Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen are back with a new book called You: Staying Young.
They were on Oprah this week with their anti-aging checklist that will help you “get healthy and peel years off your life”. It looks like it has some great information in it, so I am definitely putting this one on my must read list.
Here is a highlight that some of us might really enjoy:
Dr. Oz says we should drink red wine every day
Isn’t that great?!
Of course, it doesn’t mean to drink a bottle per day, but drinking one glass of red wine per day is actually very good for us. The red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that comes from the skins of grapes. This is only the case in red wine, so if you are a white wine fan, you might want to consider switching.
If you do not drink alcohol, you can still get some resveratrol from Concord grape juice or other dark grape juices, but not as much benefit as you would from red wine.
What is an antioxidant and why is it important for us?
Antioxidants are substances, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta carotene, that protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation.
On the show, Dr. Oz compares apples to give the best explanation I have ever heard about why antioxidants are important to us:
“one half of this apple was sprinkled with lemon juice and the other was not. While the lemony half remains new and crisp-looking, the untreated half becomes brown and shriveled because of exposure to oxygen, also called oxidation. “The same thing happens to our skin, to our heart, to our eyes,” Dr. Oz says. “All of our bodies need to have the antioxidants.”
As their name implies, antioxidants do to your body what the lemon juice does to an apple—help prevent the damage caused by oxygen exposure.
So load up on your antioxidants!
I’m heading to the grocery store now to stock my house with antioxidant rich foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, blueberries, tomatoes, and of course….red wine!
Don’t forget to be active today! (and preferably before your red wine)
pictures from Oprah.com