AIM Bear Paw Garlic has a new name, GarlicAIM and a new bottle label! Same product!
The cardiovascular system consists of the heart and blood vessels. Through this system, blood circulates throughout the body. All body organs and tissues need a supply of blood to receive nutrition and to remove waste products. Lifestyle is a major factor in cardiovascular disease. A poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking all contribute to making cardiovascular disease the biggest killer in North America. Changing your lifestyle, and using supplements such as alpine wild garlic, can help you maintain your cardio health.
What Is GarlicAIM™?
GarlicAIM™ is a unique form of garlic. It is not derived from Allium sativum,the species of garlic sold in supermarkets and used in garlic supplements. Rather, GarlicAIM™ comes from Allium ursinum, a wild species of garlic found in central Europe.
Unlike A. sativum, A. ursinum has never been successfully cultivated. (Apparently the eight-century ruler Charlemagne attempted to cultivate the plant for medicinal purposes, but there is no record of his success.) A. ursinum is found in areas of damp woods and wooded ravines and flourishes in the hills and mountains of central Europe. Its name is derived from the claim that bears, after awakening from winter hibernation, consume wild garlic to regain strength (ursinum is Latin for “bear”). Although most of us think of the distinctive garlic bulb and cloves when considering garlic, the active substances in A. ursinum are found in its green leaves.
Although largely unknown in the United States, in 1989, A. ursinum was called “the new star” of garlic in the German health journal Therapiewoche (Therapy Week) and in 1992, was declared the European medicinal “Plant of the Year” by the Association for the Protection and Research on European Medicinal Plants.
Garlic has a long history as a healthful plant, having been used for medicinal purposes from as early as 3000 B.C. Garlic is made up of sulfur compounds; amino acids; minerals, such as germanium, selenium, and zinc; and vitamins A, B, and C. Allicin, a sulfur-containing compound in garlic, is traditionally believed to be primarily responsible for most of the suggested benefits of garlic. Allicin is also responsible for garlicâ™s unique odor.
A. ursinum and A. sativum share these constituents as well as a number of benefits. Both types of garlic help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, have antioxidant properties, and have antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, A. ursinum has a number of advantages over A. sativum.A. ursinum contains allicin and its related forms, as well as more ajoene (a degraded form of allicin) and its related forms, more g-glutamyl peptides (GLUT), and more than 20 times as much adenosine.Current opinion states that the g-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.g-glutamyl peptides have also been demonstrated to inhibit the actions of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE), an enzyme released from the kidneys that regulates blood pressure.Adenosine helps increase blood vessel width and can also reduce platelet aggregation (blood stickiness). It also acts as a muscle relaxant and as a protectant against poisons, such as caffeine.A. ursinum is also odorless; although, when you first open AIM Bear Paw Garlic®, the garlic odor is unmistakable. However, upon digestion the garlic odor is not as noticeable. This is because the leaves of A. ursinum contain substantial amounts of chlorophyll, which binds nitrogen compounds during digestion and thus prevents the development of the smell associated with the breakdown products of garlic. Also, allicin is found in lower concentrations in the leaves of A. ursinum. However, the lesser amounts of allicin are replaced by other related sulfur-containing constituents, so none of the benefits of allicin are lost. In summary, A. ursinum has all the benefits of the A. sativum products that are found on the market. However, A. ursinum has three advantages over this domesticated garlic:
- It has more of the active substances
- It has active substances not found in cultivated garlic, or found only when large quantities are taken;
- It is oderless
When you first open GarlicAIM™, the garlic odor is unmistakable. However, upon digestion the garlic odor is not as noticeable. This is because the leaves of A. ursinum contain substantial amounts of chlorophyll, which binds nitrogen compounds during digestion and thus prevents the development of the smell associated with the breakdown products of garlic. As well, allicin is found in lower concentrations in the leaves of A. ursinum. However, the lesser amounts of allicin are replaced by other related sulfur-containing constituents, so none of the benefits of allicin are lost.
A. ursinum is hand-picked in the spring during a one-week period. It is harvested in the alpine regions of Europe, in particular Switzerland. Because it is wild and cannot be cultivated, only the leaves are cut; the bulb remains in the earth to ensure future supply.
Once the leaves are harvested, they are processed quickly. They are cleaned, washed, dried, and milled under low temperatures. During this processing, adenosine levels are monitored to guarantee at least 1,100 mg/kg. (For other guaranteed nutrient levels, see table.)
How to use GarlicAIM®
- Take three capsules per day. You may take them at any time. Store in a dry, cool place.
- Close tightly after opening and store in a cool, dry, dark place (70-75 F; 20.1-23.8 C). Do not refrigerate.
Questions & Answers
What is the difference between A. ursinum and A. sativum?
Both A. ursinum and A. sativum come fromt he same family and share the same active substances and benefits. However, the leaf is used in A. ursinum and the bulb is used in A. sativum. A. ursinum also has higher quantities of many of the active substances than A. sativum does and upon digestion has less odor. In particular, A. ursinum has more of the water-soluble substances.
Aren’t Allicin and other fat-soluble substances the only ones of importance in garlic?
No. although allicin and ajoene are important, the water-soluble parts of garlic – adenosine, y-glutamyl peptides, flavonoids, and fructanes – are also very significant. As well, allicin has known side effects and is also highly unstable.
What are the water-soluble substances?
We have briefly discussed adenosine and glutamyl peptides in this technical bulletin. Flavonoids are substances in plants that often have health benefits. Fructanes are significant because they are indigestible sugars known as oligosaccharies. Fructo-oligosaccharides encourage the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria.