AIM Products and Cardiovascular Health

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The Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system transports oxygen, nutrients, hormones and cellular waste and is comprised of the heart, blood and veins.  The term cardiovascular disease refers to a series of illnesses that can affect this system. Many health problems related to the cardiovascular system have been dubbed “lifestyle diseases” because they stem from bad habits such as a poor diet, a lack of exercise and other lifestyle choices.   Part of the problem starts when plaque begins to build up on the arterial walls. This is known as atherosclerosis.  From there, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and other conditions or illnesses can develop.  With proper nutrition and positive changes, a person should be able to correct these problems.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The body is unable to make omega-3 fatty acids, and they have to be obtained through food sources.  They are readily available through plant sources such as nuts and seeds. Recent research has suggested that plant-sourced omega-3 fatty acids are just as effective for promoting heart health as those from fish.

Studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids can

  • Lower risk of arrhythmia
  • Lower triglyceride levels
  • Lower growth rate of plaque
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Prevent inflammation or blood clots

Related Product: AIMega

Dietary Nitrate

Dietary nitrate found in leafy green vegetables, rhubarb and beets has been shown to promote the production of nitric oxide, a vasodilator that widens blood vessels. Multiple studies have shown that drinking beet juice regularly can lower blood pressure.  A recent study showed an 8/4 mmHg reduction in blood pressure, a 20% improvement in blood vessel dilation and a 10% reduction in arterial stiffness. Long-term beet juice consumption was shown to have positive effects on blood pressure, lasting for two weeks after cessation.

Related Products: Red Rush, RediBeets

Fiber

Many of fiber’s benefits will be covered in a Digestion Post, but fiber is also known for heart health.

Research suggests that fiber:

  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • And helps with weight management

Bear Paw Garlic

A unique wild garlic leaf supplement  that helps lower cholesterol and maintain healthy cardiovascular and blood pressure levels. Traditionally used to treat symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.

Current opinion states that the y-glutamyl peptides and ajoene result in an increase in the difference across the membrane of the vascular smooth muscle. This, in turn, results in a widening of blood vessels, which maintains healthy blood pressure. Adenosine helps increase blood vessel width and can also reduce platelet aggregation (blood stickiness).

Related Product: Bear Paw Garlic

CoQ10

CoQ10 is found in every human cell, helps the body convert food into energy and is a powerful antioxidant.  It also provides benefits for the cardiovascular system.  According to studies, COQ10 may play a role in lower cholesterol levels due to the fact that people with high cholesterol tend to have lower levels of CoQ10. Additionally, CoQ10 may improve endothelial function and one study found that long-term use showed significant improvements in blood pressure.

Related Product: CellSparc 360

AIM Products and Whole Body Nutrition: A Brief Overview

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Whole Body Nutrition

Food choices are the most important element of a healthy lifestyle.  A diet rich in whole-foods, in fresh foods, in real foods can impact our lives more than almost anything else. The problem is, most of us are eating processed foods, sweetened foods or foods loaded with artificial flavors and chemicals. It has become a pandemic. That’s why we all must make a conscious choice to stop clamoring for convenience and instead choose to nourish our bodies with nutrients and vitamins from healthy foods.

Macronutrients:  Proteins, along with fats, water and carbohydrates are all examples of macronutrients.  Although they may have a variety of functions, they are usually consumed in mass quantities and provide the body with the bulk of its energy.

Related Product: ProPeas
ProPeas contains 12 g of clean, vegan protein per serving.  Not only does protein provide energy, but it also assists in weight management by improving satiety, building lean muscle mass and enhancing the metabolism.

The Vitamins and Their Basic Roles

Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients. Vitamins are fat- or water-soluble compounds.  Minerals are inorganic and retain their chemical structure.   Traces amounts of these substances are needed for general well-being, development and growth.

  • Vitamin A: vision, immune system, reproduction. Assists with heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs.
  • Vitamin C: wound healing, immune system, antioxidant
  • Vitamin D: bone health, muscle health, immune system, nervous system
  • Vitamin E: antioxidant, immune system, blood flow, cell interaction
  • Vitamin K: blood clotting, bone health, blood flow
  • The B Vitamins are a diverse group of vitamins that assist a number of bodily functions. However, they are most well-known for their roles in brain and nervous system health, metabolism and cardiovascular health.

Related Products:

Vitamin A: Just Carrots, BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens

Vitamin C: BarleyLife Xtra, CalciAIM, Peak Endurance

Vitamin D: CalciAIM, Veggie D

Vitamin K: BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens

B Vitamins: Peak Endurance

List of Major Minerals and Their Basic Roles

Calcium: bone health, muscles, nervous system, blood flow, hormones, enzymatic reactions

Iron: blood production, moving oxygen throughout the body, hormones, connective tissues

Magnesium: muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, electrolyte regulation, blood pressure as well as making protein, bone, and DNA.

Potassium: electrolyte regulation, nerve function, muscle control, and blood pressure.

Related Products:

Calcium: CalciAIM

Iron: CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens

Magnesium: CalciAIM, Mag-nificence

Potassium: Red Rush, RediBeets

Fiber Linked to Decreased Risk of Diabetes in Large-Scale Study

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New research out of Europe has linked the increased consumption of cereal fiber to a reduced risk of diabetes. This isn’t the first time that scientists have found an inverse link between a high fiber diet and diabetes. However, the study–The EPIC-InterAct–is the world’s largest study of type 2 diabetes. Over 350,000 people participated in the 11-year study, including over 12,000 type-2 diabetes sufferers.

Recently, data collected from that study regarding fiber was analyzed and published in Diabetologia.  Those who consumed more than 26 grams of fiber per day were 18% less likely to develop diabetes when compared to people who only ingested 19 grams of fiber daily. Next, they pooled the information found in the EPIC-Interact study with 18 other studies worldwide and found that for every 10g increase in daily fiber, the risk of diabetes dropped by 9%. Amazingly, however, when they examined cereal fiber (fiber from grains, not fruits and vegetables) the risk of diabetes dropped by a whopping 25% for each 10g daily increase.

From Medical Xpress

 “Taken together, our results indicate that individuals with diets rich in fibre, in particular cereal fibre, may be at lower risk of type 2 diabetes. We are not certain why this might be, but potential mechanisms could include feeling physically full for longer, prolonged release of hormonal signals, slowed down nutrient absorption, or altered fermentation in the large intestine. All these mechanisms could lead to a lower BMI and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As well as helping keep weight down, dietary fibre may also affect diabetes risk by other mechanisms—for instance improving control of blood sugar and decreasing insulin peaks after meals, and increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin.”

Vitamin B12 Linked to Academic Performance

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I like to call B vitamins “nature’s rogues gallery of loosely related, chemically distinct, water-soluble organic compounds.” Yes. It’s a terrible nickname, but I have a lot of time on my hands. In general, B vitamins play a huge role in cognitive functioning and metabolism, so it may be of little surprise to hear that a study done in Bogota, Columbia and published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a lack of vitamin B12–unpopularly known as cobalamin–was linked to poor academic performance.

Students who were deficient in the vitamin nearly tripled their chances of repeating a grade and were almost twice as likely to miss school. The study also found that 15% were borderline B12-deficient and that 2% full-on were. The study also looked at other micronutrients but vitamin B12 was the only one connected to being held back a year.

From Medical Xpress

“Vitamin B12 is necessary for adequate brain development,” said Villamor, associate professor of epidemiology. “Deficiency very early in life or in old age has been linked to cognitive and behavioral problems, but it was not known whether it could be related to academic difficulties during school age. Grade repetition and school absenteeism are important outcomes because they predict school dropout and impair children’s options for educational advancement and development.”

 Peak Endurance contains 50% of your daily vitamin B12 needs.

Children ages 8-16 should mix two teaspoons (6 g) with 8 to 16 oz of water once daily. It is not recommended for kids under eight.

Vitamin K: Quick Facts Sheet

Health Benefits of Vitamin K

Vitamin K comes from leafy green vegetables and has been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, improve bone health, stop oxidative cell death, slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline, boost memory and play a significant role in blood clotting.

BarleyLife, Cocoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens and BarleyLife Xtra are all significant sources of Vitamin K.