The Inflammatory Core of Arthritis

People suffering with arthritis have a great need to cool the inflammation associated with pain and stiffness. Arthritis is just one of many diseases with the suffix -itis, which indicates an inflammatory condition.

Osteoarthritis—the degeneration of joint cartilage and underlying bone—is the most common type. Although this chronic disease has been classified as non-inflammatory by the medical community, research published in 2013 shows inflammation plays a role in this debilitating disease that, in effect, can turn an affected joint into a chronic wound1. One of the article’s headings says it all:

Chronic, low-grade inflammation sets the stage for chronic disease

The AIM solution is ‘Nutrition that works’ at the source of joint pain, providing support that can reduce inflammation and help the body to repair cells.

Joint Relief with Frame Essentials

The synergistic effects of glucosamine, boswellia and MSM in Frame Essentials work wonders in relieving joint pain and providing nutrients to help soothe inflammation, relieve osteoarthritic pain and support joint health.

Inflammation Reduction with BarleyLife

By alkalinizing an acidic system, AIM BarleyLife® keeps disease-inducing inflammation at bay. The best action for preventing inflammation throughout the body is to take these nutrient-rich greens daily.

Cellular Overhaul with AIMega

The omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) in AIMega® provide the good fats required to build and maintain healthy cells on a daily basis. Two of the numerous benefits of omega-3 are reducing inflammation and helping to lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

To get results, the body needs support on a daily basis. The positive impact of all three nutritional supplements working together can have a healing effect on a body ravaged by arthritis.

According to Dr. Michael Greger (NutritionFacts.org), “The best kept secret in medicine is that, given the right conditions, the body heals itself … the power of nutrition as medicine may be the best investment we can make.”

AIM has never kept any of this a secret.

1 http://bit.ly/2Inflammatory

Nutritional Supplements Are Cost Effective, Research Finds

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If you’ve been a long-standing BarleyLife drinker, it might be a good time to pat yourself on the back.  Sure, drinking BarrleyLife has improved your nutrition, and that in turn, has likely enhanced your overall health, but it looks like all those green smoothies may have saved you some money as well. A study published in Clinical Nutrition took a look at the cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements used in care facilities and nursing homes, and what they discovered was that taking non-disease specific nutritional supplements may save money by offsetting healthcare costs.

The researchers sifted through a huge body of evidence that spanned nineteen publications and dozens of articles on the cost and cost-effectiveness of supplement usage in care facilities.  When nutritional supplements were used for a period of  less than three months, there was a 5% reduction in healthcare costs. When supplements were used for longer than three months, the savings rose to 9.2%. The research also showed that supplements improved quality of life, lowered the rates of infections, falls, functional limitations and minor post-operative complications.

From the study:

Overall, the reviewed studies, mostly based on retrospective cost analyses, indicate that ONS (oral nutritional supplements) use in the community produce an overall cost advantage or near neutral balance, often in association with clinically relevant outcomes, suggesting cost effectiveness. There is a need for prospective studies designed to examine primary economic outcomes.

So invest in your health with AIM’s excellent line of nutritional supplements! You’ll be glad that you did.

Oligofructose May Aid in Weight Management

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A study out of a Canada published in Obesity journal found that oligofructose (aka fructooligosaccharide), a prebiotic fiber commonly found in food sources like chicory, onion and oat, may aid in weight management. The researchers put two groups of rats on a strict high-fat, high-sugar diet, but one faction was also fed oligofructose, and guess what? Even though both rat packs were chowing down on unhealthy amounts of fatty and sugary foodstuffs, the oligofructose-munching rats gained one-third less weight than those bloated rats not given supplements.

The scientists believe that oligofructose has prebiotic qualities that helped to control the rats’ hunger-inducing hormones. Additionally, the study shows that the composition of the rat-gut microbiomes affected by the prebiotics bore a closer resemblance to the gut biome of a healthy, lean creature.  This is not the first study on oligofructose and weight loss. In 2009, research on humans found that adults who supplemented with oligofructose lost about one kilogram (2.2 pounds), on average, over the course of 12 weeks.

Source:  Medical Xpress

BarleyLife Xtra has about a half-gram of oligofructose from chicory in every serving.

Vitamin A: What It Can Do For You


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Vitamin A kicks off the alphabet of vitaminery with a bang. If you’re a carrot (203% of vitamin A per serving) fan, you know that vitamin A is the good-vision vitamin. That’s because it helps protect the cornea and has been linked to preventing, impairing or reducing several eye-related health concerns: dry eye, superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt’s disease, cataracts and recovery after laser eye surgery. Furthermore, vitamin A helps you see better in low lightand a deficiency of vitamin A can impair your peripheral vision. It also helps the development of the eyes in fetuses.

Vitamin A for the Immune System

Vitamin A helps boost your immune system by bolstering your entry points, specifically your respiratory tract and mucous membranes.

From Harvard School of Public Health

Vitamin A. Experts have long known that vitamin A plays a role in infection and maintaining mucosal surfaces by influencing certain subcategories of T cells and B cells and cytokines. Vitamin A deficiency is associated with impaired immunity and increased risk of infectious disease. On the other hand, according to one study, supplementation in the absence of a deficiency didn’t enhance or suppress T cell immunity in a group of healthy seniors.

Vitamin A for Healthy Skin

Vitamin A has been linked to healthy skin. It’s currently under investigation for its ability to reduce wrinkles caused by the aging process. It’s also been used to treat acne, repair sun and other damage, maintain healthy skin and relieve psoriasis a bit.

Vitamin A for Teeth and Gums

Vitamin A has bone-boosting properties which can strengthen the old chompers and because of its relationship with the mucous membranes, vitamin A is good for the gums, too. So the next time you see your dentist and you’ve got a healthy smile, it could be because you’re getting enough vitamin A in your diet.

Vitamin A For Breast Cancer and Stabilization

Vitamin A has been linked to lower rates of breast cancer and has been found to be helpful reducing complications in the following illnesses: malaria, HIV and measles

Vitamin A for Reproduction

Vitamin A is vital for the continuation of the species as it helps the male and female reproductive systems as well as embryonic development, especially the development of a healthy nervous system.

Vitamin A From Vegetable Sources is Safer Than Supplements or Meats

Vitamin A from plant food is completely safe. Fun fact, if you eat a polar bear liver, you will die. It’s because there is so much vitamin A in the liver of a polar bear that it will literally kill you. So if you’re eating polar bear on the tundra one day, skip the liver if you want to continue your harsh, tundrabound existence. Plants contain beta carotene. The body converts what it needs from that and throws the rest out. That’s why people aren’t dying from carrot overdoses.

Vitamin D Brightens Futures Like Sunshine

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There have been two big stories about vitamin D in the news this week. And besides for magnesium–which plays a huge role in vitamin D production, function and use–Vitamin D may be the most overlooked nutrient.  Seventy-five percent of American adults and teenagers don’t get enough of it.  I believe that people take it for granted that they get enough sunlight when they actually don’t. (Our ancestors probably spent a lot more time outdoors than modern man).

The first story came from a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and it found that children and teens who didn’t get enough vitamin D were at greater risk as adults (25 years later) for atherosclerosis, an affliction where plaque builds up in the arteries and may cause heart attack, stroke, etc.  Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem among children worldwide.

The second story comes from the American Stroke Association’s Conference. At that event, doctors presented a paper that showed that people who suffered a stroke were more likely to have more severe strokes later if they had low vitamin D levels. (30 nanograms per milliliter or lower).

Other findings included:

1. Patients with low Vit D levels had twice the dead tissue from blood supply obstruction than those who had sufficient amounts.

2. The findings were similar for both lacunar and non-lacunar strokes.

3. Medical News Today:

For each 10 ng/mL reduction in vitamin D level, the chance for healthy recovery in the three months following stroke decreased by almost half, regardless of the patient’s age or initial stroke severity.

Vitamin D seems to be a good predictor of future health. We have it in two forms.

Citrus-flavored CalciAIM supplement and in convenient, mushroom-sourced Veggie D caplets.

A Healthy Diet a Day May Keep COPD at Bay

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Recently, they did a study that found beet juice may be able to help people who suffer COPD increase their ability to exercise.  In the lab trials, those who imbibed beetroot juice saw a significant increase in mobility.However, it turns out that beet juice is just the tip of the food pyramid when it comes to COPD.

Researchers assessed the lives of nearly 100,000 people–about 66% women–during a span of nearly twenty years and found that a healthy diet seemed to cut the risk of COPD by one third. As defined by the research, a healthy diet was one that included lots of vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, nuts and omega-3 fatty acids and contained low to moderate amounts of refined grains, red and processed meats, sugary drinks and alcohol. BMI, age and ethnicity did not seem to be factors. The researchers cite antioxidant activity as the source of the possible health benefits.

Medical News Today 

As the lungs exist in a high oxygen environment, it is reasonable to posit that certain exposures (and local inflammation) can further increase the burden of oxidants,” they note. “The balance between these potentially toxic substances and the protective actions of antioxidant defenses, including those derived from diet, may play a role in the loss of lung function over time and the eventual development of COPD.”

 

Vitamin A Deficiency May Play Huge Role in Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes has been called the scourge of the American public because nearly ten percent of the population suffers from it. That’s one million people altogether. It’s the seventh leading cause of death, and there is no cure.

A recent study at Weill Cornell Medical College may shed some new light on this problem.  Scientists there looked at mice who weren’t getting enough vitamin A and found that this dearth coincided with the death of pancreatic beta cells. Beta cells produce insulin which regulates sugar.

Diabetes, of course, is a metabolic disease that hinders the body’s ability to create insulin.  So what’s the connection to vitamin A? Well, they don’t quite know yet. This is a brand-new discovery

From Weill Cornell Medical College

“How the removal of vitamin A causes the death of the beta cells that make insulin in the pancreas is an important question we want to answer. These beta cells in the pancreas are exquisitely sensitive to the dietary removal of vitamin A. No one has found that before.”

Just Carrots contains 420% of your daily vitamin A needs. So drink your veggies and get your vitamins.