Powerful sweetener helps these people live to 100
December 24, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 101
My 88-year-old father turned to me one day and said, "Steve, getting old is h-e-double toothpicks." My heart went out to him. He's not one to use harsh language, so I knew it was tough on him. With all the elderly I work with regularly, I know he's not alone. Aging is hard. But what if it didn't have to be quite so hard? What if we could reduce some of the devastating effects of age? And what if we could do it simply by eating the right sweetener? Think it's impossible? Think again.
Dan Buettner is the author of The Blue Zones: 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest
. He recently told The New York Times Magazine
, "In America, once we hit 85, there's about a 50% chance you'll suffer from dementia." But there's a Greek island in the Aegean Sea where the people "forget to die." says Buettner. "In Ikaria, the rate of dementia is about one-fourth ours. They stay sharp to the end."
That's pretty impressive. However, their mental health isn't all that stays in shape longer. The men on Ikaria reach the age of 90 about four times as often as American men. And two-and-a-half times as many women reach the age of 90. But that's not all. The people on this island won't see cancer and heart disease for another 10 years on average compared to Americans.
What's more, these aren't weak elderly folks. They're highly active, with over 80% of the men over 65 enjoying sex regularly.
So what's their secret?
Buettner says their secret is a variant of the Mediterranean diet, regular exercise, diuretic teas (such as rosemary, sage, and dandelion), hand ground wheat for their bread, and wine. But there was one more secret to their long life that could be a major contributor to their health. The only sweetener they eat is indigenous honey. There's no refined sugar, no aspartame, and no Splenda.
I have to acknowledge that their lifestyles are quite healthful compared to most Americans. So how can we say honey makes a big difference?
Well, the first thing that stands out is that there are plenty of other cultures around the Mediterranean Sea that live a very similar lifestyle. However, few of them have the longevity these islanders do. And most of them use other types of sweetener and eat refined carbohydrates (another form of sugar).
But that's not all. In Saturday's alert, I'll share with you more reasons honey can help you live a long, health-filled life.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.