Saturday is National Wine Day, so let's raise a glass to this delicious beverage. Drinking the occasional glass of red or white wine can give seniors a health boost, so there's no reason to be ashamed of your love of wine, provided you are imbibing in moderation.
Red wine is rich in the antioxidant known as resveratrol, which may be able to "turn back the hands of time" and prevent some of the negative conditions often associated with aging. In fact, an article published this month in the journal Science found that resveratrol directly affects a protein that has been linked to cell metabolism and inflammatory diseases, according to Scientific American. The Mayo Clinic points out that resveratrol could help protect individuals from obesity and diabetes.
It's not just red wine that is good for you, either. According to Today, both reds and whites can raise the level of HDL-cholesterol, or "good" cholesterol. However, red wine may trump white in terms of health, as many of the nutrients found in wine come from the skin of the grapes used to make it, and with whites, the skin is removed.
Looking for a fun way to enjoy red wine this summer? Try out this delicious and simple sangria recipe, which is great for sipping on those long summer afternoons. This recipe was adapted from Food.com.
2 bottles of chilled red wine
2 cups of chilled orange juice
1/2 cup of brandy
1/4 cup of triple sec
1/8 cup of simple syrup
1 bunch of red or white grapes
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced lime
1 cup of chopped watermelon
Mix together all ingredients in a large pitcher or bowl, adding the fruit last. You can serve immediately over ice or allow it to sit in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Try mixing in some of your favorite fruits to spice things up!
There's no denying that Memorial Day is a somber occasion. The holiday was established as a way to honor the brave men and women who have lost their lives in defense of the U.S., but it has also evolved to become a celebration in their memory. Picnics are a staple of Memorial Day celebrations, and given that the holiday is the unofficial beginning of summer, it's important to get the menu just right. Burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and other cookout fare are essentials, but it's also important to have some healthy options.
Trouble with vision makes senior living difficult for millions of Americans. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute, an estimated 1.75 million people in the U.S. have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - the leading cause of blindness among seniors. Certain nutrients have often been seen as a good way for adults to protect their vision, and although recent research has cast doubt as to whether supplements are an effective path to take, there are still many natural sources of nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
There are so many wonderful things about salads - they're nutritious, colorful and hearty and can be made in so many different ways. As May is National Salad Month, we're bringing you two unique salad recipes that you can serve as entrees or side dishes at your next dinner party.
When you order a burger at a restaurant, chances are it's dripping with cheese and loaded with fat. It's also probably the size of your head. The super-sizing trend among American foods isn't doing our health any favors, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate National Burger Month this May. This barbecue favorite can be healthy when it's prepared the right way - with white meat like chicken or turkey instead of beef.