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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. C3G, which helps fight fat. You can take black rice, black beans or 1 g supplement.
  4. hemp oil, which is good for the heart. It helps hypertension, and is high in omega-3s–there are several?
  5. 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.

    Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips

    I added garlic and ginger cheese to the avocado oil chips.

  6. 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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