Research has shown that certain foods and dietary patterns are linked to longevity in populations around the world that live the longest.
Okinawans have a life expectancy among the highest in the world, with many living over 100 years. Okinawans eat a diet rich in fish, fruits, vegetables, especially purple sweet potatoes, seaweed, and legumes.
Top 12 Food Groups Associated with Longevity
Populations that eat a diet rich in leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have been found to have lower rates of age-related diseases like heart disease and cognitive decline.
Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are rich in healthy fats and other nutrients that have been linked to reduced inflammation and improved heart health.
Populations that eat a lot of beans like chickpeas, lentils, and black beans have been found to have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
Populations that eat a diet rich in whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and oats have been found to have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Berries like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that have been linked to reduced inflammation and improved brain function.
Populations that eat a lot of fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines have been found to have lower rates of heart disease, cognitive decline, and other age-related diseases.
Olive oil is a staple in many populations that live the longest, and has been found to have potential benefits for heart health, brain function, and overall longevity.
Garlic is a popular ingredient in many populations that live the longest, and has been found to have potential benefits for heart health, immune function, and cancer prevention.
Populations that consume a lot of fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso have been found to have improved gut health, immune function, and overall longevity.
Mushrooms are a good source of antioxidants and other nutrients that have been linked to improved immune function and cancer prevention.
HERBS & SPICES
Herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon have been found to have potential benefits for reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.
Green tea is a popular beverage in many populations that live the longest and has been found to have potential benefits for heart health, brain function, and immunity for overall health.
The French paradox is a term used to describe the fact that despite consuming a diet high in saturated fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than many other populations. One of the factors that has been suggested to contribute to the French paradox is the prevalent consumption of red wine, which is rich in a compound called resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a type of antioxidant polyphenol that is found in the skin of grapes and is also present in other foods like peanuts and berries. Research has shown that resveratrol has potential benefits for heart health, cognitive function, and longevity.
One of the ways that resveratrol may contribute to longevity is by activating a protein called Sirtuin 1, or SIRT1, an enzyme that plays a role in regulating cellular processes like DNA repair and cell survival. Studies have shown that activation of SIRT1 by resveratrol can help protect cells from damage and improve their overall function, which may contribute to improved health and longevity.
In addition to its potential benefits for cellular health, resveratrol has also been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties may help protect against degenerative changes often seen in aging.
In animal studies, resveratrol has been found to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and improve heart function.
While red wine is a good source of resveratrol, it's important to note that excessive alcohol consumption can have negative health effects. The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their alcohol intake to one drink per day and men limit their intake to two drinks per day.
An easy way to get resveratrol is in a purified supplement form called resVida® found in MDR Ultra-Pure Resveratrol. Unlike some supplements that use Asian Knotweed, with potential unwanted components, resVida® is the purified Resveratrol molecule. MDR also provides resVida® equivalent to 40 glasses of red wine in each daily serving of VitalFactors, a comprehensive anti-aging supplement that promotes vitality and healthy longevity.
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by Patricia Riley
Pat Riley is a Scientist with 45 years of expertise in nutrition research and product development. As Founder/CEO of MDR and Clientele, she has developed products to promote vibrant good health used by over 2 million people.