AIM Barleylife® Frequently Asked Questions
|Chlorophyll, ORAC, and SORAC test results
|Comparing previous BarleyLife with improved BarleyLife:
Chlorophyll increased from 15 to 19 mg per serving, a 26.7 percent increase.
ORAC increased from 495 to 916 μmol TE per serving, an 85.1 percent increase.
SORAC for improved BarleyLife tested in at 972 μmol TE per serving. SORAC stands for SuperOxide Radical Scavenging Capacity, and measures the antioxidant capacity of foods against the superoxide anion. This
is a new test.
Q: Is improved BarleyLife just as nutritionally dense as before?
A: On average, the nutrition has increased by 25 percent when comparing 5 grams of the old powder to 4 grams of the improved powder. If we compare the improved BarleyLife to the old on an equal weight basis, the average nutrient content is 56 percent greater. We also see the appearance of vitamin C for the first time on a BarleyLife label at 6
percent of Daily Value. However, we also see a slight decrease in a few nutrients, namely potassium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, calcium, and iodine. These changes can be attributed to the change in the soil chemistry.
Q: What is brown rice oligodextrin?
A: It is a starch created through a combination of enzymes, brown rice, and water. Brown rice oligodextrin is beneficial to BarleyLife because it protects
enzymatic activity, prolongs shelf life, provides nutrients from brown rice, and assists in the successful transformation of barley juice to powder. It is produced through a process called enzymatic hydrolysis, whereby the enzymes break down the brown rice, making it a starch that is easier to digest, while maintaining the nutrients.
Q: Why is vitamin C now listed in the nutrition facts?
Q: Are there people who should be concerned about the amount of vitamin K in BarleyLife?
A: According to the Merck Index, there is no toxicity for natural vitamin K1 (from plants). Each 4-gram serving of BarleyLife contains 80
μg of vitamin K. However, individuals with sensitivities to vitamin K and who are taking blood thinners should regulate their vitamin K intake, which should be constant if on medication. Your physician can then determine the proper medication dosage.
Q: Where is BarleyLife now grown?
A: BarleyLife is now proudly grown in the United States. In thirty years of growing, processing, and distributing barley, we have
shared a great deal of information with our Members. Unfortunately, we have had processing information stolen and then used to create competitor products. We will no longer be sharing proprietary information such as exact growing locations and process equipment. This is to protect The AIM Companies™ and the AIM Members and to ensure that AIM always has the best green product on the market.
Q: Why has the canister size
increased but the canister weight decreased?
A: BarleyLife is now processed at a lower temperature than ever before. This lower-temperature process tends to result in a low-density (fluff y) powder, which takes up more space; hence the need for a larger fill canister. That said, the powder density will vary from batch to batch, which means that the bottle fill level will fluctuate depending on the manufactured lot. At a fill
weight of 256 grams (9.03 oz), AIM is confident that the new container size will be able accommodate any fluctuations in density.
Q: Why does the improved powder look different?
A: I notice clumps on the surface.
A: It has to do with the powder particles. Previously, AIM used a process called agglomeration after drying the powder. Agglomeration increased the size and uniformity of the powder
particles, resulting in a larger, rounder particle that increased flow ability and made the powder surface smooth. With improved BarleyLife, AIM chose not to agglomerate the powder. Doing so would have made an even lower-density powder, which would have resulted in an even larger canister and an increased serving size. With improved BarleyLife, the non-spherical particles of powder now cling to one another to form soft clumps. They are very
fragile and break into a fine powder at the slightest touch. When you scoop out a teaspoon, the soft clumps won’t cause inconsistent servings.
Also, if you shake the canister, most of the soft clumps will return to powder. Note: Moisture is not a contributing factor in the appearance of clumps. The improved powder contains about 20 percent less moisture than the old powder.
Q: Why is the suggested serving for BarleyLife
capsules now 7 capsules instead of 8?
Q: Why are there 4 more servings but 44 fewer grams of powder per canister?
A: The suggested serving is still 2 teaspoons, 2 to 3 times daily. With the previous powder, each 2-teaspoon
serving weighed 5 grams (300 grams provided 60 x 5-gram servings). Now each 2-teaspoon serving weighs 4 grams. This is the result of a fluffier powder (the new 256 gram canister provides 64 x 4-gram servings). Still priced at the same Member Price per canister, but now with 4 additional servings, the price has dropped from 0.60 to 0.56 per serving.
Q: Why is the seal on the BarleyLife different from past canisters?
A: Originally, a heat-inducted foil was sealed to the lip of the canister and stayed on after the lid was removed.
Replacing the foil is a pressure-applied foam liner that securely seals the lip of the canister. When you open the canister, the foam seal comes off with the lid. This sealing method was introduced to the U.S. and other countries around the world in 2004. Canada is now on board.
Q: What is the
best way to mix BarleyLife powder and minimize clumps in my glass?
A: The best way to mix BarleyLife is to first add the powder to a shaker cup, then add water and shake vigorously. This will result in an approximately 1½ in. foamy head, which is about twice as high as it used to be. If you look closely at this foam you’ll notice little or no green specks in it. This, coupled with virtually no green sludge at the bottom of
your empty glass, ensures that our powder is more soluble than ever.
The worst way to mix BarleyLife is water first, then powder, then stirring it with a spoon. It is very important to use a shaker cup or mini hand blender to get the best mixing and tasting BarleyLife.