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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:04

7 Foods Science Proves Will Help You Live Longer


If you're looking for the fountain of youth, stop looking in your medicine cabinet and take a closer look into your pantry. What we put in our bodies affects everything from the size of our waistlines, the condition of our hearts, and yes-even how long we live.


Researchers have been fascinated by the factors of longevity. They've studied the natives of Okinawa, Japan who are known to age more healthily and tend to live longer than most places in the world. Or the residents of the San Blas Islands who have incredibly low rates of heart disease. Or Seventh Day Adventists who live up to seven years longer than their neighbors, on average. What's food got to do with it? Well, a lot.


Some of the top causes of death around the world are chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes which you can reduce your risk of by watching your diet.


So, to help you celebrate more birthdays, we've rounded up some research-backed foods to add to your diet:



1. Cranberries



Love 'em or hate 'em, these tart and somewhat bitter berries are good for you. Researchers found young fruit flies given cranberry extract lived 25 percent longer than those that weren't. And in even better news, middle-aged and older fruit flies lived 30 percent longer!


2. Green Tea

green tea

green tea

Besides boasting benefits like reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, the world's second most popular beverage was shown to reduce risk of death by up to 26 percent for those who consumed several cups a day.


3. Nuts

mixed nuts

mixed nuts

People who snacked on a handful of nuts everyday were found to live longer than those who didn't, according to a Harvard University study. An added bonus: they also lived healthier lives with a lower chance of developing cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.


4. Salmon



Smoked, baked, on a bagel, or in your sushi, you'll want to load up on the omega-3 rich fish. A diet rich in omega-3's could help preserve your telomeres, and slow down the aging process according to an Ohio State University study. Telomeres are the ends of your chromosomes that shrink with age.


5. Blueberries



Often dubbed a "superfood" because of their high antioxidant levels, blueberries and other foods rich in polyphenols can extend your life. One study found that getting plenty of polyphenols in your diet can reduce your risk of death by 30 percent! The antioxidant has been shown to cut the risk of cancer diabetes also.

6. Whole grains and olive oil

whole grain pasta

whole grain pasta

Like so many others, you've probably heard plenty about the Mediterranean Diet. But what you may not know is the heart-healthy diet has been shown to increase the lifespan of elderly people by about 20 percent. The diet encourages eating lots of vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains.


7. Wine



Just half a glass of wine a day can help men live longer, according to a Dutch study. Researchers found light wine drinkers lives up to five years longer than those who did not drink at all and up to two and a half years longer than those who simply drank other types of alcohol. Red wine in particular is rich in antioxidants that could help protect against heart disease.





High cholesterol is one of those health issues that sort of sneaks up on you. Most of the time there are no symptoms of high cholesterol, which means it's important for you to have your cholesterol checked regularly by a doctor. After all, high cholesterol can raise your chances of getting serious heart disease. The good news though is that high cholesterol often can be reduced through regular exercise and a healthy diet.


High cholesterol is caused by the buildup of low density lipoproteins in the walls of your arteries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Foods high in fiber and omega-3s reduce this fatty buildup. To learn more about five foods that can help lower cholesterol:


Top 5 Cholesterol-Fighting Foods



Studies show that the oat fibers in oatmeal mix with cholesterol in the small intestine, then attach to the cholesterol molecules and carry them out of the body


Salmon And Other Fish

Eating fish can help lower your blood pressure thanks to its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, herring, trout and sardines.



Studies show that pinto beans, which are rich in fiber and protein, can lower cholesterol levels. Beans in general can help you achieve more glycemic control while also lowering your risk of coronary heart disease.


Fresh Garlic

Studies show that garlic can prevent the buildup of artery-clogging plaque by keeping individual cholesterol particles from sticking to artery walls. To get the best results, try for two to four fresh cloves of garlic a day.


Macadamia Nuts

Studies show that macadamia nuts and other nuts are helpful in the fight against bad cholesterol. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help fight high cholesterol.











THE Senate was, yesterday, told that the N1, 305, 292, 050 set aside in the 2013 budget for refreshment and meals and other miscellaneous expenses in the State House will not be enough.


This is just as a breakdown of the Miscellaneous sub-head in Aso Rock’s budget shows that N203,752,432 was allocated for refreshment and meals; N107,412,768 would be spent on honorarium and sitting allowance while N37, 277,825 will be for publicity and advertisement.


These were disclosed, yesterday, when the State House Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbile appeared before the Senator Dahiru Kuta-led Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs to defend the N14,715,566,104 budget for next year.


Ogbile also told the senators some other expenses that were being taken care of in the refreshment and meals vote, which he said include National Economic Council (NEC), Council of State, conferences in the Banquet Hall, Presidential retreats, National Merit Award, Children’s Day as well as hosting of dignitaries. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, however, countered the Permanent Secretary on the provision for the Merit Award which he said has its own budget.


The Permanent Secretary also gave a further breakdown of the 2013 State House budget as thus, Medical expenses (N50,308,546); Postage and courier services (N10,035,583); Welfare packages (N195,066,223); Subscription to professional bodies (N4,589,793); and Sporting activities (N32,910,730).


According to him, Overtime will gulp, N250,455,589; Feeding of animals including animal supplements for the veterinary clinic (N30,584,144); Summit/ Extra ordinary sessions including the UN, African Union, ECOWAS, etc (N228,112,862); and NYSC, IT, LOCUM, Housemanship and contract staff allowance (N144,788,555).


According to Ogbile: “I have taken pains to explain that this money is not just to fund the residence of the President and that of the Vice President. The experience I have had is that this fund is grossly insufficient. It is not even enough.”


The Permanent Secretary noted that “it is also from the budget of N1.305 billion that we take care of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which holds every Wednesday.”Source: Vanguard

Nigeria spends N630 billion to import agricultural foods annually because the agricultural sector has been pushed to the background, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said this yesterday in Abuja when President Goodluck Jonathan launched the N77.5 billion Nigeria incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture (NIRSAL) meant to de-risk lending to the sector.

The CBN designed the NIRSAL as a mechanism to support farmers to transit from subsistence to commercial farming and for the banks to better understand agricultural financing as a profitable business.

Out of the N630 billion spends on food importation annually, N165 billion goes for wheat, N105 billion on fish, N75 billion on rice and N60 billion on sugar.

"In the last five decades, agricultural financing in Nigeria considered and treated each project in isolation not giving adequate attention to other players along the value chain," Sanusi said.

Vice President Mohammed Sambo Namadi represented the President to launch the NIRSAL which is structured into five pillars.

The first pillar is what is called Risk Sharing Facilities which is allocated N46.5 billion; Insurance Facility N4.65 billion; Technical Assistance Facility N9.3 billion; Agric Bank Rating System N1.55 billion; and Bank Incentive Mechanism N15.5 billion.

The President commended the Governor of CBN for the initiative, saying it will help in growing the sector.


NIRSAL is expected to generate additional N465 billion of bank lending within 10 years to increase agricultural lending from the current 1.4 to 7 percent of the total bank lending.

It is expected to increase lending to the pool of small farmers segment and reach 3.8 million agricultural producers by 2020.

It is also expected to reduce banks' break-even interest rate to borrowers from 14 to 7.5 to 10.5 percent.

It has been projected that the Nigerian agricultural sector has the potential to grow its current output valued N15.25 trillion by 160 percent to N39.4 trillion by 20230.

"This growth potential could be achieved by increasing both the productivity and total acreage of cultivated land since about 38 percent of Nigeria's arable land of 36.6 million ha is yet to be tapped," Sanusi said.

Idris Ahmed & Tina A. Hassan write for Daily Trust