Vitamins, exercise, nutritional supplements, green leafy vegetables, fish oil, green tea……………forget all of that. A new scientific long -term controlled study concludes that the ultimate longevity drug may be…………..BOOZE!
And that abstaining actually significantly increases your risk of death!
A 20-year study of 1,824 individuals between the ages of 55 and 65 (63 percent were men) – who had some kind of outpatient care in the previous three years, found that non-drinkers had the highest mortality rate at 69 percent, followed by heavy drinkers at 61 percent and moderate drinkers at 41 percent – moderate alcohol consumption is defined as one-to-three drinks a day.
The study, conducted by Charles Holahan, psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, controlled for socio-economic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support, as well as non-drinkers who had health issues related to past heavy drinking. So it tried to eliminate variables other than booze that might have affected the results.
The findings are published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (subscription required to read the full study).
So fire up that martini shaker and if you really want to turbo charge your longevity cocktail make it a pomegranate or add a few olives.
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