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Vitamin C Winter Super Powers – A Key To Men’s Health
Come on men, make the most of the c-son!

Vitamin C is the key to remaining healthy during the cold and flu season. Vitamin C is what comes to mind when the cold and flu season hits. In fact, it’s what comes to about 48% of men’s minds according to a recent article in Men’s Health Magazine,  and has little competition.Out of 834 men, 5% said they fight off illness with Echinacea and another 5% with Zinc, and if you can believe it, 42% said they do nothing(1). Energy Sourcing And An Immune System Boost: Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin found in orange juice and a variety of “health foods” that during the cold season, can help prevent common bacterial infections. Vitamin C affects several components of the human immune system. Vitamin C works by stimulating the production and function of leukocytes, or white blood cells including neutrophils, lymphocytes and phagocytes. What the heck are those? Neutrophils attack foreign bacteria and viruses and studies have shown them to be the primary cell type stimulated by vitamin C. Vitamin C also stimulates lymphocytes and phagocytes, which offer additional protection from the cold and flu. These cells accumulate vitamin C in high concentrations, which protect these cells and other cell types from oxidative damage. In response, invading organisms including toxins, superoxide radicals and pathogens are killed off and leukocytes are protected. Luekocytes produce and release compounds called cytokines, which have antiviral activity to help reduce infections and the presence of interferons, which gives the power of vitamin C even more Read More »

Luna Bars by Cliff Bar: Women’s Nutrition On-The-Go?
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Luna Bars offer a healthy snack alternative with great flavor. Yeah, it’s possible. I have sworn off fast food, and even with all the “healthy options” available there’s nothing that fills you up and delivers balanced nutrition like an energy/protein bar. There are a lot of them out there, and if you have tried them you might notice that most of them taste like cardboard and require a large bottle of water to even digest them. What I found nourishing and tasty, were Clif Luna Bars. They are not your average protein bar or energy bar. They contain natural, organic ingredients and offer a great taste and texture. That’s universal with Clif Bars, but Luna Bars are designed for women. Luna Bars packaging is attractive but what’s inside is better. With only 190 calories Luna Bars are about the same as a small meal but offer nutrition most small meals don’t, with only 6 grams of fat no, trans fat and no cholesterol. Luna Bars also supply essential vitamins and minerals and are skimpy when it comes to carbs. If you’re a woman watching your weight, it offers balanced nutrients and sweet flavor. Kinda like a candy bar but not sugary. It’s not the same texture as the regular Clif Bars, but it’s still unlike other protein/energy bars. Luna Bars are light and chewy and you don’t need to treat it like a meal, just a tasty snack wherever. Luna Bars come in a variety of sweet, natural flavors like Read More »

Good FATS vs. Bad FATS: Know the difference
A fat molecule, much less forboding when it's up close and personal.

Labels like NO TRANS FATS, and FAT FREE remind us there are bad fats out there, luckily the good fats taste better and are extremely good for you. There is a reason they say “use sparingly” and fat is at the bottom of the food pyramid. But since we need it and use it in our bodies, it is still important. Where you get it can make a big difference between feeling and being healthy, and a myriad of health problems. Know Your Fats: Fats and oils are made up of fatty acids, and each type of fat contains a mixture of these acids. Monounsaturated fatty Acids are found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and some fruits and vegetables. Polyunsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils, fish and seafood and are liquid or soft at room temperature. These include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, considered essential because our bodies cannot produce them and they have to be taken in through diet. You and your body should be more afraid of saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature and are found in animal sources, as well as some vegetable oils that also contain saturated fat. Trans fats are liquid vegetable oils, chemically processed to be semisolid at room temperature by adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable oils. These are also referred to as “partially hydrogenated” oils, and are found in processed foods, and fried foods to improve flavor and shelf life. There are natural trans fats Read More »

Calorie Burning & Exercise for your Summer Body

Here are a few tips for exercise and calorie burning to get you to your summer body.  Hit the Weights and Increase Your Calorie Burn: There’s no way around it, cutting calories and increasing exercise is the only way to get your body ready for spring. That hot, healthy body you want doesn’t come easy, but there are tons of ways to make it easier. The process includes a reduced calorie diet, healthy eating habits and regular exercise. To boost your metabolism (the process that establishes the rate at which we burn calories) it’s best to exercise in the morning. Your body is in a state that most effectively burns fat at that time. To speed the metabolic process all you need is an hour of moderate cardio to prompt your body to start burning fat. Do whatever exercise you enjoy and after a little while, you can add weights to your routine for a more muscular look. But for now, get started with some simple cardio like dancing to your iPod, or jumping jacks. Water and Supplements: Remember that water is the key to healthy cells, and detoxification. Drink a full glass of water with a fat-burning supplement like L-Carnitine as soon as you wake up to get the metabolic fire started, and stay hydrated. Not only will you be less hungry, you will be providing your body with what it needs to eliminate toxins and increase your calorie burn for the day. Chill Out! The Cortisol Belly-Fat Connection: Cortisol Read More »

Protein Supplements: We Review the Top 3
He Sure Takes His Protein Sersiously!

The best protein supplements available vary depending on individual goals. Everyone has different body shaping ideas in mind when they supplement their diet with protein. Bodybuilders have been using eggs to gain mass for a long time, but now we have proteins designed for muscle growth. Even though nature provides some pretty good sources, there are proteins out there that have a more impressive amino acid profile than a baker’s dozen. The type of protein that works best really depends on the user, and most athletes stack whey protein with others like egg or casein to get the right combination to meet their personal goals. We’ve rated the top 3 protein powders based on popularity, effectiveness and ingredient composition to try to help you find what you’re looking for. BSN SYNTHA-6 gets its name from its 6 different protein and amino acid sources. It contains a blend of Whey Protein Concentrate, Micellar Alpha-and-Beta Caseins and Caseinates, Whey Protein Isolate, Egg Albumin, Calcium Caseinate and Milk Protein. This multi-functional micellular protein matrix is fortified with glutamine peptides for rapid muscle recovery. Syntha 6 also contains fiber for drawn out digestion that improves absorption and essentially, more muscle growth. Nutritionally, it’s packed with 22g of protein per serving and each serving contains 50% Protein. What’s so great about it? This BSN formula contains fast, medium and slow digesting proteins that maintain amino acid levels over time. MuscleTech Nitro Tech Pro Series contains a clinically proven complex and has 25% more protein per serving Read More »

Diet Staples Food Formats and your Health
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The Four Food groups in the “Food Pyramid” we learned in school are essential to a healthy diet. It’s impossible to ignore those diet scare tactics the media plasters all around us, but they often overcomplicate things and end up leaving us worse for wear. So, Vitamin Heal decided to provide a quick reminder of what well-rounded diet actually looks like (give or take), and why we all need one to retain health and youth. The Cornerstones: The foundation for a healthy body is basic diet & nutrition. It’s important to remember that eating healthy requires a balance of nutrients, best derived from natural sources. This includes adding real food from all of the food groups to your diet. The basic four include: dairy or foods high in calcium, meat or foods high in iron and protein, fruits & vegetables, and fats (of course, not in equal amounts or order of importance). The body also needs vitamins and minerals, usually obtained in proper amounts through a balanced diet, and water. The body’s complex systems rely on all of these essentials combined. Carbohydrates Are Not Your Enemy: Carbohydrates are found in most all of the food groups, and there are many different kinds of carbs in a healthy diet. Your body uses carbohydrates to make glucose, which it converts into energy to keep everything moving. The hype over carbohydrates comes from the fact that your body stores glucose immediately and too many of the “bad” carbohydrates can turn into excess body Read More »

Astaxanthin: 5 Ways It Just Might Help You Live Longer
This Mighty Swimmer Knows What Astaxanthin Can Do For Him!

Astaxanthin’s (ass-ta-ZAN-THhan) is a supplement worth learning about . . . especially if you like the thought of a long and healthy life.  It’s as difficult to pronounce as to grasp an understanding of, but Astaxanthin’s reddish-hued calling card is peppered all over this [pink &] green earth: from Krill to Flamingos. Discovered in 1938 with the help of professor Basil Weedon and our delicious friend, the Lobster, this carotenoid has been shown to help prevent and reduce symptoms of everything from arthritis to cancer, from inflammation to radiation and wrinkles. Many agree Astaxanthin is one of the most important supplements around. Let’s take a look at 5 fascinating ways Astaxanthin could help enhance the quality of your life. 1. Astaxanthin Is Made From Superhero Algae (Master of Land & Sea): The world is filled with a luscious array of colors around every turn, but did you ever stop to think where they come from and how they got there? Carotenoids like Astaxanthin just happen to be responsible for many of these vibrant hues we too-often take for granted. Carotenoid pigments color everything from bell peppers to beets, roses to radishes. There are hundreds of naturally occurring Carotenoids on the planet, many of which are coursing through your blood right now. They’re like a tiny little army of well-trained soldiers, protecting your cells and DNA from the angry hoards of free radicals that threaten many aspects of our overall health. If Carotenoids are soldiers fighting for your health, then Astaxanthin Read More »

Supplements That Can Make You A “10” in 2012
Posted By on July 9th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 2

This year, it’s time to make it happen, step it up with these simple supplements. 1. For Simply Supple Skin:  Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements. Your skin acts as a rough indicator of your age and overall health, and taking excellent care of your skin requires more than skin-deep care.  Alpha Lipoic Acid, like other Lipoic Acids provides many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) supplements help to revitalize the actual structure of your skin, on a cellular level, softening wrinkles while boosting metabolism. Studies have shown that in order to maximize the skin-hancing benefits of ALA supplements, it must be ingested, not rubbed on topically. This year forget those over-priced department store skin serums and give your skin a show stopping glow naturally with good ALA supplements. Your birthday suit will thank you. 2. For A Compliment Worthy Coif: Hair Skin & Nail Formula with Biotin Supplements. If your skin is the first giveaway to your overall health and age, hair comes in at a close second. A healthy, well-taken care of head of hair doesn’t necessarily require a fancy stylist and three-dozen pricey potions. Other than brushing and washing it, the best way to enhance the natural luster of your locks is through supplements that facilitate healthy hair growth. Supplements like biotin, selenium and silica are especially important for facilitating healthy hair growth, and will boost skin and nail health too. The antioxidant effects of many hair and nail supplements have healthy side effects on your organs Read More »