Ever wonder which AIM Product that you’re most like? Why not take the Which AIM Product Are You Quiz? It’s just for fun, so don’t take it too seriously.
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Ever wonder which AIM Product that you’re most like? Why not take the Which AIM Product Are You Quiz? It’s just for fun, so don’t take it too seriously.
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Type 2 diabetes has been called the scourge of the American public because nearly ten percent of the population suffers from it. That’s one million people altogether. It’s the seventh leading cause of death, and there is no cure.
A recent study at Weill Cornell Medical College may shed some new light on this problem. Scientists there looked at mice who weren’t getting enough vitamin A and found that this dearth coincided with the death of pancreatic beta cells. Beta cells produce insulin which regulates sugar.
Diabetes, of course, is a metabolic disease that hinders the body’s ability to create insulin. So what’s the connection to vitamin A? Well, they don’t quite know yet. This is a brand-new discovery
“How the removal of vitamin A causes the death of the beta cells that make insulin in the pancreas is an important question we want to answer. These beta cells in the pancreas are exquisitely sensitive to the dietary removal of vitamin A. No one has found that before.”
Just Carrots contains 420% of your daily vitamin A needs. So drink your veggies and get your vitamins.
The next time somebody tries to tell you whey protein is better than pea protein for building muscle, you can officially tell them to go “a-whey.” Because a new study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that pea protein is every bit as effective as whey for making those mad #gainz.
The study looked at 160 males ages 18-35 who underwent resistance training. One third used pea protein, one third took whey and the final group consumed a placebo. The poor guys in the placebo group saw the least amount of muscle growth. There was no difference in muscle growth or strength between the whey and pea groups. The study pointed out that since there was no practical difference in regards to muscle mass between the two, pea protein was an optimum alternative for those who suffer from whey allergies. Also, it’s vegan.
I think that we should point out that The AIM Companies sells pea protein. It’s called ProPeas, and it tastes just great.
Dan and Shannon Nichols won the Outstanding Member(s) of the Month Award for their work in December. Their achievement will be noted in the March Issue of Living Well Magazine. The BarleyLife Blog recently had the opportunity to communicate with Dan Nichols.
BarleyLife: What Do You Do for a Living?
Dan Nichols: I am a church planting pastor (been in the ministry for many years) and am pursuing professional certification in life/leadership coaching.
My wife, Shannon, formerly taught math on the college and high school level, but for several years now has pursued an even higher calling… home schooling our children!
BL: Where are you from?
DN: We live in SC, but my wife and I both grew up in North Carolina
BL: Tell us about your family, your pets, your hobbies, etc.?
DN: We have 4 children, 3 girls (14, 11, and 5) and 1 boy (9). They are indeed a blessing! We are seeking to pursue Christ in all things, and to raise up our children to be godly adults who shine the light of Christ in the world around them. As a family we enjoy playing music, getting outdoors, exercising in a variety of ways, playing games together, and just simply being together as a family and with other families.
BL: How and when did you get into AIM?
DN: We got into AIM last March (10 months ago). My wife and I had a personal consultation with Lere’ Robinson (Star Sapphire Director), specifically about the allergies and symptoms that one of our children was experiencing. Lere’ recommended BarleyLife, and after a couple of months of using it, her allergies (and mine too) almost completely went away! We were sold!
BL: What are Your Favorite AIM Products?
BarleyLife, Peak Endurance, ProPeas, and Herbal Fiberblend are our major ones. But we’ve also seen much success with Prepzymes, Flora Food, Composure, and Mag-nificence. We enjoy Cocoa LeafGreens as an added delicious bonus every once in a while!
BL: What is your preferred method of building your business?
Well, there are three ways really, and they’re all combined.
1) Giving the business to the Lord is primary. Unless He builds it we labor in vain, says Scripture. So depending on Him is key.
2) Concerning our part, our labor… help from our “upline” has made all the difference in the world. Lere’ Robinson has been absolutely fantastic and selfless in helping us get going. She has come to our town and done monthly health seminars, which we organized in partnership with other AIM-using families in town.
3) The other key is developing personal relationships with people and simply “walking a road with them,” as Lere’ says. It’s one thing to tell them about the products. It’s another thing altogether to help them use it, see success, and continue using products to bring them greater health!
BL: What is your favorite AIM success story so far?
DN: Two: The first one is my daughter’s “victory” over allergies. That has been wonderful to see! The second has been a family in our church. One of their daughters had great struggles with allergies and asthmaf or many years, but then after using the products (specifically starting with BarleyLife), those have gone away almost completely! And now this young person (mid-teens) is enthusiastically spreading the word about AIM and good health!
BL:What is your advice for anyone trying to win Member of the Month next month?
DN: Bottom line, here’s what I would pass on (and what we’re going to continue to try to do)… 1) Continue to pray and give it over to the Lord.
2) Get to know the products.
And 3) develop relationships. In the process of doing these, what we’ve found is that in developing relationships, a trust and credibility (as well as a genuine concern) has developed. And then as we know the products, we begin to learn how this helps the people with whom we have relationships! As well, we continue to go to Lere’ (our “upline”) and get advice and information on how to handle certain situations. Again, she’s been a tremendous help! And AIM, the datasheets, the webinars, etc have all been helpful as well in learning the products and helping us to help others.
Product testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.
CalciAIM contains calcium lactate, calcium gluconate and calcium carbonate.
•Calcium lactate is a soluble form of calcium that is bioavailable throughout the entire digestive tract.
•Calcium gluconate is a highly soluble form of calcium that inhibits kidney stone formation and stimulates bifidobacteria in the intestine, which enhances the absorption of calcium.
•Calcium carbonate has been found to reduce the reoccurrence of colon cancer in animal studies
The Physician’s Desk Reference states: “The average person can only absorb 20% of calcium from tablets and 30% from capsules. Solubilized in a beverage, calcium powder provides approximately 98% of its bioavailable elemental calcium to the body.”
By combining calcium lactate, gluconate or carbonate with water and acids we create ionic calcium.
•Ca++ = ionic calcium
•Ionic calcium is a calcium ion with two additional electrons
Only when calcium is in its ionic form can it be properly absorbed by the body
CalciAIM can also Alkalize
•Potential Renal Acid Load, or PRAL.
– It uses a formula to convert the protein and select minerals of a food into a PRAL value.
– Acidifying foods have a positive PRAL value and alkalizing foods have a negative PRAL value.
– Higher protein and phosphorous contributes to increased acid in the blood. – – – Higher potassium, magnesium and calcium result in decreased acid in the blood.
Q: Can I take other products in conjunction with CalciAIM?
A: Yes. CalciAIM can be mixed with all AIM products. The vitamin K1 content in BarleyLife and LeafGreens complements CalciAIM and may lessen the risks associated with calcium deficiency. Combining CalciAIM with Veggie D Capsules significant about of vitamin D. CalciAIM and Peak Endurance taste great when mixed together. Although CalciAIM is mildly acidic, it can be mixed with BarleyLife because the combination of both products is less acidic than your stomach. High-fiber beverages like Herbal Fiberblend will slow the rate of calcium absorption, but both products will still provide benefits.
Q: Is there anyone who should not use CalciAIM?
A: This product is not recommended for those under the age of 4 and those on calcium-restricted diets based on heart disease medications. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if pregnant, nursing, or taking medications.
materials by Phil Jermann
As we age the water content of the cartilage decreases as a result the cartilage becomes less resilient.
•Inflammation surrounding the joint can occur.
•The inflammation is usually the result of the cartilage breakdown which is released into the synovial space.
Osteoarthritis can also be caused by other factors such as:
•Obesity (1 lbs of weight loss = nearly 4 lbs of stress relief on the knees).
•Infection of the joint
Osteoarthritis signs and symptoms:
•Pain – during or after movement
•Tenderness – when you apply light pressure
•Stiffness – in the morning or after a period of inactivity
•Loss of flexibility – loss of full range of motion
•Grating sensation – hear or feel when using the joint
•Bone spurs – hard lumps, form around the affected joint
–Sulfate (shrimp shell)
–Hydrochloride (shrimp shell)
A study published in 2009 in Current Therapeutic Research on the use of oral glucosamine sulfate.
–Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of glucosamine sulfate (GS) in the treatment of knee OA.
–Results: Patient demographics were similar in the GS and placebo groups. Of 60 patients, 56 completed the study. Statistically significant improvements in knee OA were observed, as measured by differences in resting pain at weeks 8, 12, and 16 and in pain during movement at weeks 12 and 16. Drug consumption was lower in the GS group than the placebo group at weeks 8, 12, 16, and 20.
–Conclusions: GS 1500 mg for 12 weeks was associated with statistically significant reductions in pain and improvements in functioning, with decreased pain-relieving consumption, compared with baseline and placebo in these patients with knee OA. A carryover effect was detected after treatment ended.
A study published in 2008 on the use of oral glucosamine hydrochloride
–Objective: To evaluate the results of glucosamine hydrochloride in the treatment of knee degenerative osteoarthritis (DOA).
–Results: The ages of patients ranged from 41 to 67 years with an average age of 57.5 years. The disease course ranged from 6 months to 3 years. Oral glucosamine hydrochloride was given twice a day, each 750 mg, for a 6-week course of treatment; another course of treatment was repeated after 4 months All 60 patients finished treatment, various clinical symptoms for DOA disappeared completely in 31 cases and subsided in 27 cases; the cure rate was 51.7% and the total response rate was 96.7%.
–Conclusion: Glucosamine hydrochloride can benefit knee DOA with symptom-relieving and joint function-improving action.
–Boswellia serrata tree
–65% Boswellic Acid
A study published in 2008 in Arthritis Research & Therapy on the use of oral Boswellia extract.
–Introduction: A 90-day, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Boswellia extract (30% boswellic acid) in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
–Methods: Seventy-five OA patients were included in the study. The patients received either 100 mg (n = 25) or 250 mg (n =25) of Boswellia extract daily or a placebo (n = 25) for 90 days. Each patient was evaluated for pain and physical functions by using the standard tools.
–Results: At the end of the study, both doses of Boswellia extract conferred clinically and statistically significant improvements in pain scores and physical function scores in OA patients. Interestingly, significant improvements in pain score and functional ability were recorded in the treatment group supplemented with 250 mg Boswellia extract as early as 7 days after the start of treatment.
–Conclusion: Boswellia extract reduces pain and improves physical functioning significantly in OA patients. Boswellia extract may exert its beneficial effects by controlling inflammatory responses through reducing pro-inflammatory modulators, and it may improve joint health by reducing the enzymatic degradation of cartilage in OA patients.
–Biologically-active mineral sulfur
–Passes through cellular membranes of the body.
–It dilates blood vessels (vasodilation) and increases blood flow.
–Reduces muscle spasm. Injury or inflammation commonly cause spasm in a muscle or group of muscles. Spasm involves a sudden contraction, which is followed by pain and interference with function. MSM taken orally produces a muscle-relaxing effect.
–Alters the cross-linking process in collagen, thus reducing scar tissue. Cross-linking is the process in which new structural proteins are knitted to existing healthy tissue.
–It has an immune normalizing effect, as observed in some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
–Provides sulfur which is needed for the structural integrity of joint cartilage and connective tissue.
–AIM’s MSM has been shown in research to inhibit inflammation by decreasing influx of certain white blood cells.
–Reduced inflammation increases circulation to aid recovery of sore muscles.
A study published in 2006 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage on the use of oral methylsulfonylmethane.
-Methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted. Fifty men and women, 40-76 years of age with knee OA pain were enrolled in an outpatient medical center. Intervention was MSM 3 g or placebo twice a day for 12 weeks (6 g/day total).
-Results: Compared to placebo, MSM produced significant decreases in osteoarthritis pain and physical function impairment. MSM also produced improvement in performing activities of daily living when compared to placebo on overall health-relate quality of life evaluation.
-Conclusion: MSM (3 g twice a day) improved symptoms of pain and physical function during the short intervention without major adverse events.
MSM / Glucosamine
A study published in 2004 in Clinical Drug Investigation on the use of oral glucosamine and methylsulfonylmethane.
•Objective: The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy and safety of oral glucosamine (Glu), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), their combination and placebo in osteoarthritis of the knee.
•Patients and design: A total of 118 patients of either sex with mild to moderate osteoarthritis were included in the study and randomised to receive either Glu 500mg, MSM 500mg, Glu and MSM or placebo capsules three times daily for 12 weeks.
•Results: Glu, MSM and their combination significantly improved signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis compared with placebo. The combination treatment resulted in a more significant decrease in the mean pain index. After 12 weeks, the mean swelling index significantly decreased with Glu and MSM, while the decrease in swelling index with combination therapy was greater after 12 weeks.
•Conclusion: Glu, MSM and their combination produced an painkilling 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. The onset of painkilling 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.
Q: May children and pregnant women take Frame Essentials?
A: There should be no reason for children to be using this product. Pregnant women should consult a health practitioner.
Q: May I take Frame Essentials with other medications?
A: There are no indications that glucosamine interacts with other medications. Of course, you should always consult a health practitioner when adding new supplements to your regimen.
Q: Is glucosamine actually absorbed?
A: Yes, in one study on glucosamine sulfate (pill form), ninety percent of the glucosamine was absorbed.
Q: Does Frame Essentials have any side effects?
A: Glucosamine and MSM is safe. A few people have reported upset stomach and nausea. In a year of formal testing of glucosamine, no significant side effects were found
materials By Phil Jermann
How important is magnesium for athletes?
RLM: Magnesium is the most important mineral that you can put on your body. Doctors and researchers will tell you that. When you put your body under stress of any kind, it drops into its magnesium stores. Athletes have depleted levels of magnesium because of the stress and sweating and, therefore, have the greatest need for magnesium. It is a huge cardiovascular mineral. Some researchers think that football players have more heart attacks than the general public due to magnesium deficiency. Mag-nificence is similar toRed Rush in terms of how they both promote cardiovascular health. The two should be used together.
We give Mag-nificence to marathon runners and others who workout. They won’t ever be without it. They get better performance and they recover faster.
If you’re in sports, when is the best time or times to apply topical magnesium?
RLM: Before for you workout for sure and after. Have a bath in the salts and it helps to restore the body and build it back up. Magnesium provides healing. It goes right to the inflammation that causes the pain. People get freaked out because it works so fast.
We had a guy who jumped off a trailer at work. He tore the ligaments in his ankle. It swelled up so bad it looked like he had a softball in his sock. We were afraid that he wouldn’t be able to bear weight for three weeks. These guys are oil workers, skeptical. But we put the magnesium on his ankle and it went down in size until it was almost normal. After twenty minutes, he helped load a 300 lb pump. I Golfed with him three days later.
Are there any benefits to taking topical magnesium rather than ingesting it orally?
RLM: Every oral magnesium supplement needs digestion to breakdown. You’ll only get a low percentage of that magnesium because your body just won’t absorb that much. If you take too much, it can cause diarrhea. Some magnesium supplements have warnings about kidney function.
Topically applied, magnesium goes through your skin. You get 100% of the magnesium. You get cellular magnesium right to the area where it needs to go. If you stretch a muscle or get cramps, you can spray it right on those areas. Spray it on and rub it in until it feels saturated. You can do that as often as you’d like.
The challenge is getting people to do it because they are used to eating and drinking everything. Stick it on your skin like a nicotine or medicine patch.
How often should an athlete take magnesium?
RLM: When it comes to the spray, they need to experiment and figure out what works for them. My advice is to start their day and end their day with it. Take a bath. Soak their feet. Watch TV or read a book. Our kids are athletic and mostly just soak their feet. Some people aren’t into baths.
If people use Mag-nificence on a daily basis, they get more out of it. The physical body can’t operate optimally without magnesium. When you have adequate amounts, it makes everything work better. It promotes digestion and elimination.
Is there anything that can disrupt proper topical magnesium supplementation?
RLM: There is nothing that can stand in the way of a topical magnesium supplement. People with thicker skin may need to apply a little more.
What is the future of Mag-nificence?
There’s a growing awareness among young people these days. They’re really taking care of themselves, even in their early twenties. They shop for what they want to eat and are buying more organic foods. They are willing to spend the extra money. We should be sharing Mag-nificence with these young people. Mag-nificence is the best magnesium product out there. They need to know this.
We’ve been with AIM for twenty-nine years. We’ve helped thousands of people. Mag-nificence is the most important product. That’s just a fact.