Wednesday, June 2, 2010

:: interesting fact about longevity ::

  • japan has the longest life expectancy in the world. yet people in the Okinawan island in southern Japan enjoy even longer and healthier lives than the average japanese. their diet secret? lots of grain, vegetables, soy and fish, less meat, poultry and dairy. there is, however no scientific basis to the suggestion by some supplement manufacturer that "coral calcium" is the secret of Okinawans logevity.
  • various studies in Mermons, Seventh-Day Adventists and Trappist monks, all people who follow vegetarian diet and engage in prudent lifestyle also show that they enjoy increased life expectancy.
  • North American also seems to be doing something right since they are healthier than they were two decades ago, people over age 85 are one of the fastest growing segments of the  population, proving that today you can live longer and healthier if you practice good health habits.
with increasing age, the body is less efficient in absorbing and using some nutrients; osteoporosis and other medical conditions common among older people also change nutritional needs. consequently, an older person is likely to need extra amounts of the following essential nutrition.
  • calcium to prevent osteoporosis and maintain healthy bones
  • vitamins D, which the body need in order to help absorbing of calcium.
  • vitamin B12 to build red blood cells and maintain healthy nerves.
  • zinc to help compensate for lowered immunity due to aging.
  • potassium, especially in the presence of high blood presure ot the use of diuretic drugs.
  • folic acid, B vitamin, which the body use to make a DNA and red blood cells, may also help to lower blood levels of homocysteine, a compound in the blood that has been associated with increased risk of heart disease.
  • fiber to prevent constipation.

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