It’s hard to find fault with green, leafy vegetables these days. Besides for containing lots of dietary nitrate, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber among other things, they also have a compound called thylakoids. A thylakoid is “a membrane-bound compartment inside chloroplasts (cell-food producers) and cyanobacteria (bacteria like blue-green algae that gets energy through photosynthesis).” New research has shown that thylakoids may help with weight loss and/or weight management through appetite suppression.
A study published at the beginning of June in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition strengthens the case for weight-loss benefits of thylakoids. In the study, they looked at sixty obese and overweight individuals. Some were given five grams of spinach extract and others were given a placebo. Blood was drawn at various times to assess cholesterol, glucose, etc. Four hours after lunch, participants were shown images of foods and took a survey to gauge hunger. Finally, they were offered Tombstone pizzas and were told to eat as much as they liked. Those who had taken the spinach extract saw a two-hour reduction in their hunger levels after thylakoid consumption.
This isn’t the first study that links thylakoids to weight loss. Research published in the October 2014 issue of Appetite was the first human study.
In this study we demonstrated for the first time that green-plant membranes, when added to the diet daily for three months, markedly reduced body weight in overweight women. In addition, total and LDL-cholesterol levels were reduced compared to control. These findings are supported by animal studies, where body weight loss and blood lipid lowering effects have been observed (Kohnke et al, 2009 and Montelius et al, 2013).
The AIM Companies has several products–BarleyLife, CoCoa LeafGreens, BarleyLife Xtra–that contain leafy green vegetables but the most notable is Leaf Greens, a product that will be getting a new formulation soon, making it leafier and greener. It will contain several heavy hitter from the leafy green vegetable kingdom: kale, chard, arugula and spinach. And besides for being excellent sources of folate, vitamin K and carotenoids, it seems that it may aid in appetite suppression as well.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is something that most of us would prefer for aesthetic purposes alone. Being fit and trim helps boost confidence and can dramatically improve your day-to-day life on a very functional level. However, being overweight has been linked to dozens of health problems. Therefore, weight loss and weight maintenance should have more than a skin-deep appeal to everyone.
Dangers of Being Overweight
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and strokes
- Certain types of cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Fatty liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Pregnancy problems
- Gallbladder disease
Benefits of a Healthy Weight
- More energetic
- Stronger immune system
- Relives tension on back and joints
Fit ‘n fiber, Herbal Fiberblend: Fiber is low in calories and helps improve satiety. Controls appetite. Helps regulate blood sugar.
GlucoChrom : Increases the effective actions of insulin and helps the body to maintain carbohydrates. (With diet and exercise).
ProPeas: Boosts metabolism, provides feeling of fullness, increases lean muscle mass (with exercise).
Magnesium is probably the most important nutrient that you’re deficient or nearly deficient in. If you’re an American, there is a three-in-four chance that you’re not getting your recommended daily allowance. This is why magnesium deficiency has been dubbed the “invisible deficiency.” Considering that magnesium is involved in hundreds and hundreds of reactions in the body—including nerve and muscle function, keeping your heartbeat steady, a strong immune system, aiding in the production of energy, helping to regulate blood glucose levels and many, many more—it is unclear why most people aren’t looking for ways to increase their magnesium intake.
Symptoms of Minor Magnesium Deficiency
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Magnesium Deficiency
- Muscle contractions
- Personality changes
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Coronary spasms
- Low-serum potassium or calcium levels
Benefits of Magnesium
Studies have shown that magnesium, along with conventional treatment, may aid with:
- Noise-related hearing loss
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Restless leg syndrome
There are several benefits to using a topical magnesium supplement like Mag-nificence Spray, Lotion and Bath Crystals. First, transdermal magnesium bypasses the stomach problems many people suffer after taking oral magnesium. Secondly, you can specifically target troubled areas, and finally, many experts believe that the body absorbs topical magnesium more efficiently because it bypasses the digestive system and goes right into the bloodstream.
The Digestive System
The main function of the digestive system is to break down food into smaller bits so that the nutrients can be absorbed by the body and converted into energy. Its secondary role is to remove the waste leftover from the conversion process.
The average person gets only 15 grams of fiber a day. The American Heart Association recommended amount of fiber is 20-35 grams per day. Research has shown that people with high-fiber diets increase their survival rates by 22%.
Fiber comes exclusively from plants, and there are two types of fiber: Soluble and insoluble. Although both are necessary, soluble breaks down in water and insoluble does not.
Insoluble fiber can absorb water and keep you fuller, longer and can help make waste easier to pass. Some soluble fibers work as prebiotics.
Symptoms of low fiber intake include weight gain, constipation, blood sugar fluctuations and fatigue. Fiber also helps control cholesterol levels and may improve mineral absorption.
Studies have shown that fiber may prevent diverticulitis, reduce the risk of first-time stroke by 7% and help your body remove the carcinogens in cooked meat.
Related Products: fit ‘n fiber, Herbal Fiberblend
Digestive enzymes are proteins that act as biological catalysts that help the body convert food into usable stuff like energy or amino acids. They also facilitate the absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are fragile things. 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.
Digestive enzymes may help with or relieve symptoms of:
- Promoting growth of beneficial gut bacteria
- Transforming food into nutrients
- Tissue repair
- Gas pain
- Stomach ache
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Immune system health
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Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and have been used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins, pathogen protection, aiding our immune systems and disarming toxic compounds.
A thriving and healthy gut microbiome can be thrown off kilter by relatively common things: stress, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, artificial sweeteners, antacids, antibiotics, toxins and individual digestion problems.
Probiotics may help with or relieve the symptoms of:
- Infectious diarrhea
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- Digestion problems following or caused by antibiotic use
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Intestinal infections
- Immune system health
- Yeast infections and urinary tract infections
- Atopic eczema
- Respiratory tract infections in children
- Tooth decay
Related Product: FloraFood
As a sub-section of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system—composed of the spleen, thymus, bone marrow and lymph nodes—acts a filter for interstitial fluid. Sixteen percent of your body weight is comprised of this fluid. It provides the cells a method of receiving nutrients and removing waste.
The lymphatic system cleans the fluid and returns it to use. As a central part of the immune system, the lymphatic system removes pathogens and toxins, generating antibodies for bacteria and viruses in the lymph nodes.
This system also plays a huge role in digestion because lipids—molecules such as fats, fat-soluble vitamins, etc—are also transported by the lymph fluid.
Herbal Release provides a unique blend of herbs that target the various mechanisms of the lymphatic system for improved digestion and overall health. Thirty minutes after ingestion, our time-release capsules ensure delivery directly to the intestines. This product has been known to provide a gentle laxative effect.
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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
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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
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).
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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
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.
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.
Iron: CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens
Magnesium: CalciAIM, Mag-nificence
Potassium: Red Rush, RediBeets