Monday, 7 November 2016

[] To live long, try this Italian recipe!


To live long, try this Italian recipe!
Aluke Carr

Researchers find that residents of Acciaroli, Italy load up on rosemary

In and around Acciaroli, Italy, a particularly pun gent variety of locally grown rosemary -said to smell 10 times as strong as the norm -is a daily part of the diet. Residents raise and consume their own rabbits. Anchovies too feature prominently on dinner plates.

Abundant sunshine and clean air keep people outdoors, swimming at beaches or climbing the steep hills that ripple along the Cilento Coast, south of Naples.

Do these environmental factors and food choices -a hy perlocal twist on the Mediterranean diet, which also includes olive oil, and fresh vegetables -explain why so many people here, both men and women, live past 90?" Researchers who just concluded a preliminary study of Acciaroli's nonagenarians and centenarians believe they could be part of the equation.

"They use rosemary on everything they cook," said one of the researchers, Dr. Alan S Maisel, a cardiologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Of the area's inhabitants, about one in 60 is 90 or older.That rivals other so-called blue zones, like Sardinia and Okinawa, with unusually large concentrations of very old people. And the quality of life for people in Acciaroli with nine or 10 decades behind them is high: virtually no cataracts, few bone fractures, excellent heart health, and a low incidence of Alzheimer's disease.

Some studies have shown that rosemary can aid brain function, and the researchers think the variety grown in Acciaroli might have especially high concentrations of beneficial substances.

The older adults also demonstrate a robust sexual appetite. Dr. Maisel reported an attempted seduction by a woman pumping water in the center of Acciaroli, who he estimated was born not long after Mussolini took office in 1922. "The sexual activity is huge," he said.

The study found that Acciaroli's older residents have exceptionally good microcirculation -the small capillaries that go right into tissues to deliver nutrients and remove waste. "Their ADM levels are as good as a teenager," said Dr.Maisel, referring to adrenomedullin, a hormone that widens blood vessels.

"Have we discovered the Fountain of Youth? No," Dr.Maisel said. "But we're asking the right questions.







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