What is the secret to a longer, healthier life? That question propelled researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, to travel to Italy to get some answers.
Specifically, the researchers headed to Acciaroli, a small village south of Naples with a population of about 650. Why there? About half the inhabitants, 300 to be exact, live to be 100 years old--and even 110. Not only do they live a long life, many of them are free from heart disease AND Alzheimer's.
Right now, the California doctors are looking at this group's diet, lifestyle, and genetics for some clues on why these folks are so healthy. One they've found: The centenarians all favor a Mediterranean diet--one that's seasoned very liberally with rosemary. They also walk and hike A LOT every day.
Once researchers get answers, they'll be able to apply them to their patients in San Diego and to people all over the world. In the meantime, it couldn't hurt to eat more like the inhabitants of Acciaroli. So start seasoning your fish, vegetables, and pasta sauces with this easy-to-find herb!
PLUS: Get the skinny on the Alzheimer's diet by clicking through the foods to eat below.