Why BarleyLife Is Unique

Part 1

There are many kinds of barley grass products in the marketplace. None is as good as BarleyLife. It’s a strong statement, and here are some initial reasons that make it a true one.

Barley Whole-Leaf Powder: Bad

Many new Members may not recognize the difference between AIM’s barley leaf juice powder and the whole-leaf powder in other barley grass products.

Under a microscope, whole-leaf powder looks like ground leaves because that is exactly what it is. And when whole leaves of barley grass are dried and ground, you get a mostly indigestible powder with few absorbable nutrients because unlike livestock that grazes on grass, humans cannot digest the cellular walls of grass fiber to release its incredible source of natural nutrients.

AIM has always taken a different approach to accessing the wholesome food available in green barley grass. Obviously, the entire details of the process that AIM has developed over the last three and a half decades cannot be revealed here because our competitors would love to get their hands on this secret information.

Barley Leaf Juice Powder: Good

To begin with, a lot of care and attention goes into making BarleyLife. AIM uses only young barley plants that are short in stature while at the height of their nutrient content. The grass is processed in a way that breaks down the fibrous cellular walls that enclose the nutrients, releasing them so that the juice can be concentrated and dried into an easily digested, bioavailable powder.

This is accomplished by mac­erating the barley leaves into tiny pieces and putting them into a press that draws out all of the juice. The remaining debris, mostly fiber, is taken away and used as cattle feed or a soil additive. This vital detail once again points out that these indigestible components are included in barley whole-leaf powders made by our competitors.

What’s more, our juicing process is conducted at a low temperature to preserve the nutritional content of the barley leaves. When it reaches the spray drying stage, a low temperature is also used for the same reason. AIM gets the most nutrition out of every single leaf so that Members get the highest quality BarleyLife possible.

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

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The Differences Between Wheat Grass and Barley Grass

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Wheat grass and barley grass have a lot in common.  In fact, they are considered sister plants; both are classified in the grass family Poaceae. They have hollow stems, flat leaves and produce multiple seeds from complex flower heads. Both are cereal crops commonly cultivated for their grains but have also gained popularity as health foods in their young grass forms.   They both provide excellent arrays of vitamins and nutrients, reduce inflammation and help to maintain body alkalinity. Since they appear to be so similar, one must wonder if they can be used interchangeably.  The differences are subtle, but they do exist.

Taste

The first, of course, is the taste. Wheatgrass has a sweet taste, but barley is a bit more bitter.  Obviously, this distinction is a matter of, well, taste, but if you don’t care for wheat grass, barley grass confers very similar benefits while maintaining its own unique flavor.  In either case, you’re still drinking grass juice.

Beta-Sitosterol

Barley grass contains beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol which has a similar structure to cholesterol found in the human body. Beta-sitosterol will actually replace some cholesterol during digestion which lowers bad and total cholesterol. It does not, however, raise good cholesterol. Additional scientific research has found that beta-sitosterol may provide symptom relief to those who are having trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia).  Beta-sitosterol does not, in any way, shrink the prostate, though.

Barley Grass Is Grown Outdoors (Usually), Wheat Grass Is Grown Indoors (Usually)

Most wheat grass is grown indoors and hydroponically. Barley grass tends to be grown outdoors. Now, there are advantages to growing crops indoors. It saves water, money, time and work, but these are all advantages for the farmer, not the consumer.

Growers also have more control over their plants when they are grown indoors which can be an advantage in the hands of a skilled botanist. Hydroponic crops can achieve greater growth rates and yields, yet, this does not necessarily increase the plant’s nutritional value. Furthermore, plants grown indoors are more susceptible to salmonella and pathogens.

Growing plants outdoors does affect their nutritional value.  Nutrients from the soil add to the nutritional makeup of the plant. Dietary nitrate, for example, comes from the nitrogen in the soil, and soil with poor nitrogen content yield plants with less dietary nitrate. Hydroponic farmers have to add those nutrients themselves. In most cases, hydroponically grown plants tend to have similar nutritional values, but a 2003 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that there were fewer carotenoids (like beta-carotene, lutein) in hydroponically grown vegetables. So there is evidence that hydroponic farmers may not be able to completely recreate the nutritional profile of a soil-grown plant.

Finally, and most importantly, plants grown outdoors are grown under some degree of duress.  This might seem like a negative, but when plants are exposed to stress, they produce more antioxidants, and those antioxidants are shipped first and foremost to the leaves of the plant.

In fact, a 2004 study (Czech University of Agriculture) on barley leaves specifically reiterates this data, finding that barley plants exposed to cadmium produced significantly more antioxidants to protect themselves.  Plants don’t just produce more antioxidants when exposed to transition metals, they also produce antioxidants when exposed to any number of stressors like  UV rays, weather, wind, water and what have you.  Basically, the plants use the antioxidants to protect itself, and when consumed, those benefits are conferred on the consumer. Hydroponically grown plants are subjected to very little stress and may likely have fewer antioxidant properties because of it.

5 Reasons to Get More Chlorophyll in Your Diet

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We all remember chlorophyll, one of the main characters from our 8th grade Biology textbook, the green pigment found in plants and algae that absorbs sunlight for photosynthesis. It’s the veritable lifeblood of plants, resembling, also, the hemoglobin found in human blood.

Every time we eat a raw green, vegetable, we also consume nutritious chlorophyll. What many people do not know is that cooking a vegetable will destroy its chlorophyll content along with other important enzymes. Ideally, we should aim to keep our food’s chlorophyll intact because of the numerous benefits it provides. Here are a few of those benefits.

1.Antioxidant Action

Probably the most well-documented benefit of chlorophyll is its powerful combination of antioxidants. A 2013 study published in Food and Nutrition Sciences called chlorophyll compounds “important health-promoting dietary factors which can protect the body through multiple chemical mechanisms.” The study cited that chlorophyll and pheophytins (a chlorophyll molecule lacking a magnesium ion, just FYI) function as antioxidants that help prevent oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation (cell damage caused by free radicals). Chlorophyll is believed to scavenge free radicals and chelate (to bond with and neutralize) reactive ions.

  2. Reduces inflammation 

Because chlorophyll contains a great deal of antioxidants, it will also help combat chronic inflammation.

 3. Possible Carcinogen Removal 

Chlorophyll has been shown to reduce carcinogen bioavailability and biomarker damage in animals as well as aflatoxin (a fungal toxin that can attach to grains and spices) in human studies.  A smaller study, found that chlorophyll might also aid in  removal of carcinogens associated with fried-meat products.

Sources:

” Effects of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin on low-dose aflatoxin B(1) pharmacokinetics in human volunteers.”  —Cancer Prevention and Research, 2009

“Inhibition of fried meat-induced colorectal DNA damage and altered systemic genotoxicity in humans by crucifera, chlorophyllin, and yogurt.” PLOS ONE, 2011

4. Promotes Better Wound Healing

Since the 1940’s chlorophyll has been used topically on wounds to promote healing, reduce inflammation and is still used for those purposes today. It is believed that chlorophyll slows the growth of some kinds of anaerobic bacteria and, therefore, aids in the healing process.

5. Odor Control 

If you were to slap a bunch of chlorophyll under your armpits, you’d wind up with green armpits. However, chlorophyll has been used for over a half-century as a way to control internal odors.  It is used topically to dampen fouls smells from wounds.  It has also been employed internally to reduce the smell of colostomy bags, urine and feces.  A new study on people who suffer from Fish Odor Syndrome– a genetic disease that causes some people to smell like fish–found that 60 mg of chlorophyll daily reduced that smell.

Get Your Chlorophyll from BarleyLife

Each 4-gram serving of BarleyLife contains over 19 mg of chlorophyll, and BarleyLife is processed cold, locking in the freshness and nutrition of other chlorophyll and other digestive enzymes one would  normally find in a fresh vegetable. As a powder, the nutrients in BarleyLife can be absorbed quickly and more effectively than a garden-variety vegetable.  It is also easier to digest and only contains 15 calories per serving.

BarleyLife Babies

BarleyLife Babies

For AIM Chairman’s Club Directors Ken and Lanny Donald, becoming grandparents carried a triple twist of fate. Their daughters, Kalina and Jensina, both gave birth in September 2014 only four days apart. Kalina’s twin boys, Kaelan and Keiran, came first followed by Jensina’s son, Kaius. In the space of less than a week, Ken and Lanny suddenly had three grandkids. This welcome trio of boys has blessed the lives of the Donalds, their extended family and friends.

Both Kalina and Jensina have taken AIM products for years, and during their pregnancies, they primarily took AIM BarleyLife® and AIM LeafGreens™ to boost their energy levels and maintain a healthy nutritional intake.

Shortly after giving birth, Kalina received some guidance from Kathleen Bird-Ekman, an AIM Preferred Member who is also a nutritional consultant, as to when she could give BarleyLife to her twins. Kathleen’s seven-year-old son, Robert, and three-year-old daughter, Alexandra, have enjoyed AIM greens from the time they were about six months old and both children are incredibly healthy.

The Donald’s preferred method of using BarleyLife has always been to take the powder dry. “I found that when I tried to give my boys BarleyLife on a spoon, their breath blew most of the powder away,” Kalina stated, realizing it was time for a different method. “I noticed that when the canister was left open and there was humidity in the air, the powder would form into little clumps. I decided to mist water on some of the powder and roll it into little balls. Voila! BarleyLife candy,” Kalina exclaimed.

This became the ideal delivery method for all three of Ken and Lanny’s grandchildren. “Kaius goes wild when you walk toward him with a BarleyLife canister,” Jensina stated. “And Kaius, Kaelan and Keiran all love it.” In fact, both moms relate that thirty minutes before milk time, their children’s facial expressions signal they’re clamoring for BarleyLife. They suck on these healthy BarleyLife balls and end up with greenish-black lips and faces. But it keeps the boys healthy, and they rarely get sick.

Recently, Kalina and Jensina have been giving the boys the Garden Trio to increase their nutritional intake. And both moms have upped their own AIM intakes for very good reasons. “Because they are actively moving around now, we’re more exhausted now than when they were newborns,” Jensina admitted. “We’d be dead in the water without AIM products.”