A small town in Italy is gaining some notoriety for having an unusually high concentration of centenarians. To be exact, 300 of it’s 3000 inhabitants are at least 100 years old!
This is a stat my uncle informed me of the other day, referring to an article he had come across recently.
Of course, talk of living to 100 isn’t a new topic. Dan Buettner explored the idea of living longer in his 2009 book “Blue Zones,” in which he summarizes his research of some of the longest lived communities around the world. What makes this article interesting is that it points to a single herb as being a primary factory for increased longevity in this small coastal town.
Researchers were stunned to discover so many older people in peak physical and mental condition living in one place. The elderly population of Acciaroli in Italy’s Campania region has low rates of heart disease and Alzheimer’s…
Locals infuse everything with the herb rosemary, which many believe has healing properties. Native to the Mediterranean, rosemary is commonly used in cooking and is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Yet many eat it for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties believing it can boost the immune system, improve circulation and alleviate muscle pain… Continue reading the article
Should you run out and buy some rosemary extract or fresh rosemary to cook with? I say yes! Not only will it add some great flavor to your food, but it may also increase your bodies ability to reduce inflammation, stimulate circulation and prevent premature aging.
Is it the “magic pill” you’ve been searching for to cure all your ills and help you live to 100? Probably not, but it can be part of the equation. The fact is, it’s going to take a balance of a healthy diet, exercise, lifestyle…and maybe a few long vacations in Acciaroli…to reach the age of 100. Adding a superherb like rosemary to your diet certainly has the potential to increase your lifespan and ward of disease, but only if you eliminate those external factors that you know are taking years off of your life.
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