Fancy living to 100 years of age? Move to Sardinia!

Let’s face it, we all want to live a long and healthy life and where better to do this than in Sardinia, especially when there is a town on the island that has one of the top 3 oldest living populations in the world! Many of the residents in the small mountainous town of Ovodda (situated in the centre of the island) live to be well into their nineties or even over 100 years of age. So what’s their secret to living so long? Apart from the benefits of their Mediterranean diet, it appears that due to the small population living there (approximately 1,700 residents) and their isolation from other towns and villages, many families have resorted to marrying into other local families in the area. Although this jerzu1-105x150interbreeding can lead to a higher chance of genetic diseases, it also appears that through their genetic combinations, it has enabled people to live a longer life. But if you’re not lucky enough to inherit these genes, never fear as there are other environmental benefits of living in Sardinia that help with living a longer life – such as lack of stress, unpolluted air and that healthy Mediterranean diet we mentioned above that of course includes drinking some locally produced Sardinian wine that has very high levels of antioxidants such as dark red wine produced there called black wine (or “vino nero” among the locals), the most famous of which is Cannonau. The Sardinian diet consists of locally produced freshly grown foods prepared with olive oil, garlic and lemon. Meals normally consist of a pasta dish followed by meat or fish and of course lots of fresh vegetables and salads.  Dessert includes lots of fruits such as figs, oranges, apricots and grapes and locally produced sheep cheese called Pecorino which is high in omega 3 fatty acids. All the above, according to numerous researchers, are some of the most important aspects related to Sardinian longevity. So, are you ready to move there?

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