Prepare or Repair!

A comment from AIM-sponsored athlete and oldest competing IronMan Lew Hollander:

A few thoughts on The AIM Companies’ products. I really love all of them. They are well thought out, and well presented.

For health and long life my motto is: PREPARE or REPAIR. Now that sounds simple enough, but most people do not prepare for old age. What does the health world tell you? To diet and exercise. For one’s diet it is fruits, nuts and vegetables. Now AIM has it all in an excellent grouping of products: BarleyLife, CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas.

CalciAIM is well designed, especially for athletes. You want 3 to 1 calcium to magnesium (386 to 104) so you are about right. NOW where you really have something is Red Rush nitric oxide boost. It is my favorite AIM product because it has beet nitrate that the body converts to NO (nitric oxide), one of the most important molecules in the functioning human body. It was molecule of the year. It assists in the Krebs cycle, which is a series of chemical reactions used by all aerobic organisms to release stored energy. This will improve brain function, sex life, improve longevity and energy levels.

My personal routine is to mix all the above every morning with orange juice and pomegranate, ½ and ½ in a big glass. Now I am pretty well covered for the day, so I can eat whatever I want and not worry about getting my veggies.

What you do between ages 30-40, will determine what you will be able to do at 80-90 and beyond, I hope. Prepare or repair.

— Lew Hollander

Kids Love the Chocolaty Taste — And So Does the Kid in You!

Who would have imagined adding cocoa to greens would taste so good?  We’re pretty sure it was an adult, but the reality is that kids clamor for it too.  Of course the reason is the chocolaty taste, which does a fabulous job of masking “the greens.”  And what exceptional greens they are. We take the leaf powders of three of today’s most popular vegetables in the produce section of your grocery store: arugula, kale and Swiss chard. On top of these super veggies we add spinach leaf and broccoli sprout powders and the juice powder of barley grass.

But as its name suggests, CoCoa LeafGreens isn’t just about delivering the greens. There is in fact a three-part mixture of cocoa powders—organic cacao powder, organic cocoa powder, and alkalized Dutch cocoa.  What you may not know is, these cocoa powders actually contain a storehouse of antioxidants and flavonoids.

When the nutritional benefits of cocoa are added to the mix, you get something truly remarkable–a super-nutritious greens beverage with a delicious chocolaty taste.  There’s something really satisfying about having your greens and thoroughly enjoying it at the same time. So go on . . share CoCoa LeafGreens with the kids, but don’t forget to mix yourself a glass.  It’s especially delicious blended in a smoothie and in all kinds of milk—my favorite is almond milk.

P.S.: Do you have a CoCoa LeafGreens recipe or story?  Drop an email to The AIM Companies at partners@aimintl.com and we might publish it!

Cocoa Flavanols Linked to Vascular Health, Again

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Back in October, researchers published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition that linked cocoa flavanols to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health.  But that wasn’t the first study to connect cocoa to healthy veins. A 2006 study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology found that cocoa flavanols may help people get more blood flowing to the brain, and a 2009 study in Circulation concludes like so:

From Circulation

For many centuries, cocoa has been known for its good taste and its beneficial effects on health. Recent research revealed that cocoa does indeed exert beneficial cardiovascular effects, probably mediated mainly by its polyphenols, a heterogeneous group of molecules found primarily in fruits and vegetables. The beneficial effects of cacao are most likely due to an increased bioavailability of NO. This may explain the improvement in endothelial function, the reduction in platelet function, and the potentially beneficial effects on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipids.

The evidence is really piling up and it continues to pile.

For instance, a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has uncovered information that shows that cocoa flavanols may improve vascular functioning in people with end-stage renal disease.  Sufferers of ESRD aren’t able to produce enough nitric oxide, so the researchers wanted to see if cocoa flavanols could help with that.

Test subjects who were given cocoa flavanols saw a 53% increase in flow-mediated dilation (a non-invasive test for determining endothelial functioning) and seemed to alleviate some vascular dysfunction.

From Medscape:

According to Dr Rassaf and colleagues, the study yields four major findings: in patients with ESRD, ingestion of CF (Cocoa flavanols) (at 900 mg per day) is well tolerated, endothelial dysfunction is partly reversed by acute and chronic ingestion of CF, chronic ingestion of CF leads to decrease in diastolic blood pressure without “affecting markers of aortic stiffness,” and CF ingestion mitigates vascular dysfunction induced by HD (hemodialysis).

If you’re interested in getting more cocoa in your diet without having to resort to eating a bunch of sugary candy, The AIM Companies offers CoCoa LeafGreens. Not only does it contain vein-friendly cocoa flavanols, but it’s also made from a mix of five green vegetables and powerful antioxidants. And it has zero grams of sugar and only ten calories. Try it. You cannot lose.

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.

CoCoa-licious CoCoa LeafGreens

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Great-tasting greens can be yours with the new AIM CoCoa LeafGreens™, a blend of four green leaf powders, broccoli sprout powder, and cocoa. This blend is unlike anything else on the market, and the delicious flavor is unlike any green drink you have ever tasted!

New cocoa flavor—delicious and nutritious

CoCoa LeafGreens adds to the original LeafGreens blend of spinach, barley, bean, and pea leaves and broccoli sprouts with a threepart mixture of cocoa powders—organic cacao powder, organic cocoa powder, and alkalized (Dutch) cocoa.

The organic cacao powder is derived from fermented cacao beans, which are abundant in natural antioxidants and fiber. The other two powders are obtained through hydraulic pressing of cocoa mass.

The value of a balanced body pH

Your body needs a well-balanced acid-alkaline environment to function. Unfortunately, the modern diet is decidedly acidifying. Meat, dairy, and grains highlight the list of acid-forming foods, and they also are found in high amounts in the standard North American diet.

Health problems arise as over-acidification leads to toxicity and disease.

Where can you find help? In green drinks like CoCoa LeafGreens.

To balance the acid-forming foods that we consume, an alkalizing option is a must. Based on a scientific measure of pH effect called PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load), the four-leaf blend in CoCoa LeafGreens is an ideal supplemental option, providing a significant alkalizing effect for maintaining a healthy body pH.

Cocoa and cognitive function

The triple-cocoa mixture in CoCoa LeafGreens has benefits beyond taste. Cocoa is growing in popularity in the supplement industry for a variety of valuable uses—as an antioxidant, a disease fighter, and a brain booster.

Last fall, a study was published stating cocoa’s positive effect on cognition. An Italian research team discovered that consuming high levels of the natural compounds found in cocoa may improve cognitive function. Their study compared a group of participants that received a daily cocoa beverage containing moderate to high levels of flavonols with a group that received a daily beverage with low levels of flavonols. The first group performed better in tests for verbal fluency, visual searching, and attention than the second group.

The reasons for the brain boost seem to lie with a particular flavonol called (-)-epicatechin. The compound belongs to a family of catechins, which are abundant in cocoa. The (-)-epicatechin is believed to increase circulation and assist in the growth of blood vessels.

In addition to the groundbreaking human study on cocoa and cognition, animal studies have supported the benefits of flavonols as well.

A mood-enhancing pick-me-up

Eating chocolate is more than just a psychological mood booster. The science behind
cocoa’s effect on mood points to the hundreds of compounds that boost endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine in the body—chemicals that have a positive effect on well-being and outlook.

The naturally-occurring compounds in cocoa are plentiful.

Theobromine stimulates the cardiovascular system and acts as a diuretic, and its presence contributes to cocoa’s anti-depressant and moodenhancing properties.

Phenethylamine (PEA), another cocoa compound, stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins, which are noted mood enhancers, and dopamine. PEA increases in the brain when we fall in love.

Another cocoa compound of note is anandamide, whose name can be traced to the Sanskrit word for “bliss.” The compound binds to receptor sites in the brain and produces a feeling of euphoria.

Amazing amounts of antioxidants in every serving

To better evaluate the complete antioxidant potential of natural products, ORAC5.0™ was developed.

CoCoa LeafGreens contains a superb 16,634 Total ORAC per day. This score includes measurements in each of the five Total ORAC tests, with notable results for CoCoa LeafGreens’ ability to combat peroxyl (the most abundant free radical in the body), hydroxyl, and singlet oxygen. Check out the AIM CoCoa LeafGreens datasheet for more information.

CoCoa LeafGreens tastes like no green drink you’ve ever tried. It builds immunity, supports your brain, improves your mood, and keeps you healthy. Taste the difference that cocoa can make. Try new CoCoa LeafGreens today.

In an Emergency Take CoCoa LeafGreens

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On June 20, 2013, low-flying, black helicopters roared above the city of Calgary, blasting  warnings that residents had to evacuate the area. Flood water was forcing over 100,000 people from their homes. Alma and Gary Johnston, Preferred Members, found themselves in a state of emergency. As if the helicopter assaults were not enough, patrol cars with loudspeakers blaring drove through their neighborhood, broadcasting orders that everyone had to leave immediately. The unimaginable had happened.

A few weeks before the floods, Alma met with her sponsor, AIM Director Linda Easthouse, who showed her a copy of the AIM CoCoa LeafGreens™ datasheet. After reading about its health benefits and great taste, Alma could not wait for her Automatic Monthly Reorder (AMR). She had to get it right away, and she is so glad that she did.

“When you’re being evacuated from your home, you can’t take a lot of stuff. CoCoa
LeafGreens was one of the first things I grabbed to help make sure we had better nutrition while we were away from our home,” stated Alma. “With Gary battling thyroid cancer, I
know he needs greens to help him maintain an alkaline body pH.” He and Alma had decided not to surgically remove the cancerous lump, which has been getting smaller since it was first noticed in February 2013. Gary regularly takes AIM BarleyLife® daily at work, along with AIM CellSparc 360®, AIM FloraFood®, and AIM LeafGreens™ capsules at home.

Fortunately for the Johnstons, the rising floodwater stopped a block and a half from where they lived, so they did not have to spend much time away from home. But her instinct to have something healthy and comforting like CoCoa LeafGreens on hand, just in case, is a good lesson for anyone who wants to prepare for a disaster situation.

After the flooding, the air around Calgary smelled horrible from raw sewage and the moldy material that littered the city. Flood water is heavily polluted with viruses, bacteria, and parasites, so Alma made sure that they boosted their immune system with probiotic (healthy bacteria) in AIM FloraFood® along with antioxidant-rich CoCoa LeafGreens.

“Before CoCoa LeafGreens was available, both Gary and I took LeafGreens capsules,” Alma explained. “Even though I know we need proper nutrition, I am a fussy person who doesn’t like certain flavors.” But both of them love the chocolaty flavor of CoCoa LeafGreens, especially in unsweetened almond milk. “I take about two teaspoons per serving. I like it for breakfast because it gives me more energy than cereal.”

“I highly recommend CoCoa LeafGreens concentrated nutrition to anyone wanting to pursue a healthier lifestyle as well as those wanting to stack the odds in their favor to defeat any one of a number of health concerns that can be beaten by being more alkaline. Thanks, AIM. You did it again!”

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

CoCoa Flavanols Linked to Healthy Veins

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If you’re into beet juice–like AIM’s Red Rush or RediBeets–then you probably already know the value of healthy veins.  The endothelial lining of your veins is where dietary-nitrate derived nitric oxide–now thought to be as fundamental to respiration as oxygen and carbon dioxide–is produced. It’s a vasodilator, helping blood flow easily throughout the body and lowering blood pressure, too. If your endothelium is in bad shape, then your body may have trouble producing nitric oxide easily.  That’s where cocoa flavanols come in.

You see, there are quite a few things out there that can damage the endothelial lining of your veins: smoking, high fructose corn syrup, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, being overweight, low levels of vitamin D and depleted magnesium levels. As you age, your endothelium gets worn down regardless. Do not despair. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the consumption of cocoa flavanols has been linked to improved endothelial function and better Framingham Risk Scores in healthy people.  (The Framingham Risk Score is an algorithm developed to assess the ten-year cardiovascular risk of an individual).

The study looked at healthy middle-aged people who did not display symptoms of cardiovascular disease. These subjects consumed 450 mg of cocoa flavanols every day for a month, and even though these folks had normal-functioning cardiovascular systems, their veins were performing even better after just two weeks.

From the study:

At 1 month, CF (cocoa flavanols) increased FMD (flow-mediated dilation) over control by 1·2 % (95 % CI 1·0, 1·4 %). CF decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 4·4 mmHg (95 % CI 7·9, 0·9 mmHg) and 3·9 mmHg (95 % CI 6·7, 0·9 mmHg), pulse wave velocity by 0·4 m/s (95 % CI 0·8, 0·04 m/s), total cholesterol by 0·20 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·39, 0·01 mmol/l) and LDL-cholesterol by 0·17 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·32, 0·02 mmol/l), whereas HDL-cholesterol increased by 0·10 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·04, 0·17 mmol/l). By applying the Framingham Risk Score, CF predicted a significant lowering of 10-year risk for CHD, myocardial infarction, CVD, death from CHD and CVD. In healthy individuals, regular CF intake improved accredited cardiovascular surrogates of cardiovascular risk, demonstrating that dietary flavanols have the potential to maintain cardiovascular health even in low-risk subjects.

The highlights:

  • Systolic blood pressure decreased by 4.4 mmHg
  • Diastolic blood pressure decreased by 3.9 mmHg
  • Total cholesterol down by .20 mmol/l
  • LDL cholesterol down by .17 mmol/l
  • Potential to maintain cardiovascular health even in low-risk subjects

Framingham Risk Score predicted lower risk of:

  • Coronary heart disease,
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Death by coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease

The AIM Companies offers an abundant array of cocoa flavanols through CoCoa LeafGreens. Made with three types of cocoa as well as healthy green vegetables like the leaves of faba bean, field pea, spinach and barley and broccoli sprout.  It’s a tasty and heart healthy way to keep your veins in tip-top shape. It also makes a great companion piece to AIM’s beet products like Red Rush or RediBeets.