Low Vitamin D: High Rate of Cognitive Decline

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Vitamin D deficiency–alongside magnesium, potassium and folate to name just a few–is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies. You need vitamin D to absorb calcium for bone growth, and your muscles need it for movement; it helps nerves transmit messages and bolsters the immune system. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer,  autoimmune diseases and more. But a recent study out of UC Davis and Rutgers University has now linked vitamin D deficiency to an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

Published in JAMA Neurology,  the study looked at 400 ethnically diverse elderly men and women who lived along the same longitude. (People with olive skin and darker are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency due to higher levels of melanin in the skin). At the beginning  of the study, all participants were healthy or showed only slight signs of cognitive decline. They had their blood tested for vitamin D.  Twenty-six percent of the group was D deficient and thirty-six percent were vitamin D insufficient.

The researchers followed up with the group over the next five years. Those who suffered from insufficient levels of vitamin D experienced cognitive declines two-to-three times faster than those with adequate vitamin D levels.

From the Press Release:

“Independent of race or ethnicity, baseline cognitive abilities and a host of other risk factors, vitamin D insufficiency was associated with significantly faster declines in both episodic memory and executive function performance,” said Joshua Miller, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the time when the research was conducted and now professor and chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University.

The body mainly gets its vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. However, as humans have become more industrialized, we’ve tended to spend less time outdoors than our ancestors. This is probably why most of us are low on this all-too-important nutrient. The good news is that there is AIM’s CalciAIM. It contains 70% RDA of vitamin D alongside calcium, magnesium, copper and vitamin C.  It’s a great-tasting beverage that combos well with Herbal Fiberblend or Peak Endurance.

Vitamin K has also been linked to slower rates of cognitive decline. 

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.

The Best Day of My Life

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By Lorraine Grove, AIM Group Builder from Camrose, Alberta

My name is Lorraine S. Grove, and I have Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.). I was lying in bed fairly regular; the fatigue was really bad, no energy. My husband was doing all the cleaning, cooking, and laundry, and driving me wherever I wanted to go. I was too tired to do anything.

At this point I wasn’t sure what I was good for anymore. Depression was always around the corner. I could not take the M.S. medication; my body was not accepting it at all. I was on depression medication for many years prior to finding out about having M.S.

Then in January I met a very special lady named Melanie. She was a Member of The AIM Companies™. We got to talking about the health and wellness products, and it sounded very interesting, but I had tried so many different types of health and good-for-you stuff, so I wasn’t too interested at this time. But we did have an enjoyable time visiting.

Don, another person I knew, came by my home three days later with products in hand. “Would I please try these products?” he asked. The sincerity and kindness I saw in his eyes prompted me to say that yes, I would try them one last time. I signed up under Don that day to receive the products wholesale.

I can honestly say that day became the best day of my life. Within two days, I began getting results and feeling stronger. I no longer spend my days in bed watching TV.
First to leave was the heaviness, the fatigue. The walker nwas put back in the basement with the wheelchair. Neither is needed anymore.

Other things started changing as well, too many to put down on paper. A person doesn’t realize how out of whack you are or how truly ill you were until you put good nutrition back into your body. How many people are out there who think their bodies are okay the way they are when all it takes is a little time and effort to make your life even better?

I’m back in the kitchen cooking again. I’m driving my car again and doing my own laundry. My husband is still helping with the heavier stuff in the home, bless his heart. I still tire, but it’s a good tired.

I was only going to buy products for myself. I could not see me doing a business, but things just grow when you share a good thing. I now work two farmers markets, and I help at a third market once in awhile.

I have been taking these products for seven months now and have 19 people under me. When the word just gets around that the products are truly amazing, only great things can happen. The products I started on that changed my life: AIM BarleyLife®, AIM Just Carrots®, AIM RediBeets® (AIM Garden Trio®) AIM Herbal Fiberblend®, AIM Herbal Release®, and AIMega®.

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

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

Lance Pekus: The Red Rush-Fueled Cowboy Ninja

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If you’re a fan of the television show American Ninja Warrior, you may have seen AIM Member Lance Pekus aka the Cowboy Ninja in his iconic black cowboy hat and blue jeans, swinging from chains, leaping over water-filled pits or suspended in mid-air climbing an inverted ladder hand-over-hand.

Although Lance often competes in front of a worldwide audience, at heart he’s a downhome husband and father from Salmon, Idaho who works for the forest service and on his father-in-law’s cattle ranch. He literally is a cowboy. He even trains in a modified calving shed where he’s built small versions of the obstacles from the show. This was mostly out of necessity because when he started, the only obstacle course training facilities were in California or on the East Coast. His father-in-law told him that if he was serious about pursuing this dream, he should use the calving shed as it’s only really in use a few months out of the year.

Lance has been an athlete all his life. He wrestled in college and had always been active, but he was looking for something new and fun. He tried running a triathlon, but decided triathlons weren’t for him. He was at a friend’s house when he saw American Ninja Warrior and decided to give that a try. He qualified, and it’s grown from there.

Lance is best at the obstacles that require upper-body strength like the salmon ladder, which has one rung that competitors hang from and manipulate upward. In order to complete the obstacle, the competitors must use their upper body strength to force that rung—the same one they are suspended from–upward into the notch above until the bar rests in the highest notch possible. As you can imagine, this takes incredible strength and coordination. It also takes a whole lot of focus.

“A lot of the obstacles are mental. I know a lot of really strong competitors who can do the obstacles individually, but when you put them all together and you’re on TV, it can be tough. It’s best to focus on what’s right in front of you and not what’s coming up.

“The best thing about doing the American Ninja Warrior competition is that it’s about pushing your body. You see an obstacle and you think, ‘that’s impossible’ at first. But then you train and you adapt, and then you can achieve it, and then you go on and attempt harder ones,” he said.

He first heard about Red Rush and AIM when he joined his brother-in-law for the WOD for Warriors competition at AIM Member-owned Snake River CrossFit. Lance won the competition and the prize was a box of Red Rush.

“I tried it out and used it. I definitely saw some positive gains and decided to use it for competitions. I’ve never been a fan of energy drinks because they get me too hyped up and jittery. I didn’t get that from Red Rush. I felt relaxed and focused, and I felt like I had extra breath when I was out there on the obstacle course.”

O’Ferrall Pauly & Michelle Long Seven Million Dollar Club Inductees

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At the 2015 Scottsdale Conference, Chairman’s Club Directors O’Ferrall Pauly and Michelle Long were inducted into the Seven Million Dollar Club in a ceremony that also honored the life of the late Janet Pauly. AIM Senior Vice President and co-owner Ron Wright led with a moving speech about Janet Pauly and how she helped grow The AIM Companies™ during its early days. “Janet was dear to all of you,” he said. He recounted how Janet once went to Idaho to speak at a restaurant during a blizzard. Unable to attend the meeting due to the storm, Ron asked AIM President and co-owner Dennis Itami to film the presentation. He did, and the video became a pre-Internet viral sensation, passed from person to person on video tape. “Janet Pauly was friends to us all and loved by all of us,” Ron said. “She was the real beginning of The AIM Companies.”

Instead of using a wheelchair ramp to get on stage, O’Ferrall quaffed a Red Rush™, rose from his motorized wheelchair, proclaimed that he “didn’t need the scooter,” climbed the ramp and walked the length of the stage unaided. The audience laughed and cheered.

Royal Emerald Director Jann Abrams, a hospice nurse and a close friend of Janet Pauly, described Janet’s lifetime battle with various illnesses, their friendship and how BarleyLife® helped strengthen Janet’s immune system. “AIM’s a better company because Janet was a part of it, and the world is a better place. She was compassionate, unselfish and always looking to help people,” Jann said.

Royal Emerald Director Opal Wright (wife of co-owner Ron Wright), also close to Janet, described her as a comedian, a great speaker and very relaxed. “I feel her spirit is here among all of you, and she’d be so proud to see you here.”

O’Ferrall Pauly and Michelle Long gave their acceptance speeches: “I’ve shed tears of joy,” O’Ferrall said. “Thirty years ago, this year, Janet and I attended our first AIM conference. It was held in Lake Tahoe. We drove all the way from Texas. AIM announced their first car contest. Janet and I looked at each other because we needed a new car, and we tried to figure out how to achieve that goal. It lit a fire under us. The next year, we won the car, and were able to win a couple more cars over the years. It was a lot of fun. We met a lot of wonderful people. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your words to me and about my family.”

“On behalf of my mother,” Michelle said, “I would like to thank her upline, downline, Dennis, Kay, Opal and Ron. For those of you who knew my mother, you would know that she was not about the money. Tonight would make her very uncomfortable. Just to show you just how much AIM is in my blood, my son was born twenty years ago next month, the first day of the AIM San Francisco Conference. Mom was supposed to be the keynote speaker, but she kept postponing her flight so she could have more time with her grandson. She then flew to the Conference, didn’t even change her clothes, just walked up on stage and said ‘I’m a grandma.’ Thank you for all your love. I’m very proud to be a secondgeneration AIM Member. We will continue to drive the line.”

School Years, Healthy Years

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It’s that time of year again: back-to-school. Whether you have children in elementary or high school or in college, AIM supplemental nutrition can help maintain their health and boost brain power for scholastic success.

As much as educational institutions are a source of knowledge and a means of advancement in life, schools are also a breeding ground for colds, flus, infections, etc. Whatever you can do to support a child’s immune system will go a long way in making school years healthy years.

For younger children, AIM BarleyLife® Xtra and AIM CoCoa LeafGreens™ Sample Packs are convenient ways for parents to give them a nutritional edge for body and mind.

BarleyLife® Xtra delivers the super nutritional, immune-boosting benefits of barley grass juice concentrate along with the sweet “Xtra” taste and nutrition from eighteen fruit and vegetable powders. Even young children can use the AIM Blender Bottle by adding water and a packet of powder and shaking up a nutritious green drink.

The same can be said for blending packets of CoCoa LeafGreens, which provide three types of calming, brain-boosting cocoa. A calm, focused mind is what every student
needs for academic growth. In 2013, the American Botanical Council published a study that determined cocoa contains polyphenolic compounds that not only enhance calmness, but also increase blood flow to the brain, improving cognition. And CoCoa LeafGreens also delivers nourishing greens, so students can enjoy a cocoa-licious drink that’s good for them.

For older students, initial forays into independence usually include a nutritional drop-off. Fast foods, incomplete meals and soft drinks can eventually take a toll even on the healthiest young people. Getting their three Daily Essentials is a priority to avoid sliding down the slippery slope into poor health. Greens, fiber and essential fatty acids (EFAs) are daily necessities, and the Daily Essentials Starter Pack provides all three in convenient capsule form.

  • AIM BarleyLife® for greens that ensure a quality source of natural nutrients
  • AIM Herbal Fiberblend® for fiber and herbs that cleanse and keep a body regular
  • AIMega® for EFAs that the body requires for healthy cell replication and performance

Packing a weekly supply in supplement cases ensures that busy students always have Nutrition that Works! on hand for healthy learning.