Dr. Oz: Basil is Antidepressant (1/14/13)
Today’s episode is about energy boosters:
- oatstraw extract, which you can add to juice, and which boosts sex drive.
- rhodiola, which Dr. Oz brings around with him.
- orange or amber lens glasses which helps you sleep. Wear them when using the computer, TV, iPhones or other electronics devices to block blue light, two hours before you sleep. $ 15. Or not use electronics devices before you sleep. The blue light blocks melatonin, which makes us sleepy.
- kiwi, which has the lowest pesticide of all produce and a no-bake energy bar. Kiwi has magnesium and potassium. Two kiwis have more potassium than a banana, and more Vitamin C than an orange, so athletes eat them before exercise. Monica Reinagel, author of Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet shares recipes like salsa, salads, kiwi with yogurt or cottage cheese.
- no-bake energy bars.
The ingredients are:
1 cup quick-cook oats
1/3 cup tart cherries
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the ingredients in a bowl then refrigerate for two hours.
Eva Selhub, MD of Harvard University, author of Your Brain on Nature, tells us about the newest antioxidants:
- chicoric acid, a stress-buster and antidepressant found in basil and chicory root powder. Eat 4-5 servings a week. You can also add 30 drops of dandelion root tincture to water.
- pterostilbene, which helps the brain, especially memory. Take 1 cup cranberries everyday or 1/4 cup peanuts twice or thrice a week. Or take 50-150 mg supplements.
- C3G, which helps fight fat. You can take black rice, black beans or 1 g supplement.
- hemp oil, which is good for the heart. It helps hypertension, and is high in omega-3s–there are several?
- avocado oil helps prevent macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness over age 55. I learned from being on the Institutional Review Board of Asian Eye Institute from 2002-2012, that it is the leading cause of blindness of any age. Because of this episode, I opened a bag of Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips which were on the bland side. There’s an Avocado Oil Sea Salt and Lime version. That I’m willing to try.
- peppermint oil may help relieve IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, and bloating.
Dr. Oz then has three contestants take a quiz. One of the questions was: What is an inexpensive cure to help your hands look younger?
a. aloe vera hand soap
b. glycolic acid
c. vegetable shortening
Answer: vegetable shortening
That’s our recap of Dr. Oz today, 1/14/13. We’ll have another recap tomorrow. Until then, please check out our Dr. Oz archives HERE.
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