The Miraculous Heart

The human body is an amazing creation of cells, tissue and organs, making up a variety of systems that operate independently over a lifetime. The cardiovascular system could be thought of as ground zero when it comes to inner physical activity of the body. And the hardest working organ in the “life” business is the heart. It truly is a work
of wonder.

Your heart beats non-stop day and night. It only gets some slow-down respite when you relax or sleep. Otherwise, it works continuously, adjusting to your every movement and physical demand. It’s a “heart-felt” responsibility that goes largely unnoticed.

Maintaining this muscular organ at the center of your life is vital. So much can be done to be mutually supportive of your heart, especially in regard to regular exercise, wholesome nutrition and supplemental help from AIM. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. This is only one of the many reasons why your heart needs all the support you can give it.

Energy-Sparking CellSparc 360

Your heart uses so much energy to function. Taking CellSparc 360 is one of the best things you can do to help keep it going. CellSparc 360 increases the presence of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an energy-sparking antioxidant found in nearly every cell.
Inside the mitochondria—mini-power plants of your cells—CoQ10 is essential for transporting electrically charged particles required to generate energy. Without CoQ10, energy production stops.2

Unfortunately, your levels of CoQ10 peak around the age of twenty-one and by the age of eighty decline by 65 percent. Supplementing with CellSparc 360 on a daily basis helps to maintain the body’s required levels of an essential element of energy production.

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Cell-Lubricating AIMega

Your beating heart and circulatory system deliver nutrients through the membranes of your cells. AIMega provides omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids that are necessary for the healthy structure and permeability of cell membranes: nutrients can enter and waste can be removed. This process is greatly affected by your levels of omega-3 and -6, which the body cannot produce. They must come from your nutritional intake. Supplementing with AIMega delivers these two essential fatty acids from organic seed oils: plant-based nutrition.

Furthermore, one of the many benefits of omega-3 is its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation can damage blood vessels and promote heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Bear Paw Garlic

Bear Paw Garlic is no ordinary source of this amazing vegetable. Unlike the common cloves, Bear Paw comes from the leaves of wild alpine garlic, which grows in mountainous areas of Europe.

For centuries, garlic has been an ingredient of a healthy diet. Additionally, this herb has been used for a number of heart and blood system conditions, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, coronary heart disease, reduced blood flow caused by narrowing of the arteries and atherosclerosis: hardening of the arteries.3 Bear Paw Garlic adds a heart-healthy supplement to a nourishing diet.

Bountiful BarleyLife

Foundational nourishment for the heart must include greens. BarleyLife provides an incredibly rich source of nutrients, including antioxidants, en­zymes, minerals and vitamins, from the easily assimilated juice powder of young barley plants.
Your body will benefit from the nutritional support of AIM supplements. It’s a thought worth taking to heart.

1. Regina Avraham, The Circulatory System (Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000), 13–14, 31–35.

2. Alan H. Pressman and Sheila Buff, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins and Minerals (Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2007), 336.

3. WebMD: Garlic, accessed December 7, 2017

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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.

Young Adults Who Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables Have Fewer Heart Problems Later

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The current crop of youthful people, the “Millennials” –those born between 1982 and 2001–are one of the biggest emerging markets in the world. Forbes magazine reports that they prefer cheap and convenient food with the caveat that they are also willing to pay for healthy food and will even go out of their way to search for it.  AIM provides inexpensive, healthy whole-food juice products that are both high-quality and very nutritious.

With that being said, a new study published in Circulation journal reported that young adults who eat their fruits and vegetables had less coronary artery plaque twenty years later. Researchers followed over 2,500 participants for two decades and placed the participants into three groups based on how many fruits and veggies they consumed–the most, a medium amount and the lowest amounts.

Those who ate the highest amounts of fruits and veggies (more than five servings) had a twenty-six percent lower chance of developing calcified plaque twenty years later when compared to those who ate the least. A buildup of calcified plaque is the main cause of atherosclerosis which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

There is a widely established connection between fruit and vegetable consumption and heart health in middle-aged people. However, this is the first study that examined the diets of young adults.

So if you’re a young adult or know someone who is, then this is the perfect time to introduce them to AIM’s line of whole-food juice concentrates. They’re convenient (No-hassle juicing!). At a per-serving price they are extremely affordable, and they are also incredibly healthy.

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!

Take It to Heart

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Introduced back in 1996, AIM CellSparc 360® provides plant-sourced coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a natural nutrient that provides antioxidant properties, decreases the risk of blood clots, and sparks cellular energy.

The heart requires an enormous amount of energy to beat over a lifetime, so sufficient amounts of CoQ10 are vital for staying alive. Although CoQ10 is naturally produced by the body, the aging process reduces levels of this crucial nutrient. Daily supplementation of CellSparc 360 increases CoQ10 levels.

Medical science is often slow in legitimizing the effectiveness of nutrients that AIM has offered for years, and such is the case with CoQ10 for heart health benefits. The conclusion of a 2013 study cited in the European Journal of Heart Failure determined that patients with chronic heart failure should use CoQ10 as a part of their maintenance therapy.

The study’s first author, Svend Aage Mortensen, MD, said, “… These results are guideline changing, making a strong case for CoQ10, a natural substance that’s virtually without side effects, to be considered as part of the maintenance therapy for all patients with chronic heart failure. CoQ10 (also known as ubiquinone) is a vitamin like substance … and generates energy in the form of ATP.” (the website of European Society of Cardiology [27 May 2013])

These days, doctors in the know recommend CoQ10 supplementation to patients taking statin drugs to reduce cholesterol levels. That’s because this medication also reduces the body’s CoQ10 levels.

Of course, AIM’s own research indicated the addition of palm oil tocotrienols, which help reverse blockage of the carotid artery, reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis and stroke. Both CoQ10 and tocotrienols are fat-soluble, so AIM included pure fish oil in the CellSparc 360 formula to enhance bioavailability and to add heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Providing another source of omega-3, AIMega® is natural health product that you can also take to heart on a daily basis for overall wellness. Omega-3 essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body, so dietary intake is vital for good health.

AIMega’s organic seed-oil source is flaxseed, a plant-based omega-3 that WebMD reports to “help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat.” Flaxseeds also provide the richest dietary source of lignans. The Linus Pauling Institute specifies that “Diets rich in foods containing plant lignans have been consistently associated with reductions in risk of cardiovascular disease.”

AIM takes your well-being to heart by providing high-quality, natural health products that are effective in keeping you and your heart in good health.

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.