3 Exciting New Discoveries About Omega-3 You Need to Know

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There are a lot of fats in this world, and they get a bad rap.  Even the word “fat” has a lot negative connotations hanging from it like so much unwanted adipose tissue. But fats can be a good thing. For starters, you need fat in your diet because it helps the body produce energy, build cell membranes and absorb minerals. The trick is knowing which fats are healthy and which ones are not.

Trans fat, for example, is bad for you, but polysaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6 can be very beneficial. In fact, the omegas are necessary for blood clotting, muscle movement and more. They are also well-known for their ability to promote heart health, but a few recent studies show they may have other benefits as well.

Omega-3 and B-Vitamins Team Up to Tackle Alzheimer’s Disease 

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduced age-related brain shrinkage, a major contributor to Alzheimer’s disease.  Those with higher baselines of omega-3 had 40% less shrinkage compared to the placebo group.  Try Peak Endurance with your AIMega.

Low Levels of Omega-3 Linked to Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at Penn State found that sufferers of bipolar disorder tend to have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier than people who do not suffer from that affliction. The why behind it is still unclear. Some researchers speculate that people with bipolar disorders may process fatty acids differently. The scientists behind the study are currently investigating dietary approaches using fatty acids for bipolar disorder.  This study was published in Bipolar Disorders.

Omega-3 May Help Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis 

A study published in Rheumatology looked at whether or not omega-3 could lower someone’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a fault in the immune system. Autoantibodies erroneously attack organs and tissue which causes pain and suffering. In the study, blood tests showed a link between low levels of omega-3 and high levels of out-of-whack antibodies. The researchers speculate that omega-3 fatty acids may be able to play a role in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis in those who are at risk but haven’t developed RA symptoms yet.

Get Your Omegas From AIMega!

The AIM Companies offers the world’s best fats in its essential AIMega. Your body can’t produce omega fatty acids on its own, so you need to make sure you get enough for heart health, immune health, to reduce inflammation and more!

5 Reasons to Get More Chlorophyll in Your Diet

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We all remember chlorophyll, one of the main characters from our 8th grade Biology textbook, the green pigment found in plants and algae that absorbs sunlight for photosynthesis. It’s the veritable lifeblood of plants, resembling, also, the hemoglobin found in human blood.

Every time we eat a raw green, vegetable, we also consume nutritious chlorophyll. What many people do not know is that cooking a vegetable will destroy its chlorophyll content along with other important enzymes. Ideally, we should aim to keep our food’s chlorophyll intact because of the numerous benefits it provides. Here are a few of those benefits.

1.Antioxidant Action

Probably the most well-documented benefit of chlorophyll is its powerful combination of antioxidants. A 2013 study published in Food and Nutrition Sciences called chlorophyll compounds “important health-promoting dietary factors which can protect the body through multiple chemical mechanisms.” The study cited that chlorophyll and pheophytins (a chlorophyll molecule lacking a magnesium ion, just FYI) function as antioxidants that help prevent oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation (cell damage caused by free radicals). Chlorophyll is believed to scavenge free radicals and chelate (to bond with and neutralize) reactive ions.

  2. Reduces inflammation 

Because chlorophyll contains a great deal of antioxidants, it will also help combat chronic inflammation.

 3. Possible Carcinogen Removal 

Chlorophyll has been shown to reduce carcinogen bioavailability and biomarker damage in animals as well as aflatoxin (a fungal toxin that can attach to grains and spices) in human studies.  A smaller study, found that chlorophyll might also aid in  removal of carcinogens associated with fried-meat products.

Sources:

” Effects of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin on low-dose aflatoxin B(1) pharmacokinetics in human volunteers.”  —Cancer Prevention and Research, 2009

“Inhibition of fried meat-induced colorectal DNA damage and altered systemic genotoxicity in humans by crucifera, chlorophyllin, and yogurt.” PLOS ONE, 2011

4. Promotes Better Wound Healing

Since the 1940’s chlorophyll has been used topically on wounds to promote healing, reduce inflammation and is still used for those purposes today. It is believed that chlorophyll slows the growth of some kinds of anaerobic bacteria and, therefore, aids in the healing process.

5. Odor Control 

If you were to slap a bunch of chlorophyll under your armpits, you’d wind up with green armpits. However, chlorophyll has been used for over a half-century as a way to control internal odors.  It is used topically to dampen fouls smells from wounds.  It has also been employed internally to reduce the smell of colostomy bags, urine and feces.  A new study on people who suffer from Fish Odor Syndrome– a genetic disease that causes some people to smell like fish–found that 60 mg of chlorophyll daily reduced that smell.

Get Your Chlorophyll from BarleyLife

Each 4-gram serving of BarleyLife contains over 19 mg of chlorophyll, and BarleyLife is processed cold, locking in the freshness and nutrition of other chlorophyll and other digestive enzymes one would  normally find in a fresh vegetable. As a powder, the nutrients in BarleyLife can be absorbed quickly and more effectively than a garden-variety vegetable.  It is also easier to digest and only contains 15 calories per serving.

Branson Bucks: It’s Your Show Contest Update 12/24

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Maxed Out

  1. Razia Jada – 1,380 (ZA) 9/16/15

  2. Harvey and Dena Borntrager – 1,380 (US) 10/27/15

  3. Ramilas Healing Arts Clinic – 1,380 (CA) 11/12/15

  4. Greens for Life, Inc. – 1,380 (US) 11/20/15

  5. Chris and Joan van Rensburg – 1,380 (ZA) 11/25/15

  6. Muhammad Jada – 1,380 (ZA) 12/18/15

  7. Muriel and George McPherson – 1,380 (CA) 12/22/15

 

Current Leaders:

  1. Marinda Van Den Bosch – 1,206 (ZA) +1/+70

  2. Douglas and Fran Gray – 1,167 (CA) +1/+45

  3. Shona Jonsson 1,165 (ZA) +1/+47

  4. David and Marlene Rawls – 1,089 (US) +1/+25

  5. Ralph Peterson – 1,079 (US) +2/+64

  6. Tiki McIntyre – 1,027 (US) 0/+0

  7. Elize Rehbock – 993 (ZA) +1/+17

  8. Karen and Matthew Miller – 961 (US) +1/+39

  9. Lisa Brogan – 881 (US) +3/+76

  10. The Natural Way Network – 878 (ZA) 0/+0

  11. Quantum Knowledge Pty. Ltd – 862 (AU) 0/+44

  12. Lere and Eddie Robinson – 789 (US) +1/+9

  13. Rudy and Anna Borntrager – 784 (US) +1/+37

  14. Ascent Strategies, Inc. – 776 (US) +2/+58

  15. Edna and Hilton Smith – 762 (CA) 0/+36

  16. Erin and Michael Baty – 722 (US) +1/+29

  17. Jenny Ann Brown – 720 (ZA) +4/+68

  18. Loren and Kathleen Schiele – 705 (US) 0/+24

  19. Nature’s Warehouse – 693 (ZA) 0/+20

  20. Heather and Grant Fausett – 647 (NZ) 0/+11

  21. Lanny and Ken Donald – 575 (CA) +12/+80

  22. M & M Healthy Sales – 571 (US) +2/=14

  23. Essential Organics – 567 (AU) 0/+9

  24. Noah and Mattie Stutzman – 567 (US) -2/+0

  25. Jon and Julie Upfold – 565 (ZA) +2/+40

  26. Ananda and Herbie Russ – 564 (ZA) -1/+13
  27. Rica Gerhardt – 535 (CA) +1/+20
  28. Madaleine Helm – 518 (ZA) +1/+4
  29. Tanya Van der Westhuizen – 503 (ZA) +1/+0
  30. Avodah Financial, LLC – 500 (US) +2/+3
  31. Mary Raber – 497 (US) 0/+0
  32. Nieske Lydia van Den Bosch – 490 (ZA) +3/+23
  33. Vivienne Myburgh/Something Natural – 487 (ZA) +9/+60
  34. Janie Ryan – 479 (US) 0/+0
  35. Nikola Wilkie – 470 (AU) +1/+11
  36. Sil and Yoli Huron – 462 (US) +3/+22
  37. Alva and Esther Bontrager – 453 (US) 0/+0
  38. Dannie and Anna Miller -440 (US) 0/+0
  39. Julia Ball – 439 (ZA) +10/+60
  40. Alice Muradyan – 438 (US) 0/+0
  41. Celeste Davis – 435 (US) 0/+3
  42. Revolution Solution, Inc. – 418 (CA) +3/+10
  43. Sante 2000 – 415 (CA) 0/+0
  44. Fatima Mookadan – 412 (ZA) 0/+0
  45. Debra Pugh – 398 (US) +1/+0
  46. Robert and Pat Scott – 392 (US) +1/+0
  47. Eno and Rita Vandertil – 381 (CA) NEW!
  48. Dan Lambright – 380 (US) 0/+0
  49. Dan and Shannon Nichols – 373 (US) +1/+0
  50. Charl and Malinda Du Randt – 363 (ZA) NEW!

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fit n’ fiber Orchard Peach: Back by Popular Demand

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Since peach fit ‘n fiber™ was discontinued, many Members have requested its return. We here at The AIM Companies like to give the membership what it wants. That’s why peach fit ‘n fiber is coming back in a big way and in a big canister

The new formulation will use the same general base as the original peach formula with a few small modifications. These changes have been made to ensure our new product is healthier and more consistent with AIM’s philosophy. First, we’ll be using brown rice syrup solids, a glucose-based sweetener from rice starch that contains absolutely no fructose. This replaces the evaporated cane juice in the original formula. We also removed Fibersol-2 and replaced it with acacia fiber.

Secondly, we’ve removed all the inulin from the new product. Although inulin provides prebiotic benefits and increases mineral absorption, it is also widely associated with bloating, cramps, stomach pain and gas. In-house trials have determined that the inulin-free peach fit ‘n fiber does not cause these side effects. Instead, we have added konjac fiber known for its ability to help regulate blood sugar, suppress appetite, aid in cholesterol management, reduce diabetes risk and decreases constipation.

For those of you who like the apple-cinnamon, we will keep the gluten-free oat fiber in the new peach formulation. The oat fiber was a favorite among Members who liked the last iteration of fit ‘n fiber, and we’re hoping that by retaining the oat fiber, we’ll also retain applecinnamon fans.

But one of the biggest reasons that the Members requested the return of peach fit ‘n fiber is because it mixed so well with Herbal Fiberblend. As you probably know, Herbal Fiberblend is one of our top sellers due to its consistency, history and potency. It is, however, an acquired taste. Many of our Members mixed the original peach fit ‘n fiber with Herbal Fiberblend to create a drink that provided a heaping serving of dietary fiber, the unique blend of herbs only HFB can provide and the great taste of peach.  We believe that these two products combined can change lives for the healthier and grow AIM businesses all around the world.

BarleyLife Babies

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For AIM Chairman’s Club Directors Ken and Lanny Donald, becoming grandparents carried a triple twist of fate. Their daughters, Kalina and Jensina, both gave birth in September 2014 only four days apart. Kalina’s twin boys, Kaelan and Keiran, came first followed by Jensina’s son, Kaius. In the space of less than a week, Ken and Lanny suddenly had three grandkids. This welcome trio of boys has blessed the lives of the Donalds, their extended family and friends.

Both Kalina and Jensina have taken AIM products for years, and during their pregnancies, they primarily took AIM BarleyLife® and AIM LeafGreens™ to boost their energy levels and maintain a healthy nutritional intake.

Shortly after giving birth, Kalina received some guidance from Kathleen Bird-Ekman, an AIM Preferred Member who is also a nutritional consultant, as to when she could give BarleyLife to her twins. Kathleen’s seven-year-old son, Robert, and three-year-old daughter, Alexandra, have enjoyed AIM greens from the time they were about six months old and both children are incredibly healthy.

The Donald’s preferred method of using BarleyLife has always been to take the powder dry. “I found that when I tried to give my boys BarleyLife on a spoon, their breath blew most of the powder away,” Kalina stated, realizing it was time for a different method. “I noticed that when the canister was left open and there was humidity in the air, the powder would form into little clumps. I decided to mist water on some of the powder and roll it into little balls. Voila! BarleyLife candy,” Kalina exclaimed.

This became the ideal delivery method for all three of Ken and Lanny’s grandchildren. “Kaius goes wild when you walk toward him with a BarleyLife canister,” Jensina stated. “And Kaius, Kaelan and Keiran all love it.” In fact, both moms relate that thirty minutes before milk time, their children’s facial expressions signal they’re clamoring for BarleyLife. They suck on these healthy BarleyLife balls and end up with greenish-black lips and faces. But it keeps the boys healthy, and they rarely get sick.

Recently, Kalina and Jensina have been giving the boys the Garden Trio to increase their nutritional intake. And both moms have upped their own AIM intakes for very good reasons. “Because they are actively moving around now, we’re more exhausted now than when they were newborns,” Jensina admitted. “We’d be dead in the water without AIM products.”

5 Nutritional Strategies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome affects a significant segment of the population (around 15%).  The underlying cause or causes of IBS is unknown, but it often manifests in a variety of symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.  To complicate matters further, each sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered by any number of factors specific to the individual.  That means a nutritional strategy has to be self-tailored, possibly under the watch of a healthcare professional.  We will examine what experts are saying about nutrition for IBS as well as some of the latest research.

Fiber Supplements

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders calls fiber a double-edged sword because some IBS sufferers may experience gas or bloating after use. However, they also add that almost every IBS sufferer would likely benefit from a moderate fiber increase. The IFFGD recommends gradually increasing fiber intake until reaching 20-35 grams per day (based on the individual’s recommended dietary allowance).

Probiotics

There is evidence that probiotics which contain Bifodacteria may alleviate or reduce some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There is a caveat to this, however.  In terms of IBS, it is less about just taking a probiotic and more about gut-flora manipulation. Some people found relief from IBS by taking antibiotics which kills gut flora, and others have benefited by gradually changing the landscape of their gut biome over time.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes like amylase, lactase, protease and lipase help break down food, making digestion easier. There have only been two small studies on digestive enzymes and IBS. Both have been positive. One study found that enzymes improved post-meal IBS symptoms. The other showed that enzymes helped relieve gas and bloating.

Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote The Magnesium Miracle. She also, conveniently, wrote IBS for Dummies. In her works,  she explains that magnesium taken orally can have a laxative effect, helpful for people whose IBS has made them constipated.  However, if a person suffers from IBS-related diarrhea, he or she can use a topical magnesium on the skin to reap magnesium’s benefits without upsetting the stomach.

A Low-FODMAP Diet

There is evidence that short-chain carbohydrates (aka fermentable oligo-saccharides, si-saccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols) can aggravate IBS because they tend to ferment in the gut and cause gas. That is why many IBS sufferers choose to follow a low-FODMAP diet. You can find a complete list of low- and high-FODMAP foods here. Spicy foods, sugary foods and caffeine can be problematic as well.

AIM offers nutritional supplements that can fit into a low-FODMAP diet as well as digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber and topical magnesium. But in the case of IBS, you should consult a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes. This post is for education purposes only.