Boosting Bone Health

We all know that calcium is a mineral that makes bones strong and healthy. It’s a fact that over 99 percent of all the calcium in our bodies is located in our teeth and bones.1 The rest is found in our tissue, blood and fluid outside of our cells. That small percentage of calcium is vital for nerve, muscle and heart health.

If there isn’t enough calcium present in our bodies, excavating cells known as osteoclasts begin to borrow it from our bones. The long-term effect is osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous instead of hard and dense.

Osteoporosis deve­lops slowly over time without noticeable symp­toms until a bone fracture occurs. One of the primary ways to determine a problem is to take a bone mineral density test.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, prevention of this disease includes a nutritious diet, an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, and regular weight-bearing activity, such as walking, climbing stairs or weight lifting.

Additionally, vitamin K has been shown to increase bone density and reduce fractures.2 Omega-3 essential fatty acids also support bone density.3 A number of osteoporosis studies indicate that the internal microbiome plays a role in bone health and taking probiotics can increase bone mass.4

AIM Supplements for Healthy Bones

Supplementing with CalciAIM in­creases calcium intake from powder, not tablets or capsules. It makes an easily absorbed beverage that includes vitamin D, magnesium and zinc for nutritional assistance with calcium absorption. And each serving delivers a safe amount of calcium because the body can only absorb so much at one time.

Nutritional help from AIM also includes whole-food powders such as BarleyLife and CoCoa LeafGreens, which provide a concentration of plant-based nutrients, including an incredibly rich source of vitamin K.

Taking AIMega capsules delivers omega-3 from organic flaxseed for a plant-based source of essential fatty acids.

The good bacteria in FloraFood deliver three billion live cells per capsule, providing a super source of pro­biotics to repopulate gut flora.

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The Joint Issue

Smoothly moving joints are like well-oiled door hinges and contribute greatly to painless aging. One of the best ways to avoid joint aches and pains is to take AIM Frame Essentials to give your body essential nutrients that help maintain healthy joints. But first some basics of what lies between.

The Cartilage Connection

Three types of cartilage are found in the body:

  1. Elastic
  2. Fibrous
  3. Hyaline (Articular)

Found in most joints, hyaline (glass-like) cartilage is a type of connective tissue and a buffer between bone ends that is shiny and smooth, like two pieces of hard glass gliding over one another. Hyaline is also called articular cartilage because it refers to the bone surfaces that meet to form joints.

The bone structure of the body is made into moving joints by this cushioning system. With a stretch of the imagination, you could think of articular cartilage as a pillow between bone ends. But these pillows are made of tough, flexible tissue, perfect for cushioning the effect of two bone ends rubbing together during movement as well as acting as shock absorbers for any weight-bearing activity.

But even this incredibly resilient cartilage can be damaged by injury, the wear and tear of time or diseases that cause joint inflammation and cartilage erosion. Again, Frame Essentials can be taken to provide preventative and corrective support to help maintain healthy cartilage.

Inside Cartilage

The only cells in cartilage are chondrocytes, which are directly involved in the synthesis and turnover of the extracellular matrix that makes up articular cartilage. Simply put, the chondrocyte is the architect of cartilage.

One of the chemical compounds produced in the body that greatly affects chondrocytes is a natural amino sugar called glucosamine, which is found around cartilage cells and in the synovial fluid around joints. It just so happens that glucosamine is a natural precursor of glycosaminoglycan, a component of the cartilage extracellular matrix, which is why supplementing with glucosamine is thought to provide a substance that might help with the synthesis and repair of cartilage.

A 2006 study published in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage journal revealed that “glucosamine modulates chondrocyte proliferation, matrix synthesis, and gene expression . . . optimal amount of glucosamine preserves cartilage tissue and promotes its repair upon damage.”

Frame Essentials: Nutrients for Healthy Cartilage

Providing both glucosamine hydrochloride and sulfate, Frame Essentials gives your body optimal daily amounts of an essential nutrient for healthy cartilage. There are no food sources, so you need to take a supplement like Frame Essentials to increase your glucosamine levels.

Glucosamine is also an effective anti-inflammatory compound. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are inflammatory in nature, creating joint degeneration and resulting pain. Levels of glucosamine drop during the aging process, so the older you get the less you probably have. This can lead to the breakdown of cartilage and the onset of arthritis.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually prescribed to treat arthritis, but they can cause a variety of harmful side effects. Glucosamine is a safe option because it’s a natural body compound, so your body responds well to supplementation.  Studies have shown that glucosamine sulfate is a healthy alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs because it is effective in reducing inflammation and suitable for long-term use.

Along with effective glucosamine, Frame Essentials delivers two additional anti-inflammatory, joint-healthy nutrients: boswellia extract and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

For centuries, boswellia extract has been used as a remedy for chronic inflammatory issues. Commonly known as frankincense, the resin produced by the Boswellia serrata tree contains acids that help to prevent the formation of inflammation-causing molecules called leukotrienes. This natural resin goes hand in hand with glucosamine in reducing joint pain, stiffness and swelling.

Like glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is another natural, anti-inflammatory chemical found in the human body. This sulfur compound helps to form connective tissue in muscles and joints. Supplemental MSM has been shown to reduce inflammation and inhibit the breakdown of cartilage.

These four ingredients deliver a synergistic effect from natural nutrients working as a team to maintain healthy cartilage, making Frame Essentials is an effective supplement for avoiding the joint issue in life.

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Healthy Bones and Joints

The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone … by a joint. Bones and joints go hand in hand … or ball in socket to be more exact when it comes to hip and thigh bones or shoulders for that matter. The structure and performance of the skeletal frame and all of its movable parts is a work of natural art.

When the skeletal frame works, it gives you the freedom to move and be active. Otherwise, we might all be plants rooted in the earth, going nowhere. It can make you think about those who choose to be physically inactive. And sadly, some people have no choice in the matter.

If your skeletal frame is working, one of the best things you can do to keep it that way is to keep moving and stay active. Being too sedentary turns good bones and joints into an “if you don’t use it, you lose it” situation over time.

‘Osteo’ Conditions

The word “osteo” relates to bones, with its origin in the Greek language: osteon. The two most common health problems related to bones and joints are osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Osteoporosis means porous bones, which is caused by calcium loss, making bones more likely to break. Regular exercise helps to inhibit the rate of bone loss. Because exercise strengthens the skeletal frame, the risk of falling and breaking bones is reduced. The message remains “keep moving.”

Osteoarthritis might be translated as bone-joint inflammation. It’s a condition that results from the break down of cartilage (the cushion) between joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. Again, exercise is beneficial for the joints. A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Anatomy determined that “exercise has positive salutary benefits for joint tissues in addition to its other health benefits.”1

AIM Bone and Joint Maintenance

CalciAIM
To replace and maintain the body’s calcium levels, CalciAIM provides three types of this essential mineral. CalciAIM powder mixes into a bioavailable drink that also includes nutrients required for the absorption of calcium, such as vitamin D and magnesium.

Frame Essentials
The essential components of joint cartilage structure—glucosamine and methylsulfonylmethane—are available in Frame Essentials. The formula also
includes a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic: boswellia extract, and all three ingredients may help to reduce arthritic pain, stiffness and swelling.

CalciAIM and Frame Essentials deliver supplemental building blocks for healthy bones and joints to support a strong and functional skeletal frame.

1 Journal of Anatomy 2009 Feb; 214(2):197–207
[accessed February 25, 2018]

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Are You Being Framed?

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How much thought do you give to your frame? Your skeletal frame is movable because of joints. Otherwise, you’d be one inflexible bone. When it comes to the point where one bone meets another, you have three main kinds of joints:

1 Fibrous – immovable joints like teeth joined to bone sockets
2 Cartilaginous – partially movable joints like those in the vertebrae of your spine
3 Synovial – freely movable joints including knees, elbows and shoulders

The buffer that covers bone ends making up a joint is mostly cartilage. This smooth, strong, protective tissue can become inflamed or start to deteriorate over the years. A past injury can return as joint pain later on in life. Most commonly, the onset of joint inflammation—osteoarthritis—can occur as the years go by. It is a sad fact of life that the aging process often sends warning signals in the form of joint pain. That’s the time to consider being framed … by Frame Essentials®.

The four effective ingredients in Frame Essentials were chosen to create the finest team of nutrients that combat joint pain and provide building blocks for healthy joints.

Glucosamine is a vital component that the body uses to not only make cartilage but tendons, ligaments and joint (synovial) fluid as well as bone, heart valves and skin. Studies show the longer the use of supplemental glucosamine, the greater the benefits, so Frame Essentials is ideal for long-term use.

Boswellia extract has been used for centuries as treatment for inflammatory conditions. Most of the research focuses on this tree resin’s triterpenoids, including the boswellic acids that reduce swelling and stiffness in the joints.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural sulfur compound that the body uses to form connective tissue in muscles and joints. Supplemental MSM helps to reduce inflammation and repair joints as well as provide additional antioxidant protection and immune system support.

Powerful Support for Your Frame

Support Frames

A busy body requires a solid frame. From active exercises to the workday grind and everything in between, our bodies take a beating on a daily basis. That’s why a daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids from AIMega® and glucosamine from AIM Frame Essentials® is essential for supporting your frame.

On their own, glucosamine and omega-3 have gained notoriety for their natural benefits for joint health and heart health. Glucosamine sulfate helps strengthen cartilage and relieve inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.

Combined, these two elements have shown a remarkable, synergistic effect on joint health.

A group of German researchers found that combining omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) with glucosamine achieves improved results compared to glucosamine on its own. The combination of EFAs and glucosamine produced significant pain reduction, which the researchers believe to be a result of the synergistic effect of the two ingredients—omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, allowing glucosamine the time and space to support and rebuild cartilage.

Additional research has also shown glucosamine to be as effective in relieving inflammation as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin, which may just mask the symptoms of arthritis.

Frame Essentials contains 865 milligrams of glucosamine complex per serving in a 1:1 ratio of glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. Of the two forms of glucosamine, sulfate has received the majority of research, though health care practitioners have noted the same results with hydrochloride.

In addition to glucosamine, Frame Essentials also provides boswellia extract (for improved blood supply to the joints) and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)—a naturally occurring sulfur compound that is lacking in people with arthritis.

AIMega contains not only omega-3 essential fatty acids, but omega-6 as well. These essential fatty acids are derived from flax, sesame, olive, and sunflower seeds and are delivered in a healthy 2:1 ratio, ideally suited to balance the North American diet. Neither EFA can be produced by the body, so they must be a part of a healthy diet.

Separately, AIMega and Frame Essentials are valuable additions to a healthy lifestyle. Together, they are an essential resource for maintaining joint health. Build up your body’s frame by doubling down on AIMega and Frame Essentials.

Nutrition for Lifelong Skeletal Health

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Osteoporosis International recently published an article that examined the nutritional needs of the skeleton during its bony lifetime.  Using the results of over 130 studies, the researchers set out to outline ideal nutritional goals to aid the bones during their journey from the cradle to the Craftmatic adjustable chair.

Here are some highlights:

During Pregnancy: 

  • An overall healthy diet was linked time and time again with the skeletal health of the child
  • The most important element, however, was vitamin D intake
  • In England and the US, a third of mothers tested weren’t getting adequate amounts of vitamin D
  • Low levels of maternal vitamin D were linked to an increase in childhood fractures in a Danish study
  • Vitamin D supplementation has been assessed as safe and effective for all expectant women in a US study
  • Increase in protein, fiber and potassium recommended
  • Significant increase in calcium and vitamin D recommended

During Childhood

Specifically, calcium, vitamin D and protein are the most important nutrients for bone health during the first two decades.

  • Inadequate calcium is a worldwide problem affecting both children, adolescents and expectant mothers
  • The same groups also tend to not get enough vitamin D
  • Protein provides amino acids that help to build the bone matrix and provides materials for bone formation
  • A high-dairy diet was linked to greater bone density and greater bone mineral content
  • It is theorized that some mild distal forearm fractures (the most common in children) may be preventable through lifestyle intervention

During Adulthood (Aged 20-60)

During this 30–40-year period, bone mass remains comparatively high in both sexes until the onset of menopause in women and the beginning of the eighth decade in men. As for younger individuals, a well-balanced diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein, with adequate amounts of certain other micronutrients, will fulfill the nutritional requirements of the adult skeleton.

  • Inadequate dietary calcium intake has been reported worldwide
  • Vitamin D deficiency is widespread
  • High-risk groups for vitamin D deficiency include the obese, the dark-skinned, people who live at high latitudes, people with intestinal disorders and others who can’t get enough sun for whatever reason
  • Vitamin D helps with calcium uptake
  • Protein has been linked to a small improvement in bone mass density and bone mineral content
  • Vitamin K has been linked to lower risk of hip fractures
  • Vitamins B12, B6 and folate may help keep hyperhomocysteinemia (a fracture risk) in check
  • Magnesium plays a role in producing bone-repairing osteoclasts
  • Zinc helps renew and mineralize bone tissue
  • An acidic diet can lead to the destruction of osteoclasts
  • Usually associated with being bad to the bone, smoking and drinking are actually bad for the bones

As a Senior

  • Low levels of vitamin D and calcium reported
  • Malnutrition is common in seniors
  • Seniors tend to need significantly more protein, especially if they suffer from acute or chronic diseases with some exceptions
  • Many chronic illnesses disrupt the ability to get optimum nutrition
  • Exercise is important

The CalciAIM Essentials

Calcium, vitamin D supplement

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.”

Juice

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

Carbonate

Only when calcium is in its ionic form can it be properly absorbed by the body

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Supplement Facts

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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.

PRAL Score

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