This herb could have you living to 100… and it’s in your backyard

According to new research, a diet rich in rosemary could lead to a longer life. The Italian hamlet of Acciaroli,

According to new research, a diet rich in rosemary could lead to a longer life.

The Italian hamlet of Acciaroli, formerly famous because Ernest Hemingway made a stop there in the early-’50s, has 300 residents who have lived until the age of 100 and it is cause for everyone to sit up and take notice.

Researchers from University of California San Diego and the University of Rome La Sapienza were stunned to find so many older people in peak physical and mental condition living in one place and set about finding the secret of their long and disease-free life.

The elderly population has low rates of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

160401_RosemaryWhat the experts have determined is that the combination of the Mediterranean diet, daily exercise and extensive use of the herb rosemary has been responsible for extending lives almost two decades more than that Italian national average of 83.

UC San Diego cardiologist Dr. Alan Maisel said that roughly 300 of the town’s 1,000 residents are at least 100 years old. Dozens of them are 110 years of age.

Maisel specifically noticed the people there eat a lot of rosemary and anchovies. He said they also walk everywhere.

The research will continue to find out why this group of 300 is living so long by conducting a full genetic analysis and examining lifestyle behaviours, including diet and exercise.

Do you eat a lot of rosemary? Would you consider eater more of it if it led to a longer, healthier life?




  1. colin  

    rosemary ok but anchovies… yuk

  2. Jayjen  

    I only want to live as long as my brain and body wants to keep working Have seen too much suffering by the elderly who live in the world of the ‘dazed and confused’ and whilst they are aware of this they cannot get around or do anything of worth or note. I don’t condone this wanting or longing, where we all want to live to be 100 or more. My darling mother-in-law spent the last 12 years of her life in a nursing home with all her mental awareness but with a body that refused to work. She never appeared happy and was often crying out with pain when we went to visit because she was being bathed. The nursers and carers were wonderful but I just know I wouldn’t want to live like that. We often inquired whether we could take her home and look after her but it just wasn’t possible we were told given the level of care she required. Life needs quality as well as quantity. Just my humble (possibly unimportant) opinion.

    • Your opinion is not unimportant. We must make our feelings known. Some of the elderly cannot speak for themselves.

    • Beryl McGovern  

      Not unimportant at all, experience is the best teacher, I agree with every word.

      • Ingrid  

        I agree with everything you have said
        Quality not quantity

  3. Some of us have always been able to grow and use lots of our own fresh herbs vegetables and fruit. I don’t use bug sprays and pick and use fresh. But I do supplement with some frozen products and vegetables bought from the supermarkets and road side stalls. I often wonder if the frozens have been well washed before processing. I think that we need to wash the vegetables we buy carefully. We are fortunate in NZ to have the best fresh olive oil to use in our cooking. There’s nothing better than a huge tray of oven baked vegetables such as potatoes, kumara, kamo kamo, zucchini, pumpkin, onion, tomatoes, beans, capsicum and lots of garlic rosemary, salt and olive oil on top. Yum!

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