Small Italian Village Populated With Super-Agers
Acciaroli, Italy, is a small town of 700 in a region south of Naples. This place is unusual because one in eight citizens there is over 100 years old. And, they are healthy, happy and active. Doctors studied the residents and asked a lot of questions. Significant factors in the centenarians’ health is strong blood supply to the muscles (similar to people 30 years younger); no signs of dementia or confusion; low rates of heart disease compared to European averages; all claim to live simple, healthy lifestyles, including getting regular exercise. Their diet includes locally-produced olive oil, local red and white wine (just a swig), and lots of the herb rosemary (cooked in foods or chewed raw). The region itself does not house any large industry, and the air is clear and free of pollution. But of course, the most important question from us is whether or not super-agers drink coffee. And, guess what, they do! On average, super-agers drink 1-2 cups per day. Acciarolians obviously drink Italian espresso. Just sayin’.