Resveratrol has been in the news for quite some time. It has very potent antioxident properties to help our bodies fight off the damaging free radicals formed by our stressful, chemical-laden lives. It also has mild phytoestrogen activities and can help the obese. Raspberries, grapes, cranberries, peanuts, blueberries, mulberries, bilberries, and lingonberries all have high amounts of resveratrol.
Phytochemicals are substances in plants to help protect them from their environment; internally and externally. So, they are helpful for us, too.
One easy way to get more phytochemicals, like resveratrol, in our diets is to make "green drinks". My patients have heard me talk about green drinks for years, and my own kids ask for them. Here is a simple recipe:
2 cups pure water OR 1 cup pure water and 1 cup good, pure fruit juice
2 handfuls organic baby lettuce leaves
1 cup frozen berries
1 tbsp organic yogurt (optional)
Blend in a blender and share with a friend or loved one! I also add liquid trace minerals, probiotics, and sometimes a scoop of superfood powder like barley grass, etc. Yum!