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How to live longer: The 7 foods the world’s oldest people swear by and if they’ll work for


Olive Oil

Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the unbelievable age of 122, credited olive oil, port and chocolate as the secrets to living longer.

Jenaed says: “It seems Jeanne’s diet consisted of what we know as a Mediterranean eating pattern. Olive oil is the main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet.

“Olive oil is high in healthy fats as well as having great antioxidant properties.

“People who consume this diet appear to have a higher life expectancy, including a lower chance of dying from cardiovascular diseases.”


From Arles, France, Jeanne remembered meeting Vincent Van Gogh in 1888.

Fortified Port wine was Jeanne’s tipple of choice: but could Port be what flows from the fountain of youth?

It’s good news from Jenaed for dessert wine fans.

Jenaed says: “The grapes used in the production of port wine are rich in resveratrol, a polyphenol found in some plants and fruits, acting as an antioxidant.

“In addition, resveratrol has anti-inflammatory properties, so they help prevent several heart and autoimmune diseases.”

Alcohol is best enjoyed in moderation, as too much can have a negative effect on your health: but a glass of port every now and then could be a good move.

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