CoCoa Flavanols Linked to Healthy Veins

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If you’re into beet juice–like AIM’s Red Rush or RediBeets–then you probably already know the value of healthy veins.  The endothelial lining of your veins is where dietary-nitrate derived nitric oxide–now thought to be as fundamental to respiration as oxygen and carbon dioxide–is produced. It’s a vasodilator, helping blood flow easily throughout the body and lowering blood pressure, too. If your endothelium is in bad shape, then your body may have trouble producing nitric oxide easily.  That’s where cocoa flavanols come in.

You see, there are quite a few things out there that can damage the endothelial lining of your veins: smoking, high fructose corn syrup, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, being overweight, low levels of vitamin D and depleted magnesium levels. As you age, your endothelium gets worn down regardless. Do not despair. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the consumption of cocoa flavanols has been linked to improved endothelial function and better Framingham Risk Scores in healthy people.  (The Framingham Risk Score is an algorithm developed to assess the ten-year cardiovascular risk of an individual).

The study looked at healthy middle-aged people who did not display symptoms of cardiovascular disease. These subjects consumed 450 mg of cocoa flavanols every day for a month, and even though these folks had normal-functioning cardiovascular systems, their veins were performing even better after just two weeks.

From the study:

At 1 month, CF (cocoa flavanols) increased FMD (flow-mediated dilation) over control by 1·2 % (95 % CI 1·0, 1·4 %). CF decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 4·4 mmHg (95 % CI 7·9, 0·9 mmHg) and 3·9 mmHg (95 % CI 6·7, 0·9 mmHg), pulse wave velocity by 0·4 m/s (95 % CI 0·8, 0·04 m/s), total cholesterol by 0·20 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·39, 0·01 mmol/l) and LDL-cholesterol by 0·17 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·32, 0·02 mmol/l), whereas HDL-cholesterol increased by 0·10 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·04, 0·17 mmol/l). By applying the Framingham Risk Score, CF predicted a significant lowering of 10-year risk for CHD, myocardial infarction, CVD, death from CHD and CVD. In healthy individuals, regular CF intake improved accredited cardiovascular surrogates of cardiovascular risk, demonstrating that dietary flavanols have the potential to maintain cardiovascular health even in low-risk subjects.

The highlights:

  • Systolic blood pressure decreased by 4.4 mmHg
  • Diastolic blood pressure decreased by 3.9 mmHg
  • Total cholesterol down by .20 mmol/l
  • LDL cholesterol down by .17 mmol/l
  • Potential to maintain cardiovascular health even in low-risk subjects

Framingham Risk Score predicted lower risk of:

  • Coronary heart disease,
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Death by coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease

The AIM Companies offers an abundant array of cocoa flavanols through CoCoa LeafGreens. Made with three types of cocoa as well as healthy green vegetables like the leaves of faba bean, field pea, spinach and barley and broccoli sprout.  It’s a tasty and heart healthy way to keep your veins in tip-top shape. It also makes a great companion piece to AIM’s beet products like Red Rush or RediBeets.

Cool Greens for the Summer Heat

Drinks

When you feel you’re melting in the heat of summer, look to AIM greens for something refreshingly nutritious in cold drinks. AIM BarleyLife, AIM BarleyLife Xtra or AIM CoCoa LeafGreens will add a healthy variation to the mix. The following single-serving drinks were individually mixed using an AIM blender bottle for easy liquid measurement and blending convenience.

BarleyLife Twist

 

CoCoa LG

 

Recipe 2

Tastes differ from one person to another so experiment until you mix yourself the perfect BarleyLife Twist, BarleyLife Xtra Extra or CoCoa LeafGreens Coconut Splash!

Secret Tip
For creating new drink recipes, taste a little bit of whichever powder you are going to use and then imagine a fruit (or other ingredient) that would combine tastefully with it. It’s a secret that any good chef knows and uses to create flavor combinations.

AIM Products and Whole Body Nutrition: A Brief Overview

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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.

Related Products:

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.

Related Products:

Calcium: CalciAIM

Iron: CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens

Magnesium: CalciAIM, Mag-nificence

Potassium: Red Rush, RediBeets

Five Reasons Your Kids Should Be Drinking CoCoa LeafGreens

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1. Better Nutrition Has Been Linked to Better Grades

Instead of letting your child fill up on high-sugar cereals that come in boxes adorned with spastic cartoon critters, substitute a healthy whole-food breakfast and a glass of CoCoa LeafGreens. That way, they can have a sweet treat without sacrificing nutrition. A recent study found that children who consume healthier breakfasts are 25% more successful in school.  Speaking of good grades…

2. Cocoa Has Been Linked to Improved Mental Functioning 

The flavanols in cocoa have been linked with improved memory, improved motor responses and relating to visual stimuli. This may be in part due to cocoa’s ability to help the body produce nitric oxide.

3. Quercetin May Snip Sniffles

Somehow, kids always seem to have runny noses, the sniffles or a cough. Quercetin may be able to help with that.

From University of Maryland:

In test tubes, quercetin prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, chemicals that cause allergic reactions. On that basis, researchers think that quercetin may help reduce symptoms of allergies, including runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and swelling of the face and lips. However, there is no evidence yet that it works in humans.

4. Kaempferol Bolsters the Immune System

Kaempferol is pretty amazing.  It’s been shown to have both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  Due to the sheer size of student populations these days, schools are a great place for germs and bacteria to congregate. And if a kid starts sneezing in your home room, well then, forget about it! Kaempferol may help.  But that’s not all kaempferol is known for: From “A Review on the Dietary Flavanol Kaempferol

Some epidemiological studies have found a positive association between the consumption of foods containing kaempferol and a reduced risk of developing several disorders such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Numerous preclinical studies have shown that kaempferol and some glycosides of kaempferol have a wide range of pharmacological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, anti-osteoporotic, estrogenic/antiestrogenic, anxiolytic, analgesic and antiallergic activities.

5. The Most Fun Way to Eat Your Veggies

We live in a world where sugary beverage companies and fast food restaurant chains target kids with their marketing. Possibly not coincidentally, the childhood obesity rate sits at 18%. These are sad facts, but we also live in a world where you can find a product that uses healthy cocoa to help kids enjoy their vegetables for only ten calories. CoCoa LeafGreens: changing the face of nutrition!