The ORGANIC Question

AIM offices around the world frequently receive the question as to whether or not AIM products are organic. The answer is interesting.

AIM products are grown under organic standards. For example, crops of barley grass are cultivated without the use of pes­ticides, herbicides or fungicides and involve other organic practices like crop rotation. As well, some of our ingredients are certified organic such as the seed oils in AIMega.

At the same time, AIM has not pursued organic certifications because it would greatly increase product prices. Besides, there is much more behind the scenes of organic certification.

According to agricultural scientist, Steve Savage, “… surveys of organic conducted by the USDA and by Canadian Food Inspection Agency found un-approved residues in at least 40 percent of samples 1.” In other words, organic certification does not require further testing for chemical residues of pesticides or herbicides.

The difference between an organic product and an AIM product is that once a field has been organically certified, prod­­ucts pro­duced from it are not tested to the standard that we test our products here at AIM. We take quality assurance to a new level, testing for the absence of more than 300 pesticides, herbicides and other chemical residues.

The testing does not end there. We also check for microbiological (bacteria) safety, heavy metals and several other nutritional markers. We also ensure the absence of residual cleaning solvents in over twenty-five different classes. These practices ensure only the highest quality of products for our Members.

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(Forbes online magazine)

RediBeets Being Tested in Clinical Trials

Clare Zamzow, PhD candidate at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, is using AIM’s RediBeets in an upcoming clinical trial at the college’s Human Performance Lab. The trial will test the effects of dietary nitrate on trained athletes during wingate trials.

A wingate trial, for those unfamiliar, is similar to riding a stationary bicycle. The experience, however, is much, much different. Prior to the test, the wingate is adjusted to a rider’s body weight. The participant hops on the apparatus and pedals, warming up for thirty seconds. At that point, the test subject is asked to pedal as hard and as fast as he or she can, but then the resistance—which is based on body weight—kicks in. It suddenly feels like you’re running through thick mud, each revolution of the pedal becoming slower and more cumbersome. A thirty-second trial becomes an eternity, a sixty-second trial, a nightmare.

Although the test is unpleasant for the participants, it’s a great way to measure maximum endurance and power output in a short amount of time. Each participant in the study is asked to participate twice in this study, once after drinking RediBeets and once after using a placebo drink. Then at the end of the study, Zamzow will compare the two time trials and look for significant statistical patterns in the data. Participants are also asked to test their dietary nitrate levels with Berkeley Test® Strips.

The AIM Companies™ has provided the RediBeets to the clinical trial. We are excited by the prospect of having our product used in advancement of science. The majority of studies on beet juice have shown positive results, i.e., beet juice improves athletic performance.

One other item of note: Red Rush was disallowed due to the concern that Red Rush’s great-tasting cherries and lemons could somehow interfere with the data collection. However, the results will still be applicable to Red Rush.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

NOTE: Since 1982, The AIM Companies™ (AIM) has been promoting health and providing economic opportunity with an unparalleled product line and a rewarding compensation plan. As a leader in the health and nutrition industry, AIM has pioneered green juice drinks and an assortment of whole-food concentrates while maintaining a consistent income source for its Member distributors.

Know Your PrepZymes Enzymes

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Digestive enzymes are these little proteins that act as biological catalysts that help the body convert food into stuff you can use, like energy or amino acids. They also facilitate the absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are fragile little guys.  Food, in its natural state, should contain enzymes. Because so much of today’s food is processed and/or cooked, we often don’t get the enzymes that we’re supposed to. That’s where PrepZymes comes in. One capsule provides your body with eight active enzymes to replace what’s been lost.

Here is a quick and handy guide to the possible benefits of digestive enzymes.

General enzyme benefits

Promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria

Transforms food into nutrients

Tissue repair

May improve digestive health by relieving symptoms of:

  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • flatulence
  • gas pain
  • stomach ache
  • constipation

May relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

May promote immune system strength

What The Enzymes Do and What They May Do 

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Protease I and Protease II (Proteolytic enzymes)

Proteolytic enzymes are commonly found in plants like papaya. These enzymes digest proteins and may help to reduce inflammation.

Studies have indicated that these enzymes may provide some relief from:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic Muscoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shingles
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pain from Surgery

Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

Lipase

Lipase breaks down fatty substances and plays an essential role in weight loss and weight maintenance.

Studies have indicated that lipase may provide assistance with the following conditions.

Souce: University of Maryland

Amylase

This enzyme helps the body break down and digest starch and may help with inflammation and bolstering the immune system.

Lactase

This enzyme breaks down lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. People who are lactose intolerant cannot break down lactose and lactase may help them do that.

Cellulase

Cellulase converts cellulose into beta-glucose, helping the body maintain a stable energy supply.

Maltase 

Maltase assists the body in the digestion of sugars and starches, converting them in into glucose, the body’s main energy source.

Invertase

Invertase allows the body to deconstruct table sugar/sucrose into its component parts: glucose and fructose (fruit sugar).  Both are used for energy.

Everything You Need to Know About Keeping AIM Products in the Freezer

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Due to their hygroscopic nature–the tendency to absorb water readily–some of our products ( especially RediBeets, CalciAIM and Peak Endurance) may become clumpy when the lids are not fastened tight enough or if they become directly exposed to moisture. This problem is greatest in areas of the globe where there is a lot of humidity.  The best and easiest way to circumvent this problem is by placing the products in the freezer. Modern freezers come equipped with a dehumidifier to keep out frost, making it an ideal place to store juice powders.

Putting your whole-food juice powder concentrates freezer does not kill the enzymes, nor does it denature them. It only slows their rates of operation. The only negative side effect of freezerbound storage is wrinkly labels.

5 Reasons Why Peak Endurance Is Better Than Regular Sports Drinks

Peak Endurance

 

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

Vitamin D Brightens Futures Like Sunshine

Vegetable Vitamin D Supplement

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.