Do We Need Supplements?
Disintegrating plant nutrients
Farmers today are yielding up to three times as much fruit, grains and vegetables as they did 50 years ago. Yet evidence has shown that the foods produced in our soils today don’t contain the nutritional value they did up to 50 years ago.
Why are there fewer nutrients in our crops?
Scientific research has shown that due to consumer demand, faster growing farming methods has diluted the nutritional value in our foods. Plants cultivated to produce higher yields fail to grow deep root systems where phytochemicals are produced.
What are phytochemicals?
Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals but have protective or disease preventive properties in them. Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves but research has shown that these chemicals also protect us against disease. There are many phytochemicals and each works differently:
Most phytochemicals have antioxidant activity which protects our cells from oxidative damage, reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancers. AIM’s BarleyLife features many naturally occurring benefits including a powerful plant anti-oxidant.
Isoflavones found in soy imitate human estrogens and help reduce menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis. AIM developed a topical cream ‘Renewed Balance’ containing two natural important hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which keep the body balanced throughout menopause and maintain bone density.
Indoles, found in cabbages, stimulate the enzymes that make estrogen less effective, reducing the risk of breast cancer. Using AIM’s Renewed Balance will keep estrogen levels naturally balanced.
DNA replication inhibitors
Saponins, found in beans, inhibits the replication of cell DNA thus preventing the multiplication of cancer cells. Herbal Fibreblend contains this soap-like quality phytochemical. Saponins benefit the immune system, lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of cancer.
Ursinum, found in garlic, acts as an anti-bacterial and regulates blood pressure and cholesterol. AIM’s Bear Claw Garlic is a unique alpine garlic with more active garlic properties than the cultivated plant, resulting in 20 times more adenosine which regulates blood pressure and cholesterol.
Prevention of pathogens
Some phytochemicals bind physically to cell walls, preventing pathogens adhering to our cell walls such as the anti-adhering action of hippuric acid in cranberries. The phytochemicals found in cranberries prevent urinary tract infections, have antioxidant properties, prevent stomach ulcers and promote dental health. CranVerry+ is an AIM product developed from all parts of the berry with each capsule containing 500mg of extract.
All foods containing phytochemicals are already part of our daily diet: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and herbs. It is recommended that we have 5 to 9 servings of fruit or vegetables daily. Most of us don’t, which is why we need to take supplements and those of us that do have the correct daily servings of fruit and vegetables are still not getting the nutrients we should from those foods because of the disintegrating nutrients in the plants. It is for this reason that we should all be taking supplements daily, AIM provides a natural solution.