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.

Magnesium May Help Prevent Hip Fractures

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The hips, they fracture. A lot of it has to do with the rigors of aging, but there are other factors.  Back in 2013, scientists in Norway decided to take a look at the relationship between magnesium and calcium in drinking water and the prevalence of hip fractures in the population of people who drank that water. Turns out, the more magnesium in the drinking water, the fewer fractured hips.

Although this probably doesn’t appear in its pamphlets for tourists, there are a lot of hip fractures in Norway, 9,000 per year one of the highest rates anywhere.  City-dwellers tend to break their perilous Norwegian hips more often than rural folk do, so scientists believed that this may have been due to the trace amounts of magnesium and calcium found in drinking water of rural areas. Turns out, they were wrong about almost everything. Their research could not explain why city folk fracture their hips more often than denizens of rural areas, and the amount of calcium didn’t seem affect anything hip-wise. (Some assume that because Norweigians eat a lot of dairy, they were already getting enough calcium). What they did discover was an inverse relation between hip fractures and the amount of magnesium in the water.

Researchers  followed over 700,000 men and women for a period of seven years and recorded around 19,000 hip fractures.  If the water was magnesium-rich in an area, the people drinking it were less to fracture their hips, regardless of where they lived. There isn’t a lot of magnesium in drinking water, but magnesium deficiency is quite widespread which may have also been a factor.

Here’s the data from the study abstract:

An inverse association was found between concentration of magnesium and risk of hip fracture in both genders (IRR men highest vs. lowest tertile = 0.80, 95% CI: 0.74, 0.87; IRR women highest vs. lowest tertile = 0.90, 95% CI: 0.85, 0.95), but no consistent association between calcium and hip fracture risk was observed. The highest tertile of urbanization degree (city), compared to the lowest (rural), was related to a 23 and 24% increase in hip fracture risk in men and women, respectively. The association between magnesium and hip fracture did not explain the variation in hip fracture risk between city and rural areas. Magnesium in drinking water may have a protective role against hip fractures; however this association should be further investigated.

Healthy hips need magnesium. The AIM Companies offers three types of topical magnesium (spray, lotion, bath crystals) through its essential Mag-nificence products. If you’re looking for a magnesium-rich drink with a pleasing taste, CalciAIM has 26% RDA of magnesium.

Painful Knee? Vitamin D!

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As we age, our joints can become creakier than a fleet of haunted pirate ships. They can also become subject to all sorts of unpleasant aches and pains. The knee is one of the body’s most useful joints,  often used to kick pesky soccer balls and to traverse winding staircases. So if you ever want to play soccer on the second floor of a building, you’re going to need your knees in tip-top shape. When the natural cushioning in the joints wears away, the bones will rub against each other. This uncomfortable condition that afflicts over 27 million people is known as osteoarthritis, and it may be somewhat preventable if a new USDA-sponsored study has anything to say about it.

The recent study looked at the lives of over 400 people with at least one osteoarthritic knee during a period of four years and found a link between vitamin D levels, the parathyroid hormone and osteoarthritis.  The volunteers with low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% greater chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy levels of the vitamin.  Those who had low levels of both the parathyroid hormone and vitamin D were three times as likely to see deterioration in comparison to someone with healthy levels of both.

The daily recommended dosage of vitamin D is 600 IUs. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of Americans don’t get enough vitamin D. But do not worry. The AIM Companies offers vitamin D in two different forms. Veggie D provides 1,000 IU of vitamin D2 from shittake and button mushroom. Also, we also carry CalciAim which provides 70% of your RDA of Vitamin D.