BarleyLife Product InformationWhole body health is achieved when all body systems are in balance. AIM BarleyLife® is an all natural, green barley grass juice powder concentrate that helps provide the daily nutrition you need to develop a strong foundation for your good health. BarleyLife is available in a number of varieties: BarleyLife powder, BarleyLife Xtra powder (with 18 different fruits and vegetables), BarleyLife capsules (vegetarian), and BarleyLife Sample Packs.
Barley grass juice — a wide spectrum of potent nutrientsResearch in the late 20th century revealed that young barley grass is the most nutritious of the green grasses. While barley has been used as a grain since ancient times, the value of barley as a grass was overlooked. Japanese researchers discovered that the young, green barley grass was an incredibly complete source of nutrition, containing a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients. Researchers also discovered that young barley is at its nutritional best before the beginning of the reproductive cycle, when the plant channels nutrition to the seed heads. In fact, when harvested at this early stage, young barley leaves have a different nutritional makeup from their adult counterparts.
A dilemma arises when we, as humans, attempt to derive nourishment from this nutrient-rich barley grass. The human body is not equipped with the enzymes to break down the fiber in the barley grass. Thus, without intervention, this nutrition remains insoluble and is, therefore, not bioavailable to the human body.
As research progressed on young barley grass, it was discovered that, when grass was juiced and fiber removed, the vast nutritional profile of barley was unlocked for human consumption. Barley grass became bioavailable. However, the nutrients in the liquid state were quite fragile and had to be consumed within a very short time to retain their nutritive value. To provide a realistic shelf life, one more step was needed to make this barley juice readily available to humans.
A unique processing methodHow can the nutrients in barley grass be kept from oxidizing and losing their potency? AIM uses an advanced processing technology in which the barley leaves are harvested with state-of-the-art equipment when their nutrients are most potent and alive. Within minutes, the leaves are juiced (not milled, as in many other barley grass products) and processed using the most advanced, innovative, and efficient cool processing method for maximum nutrition and fresh-tasting juice powder.
Brown Rice OligodextrinBarleyLife now contains brown rice oligodextrin instead of corn maltodextrin. Brown rice oligodextrin offers the functional properties of maltodextrin with the benefits of native proteins and nutrients from brown rice that has always been a part of the BarleyLife formula. Oligodextrin added to the barley juice acts as a buffer between the enzymes and other molecules, stabilizing and maintaining the nutrients. The juice is spray-dried, using a special, lowtemperature process. This preserves the delicate balance of vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients.
AIM uses only non-GMO, medium grain brown rice grown in the USA.
KelpBarleyLife contains Laminaria digitata, a wild, uncultivated species of kelp from Atlantic ocean waters. Kelp provides additional iodine content to BarleyLife. Deficiencies in iodine have been linked to developmentally impaired cognitive functions in young children. These deficiencies have also been associated with extreme fatigue, depression, weight gain, and low basal body temperatures.
As a nutrient-dense, whole food, BarleyLife becomes an ideal fast food. Among these nutrients, several deserve a closer look.
ChlorophyllChlorophyll has been studied for its potential in stimulating tissue growth and in stimulating red blood cells in connection with oxygen supply. A remarkable similarity has been found between chlorophyll and the red pigment in the blood.
According to an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, chlorophyll fed to laboratory animals reduces absorption of three dietary carcinogens: heterocyclic amines (found in cooked muscle meat), polycyclic hydrocarbons (found in smoked and barbecued foods), and aflatoxin (a mold toxin found on peanuts). The chlorophyll formed complex compounds with the carcinogens while they were in the digestive tract, limiting their bioavailability. The limiting of alflatoxin’s bioavailability has been reinforced in a 2009 human study published in Cancer Prevention Research.
Lutonarin and SaponarinLutonarin (7-O-GIO) and Saponarin (7-O-GIV) serve as very powerful antioxidants. Lutonarin is the superior antioxidant of the two and is found in high concentrations in BarleyLife. Research in New Zealand has observed that lutonarin and saponarin content in barley leaves increases with UV exposure. This indicates they may provide antioxidant protection against environmental stresses.
Vitamin KBarleyLife contains naturally occurring vitamin K1 (phytonadione), which is found in plants. This fat-soluble vitamin plays a key role in proper bone growth and bone density maintenance. A study at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged found that a healthy diet containing ample amounts of vitamin K may help to ensure adequate bone density and protect against osteoporosis and hip fracture in postmenopausal women. BarleyLife contains 100 percent of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin K per serving.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)Green barley leaves contain a multitude of enzymes. Enzymes are essential for the thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout the body, including the absorption of digested nutrients. The enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a powerful antioxidant thought to slow the rate of cell destruction by providing a defense against free radicals, especially the most prolific free radical, superoxide. Superoxide free radicals are thought to be responsible for the breakdown of synovial fluid that leads to the inflammatory response in joints. Much of the current clinical research on SOD is focused on arthritis, bursitis, and gout. SOD is heat sensitive, and it is considered to be a measurement of overall enzymatic activity. If SOD is present in a food in an active state, it can be concluded that the other enzymes in the food are also present in an active state. Enzymes are not found in processed and cooked foods.
Alkalinity (pH)Green barley grass has a strong alkalizing effect, which helps keep the ratio between acidity and alkalinity in our body fluids balanced. Our cells cannot function efficiently if the pH (which measures acidity and alkalinity) is not in a narrow range. Most processed foods are acidifying, and when we consume too many of them, the acid-alkaline balance is upset. Green barley grass contains the alkalizing minerals potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals neutralize acidic materials and can help maintain a healthy acidalkaline balance.
Beta-caroteneVitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, plays an important role in vision, growth and development, immune functions, red blood cell production, reproduction, and the development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. Vitamin A can be found in two main forms in foods:
Folic AcidFolate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Folic acid is a form of folate that is found in some foods and also in supplements. Folic acid helps produce and maintain new cells—it is needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells. This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Research has shown that women who take folic acid before and during pregnancy have a 70 percent reduction in incidents of spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Folic acid also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. Both adults and children need folate to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia. Three servings a day of BarleyLife provide over 30 percent of your RDI of folic acid.
How to use AIM BarleyLife
- Take 2 tsp or 6 capsules, 2 to 3 times per day. Many people start with 1 tsp or 1-2 capsules (1.5 g) per day and gradually increase their serving every 4 to 5 days. You may take more or less depending on your needs.
- Young children begin with 1/4 tsp per day and gradually increase to 1 tsp or 1-2 capsules (1.5g) per day.
- Teens often increase their servings up to 2 tbsp or 12 capsules (10g) per day. They often take more or less, depending on their needs.
- Athletes and others dealing with large amounts of stress often take larger amounts, sometimes as many as 6 tbsp or 36 capsules (30g) per day.
- Since mixing AIM BarleyLife activates the nutrients, drink it immediately after mixing it in water or your favorite juice.
- AIM BarleyLife delivers the greatest benefits when taken on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a meal. However, there will be some benefit no matter when you take AIM BarleyLife.
- Because heat and acidity can affect enzymatic activity, it is recommended that AIM BarleyLife not be taken in any of the following: cranberry or prune juice, carbonated drinks, or hot drinks.
- You may take AIM BarleyLife with other AIM products. To receive the greatest absorption of nutrients, take AIM Herbal Fiberblend 1 hour before or 30 minutes after taking AIM BarleyLife.
- Close tightly after opening and store in a cool, dry, dark place (70 to 75 degrees F; 20.1 to 23.8 degrees C). Do not refrigerate. Do not use wet spoons or store them in the jar.