production, a neurotransmitter that  helps the brain to self-soothe.

Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that grows all over the eastern tropics. Ayerveda medicine says that tulsi can promote overall general health and well-being due to its adaptogenic effects, and a recent study showed extracts of this herb reduced general anxiety disorder along with stress and depression. We really love this brand that uses completely recycled packaging and bleaches their tea bags with oxygen rather than chlorine, which causes less damage to the environment. That’s something you can relax about.

 



16
DEC

The Latest Research on Coffee Benefits

Filed Under: Health Foods,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coffee is a wonderful beverage. Many people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee but some people may not know that their must-have morning beverage is actually loaded with beneficial nutrients that can improve overall health.

Coffee contains lots of vitamins including riboflavin (B2) pantothenic acid (B5), and niacin (B3) as well as good amounts of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and manganese. On top of that, coffee is a great source of antioxidants.

It’s well known coffee can provide benefits particularly as an energy booster and as a fat burner. Caffeine is known to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine, which lead to an increase of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, improving brain function, including memory, energy levels, and reaction times. It’s also known that caffeine is a natural substance proven to aid fat burning and boost the metabolic rate.

While these health benefits are well known, recent research is linking coffee to newer potential benefits. For example, new studies have found that coffee may help lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A few different studies have concluded that people who drink coffee regularly have up to 50% lower risk of getting the disease. Additionally, coffee can be helpful to treat another common health issue: liver diseases such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis.

It’s important to remember that most research is done with drinking pure coffee, without the addition of milk, and specially sugar, which can significantly alter the results of studies.



15
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Motiv8

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce Motiv8 Performance supplements to our customers.

Motiv8 Performance offers a complete line of products which combine state of the art science, the latest ingredients and breakthroughs in sports supplements. The company has an unwavering commitment to deliver the most effective and safest products in the industry to help athletes and fitness minded individuals achieve the results they work so hard for.

Motiv8 Performance believes that with every workout comes a chance to get closer to your goal. Regardless your goal, Motiv8 Performance supplements maximizes every training session, helping you achieve the results you are looking for. Committed to producing safe and effective sports supplements that show results, Motiv8 gives athletes the boost they need to surpass boundaries. This exclusive line offers everything you need for your workout diet from fat burners pre-workout formulas to protein supplements, detox full body cleansers to amino acids supplements for recovery, and much more.

One of the company’s best sellers, Motiv8 Performance Amino Recovery is a sugar-free supplement drink with added electrolytes that increases endurance and enhances recovery. With Motiv-8 Amino, ultimately you can train harder, longer, and sooner after your last workout.

You can save even more when you shop Motiv8 Performance 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.



13
DEC

Recipe: Crockpot Mushroom & Lentil Soup

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lentilsoup

 

Winter is here which means it’s time for filling and hearty soups. And what’s easier than a crock pot dinner? This hearty combo of mushrooms and lentils will make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Mushrooms are a great low-calorie food that contain a variety of nutrients, enzymes and b vitamins. You’re also getting additional b vitamins from lentils along with minerals zinc, magnesium and iron. Add the greens and viola, dinner is done.

INGREDIENTS

1 quart of vegetable stock

2 carrots diced

1 onion diced

¾ cup lentils

1 bay leaf

I cup of mushrooms sliced

2 cups of greens (spinach chard or kale)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 teaspoon of thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sauté the onion in a pan with olive oil until translucent (about 5 minutes
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 5 hours
  3. When 30 minutes are left of cooking time add your greens



12
DEC

5 Mushrooms to Boost Immunity

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Mushrooms are known to boost immunity, provide energy, and inhibit the grown of some malignant tumors, among other health benefits. However, the most common types of mushrooms found in supermarkets, such as white, brown/button, are not the best choice as far as medicinal benefits. So, let’s look at 5 mushrooms that can help boost immunity and provide other health benefits.

1. Maitake

Maitake is recognized by the American Cancer Society to boost immunity and limit and even reverse tumor growth. These powerful mushrooms are high in beta glucans, helpful sugars found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and algae. Research shows beta glucans have immune-system enhancing effects and may also help control both high blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Beta glucans work by stimulating the immune system to activate certain cells and proteins that attack cancer and pathogens that don’t belong in a healthy body. Maitake is an excellent choice to boost immunity in those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

2. Shiitake

A popular mushroom and easily found in grocery stores, shiitake contains a number of health-stimulating agents including the powerful beta glucans. Plus, shiitake mushrooms contain B vitamins, such as B2, B5 and B6, and tons of minerals including selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc, making this delicious mushroom a great food defense against virus and inflammation.

3. Reishi

Known as the mushroom that can fight cancer, Reishi is strictly a medicinal mushroom that can boost immune function tremendously and is often used to prevent and treat the flu and other lung conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Reishi contains compounds that may help reduce the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another cancer-fighting substance in Reishi is canthaxanthin.

4. Cordyceps

Cordyceps is used as a tonic and great to treat general weakness. Known to enhance energy, strength, endurance and stamina, this mushroom has the ability to improve oxygen uptake, assisting in the synthesis of ATP. A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has also hypoglycemic and antidepressant effects and can help normalize cholesterol levels.

5. Turkey Tail

A purely medicinal mushroom, Turkey Tail is also known as coriolis, or cloud mushroom and is known to boost immunity. Studies have shown that Turkey Tail can help improve immune function with no adverse effects when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer.



10
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Meal Prep Haven

Filed Under: Home,Water Purification and Storage at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce Meal Prep Haven, a superior line of food containers for meals and snacks.

Meal Prep Haven offers high quality, portion control food containers designed by fitness enthusiasts eager to help others meet their goals and made with only BPA free and FDA approved polymers.

Built for meal preppers, by meal preppers, Meal Prep Haven knows preparation is the key to meeting your fitness goals, providing the right tools and mindset to help you stay happy, fit and healthy.

Meal Prep Haven airtight food containers are built to last. Fully reinforced to ensure long-term use while preventing cracks, these lunch containers will last with you and come with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Each meal prep container stores up to 17 oz. of food, making it an excellent way to control portion size and effectively lose weight and build muscle. Meal Prep Haven’s lunch boxes can withstand the freezer, fridge, microwave and dishwasher (top rack). Stackable and easy to store while prepping meals in advance for the week ahead, you can pop them in the freezer for long term storage and thaw them in the fridge overnight for the next day’s meal.

Meal Prep Haven food containers are perfect for eating on the go, at home or wherever you are. Save time and money by prepping your meals in advance and never fall behind your diet schedule.

You can save even more when you shop Meal Prep Haven 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.