It’s All about Quality

The evidence is out there: the more plant-based food a person eats, the lower the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases, which, in turn, leads to a longer life.

But let’s be clear about one thing. Quality counts, so if your diet includes French fries and potato chips, both of which are plant-based, these so-called foods are not going to count as quality choices that reduce your risk of diseases. Refined grains that are usually found in crackers, cookies and cakes are also unhealthy plant-based food.

It’s really not confusing as to what constitutes quality plant-based food. Choose plant foods that haven’t been messed with, altered or packaged. Instead of processed apple slices sealed in plastic with a pretty label decorated with apple illustrations, eat a whole apple. Eat fresh kale, not processed kale chips in a plastic bag with an attractive green, leafy motif. Consuming plant-based food packaged by nature provides quality.

And you don’t necessarily have to eat vegetarian only. From the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Ambika Satija stated, “For heart health protection, your diet needs to focus on the quality of plant foods, and it’s possible to benefit by reducing your consumption of animal foods without completely eliminating them from your diet.” Even the medical profession is getting and giving a much-needed education.

 The Difference Quality Makes

Study after study shows that consuming more high-quality plant-based food and less meat results in better health.

Mortality (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2010)

Those with a high-quality plant-based diet were 27 percent less likely to die of any cause and 37 percent less likely to die of cancer.

 Coronary Heart Disease (Rotterdam Study):

Eating more plant protein and less animal-derived protein lowers the risk for coronary heart disease.

Consuming more animal protein and less plant protein increases the risk of heart disease.

Arterial Plaque (ELSA- Brazil Cohort Study)

Participants who regularly ate more plant-based protein were nearly 60 percent less likely to develop plaque in their arteries than those who ate more animal-based protein.

Type 2 Diabetes (The Singapore Chinese Health Study)

High intakes of red meat and poultry were associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

 AIM Quality

Supplementing high-quality plant-based food with high-quality AIM products providing concentrated plant nutrients packaged by nature can help to increase health benefits.

BarleyLife’s green nutrition from the juice powder of young barley plants delivers vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and a virtual wealth of plant nutrients.

ProPeas offers an alternative to meat so that you have a healthy choice of protein from peas.

AIMega provides every cell in your body with omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids from organic seed oils.

Just Carrots, RediBeets, LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens provide more quality choices of supplementation. And Red Rush contains 500 mg of vegetable nitrate per bottle of beet juice. All deliver high-quality plant-based nutrients from whole foods. Quality counts.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and RediBeets and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

Product Certifications: Why They Matter

Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher and Vegan

For consumers who want accessible information to assess products they pick up from store shelves or view online, certain certifications can be a deciding factor in making choices.

The same can be said for AIM independent distributors sharing the healthy benefits of AIM products: certifications matter. The AIM Companies recognizes their importance and has taken steps to certify the AIM lineup. Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher and Vegan certifications help assist Members and those beginning to learn about AIM in choosing high-quality AIM supplements. Some certification logos are already printed on a variety of AIM product labels.

Non-GMO

Nature creates plants and animals that are NOT genetically modified organisms: Non-GMOs. Every AIM product is certified Non-GMO, one of several important certifications in regard to food and natural health products.

Unlike what occurs in nature, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are “bioengineered” plants or animals through the use of gene-splicing. Genetically modified foods remain a worldwide concern. The safety of consuming GMO food is unproven even though Americans have been eating genetically modified ingredients in most processed foods since 1996.

A wide range of environmental damage and health risks has been linked to GMO food. By 2020, all food makers in the USA will have to label bioengineered (BE) food and ingredients. Having bioengineered (BE) on the label instead of genetically modified organism (GMO) suggests the negative association that GMO has in the minds of people all around the world.

It’s worth repeating: every AIM product is certified Non-GMO.

Gluten-Free

Celiac disease is a widespread health problem, roughly affecting 1 in 100 people globally. Those with this disorder have to avoid foods that contain gluten because eating these proteins found in wheat and other grains can cause damage in the small intestine, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms and poor absorption of food nutrients.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity has been deemed “The New Frontier of Gluten Related Disorders” in a 2013 study, so gluten issues are affecting even more people. Being able to identify gluten-free foods and supplements is of utmost importance to anyone with gluten sensitivity.

The AIM Companies has tested for the presence of gluten in all of its products. The vast majority tested gluten-free. Members and those new to AIM can refer to the and AIM website to easily identify all of these gluten-free products, including BarleyLife powder, which is a safe “superfood” for anyone with gluten issues.

Kosher

Kosher food laws set a high bar in terms of cleanliness, purity and quality, so people not only of the Jewish faith look for the OK symbol on labels. The AIM Companies has achieved kosher certification for the Garden TrioBarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets—as well the BarleyLife powder in the 180-gram canisters and sample packs and will continue to expand kosher certification to its product lineup. Watch for the OK symbol.

Vegan

For anyone following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, it is essential to know what can and cannot be consumed. The certified vegan logo indicates products that do not contain animal products or by-products and have not been tested on animals. All of the AIM products that are certified vegan can be easily identified with this logo on the AIM website and AIM product catalog.

As time and label space allow, more of these certification logos will appear on AIM product labels. In the meantime, if you are an independent distributor, let people know about product certifications whenever you share your knowledge of AIM nutrition. Certifications matter.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

 

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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CoCoa LeafGreens lakeside

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.