Summer is a great time to barbeque, enjoy the sun, and spend quality time with your family. But did you know your favorite summer activities could actually be harmful to your health? Here, Dr. Oz explains why, and shares three crucial supplements that will allow you to enjoy your favorite summer pastimes without having to worry about your health.
Beat the BBQ: L-Carnosine
Although they’re delicious, grilling protein-packed chicken, omega-3 rich fish, or the occasional piece of red meat can be harmful to your body. Cooking meat quickly at high temperatures releases chemicals known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs. These AGEs promote oxidative stress and cellular inflammation, leading to premature wrinkles and, over time, even heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
To combat the AGEs released while grilling, try taking a L-carnosine supplement. Carnosine, which occurs naturally in our bodies, contains potent antioxidant activity to block the effects of AGEs. Natural carnosine levels, however, have been shown to decrease by 63% between ages 10 and 70. So it’s important to supplement your levels by taking 500 mg of L-carnosine twice per day, available for around $40 in health food stores.
Overcome the Sun: Lycopene
By now you know the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage that can lead to skin cancer. But you probably didn’t know that the nutrient found in tomatoes, lycopene, can protect your skin from the inside out. In fact, a British study showed that volunteers who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste with 10 grams of olive oil a day for 12 weeks were 33% less likely to burn from UV exposure than those who only ate olive oil. Researchers believe it was due to the lycopene producing procollagen, a molecule which helps protect the skin.