Lycopene May Preserve Post-Menopausal Bone Density

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On several dozen occasions, lycopene, our tomato-based friend, has been linked to prostate health and prostate protection in men. And that’s great. Men are grateful to grapefruit, glad for guavas and thankful to tomatoes because of all that beneficial prostate-protecting nutrition they provide.

But just because lycopene is closely associated with men’s health doesn’t mean women can’t benefit from the antioxidant properties of the wonderful carotenoid.

In a recent rat study published in Bone, researchers looked at two groups of female rats without ovaries. One group was given a lycopene supplement while the other rats were not. Those rats that received lycopene had greater bone density than the control group. The lycopene-fed rats also had more estrogen and sex hormones. Researchers believe that these benefits may be due to lycopene’s antioxidant benefits. A 2014 study out of Japan found similar results in regards to bone density.

Lycopene hasn’t been tested on human bone density yet, but you can still enjoy its antioxidant properties. You’ll find lycopene in AIM’s ReAssure SP and Proancynol 2000.

Cranberries Being Studied as Way to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance

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This Thanksgiving when you gather with friends and family, you’ll likely eat or at least be next to cranberry sauce. You might look at that sauce and think, “hey, that’s tasty!” or you may think something along the lines of “oh my, none for me,” but you probably won’t think “I bet these cranberries will help reduce worldwide antibiotic resistance.”

But that’s exactly what some scientists thought, although they are likely paid decent salaries to think about cranberries a lot. In any case, those thinking-about-cranberries scientists were at  the International Conference on Polyphenols and Health where they presented evidence that cranberries may reduce the likelihood of recurring urinary tract infections. They went on to say that if more people drank cranberry juice then there would be less urinary tract infections, resulting in people using fewer antibiotics.

This is a big deal because nearly half of all women suffer from a urinary tract infection during their lifetime. (Men just above 10%). The most common treatment for these UTIs is antibiotics.

Antibiotics are a relatively new thing in terms of human history, and they were really great because they have saved millions and millions of lives, but some bacteria have adapted and became resistant to them. So a lot of scientists are now thinking we should use fewer antibiotics overall, so these bugs won’t be able to adapt as easily. And that’s where cranberries come in. They may be able to help a large-scale problem by reducing the likelihood of a small-scale one.

If you’d like to try a top-tier cranberry product, The AIM Companies offers CranVerry+,  a unique combination of (500 mg) cranberry extract, resveratrol, mangosteen and beta-glucanase. It’s non-GMO and vegan. Be thankful for cranberries!

The Fountain of Youth Is Filled with CoCoa

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The anti-aging industry rakes in over 260 billion dollars a year worldwide. Annually, Americans shell out nearly 11 billion on cosmetic surgery. Seems like everybody is willing to pay a pretty penny to have some control over the aging process. Ironically, one of the best tried-and-true methods for that is absolutely free. It’s called exercise.  It’s been shown to keep your veins younger and your skin younger, and it’ll help you stave off age-related diseases. It also keeps you fit and trim.

Exercise’s best friend is diet. A balanced diet may actually be more important than exercise in terms of overall health and body composition. However, unlike exercise which you can just go outside and do at any time, food costs a bit of money. Since you have to buy (or possibly hunt, catch, grow or farm) the stuff anyway, you should choose foods that may have natural anti-aging properties, like CoCoa LeafGreens for example.

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who consumed 320 milligrams of cocoa flavanols daily saw decreases in skin roughness and improvements in skin elasticity and facial wrinkles. The researchers believe that the antioxidants found in cocoa were responsible for these benefits.

The study concludes: (Journal of Nutrition)

 

In moderately photo-aged women, regular cocoa flavanol consumption had positive effects on facial wrinkles and elasticity. Cocoa flavanol supplementation may contribute to the prevention of the progression of photo-aging.

The AIM Companies offers CoCoa LeafGreens as part of a healthy diet. Not only does our product contain three types of cocoa, but it also provides the nutritional power of five vegetables: spinach, field pea, faba bean, barley leaf and broccoli sprouts. It’s a potent and tasty way to get your daily antioxidants.

7 Nutritional Strategies for Headaches

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If you suffer from headaches, migraine or otherwise, finding dietary strategies may prove difficult. Take the banana as an example.  The banana has a lot of good stuff in it: potassium, magnesium, vitamin B 6 and vitamin C. A lot of these nutrients and minerals appear on this list of headache fighters. However, bananas also find themselves on the list of possible migraine trigger foods. That means, finding a nutritional strategy is really an individual journey, one that should possibly be even undertaken with the aid of a health care professional.  With that said, here’s a list of vitamins and minerals that have shown promise for headache prevention and elimination.

  1. Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 
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50% RDI of B-2, B-6, B-12

According to current lines of scientific thought, migraine sufferers are believed to have an impaired ability to metabolize oxygen due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Since riboflavin plays such an important role in metabolism, it could therefore improve mitochondrial functioning and overall oxygen metabolism. The majority of test subjects in a Belgian study saw a significant reduction in migraine attacks after consuming 400 mg of vitamin B-2 daily.

2. Magnesium

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High concentration topical magnesium

Of all the nutrients on this list, magnesium probably has the best scientific evidence backing it for migraine prevention, migraine reduction and headache relief in general.

  • First, people who suffer from migraines are believed to have magnesium deficiencies in their brains.
  •  Secondly, serotonin deficiency can cause migraines. Guess what nutrient balances serotonin levels? It’s magnesium.
  • Thirdly, it’s shown promise as a way to relieve PMS-related headaches.
  • Magnesium may also be able to stop small, calcium-related blood clots from forming and causing headaches.
  • For general headaches, magnesium may relieve tension and spasms in the head and neck muscles.

3. CoQ10

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60 mg of CoQ10, balanced EFAs

A 2002 study found that migraine sufferers who took CoQ10 for periods of three months or more reduced their frequency of attacks by half.

Sources (1-3): Migraine Trust, The Magnesium Miracle

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Balanced omega fatty acids

In a small study published in Pain, researchers found that balanced omega fatty acids reduced headache pain and frequency and improved quality of life. A 2002 study on adolescents found that omega 3’s may be beneficial for recurring migraines.

5. Folate, B6, and B12

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10% RDI folate and other B Vitamins

A study released in early 2015 linked a diet high in the B vitamins folate (B-9), B-6 and B-12 to a reduction in migraine frequencies.

6. Probiotics

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Friendly bacteria

Some headaches are associated with a stomach bug known as helicobacter pylori.  Eliminating that stomach bug with antibiotics cleared up the headaches. However, if those people followed up the antibiotics with probiotics, they only had a 20% chance of relapse. Those who took the antibiotics alone were 50% likely to relapse.  Source: CBS News

Counter-intuitively, irritable bowel syndrome can cause headaches. Probiotics may relieve IBS and would then reduce headaches in that way.

7. Vitamin B-3, Calcium and Vitamin D

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38% RDI Calcium, 70% RDI Vitamin D, 26% RDI Magnesium

Vitamin B-3, calcium and vitamin D have all shown promise as a way to reduce premenstrual headaches.

Natural AIM Nutrition for Families

Natural Nutrition for Families

Seeking an all-natural source for nutrition, Directors David and Miriam Borkholder from Kalona, Iowa, turned to AIM whole-food products like AIM BarleyLife® and the AIM Garden Trio®. And through consistent use and a strong belief in whole-food nutrition, they got the results they wanted … and more.

“I always liked the idea of having animals out on the grass in a natural state, getting their minerals and nutrients from plants,” said David, a dairy goat farmer. “With this vision in mind, we were looking for a product for me and my family that was closer to nature’s way—a plant form of nutrition. We are well satisfied with the AIM products.”

When the Borkholders chose AIM, Miriam was pregnant with their fifth child. The previous three of the four pregnancies had been difficult, and this one would prove to be no different. Less than two months into pregnancy, complications arose. Bleeding, which continued for two months concerned the Borkholders for the health of the pregnancy.

Approximately six weeks before her due date more complications arose, forcing them to go to the hospital. Three days later, Miriam gave birth without complication to baby Sarah. Thirty-six hours later, Sarah’s lung collapsed, and she was transferred to a children’s hospital for care.

These events challenged the Borkholders, but with their belief in whole-food nutrition and with guidance from Star Sapphire Director Marlene Rawls, they remained determined.

“We decided to continue on the AIM products,” David said. “Marlene stressed the fact that even though this pregnancy went the way it did, Miriam’s body was not built up—we needed to rebuild her body before she had another child. Miriam took therapeutic amounts of AIM products, and we saw more and more evidence that this was helping and working.”

Two years later, the Borkholders were pregnant again.

“The sixth pregnancy should have been the worst of all of them,” David said, “but it was the opposite. It was her easiest pregnancy. She was able to continue her own work all the way through the pregnancy.”

Miriam’s pregnancy went full-term. There were zero complications.

While taking AIM LeafGreens® during pregnancy, Miriam was even able to raise her iron and hemoglobin levels to within normal range—well above her traditionally low levels.

“After that sixth child was born,” David said, “we could talk to others and we were ready to listen and help.”

The Borkholders have felt blessed to see the amazing difference in the mental development of all their children. They credit AIM nutrition for the change they see and especially for the products’ prenatal support.

“We’re enjoying life,” David said. “For us, life has been different since we’ve been using the AIM products. Nutrition changed our whole life, not just the children part. That’s where we’re grateful to God.”

Powerful Support for Your Frame

Support Frames

A busy body requires a solid frame. From active exercises to the workday grind and everything in between, our bodies take a beating on a daily basis. That’s why a daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids from AIMega® and glucosamine from AIM Frame Essentials® is essential for supporting your frame.

On their own, glucosamine and omega-3 have gained notoriety for their natural benefits for joint health and heart health. Glucosamine sulfate helps strengthen cartilage and relieve inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.

Combined, these two elements have shown a remarkable, synergistic effect on joint health.

A group of German researchers found that combining omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) with glucosamine achieves improved results compared to glucosamine on its own. The combination of EFAs and glucosamine produced significant pain reduction, which the researchers believe to be a result of the synergistic effect of the two ingredients—omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, allowing glucosamine the time and space to support and rebuild cartilage.

Additional research has also shown glucosamine to be as effective in relieving inflammation as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin, which may just mask the symptoms of arthritis.

Frame Essentials contains 865 milligrams of glucosamine complex per serving in a 1:1 ratio of glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. Of the two forms of glucosamine, sulfate has received the majority of research, though health care practitioners have noted the same results with hydrochloride.

In addition to glucosamine, Frame Essentials also provides boswellia extract (for improved blood supply to the joints) and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)—a naturally occurring sulfur compound that is lacking in people with arthritis.

AIMega contains not only omega-3 essential fatty acids, but omega-6 as well. These essential fatty acids are derived from flax, sesame, olive, and sunflower seeds and are delivered in a healthy 2:1 ratio, ideally suited to balance the North American diet. Neither EFA can be produced by the body, so they must be a part of a healthy diet.

Separately, AIMega and Frame Essentials are valuable additions to a healthy lifestyle. Together, they are an essential resource for maintaining joint health. Build up your body’s frame by doubling down on AIMega and Frame Essentials.

NATURAL Options to Protect Your Prostate

Natural Options

You can overcome the symptoms of an enlarged prostate—naturally, safely, and effectively.

Natural options exist for combating the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate. These symptoms may include frequent urination, weak flow, and difficulty urinating. Some estimates say that 50 percent of all men will have these BPH symptoms by age fifty. The percentage rises to 80 percent by age sixty.

Though the likelihood of having BPH symptoms is high, control remains in your hands. Diet, exercise, and natural supplements can relieve symptoms, and in some cases, they can do so as effectively as prescription drugs.

The most popular and widely used natural treatment for prostate health is saw palmetto. The extract of this plant suppresses the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an overproduction of which has been linked to enlargement of the prostate. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 320 milligrams of saw palmetto can reduce urinary symptoms as effectively as prescription drugs. Saw palmetto has been the subject of a number of other studies as well, many pointing to its effect as a safe alternative for managing BPH symptoms.

Another way to take action against an enlarged prostate is to consume a diet that promotes prostate health. Eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fish, and eat less saturated fat.

In addition, foods that are high in zinc, like pumpkin seeds, may be beneficial as it is believed that zinc is required for the prostate to function properly. Foods rich in lycopene, such as cooked tomatoes, may have prostate benefits, too, as studies suggest lycopene lowers the risk of prostate cancer.

AIM ReAssure® SP contains the recommended effective amount of 320 milligrams of saw palmetto per two-capsule serving. The saw palmetto extract in ReAssure comes from the berry oil of the saw palmetto tree and is a more effective source than the commonly used saw palmetto powder. ReAssure also boasts pumpkin seed oil, zinc citrate, and lycopene (tomato) in its synergistic blend.

When you find yourself facing down the effects of an enlarged prostate, take heart that natural, effective remedies exist. Take ReAssure for your prostate health needs. In fact, start early and practice prevention.