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Five Ways To Up the Resveratrol In your Diet

Woman reading a book and having red wine

You may have observed that wine is becoming a popular guest on morning celebrity talk shows. You may have seen Neil Patrick Harris chugging wine with Meredith Viera or Meredith Viera chugging wine with Ellen Degeneres or Hoda and Kathie Lee chugging wine with each other.

In the past decade or so, wine, especially red wine has received a lot of attention. It has been associated with heart health and health experts have even gone so far as to recommend moderate amounts of red wine as a part of a healthy diet. Because it straddles the border between edgy and safe, and because of its relatively low alcohol content, red wine seems to be the perfect drink of the morning talk show host. It says, “Look, we know how to have fun, but we do it responsibly.” I wonder if they know about resveratrol.

Red wine is perhaps the best-known source of resveratrol. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols are known to have antioxidant properties which fight cancer and heart disease. But, perhaps resveratrol is most valued for its anti-aging properties and its potential to fight obesity. in a study on rodents, mice were split into two groups. One was fed a high-calorie diet and given resveratrol, the other was given a healthy diet, but no resveratrol. Not only did the resveratrol fed mice live longer, they were also protected from obesity-related health problem because, get this, Resveratrol mimics caloric restriction. (Give me some right now!!!)

Ok. Ok. Here are some ways you can up the resveratrol in your diet;

Blueberries on a wooden table

Blueberries
Although red grapes have significantly more, resveratrol is also present in blueberries along with antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins C and K and manganese.

Red Grapes
If alcohol isn’t your way to go, no problem. Red grapes don’t need to be fermented to have the antioxidant property. The skin of red grapes is loaded with resveratrol and also potassium, vitamin K, C, and B1. Remember, the Greek Gods ate these all the times, and they lived forever and looked pretty good doing it!

Peanut Butter
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? It goes with everything: apples, chocolate, celery, jelly, marshmallows, you name it! Peanut butter contains up to .13 mgs of resveratrol per cup and is also a great source of niacin and manganese.

Itadori Tea
You may have heard of this as a traditional herbal remedy used in Japan and China to combat strokes and heart disease. According to The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, studies show that, “For people who do not consume alcohol, Itadori tea may be a suitable substitute for red wine.

Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate
Oh, wow dark chocolate, peanut butter and red wine. Can this really all be good for you? In moderation. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants. iron, copper, manganese, and, you guessed it-resveratrol.

But, a word to the wise.

As tempting as it may be to raise a glass with your favorite tv personality, try to hold off drinking before noon.

Summer Snacks for Great Skin – Vine Vera Reviews

We’ve said it before; when it comes to skin care, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on to your skin. You take great care selecting skin care products and cosmetics that contain the best ingredients for your skin type, so why not take the same care with the food that you eat? Not only will your skin benefit from a nutritious, healthy diet, but you might find that you are able to lose a few pounds or tone up a bit more easily as well. Summer is full of activities and with your busy work-life and packed social calendar, it is tempting to grab foods that you can snack on easily and on-the-go. This summer, resolve to snack on foods that will do more than satisfy your hunger, pick summer snacks that help you achieve great skin.

Citrus fruits in a basket.

Citrus Fruits
You already know that refined sugars are not only bad for your weight and overall health, but did you know that they wreak absolute havoc on your skin as well? When it comes to summer snacking, there are all kinds of fresh fruits that are in season and that are a quick, convenient snack. While you do have to spend a bit of time prepping fruits like kiwi, papaya and mango, but the benefits are well worth it. These fruits are high in vitamin C which helps your skin retain its elasticity and firmness. Additionally, these fruits contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that gives you radiant, glowing skin.

Avocados on a wooden board.

Avocados
Another fruit (yes, it has a seed so it is technically a fruit) that is in season in the warm months of summer is avocado. This rich, creamy treat can be used in a variety of ways as a summer snack. Slice some on top of your salad or prepare a delicious breakfast of whole wheat toast, mashed avocado and tomato slices. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats that help fight wrinkles. Tomatoes, which could also be added to a fresh, homemade guacamole, contain lycopene which is thought to help prevent damage from the sun.

Berries overflowing from a basket.

Berries
Sticking with sweets that are not refined sugars, berries are another great tasting and convenient summer snack. Additionally, these summer snacks are packed with antioxidants that help your skin fight free radicals and the early signs of aging. Grab a handful or fresh blueberries to top your yogurt in the morning, or freshly slice some strawberries for an after-dinner snack that tastes delicious while being healthy for body and skin.

Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate
So, dark chocolate is available year-round, but it makes a great summer snack when you really crave something indulgent. Dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher) contains flavanols, which are powerful antioxidants that can benefit your skin.

Just because a summer snack is great for your skin (and body), it does not have to be bland or boring. The above foods are all super tasty ways to snack during the summer while improving your skin as well. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, particularly when you are outside in the heat, to maintain your beautiful, plump, glowing skin.