Everyone seems to be reporting on the key to longevity. Whether it’s a news article on the longest marriage, the death of the oldest person, the proof that red extends life and now a book on the BestSeller List, Dan Buettner’s new one: The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. That fountain of youth can’t be far away.
In a book titled “The Red Wine Diet”, by Roger Corder, OPC’s, red wine is suggested to be the real fountain of youth. The author, from the William Harvey Research Institute, points to Gers, France where the citizen population over 90 years old is twice that of the rest of France. He believes the reason stems from the Madiran wine the people of Ger traditionally drink. It happens to be made with local Tannat grapes – the composition of which is incredibly high in OPC’s (not resveratrol).
Dan Buettner traveled to places like Okinawa and Nicoya, Costa Rica. These places, like Gers, are famous for the long living residents. Buettner’s book also points to red wine, but doesn’t stop there. The people interviewed for his book believe it is a combination of diet, family and physical exercise. Who would’ve guessed our moms have been right all along.
From my experiences at nursing homes, I’d say it has something to do with family and purpose. Living a long time must be something you want to do. Perhaps you don’t come out and say you want to live a long time, but maybe your actions do that for you. The oldest folks I see always have something planned they “must” do. They don’t live in the moment as much as expect the next one.