The Diabetes-Alzheimer’s Connection

So little is certain about the cause of deadly diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and the drugs prescribed to treat them can be likened to shots in the dark: hit or miss. Mostly miss.

Destroying neurons and eventually leading to brain deterioration, Alz­hei­mer’s negatively affects a per­son’s memory, communication skills, reasoning, social behavior and the ability to function independently. Alzheimer’s drugs have a 99.6 percent failure rate, likely because they mask the symptoms and don’t address the “unknown” cause.

One train of thought is that Alzheimer’s could be related to type 2 diabetes, which results from a lack of insulin or its ineffective use. This results in high blood glucose levels and increased inflammation. Alzheimer’s has been given the nickname type 3 diabetes due to its association with insulin resistance in the brain.

If the brain cannot get glucose into its cells and produce energy, inflammation is produced instead. Reduced brain glucose metabolism just may be at the core of this insidious disease. This “fuel shortage of the brain” can start at a relatively young age and eventually lead to age-related Alzheimer’s.

Healthy lifestyle changes, especially in regard to nutrition, physical activity and sufficient sleep, have been shown to possibly prevent and even reverse a variety of debilitating diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Such choices are now believed to help prevent type 3 diabetes, better known as Alzheimer’s.

AIM for Nutrient-Rich!

As every AIM Member knows, AIM products cannot be sold or advertised as cures and treatments for any disease. The intention is to improve the nutritional profile of those who use AIM supplements.

Taking nutrient-dense, whole-food concentrates, such as BarleyLife, Just Carrots, RediBeets or CoCoa LeafGreens, goes hand in hand with healthy dietary choices that are preventative in nature.

Adding targeted nutrition, including GinkgoSense for memory health and AIMega for brain-healthy fats, increases appropriate nutrient intake for a sharp mind.

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Boosting Bone Health

We all know that calcium is a mineral that makes bones strong and healthy. It’s a fact that over 99 percent of all the calcium in our bodies is located in our teeth and bones.1 The rest is found in our tissue, blood and fluid outside of our cells. That small percentage of calcium is vital for nerve, muscle and heart health.

If there isn’t enough calcium present in our bodies, excavating cells known as osteoclasts begin to borrow it from our bones. The long-term effect is osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous instead of hard and dense.

Osteoporosis deve­lops slowly over time without noticeable symp­toms until a bone fracture occurs. One of the primary ways to determine a problem is to take a bone mineral density test.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, prevention of this disease includes a nutritious diet, an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, and regular weight-bearing activity, such as walking, climbing stairs or weight lifting.

Additionally, vitamin K has been shown to increase bone density and reduce fractures.2 Omega-3 essential fatty acids also support bone density.3 A number of osteoporosis studies indicate that the internal microbiome plays a role in bone health and taking probiotics can increase bone mass.4

AIM Supplements for Healthy Bones

Supplementing with CalciAIM in­creases calcium intake from powder, not tablets or capsules. It makes an easily absorbed beverage that includes vitamin D, magnesium and zinc for nutritional assistance with calcium absorption. And each serving delivers a safe amount of calcium because the body can only absorb so much at one time.

Nutritional help from AIM also includes whole-food powders such as BarleyLife and CoCoa LeafGreens, which provide a concentration of plant-based nutrients, including an incredibly rich source of vitamin K.

Taking AIMega capsules delivers omega-3 from organic flaxseed for a plant-based source of essential fatty acids.

The good bacteria in FloraFood deliver three billion live cells per capsule, providing a super source of pro­biotics to repopulate gut flora.

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Balancing the Essentials

Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids that your body cannot produce on its own. This means it is essential that you get them from dietary intake, whether from food or supplementation.

Sourcing Your Essentials

The most common food associated with omega-3 is fish, especially wild salmon, mackerel and sardines. These high-fat fish swim in cold water. The trouble is you cannot be sure if they are free of mercury or other contaminants, which would pretty much counteract the benefits of any omega-3.

Dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, are a safe omega-3 choices, particularly if you buy from local farmers or an organic supplier, moderating the ingestion of herbicides or pesticides.

Also of the plant world, avocados, olives, walnuts and sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds are healthy sources of omega-6. Additionally, flaxseed oil just happens to contain high levels of alpha-linolenic acid: omega-3.

An organic source of flaxseed oil is the key omega-3 ingredient in AIMega: a plant-based omega-3 and -6 supplement. The omega-6 in AIMega is linoleic acid, from the organic oils of sunflower and sesame seeds and olives. So AIMega delivers both essential fatty acids, providing an ideal “supplemental” choice.

It’s also ideal for another essential reason: balance. AIMega gives you a 2 to 1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. The reason for this goes a long way back in time and all the way back to the present.

Historical Balance

Things change over time but not always in a good way. This is the case with the history of human beings and their intake of omega-3 and omega-6.

In studies of early human beings, it has been determined that they had a ratio of roughly 1:1 of both essential fatty acids, a fine balance that keeps omega-3 and -6 working well together. Our early ancestors got these essentials from meat, wild plants, eggs, fish, nuts and berries.

Jump ahead to the modern Western Diet, and suddenly people are getting way too much omega-6 and not even close to enough omega-3. The use of cereal grains instead of grass to feed livestock has changed the fatty acid profile that humans ingest when they eat meat. This along with the intake of refined vegetable oils and processed foods has greatly altered the quantity, quality and ratio of essential fatty acids.

In fact, the ratio of omega-6 to -3 jumps as high as 25:1 in some estimates although the average is likely somewhere in the middle. And that means increased inflammation in the body.

Inflammation

In short, omega-3 decreases inflammation. That’s a good thing because inflammation is said to be the underlying cause of disease.

Omega-6 increases inflammation. This is also a good thing when it comes to the body’s ability to respond inflammatorily to injured tissues from burns, physical trauma, bacteria, toxins or other causes.

You cannot see it happening internally, but a simple paper cut is a great visual and physical sense of the positive side of inflammation. The redness you see and the rawness you experience is your body using inflammation to heal.

This inflammatory response is the way that the body protects you. But it’s a balancing act: no inflammation unless required to improve your health. Having an omega-6 dominant diet upsets that balance right down to the cellular level.

Cell Membranes

The primary components of every cell in your body are omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. If your intake is a healthy ratio, then omega-3 helps you stay on top of inflammation. But if you’re getting too much omega-6, inflammation dominates.

A high omega-6 to -3 ratio promotes the onset and progression of health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Increased levels of omega-3 have preventative effects, helping to maintain good health.

So balancing your intake of omega-3 and -6 contributes greatly to maintaining healthy cells and keeping inflammation useful not harmful. Supplementing with AIMega can help to maintain that balance.

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Newlyweds’ Enthusiasm for AIM NUTRITION

In March 2019, AIM Member and IRONMAN Triathlete Lew Hollan­der flew with his fiancée, Karen Jones, to the U.S. Virgin Islands and got married.

Karen shares Lew’s enthusiasm for AIM nutrition. As Lew puts it, they take a “whole bunch of stuff” including, BarleyLife, RediBeets, Calci­AIM, ProPeas and AIMega.

“The AIM products really have improved my wife’s health … and my life,” Lew stated. “We’re really healthy. A lot of people don’t take supplements, especially older people, and I don’t understand that.” Lew should know. Not only is he a scientist who does his research, he’s a recognized athlete worldwide, and there’s no stopping him.

As he approaches the age of 89, Lew continues to compete in some of the most grueling competitions ever conceived. AIM nutrition helps him to prepare for and participate in these events. And when he met Karen, Lew found a special training buddy.

“Karen is an excellent athlete,” Lew proudly exclaimed. “She’s 22 years younger, and she trains with me and … tolerates me.”

Karen began taking AIM products over a year and a half ago, experiencing some interesting re­sults that she is happy to let others know about.

“I have a lot more energy,” Karen affirmed, “and I’m happier. Taking the products is a total body makeover. It’s just awesome!”

Awesome results, awesome couple. Their AIM family sends them warm congratulations!

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Aging Well Tips

Moms deserve a day every May that honors them because they have one of the most demanding, unpaid jobs in the world. As such, motherhood can speed up the aging process. Yet not all women age at the same pace, which is why there are so many questions about this aspect of being alive.

Why Do Some Women Age Better Than Others?

Aging is a stressful concern for many women (and, for that matter, many men). Such individuals want to avoid the outward signs of aging even though growing older comes immediately into visual effect at birth. And what happens to the body during a lifetime is a combination of many factors, including genetics, environment, lifestyle, attitude and nutrition.

It is a long-standing belief that genetics rule the health of the body and how it ages. However, regarding the body as a collection of cells and looking after those “building blocks” in terms of stress, defense, environment, exercise and nutrition management—collectively known as The AIM Healthy Cell Concept™—can influence the turning on or off of genes that impact health.

Telomere Tips

At the end of DNA-containing structures known as chromosomes are tips called telomeres. Their length de­termines the speed of the aging process: the faster telomeres shorten, the faster the cells—and the body—age. This is one of science’s most recent ways to explain why some women age better than others.

Chromosomes-Telomeres

Think of those telomere tips as antennas that pick up messages in terms of thoughts and actions. This explains why lifestyle factors affect telomere length. Physical and mental en­vironment, responses to stress, physical activity and nutritional intake are some of the factors that can influence telomeres. The longer the telomeres, the healthier the cells are in structure, function and replication.

Food for Thought

A woman by the name of Elizabeth Blackburn made scientific discoveries about the role of telomeres in the aging process that earned her a Nobel Prize. Professor Blackburn would go on to co-author the best-selling book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Ap­proach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.

As one of many participants in her chromosome research, Elizabeth noted that eating a primarily whole-food diet has quantifiable effects on telomeres. She maintains this lifestyle choice, has long telomeres and also happens to be a mom.

So one of the best lifestyle choices women can make for healthy aging is to eat a lot of plant-based food to help keep their telomeres long. And supplementing with AIM nutrition ups the intake of natural plant nutrients.

A fine example of telomere-boosting plant nutrition is the organic flax seed oil source of
omega-3 in AIMega. In an inter­view published in The Guardian, Professor Blackburn stated, “Hav­ing adequate omega-3 fatty acids really seems to relate to better telomere maintenance and the easiest way to ensure that may be a supplement.”

Along with aging well, the desired lifespan is one with a long “health span” and a short “disease span.” Maintaining long telomeres may be one of the best tips for making this a reality.

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Well-Fed Eyes

If you are what you eat and the eyes are the windows to the soul, nutrition can affect just how clearly you see through your windows.

The cornea of the eye can be likened to a window letting in light that is transformed into vision, images produced on the retina.

As the inner lining of the eye, the retina contains around 127 million light receptors: cones that produce colors and rods that adjust the contrast between light and dark.

Looking at the cellular level of the retina reveals the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a very thin layer of cube-like cells beneath the cones and rods. RPE cells channel oxygen and nutrients to these light receptors as well as recycle nutrients and remove waste.

The relationship between RPE cells and light receptors is crucial to eye health. And the right kind of nutrition is vital to keeping this relationship healthy.

Poor Nutrition Can Lead to Vision Loss

A 2019 study published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal determined that unhealthy diets can result in oxidative stress and impaired function of the retinal pigment epithelium. In other words, the wrong food can negatively alter vision at the cellular level.

Just like a clogged colon lined with impacted waste from poor nutrition, a similar effect can happen in the retina as a result of not eating well. The retinal pigment epithelium becomes unable to effectively detoxify the visual center of the eye.

A leading cause of vision loss is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), affecting the central part of the retina. AMD onset is caused by damage to retinal pigment epithelial cells. But there is nutritional protection from such eye issues.

A Few Eye-Healthy Nutrients

According to the American Optometric Association, a variety of antioxidant compounds that include beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin can help to prevent AMD or slow its progression. These carotenoids build and maintain the thickness of the retinal pigment epithelium, so they should be a regular part of a healthy diet.

A 2017 study found that although RPE cells consume a number of different nutrients, the amino acid proline tops the list. It seems that this nonessential amino acid—meaning the body can produce it—is essential for the retinal pigment epithelium. Besides, if you are sick or under stress, your body may not be able to produce enough.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to provide vision protection, and flaxseed oil delivers a plant-based source.

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The key ingredient for a healthy body is wholesome food because that is where you get the bulk of the nutrients your cells need to maintain physical and mental well-being. And so it follows that what’s good for the body is healthy for the visual system.

Healthy Vision AIM

AIM has always promoted the fine idea of eating well, along with providing whole-food concentrates and targeted supplements to further increase the intake of natural nutrients that support overall body health, including the visual system.

The finest natural nutrients come from food that grows out of the earth. AIM harnessed a concentration of that goodness in whole-food powders. For example, Just Carrots and LeafGreens support eye health with nutrients such as beta-carotene and lutein.

One of the many amino acids in ProPeas is proline, the preferred food of the RPE cells that literally feed and detoxify the eyes.

As a targeted supplement, GinkgoSense supports blood flow to the extremities and contains the antioxidant compounds lutein and zeaxanthin.

For plant-based omega-3, AIMega delivers an organic source of this essential fatty acid from flaxseed oil.

Supplementing a healthy diet with AIM products such as these helps to ensure a steady supply of eye-healthy nutrients.

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CoCoa LeafGreens for Allergies

Shared by Rose Stoltzfus, AIM Director

In January 2015, our 11-year-old daughter, Laura, became really sick. We took her to the doctor, who said she had bronchitis. A prescription antibiotic—amoxicillin—was prescribed, and she got better. But a couple weeks later Laura was sick again, so the doctor gave her a stronger prescription. Before she finished taking that antibiotic, she became ill again. Once more, we took her to the doctor. That time, they said Laura had allergies and gave her an allergy medication.

Near the end of February, Laura had a lot of earaches, sore throat and a cough, and she battled with being sick off and on for the rest of the school term. Laura missed 20 days of school that year. In the summer, Laura quit taking the allergy medication. The end of August came and along with it came swollen glands.

We started connecting Laura’s swollen glands in the summers of 2015 and 2016 to allergies, so she started taking the allergy medication again daily right through June 2017. The winter and spring had gone better, but Laura still missed 13 days of school all due to allergies. We also tried some natural products, but nothing helped.

Then I learned that CoCoa LeafGreens helped people with allergies. I was still looking for something natural to help Laura, so we decided to give AIM products a try in June of 2017, even though I didn’t know much about them.

The results for Laura were amazing after she started taking CoCoa LeafGreens, Herbal Fiberblend and BarleyLife Xtra. And she did not get swollen glands that summer.

In December 2017, Laura still coughed off and on due to allergies, so we started giving her Herbal Release. After taking that for two weeks, her cough stopped. As of April 2018, Laura missed only one day of the school term due to allergies.

Laura now takes CoCoa LeafGreens, Herbal Fiberblend, Herbal Release, BarleyLife Xtra, AIMega, FloraFood and Composure. She has not had one single allergic reaction yet this winter and spring. We have been so grateful for AIM products and to Chairman’s Club Director Emma Miller for all the time she took in helping us to improve Laura’s health. Also God Almighty for giving someone the wisdom to make these products.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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