AIM CellSparc 360 Sparks Your Heart … and More

Take a moment to consider the hardest-working organ in the body. And after reading what coenzyme Q10 can do to help you and your heart keep working optimally, you are likely to say I’m going to help my heart stay strong and healthy by taking AIM CellSparc 360 daily.

Heart Health

The key ingredient in CellSparc 360 is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)—a vitamin-like nutrient that is absolutely essential for sparking the production of energy in the cells of your body. Your heart requires more energy than any other organ, and CoQ10 helps to improve the flow and transformation of energy in the muscular tissue of your heart.

Most of the research conducted on coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has focused on its benefits for patients with heart disease. Nine placebo-controlled studies confirm both the effectiveness and safety of supplemental CoQ10.

Treated with CoQ10 for high blood pressure, the patients of a 1994 study experienced a gratifying improvement in their quality of life, which was further enhanced by a marked reduction in their need for high blood pressure medication and a decreased financial burden associated with the cost of these drugs.

“It is unthinkable for me to practice good cardiology without the help of Coenzyme Q10,” wrote the cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra in his book The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon. “Research has shown that CoQ10 is an undisputable heart remedy.”

CellSparc 360 contributes even more to heart health with the addition of fish oil and tocotrienols (vitamin E), both of which help to naturally reduce high cholesterol.

Anti-Aging

Even though most of the research on CoQ10 is heart-related, this antioxidant helps to maintain good health in many other ways as a scavenger of free radicals. Since CoQ10 is essential for all of your cells, a deficiency negatively affects your body, which begins a gradual decline in the production of CoQ10 after the age of twenty.

In his Introduction to Coenzyme Q10, Dr. Peter H. Langsjoen wrote that “it is not surprising to find a seemingly diverse number of disease states which respond favorably to CoQ10 supplementation … In keeping with the free radical theory of aging, these antioxidant properties of CoQ10 have clear implications in the slowing of aging and age related degenerative diseases.”

Supplementing with CellSparc 360 can help contribute to a long, healthy lifetime.

Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been promoting health and providing a business opportunity with whole-food powder concentrates and nutritional supplements like CellSparc 360.

Heart Help

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As the hardest working organ in the body, the heart deserves all the help it can get. Yet so many people go through life doing things that give their hearts a hard time: poor diet, lack of exercise, stressful thoughts, just to name a few of the hard-hearted things they may do.

On top of bad habits, the aging process brings about a reduction in the body’s production of adequate levels of nutrients, so supplementation becomes a vital part of a healthy lifestyle especially when it comes to helping the heart beat.

CellSparc 360
Let’s face it; hearts require an awful lot of energy to do their lifelong job of keeping people alive. One vital, heart-boosting nutrient is the antioxidant and energy sparker, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). To keep beating, the heart depends on sufficient amounts of CoQ10, sparking energy production at the cellular level. A reduction in CoQ10 production is bound to negatively affect heart function in the long run.

Supplementing daily with CellSparc 360 lends a vital helping hand to the heart, providing CoQ10 along with DHA and EPA and vitamin E.

AIMega
Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body, so eating omega-rich foods and boosting intake with a supplement are essential. In fact, as components of every cell in the body, good health depends on a daily supply of these good fats.

Helping both the heart and blood vessels, omega-3 essential fatty acids reduce arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), lower blood pressure levels, decrease triglyceride levels, slow the buildup of plaque in the arteries and reduce blood vessel inflammation.

AIMega delivers the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids that the body requires daily.

Bear Paw Garlic
In countries where garlic is consumed in large amounts, there are fewer incidences of cardiovascular disease. Over the years, research has indicated garlic provides a variety of benefits that include helping to maintain cardiovascular health and healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Providing these heart helping benefits, Bear Paw Garlic offers a unique form of garlic: the leaves of wild garlic that grows on the forested mountains of central Europe.

Cocoa Flavanols Linked to Vascular Health, Again

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Back in October, researchers published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition that linked cocoa flavanols to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health.  But that wasn’t the first study to connect cocoa to healthy veins. A 2006 study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology found that cocoa flavanols may help people get more blood flowing to the brain, and a 2009 study in Circulation concludes like so:

From Circulation

For many centuries, cocoa has been known for its good taste and its beneficial effects on health. Recent research revealed that cocoa does indeed exert beneficial cardiovascular effects, probably mediated mainly by its polyphenols, a heterogeneous group of molecules found primarily in fruits and vegetables. The beneficial effects of cacao are most likely due to an increased bioavailability of NO. This may explain the improvement in endothelial function, the reduction in platelet function, and the potentially beneficial effects on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipids.

The evidence is really piling up and it continues to pile.

For instance, a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has uncovered information that shows that cocoa flavanols may improve vascular functioning in people with end-stage renal disease.  Sufferers of ESRD aren’t able to produce enough nitric oxide, so the researchers wanted to see if cocoa flavanols could help with that.

Test subjects who were given cocoa flavanols saw a 53% increase in flow-mediated dilation (a non-invasive test for determining endothelial functioning) and seemed to alleviate some vascular dysfunction.

From Medscape:

According to Dr Rassaf and colleagues, the study yields four major findings: in patients with ESRD, ingestion of CF (Cocoa flavanols) (at 900 mg per day) is well tolerated, endothelial dysfunction is partly reversed by acute and chronic ingestion of CF, chronic ingestion of CF leads to decrease in diastolic blood pressure without “affecting markers of aortic stiffness,” and CF ingestion mitigates vascular dysfunction induced by HD (hemodialysis).

If you’re interested in getting more cocoa in your diet without having to resort to eating a bunch of sugary candy, The AIM Companies offers CoCoa LeafGreens. Not only does it contain vein-friendly cocoa flavanols, but it’s also made from a mix of five green vegetables and powerful antioxidants. And it has zero grams of sugar and only ten calories. Try it. You cannot lose.

The Way to a Healthy Heart Is Through Your Stomach

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There are a lot of good reasons to use probiotics like AIM’s FloraFood. They may help you manage your weight, quiet an upset stomach, improve digestion and bolster your immune system like a champ. But the benefits aren’t just relegated to our midsections.  There is evidence that probiotics help the skin and teeth, too, and now new research shows that they might also improve cardiovascular health.  Here is how.

Probiotics and Cholesterol 

According to a paper published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, probiotics seem to fight cholesterol in several ways. They create acids that counter cholesterol production. They break down liver acids made from cholesterol which means the liver will need more cholesterol to make more acids, so you’ll have less overall.  Also, probiotics munch down cholesterol like they were a submarine sandwich.

Probiotics actually eat cholesterol: Probiotic bacteria have been shown to break down cholesterol and use it for nourishment. —Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research

In the most recent study–published less than a month ago in Circulation Research–they found solid evidence that gut bacteria were associated with cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  The study looked at 900 people and found thirty-four types of bacteria that they linked to triglycerides, HDL (healthy cholesterol) levels and BMI. They were also able to estimate that the gut microbiome could explain a four to six percent variance in those factors.

Probiotics and Chronic Inflammation 

Another way that probiotics may be able to aid with heart health is by possibly alleviating chronic inflammation. Although it has not been proven that chronic inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, it is commonly associated with heart disease and stroke. It’s also been blamed for making other illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s worse as well as for playing a role in diabetes.  Chronic inflammation is, in short, not preferable.

As noted earlier, probiotics seem to really do a bang-up job at putting the kibosh on cholesterol. So when LDL (low-density lipoprotein–the bad cholesterol) builds up in the artery wall, it triggers inflammation, a natural response of the immune system. This response causes more cholesterol to build up and leads to more inflammation.  The theory is that probiotics may be able to chomp down some of that cholesterol before it becomes a problem and reduce inflammation in that way.

Additionally, because the gut microbiome seems to play such a huge role in the immune system, probiotics have been linked to reducing inflammation through its influence there.

For example, a 2013 study published in Gut Microbes looked at markers of inflammation in healthy subjects and those suffering from psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome. The subjects who took probiotics had fewer markers of inflammation by the end of the trial.

From Medical News Today:

Co-author Professor Eamonn Quigley, chief of the gastroenterology and hepatology division of Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, said:

What is impressive about these results is that not only are they from human subjects, but from individuals with common inflammatory conditions.”

So remember, the way to optimum heart health may just be through your stomach!

Slow Down the Hands of Time: Part 2

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by Mitchell Clarke, AIM Group Builder • Burnaby, BC

The “Godfather of Soul” James Brown sang a hit song, “Get Up Offa That Thing,” and that is what I would encourage you to do as well. What I mean by this is that exercise made a positive difference in my health, and AIM products provide the supplemental nutrition to keep me healthy and energized for physical activity.

I’ve been a happy AIM member since March 2009. My health has been radically changed by using AIM products. Many people say on a continual basis that my wife, Debbie, and I look so healthy, and they are surprised to find out our ages. I’m sixty, and Deb is fifty-seven.

You may recognize me from the article, “Slow Down the Hands of Time,” published in a 2010 issue of Living Well magazine. I related my journey to good health through the use of AIM products after having my first heart attack at the age of fifty. I had a second, less severe heart attack in 2012. However, I am excited to say that my cardiologist, Dr. Bonet, informed me on August 15, 2014 that the defect in my heart is gone.
It was Dr. Bonet who had told me that exercise from walking was insufficient to deal with the plaque that was building up in my arteries. Along with a change of diet, I needed to attend a Healthy Heart program, which emphasizes rest, relaxation, quietness, calmness, and moderate exercise, as well as breathing techniques for eighty minutes, three times a week.

I am highly competitive, so I attended this class with a hammer-and-tongs attitude as my strength increased. I am well beyond the fitness level of many in the class due to the abundant energy I derive from AIM products. They really work, helping to slow down the hands of time. This vigorous workout has been excellent for my heart and general well-being. My heart now pumps at 50 percent, and the normal heart pumps between 40 and 60 percent. Dr. Bonet has declared that my recovery is remarkable.

AIM Products and Cardiovascular Health

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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

Related Product: AIMega

Dietary Nitrate

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

Fiber

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).

Related Product: Bear Paw Garlic

CoQ10

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

American Heart Association: “Vegetable-Heavy Diet Decreases Risk of Heart Disease by Twenty Percent!”

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A new study put out by the American Heart Association has found that by simply eating a higher proportion of plant-based foods, you can reduce your risk of dying from stroke or heart attack by a whopping twenty percent. This very large study looked at the eating patterns of nearly half a million Europeans and found that those who ate a diet composed of seventy percent plant products and thirty percent animal products lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease by a fifth compared to those who consumed diets high in animal products. (65% meat and dairy, 45% plants).

Science Daily: 

The American Heart Association recommends following a heart-healthy diet, which could also be described as a pro-vegetarian diet. It is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, and nuts, low-fat dairy, beans, skinless poultry, and fish. It encourages eating foods low in saturated and trans fats and sodium, and limiting added sugars and red meats.

The AIM Companies provides an array of tasty plant-based juices for people looking to make a healthy lifestyle change. CoCoa LeafGreens and BarleyLife Xtra are great products for kids or others who may not be the biggest fans of vegetables. For those of us with veggie-loving palettes, BarleyLife and Leaf Greens are a quick and convenient way of getting a nutrition boost without the mess and hassle of juicing. And, as a frequent produce buyer, I often worry about my fruits and vegetables going to waste if I don’t eat them in time. With the AIM Products, I don’t have to worry.