Article on Eating Well

I saw this article on and found it interesting. It was titled anti-agingwhich I assumed was referring to not getting wrinkles, grey hair etc. which Idon’t really care about since that’s inevitable but this article is moreabout having a healthy body.

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The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heartdisease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? TheKuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which isunusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels.Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,kidney disease and dementia.

In a landmark study published in 1999, researchers at Tufts University’s JeanMayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging fed rats blueberry extract for a periodof time that in “rat lives” is equivalent to 10 human years. These ratsoutperformed rats fed regular chow on tests of balance and coordination when theyreached old age. Compounds in blueberries (and other berries) mitigate inflammationand oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory andmotor function.

Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native Inuits of Alaska wereremarkably free of heart disease. The reason, scientists now think, is the extraordinaryamount of fish they consume. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which helpprevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.

Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthyliving and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extratwo and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefitssimilar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sourcesof vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.

Drinking alcohol in moderation protects against heart disease, diabetes and age-relatedmemory loss. Any kind of alcoholic beverage seems to provide such benefits, but redwine has been the focus of much of the research. Red wine contains resveratrol, acompound that likely contributes to its benefits-and, according to animal studies,may activate genes that slow cellular aging.

Olive Oil
Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturatedfats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease andcancer on the Greek island of Crete. Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols,powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases.

In the 1970s, Soviet Georgia was rumored to have more centenarians per capita thanany other country. Reports at the time claimed that the secret of their long liveswas yogurt, a food ubiquitous in their diets. While the age-defying powers of yogurtnever have been proved directly, yogurt is rich in calcium, which helps stave offosteoporosis and contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut healthand diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness.

By Michelle Edelbaum