LIVING TO 100 IS EASIER THAN SCIENTISTS THOUGHT

Researchers in Boston found that living until you are a 100 isn’t all that hard. It’s not in your genes—it’s in your lifestyle. Avoiding obesity, inactivity, high blood pressure and not smoking were the keys to living a long and healthy life. A great deal of research points to a healthy diet high in antioxidants, grapes, berries, apples, vegetables and whole grains as the way to keep blood pressure normal and avoid obesity. Longevity researchers have found that the special polyphenols resveratrol and OPCs in red wine, red wine extract, grape skins, and seeds support healthy heart function and may extend lifespan. Recent research also found that one third of people still may live to 100 even with age-related diseases.

ACTION: Drink one glass of red wine daily or take a red wine extract high in OPCs from grape seed and skins, plus resveratrol. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Exercise daily. Stop smoking.

Yates, L. Terry, D. Archives of Internal Medicine, Feb. 11, 2008; vol 168: pp 284-290, 277-283. News release, American Medical Association.

Gruss W. A Cardiologist’s Guide to Anti-Aging, Antioxidants, and Resveratrol. Renaissance Education: Boca Raton, FL. 2007

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