Q&A: AIM Members Commonly Ask These Questions

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I have read that cruciferous vegetables can negatively affect those with hypothyroidism or those prone to hypothyroidism. Am I at risk when taking LeafGreens?

There has only been one case that links cruciferous vegetables to hypothyroidism in humans — an 88-year-old woman who ate 1-1.5 kilograms (2-3 pounds or 1,000- 1,500 grams) of bok choy daily. A human study found that 150 grams of cooked Brussels sprouts for four weeks had no negative effects on thyroid function. To put this all in perspective, a single serving of LeafGreens is 3.5 grams.

I heard that former smokers should not take beta-carotene supplements? Should I be worried about the beta-carotene in Just Carrots?

The beta-carotene found in Just Carrots is produced naturally from the carrots. The beta-carotene found in foods poses no cancer risk. Synthetic vitamins that contain beta carotene have been found in four large studies in the 1990s to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

What is the difference between BarleyLife and other off-the-shelf barley grass powders?

BarleyLife is a juice powder concentrate.

I was told years ago by an upline that we should not take any other products with Herbal Fiberblend as it moves through your system quickly instead of being absorbed. Has that changed?

Psyllium may reduce nutrient absorption, and we’ve recommended taking watersoluble supplements separately as a precaution so that Members receive the greatest value from their products. However, if the only way you can take your Herbal Fiberblend is by mixing it with CalciAIM, Peak Endurance or another AIM product then we encourage you to do so. Although a small percentage may not be absorbed consuming the products should be your primary goal.

If you have a question about nutrition or any of our products, please feel free to send it to
aimonline@aimintl.com.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Dry Skin

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Not only is the wintertime cold, but it is also dry. This is because cold air holds less water, making it drier. A parched, arctic environment can wreak havoc on the skin, causing an array of discomforts: itching, pain, outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis and, of course, the dreaded dry eyes.  Faithful applications of lotion and moisturizer and fewer showers may help, and there are some dietary approaches as well.

1.Make Sure You’re Not Vitamin Deficient

True vitamin deficiencies are rare in the developed world as we are more likely to be simply insufficient. However, it would be wise to make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of vitamin A, iodine and riboflavin (B2). Deficiencies in these vitamins can cause dry skin as well as other, greater problems.

Related Products: BarleyLife Xtra, BarleyLife, Just Carrots and Peak Endurance

2.Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There is no better nutrition for your skin than omega fatty acids. It’s possible that they can be useful for almost any skin problem, including wrinkles.  They play a key role in the upkeep of the cell membrane which lets the good stuff into the cell and throws the bad stuff out. A well functioning cell membrane also helps to prevent cellular dehydration.

Related Products: AIMega, CellSparc 360

3.Vitamin C 

You may be taking vitamin C to prevent colds during the winter, but mighty vitamin C might help with dry skin, too. Vitamin C is a boon for the skin overall, and a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found evidence that vitamin C may relieve skin dryness.

Related Products: BarleyLife Xtra, Peak Endurance, CalicAIM

4. Zinc 

One of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is rough, dry skin, but zinc plays such a large role in skincare that it deserves its own bullet point. Many use zinc for acne, eczema and to ward off wrinkles. It provides general antioxidant protection for your skin and plays a big part in the stabilization of the cell membrane, an important component of cell hydration.

Related Products: CalciAIM, ReAssure SP

5. Probiotics 

Believe it or not, the bacteria in your gut can affect the quality of your skin. A belly full of healthy bacteria reduces inflammation. There is good evidence that unchecked inflammation empowers skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Probiotics assist the skin’s barrier function and helps your skin hold onto more moisture.

Related Products: FloraFood

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.

Young Adults Who Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables Have Fewer Heart Problems Later

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The current crop of youthful people, the “Millennials” –those born between 1982 and 2001–are one of the biggest emerging markets in the world. Forbes magazine reports that they prefer cheap and convenient food with the caveat that they are also willing to pay for healthy food and will even go out of their way to search for it.  AIM provides inexpensive, healthy whole-food juice products that are both high-quality and very nutritious.

With that being said, a new study published in Circulation journal reported that young adults who eat their fruits and vegetables had less coronary artery plaque twenty years later. Researchers followed over 2,500 participants for two decades and placed the participants into three groups based on how many fruits and veggies they consumed–the most, a medium amount and the lowest amounts.

Those who ate the highest amounts of fruits and veggies (more than five servings) had a twenty-six percent lower chance of developing calcified plaque twenty years later when compared to those who ate the least. A buildup of calcified plaque is the main cause of atherosclerosis which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

There is a widely established connection between fruit and vegetable consumption and heart health in middle-aged people. However, this is the first study that examined the diets of young adults.

So if you’re a young adult or know someone who is, then this is the perfect time to introduce them to AIM’s line of whole-food juice concentrates. They’re convenient (No-hassle juicing!). At a per-serving price they are extremely affordable, and they are also incredibly healthy.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Knee Pain

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The greatest danger to your knees is simply using your knees–as one does–for years and years and years.  According to WebMD, there’s a 33% chance that if you’re at the doctor, you’re there because your knee hurts. The majority of knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis, a condition brought about by wear and tear.  Athletes, the overweight, women, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and the elderly are those people at the greatest risk of suffering this kind of knee pain.

One of the simplest ways of reducing knee pain is by losing weight.  A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that for every pound lost, it reduced four pounds of stress on the knees.  In other good news, exercise that helps strengthen muscles around the knees can also reduce pain. Additionally, there are several nutritional strategies that can help alleviate knee pain.  Here are some.

  1. Glucosamine and MSM

Several studies have shown that glucosamine and MSM fight osteoarthritis pain by reducing inflammation.  A study published in Clinical Drug Investigations concluded that:

From the abstract:

Glu, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. All the treatments were well tolerated. The onset of analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

Related Product: Frame Essentials

      2. Vitamin K

In 2009 study from the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, researchers found a link between low levels of vitamin K and the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Related Product: LeafGreens, BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, CoCoa LeafGreens,

3. Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Increased inflammation can lead to increased pain. So you’ll want to stay away from inflammatory foods: trans fats, sugar, red meat, refined carbohydrates and the like.  Instead, choose anti-inflammatory foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish.

Related Products: BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens

    4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

Not only have Omega-3 fatty acids been shown to reduce inflammation, but low levels of omega-3’s have been linked to the development of osteoarthritis in animal studies.

Related Product: AIMega

  5. Vitamin D

A study on 400 people with osteoarthritis found that subjects who had low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy vitamin-D levels.

Related Product: Veggie D, CalciAIM

American Heart Association: “Vegetable-Heavy Diet Decreases Risk of Heart Disease by Twenty Percent!”

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A new study put out by the American Heart Association has found that by simply eating a higher proportion of plant-based foods, you can reduce your risk of dying from stroke or heart attack by a whopping twenty percent. This very large study looked at the eating patterns of nearly half a million Europeans and found that those who ate a diet composed of seventy percent plant products and thirty percent animal products lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease by a fifth compared to those who consumed diets high in animal products. (65% meat and dairy, 45% plants).

Science Daily: 

The American Heart Association recommends following a heart-healthy diet, which could also be described as a pro-vegetarian diet. It is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, and nuts, low-fat dairy, beans, skinless poultry, and fish. It encourages eating foods low in saturated and trans fats and sodium, and limiting added sugars and red meats.

The AIM Companies provides an array of tasty plant-based juices for people looking to make a healthy lifestyle change. CoCoa LeafGreens and BarleyLife Xtra are great products for kids or others who may not be the biggest fans of vegetables. For those of us with veggie-loving palettes, BarleyLife and Leaf Greens are a quick and convenient way of getting a nutrition boost without the mess and hassle of juicing. And, as a frequent produce buyer, I often worry about my fruits and vegetables going to waste if I don’t eat them in time. With the AIM Products, I don’t have to worry.

5 Reasons Why Peak Endurance Is Better Than Regular Sports Drinks

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Recently on the Red Rush Blog, I wrote about the UC Berkeley report on sports and energy drinks titled “Hiding Under a Health Halo.” The report didn’t have much good to say about the popular electrolyte-having thirst quenchers, except that they may possess some benefits for adult athletes, but were usually consumed by and marketed to sedentary youngsters. The report also said that water was a superior form of hydration, which is pretty damaging considering that these drinks tout themselves on their ability to quench thirst more effectively then anything.

Peak Endurance is more closely related to traditional sports drinks than Red Rush, but it is leaps and bounds healthier than the store-bought brands. In that, Peak Endurance is healthy.

1. Peak Endurance has fewer calories and less sugar:

From the Report:

Although the amount of sugar in sports drinks is lower per volume than in soda, they still contribute a significant amount of sugar, ranging from 35 to 52 grams per bottle. The sugar content in sports drinks can be a significant source of calories in children’s diets and can therefore contribute to excess weight gain.

Peak Endurance has one gram of sugar and contains only 30 calories per serving.

 2. Peak Endurance has no artificial sweetners or ingredients. 

Low-calorie sports drinks often use sucralose and acesulfame in place of sugar. Both have been linked to alteration of hunger-signaling pathways, making the drinkers hungrier after ingestion. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to endothelium damage and is therefore bad for nitric oxide production, a molecule useful for sports performance.

 3. Peak Endurance Isn’t Marketed to Kids and Doesn’t Contribute to Childhood Obesity

Sports drinks have been roundly criticized for marketing to children and their possible contribution to childhood obesity.

Peak Endurance isn’t marketed to kids. We don’t recommend that children under 8 drink Peak Endurance at all. (They don’t need ATP. They got it already.)  On our label we suggest that children between the ages of eight and sixteen consume smaller servings. Also, Peak has fewer calories than store-bought sports drinks, less than even a cup of broccoli.

 4. Other sports drinks don’t have ATP or enough B vitamins.

ATP is the energy currency of the body. Like Red Rush, Peak Endurance provides natural energy without a crash or sugar buzz.

B-vitamins provide a boost to the metabolism as well as positively impacting athletic performance.

5. Reduced Sodium

Peak Endurance uses a reasonable amount of sodium to replace what is lost during sweating. Traditional sports drinks contain way too much sodium.

From the Report:

The sodium and potassium in sports drinks are designed to replenish losses that may occur during sweating. However, youth engaged in physical activity do not need the extra electrolytes contained in sports drinks since electrolytes are adequately provided by a well‐balanced diet (Schneider). Further, most youth do not engage in activity for prolonged periods in extreme heat conditions, the only situation that may indicate the need for extra electrolytes during activity (Unnitham & Goulopoulou, 2004). Excessive amounts of sodium, in particular, are typically ingested by both adults and children consuming the average American diet. The average sodium intake of children exceeds established upper limits that are based on concerns about the adverse effect that high sodium intake has on blood pressure, which is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular and renal disease