Island where people have forgotten to die

Hit lung cancer and the doctors said that he has only six months to live, Statmatis Moraitis, a war veteran and a native of Greece who lived in the U.S., moved back to his native island, Ikaria, where he recovered in a disease miraculously grind it.

The story became a local folk legend, where cases of miraculous healing goes back over 25 centuries. Dan Buettner, who writes for the New York Times Magazine, visited the island and asked experts how do the residents of Ikaria to overcome these difficult times of life.

According to one study, researchers were able to confirm what ancient people knew: the inhabitants of Ikaria live longer yields to the disease at a much earlier age and manage to have a quick mind even in old age. Together with Dr. Gianni Pes at the University of Sassari in Italy and Dr. Michel Poulain, a Belgian demographer, Dan Buettner in 2000 managed to identify a region in the province of Nuoro in Sardinia the area with the highest concentration of male centenarians in the world.

As the research reduced to a group of villages located at mountain heights in Nuoro, scientists were able to draw a boundary on the world map in blue ink and began to call the area inside the "imaginary borders" as and "blue zone". Since 2002 they have been able to identify three other populations around the world where people had lives longer than anywhere else. Most women living in the world is on the island of Okinawa.

Ikarienii live on average 8-10 years longer

Dan Buettner and his colleagues continued to seek "pools" of longevity, so in 2008 they began to investigate Ikaria.
The study tried to overcome the idea of stories and identify concrete data on the longevity of Ikaria. Once you have gathered all available data, Poulain and colleagues at the University of Athens, concluded that the inhabitants of Ikaria reaches the age of 90 years 2.5 times more than Americans did.
Ikarieni especially men were four times more likely to reach the age of 90 years than their American counterparts, and often having a much better state of health.
Moreover, ikarienii lived an average of 8-10 years longer before succumb to cancer and heart disease, and suffer less from depression and Alzheimer's disease have an impact by a quarter less than in other countries. In Ikaria, people managed to keep their minds sharp until the end of life.

Where is Ikaria and are its secrets?
Ikaria, an island of about 256 square kilometers, is inhabited by about 10,000 Greeks, and is located 50 kilometers away from the west coast of Turciei.Înainte the Christian era, the island was home oak forests and vineyards productive. Island's reputation as a healthy destination dates back over 2500 years, when the Greeks traveled here to bathe in the hot springs near Therma.

Wanting to learn more about the mysteries of the island and its inhabitants longevity, researchers have sought help and Dr. Ilias Leriadis, one of the few doctors on the island of Ikaria.

It revealed some of the secrets residents after a meal prepared with olives, hummus, bread and wine ikariană "here the world is waking up late, always wake up late and rest during the day. This bears no clock at hand and no clock is not working properly. When you invite someone to lunch can come at ten in the morning and six at night. I just do not care how it ora.Aici not care about money and wealth. When you celebrate religious or cultural events, people use money to buy wine and food. If still money they give to the poor. Ikaria is not a place to use the word "I". Ikaria is an island that uses only the word

Unusual background of Ikariei may explain why, in this place, there is a state of communion between people. Strong winds that afflict the island and no ports are kept away from the main shopping roads. This gave Ikaria in some isolation, being forced to self-manage.

Leriadis he talked about "mountain tea" locally made dried herbs, and is drinking a cocktail at the end of the day. He also mentioned wild marjoram, sage (flaskomilia), a type of mint tea (fliskouni), rosemary and a drink made of boiled dandelion leaves with little lime. All these plants can be considered true herbal medicines.
In Ikaria, honey is a panacea. "There honeys here as you have never seen anywhere in the world," says Leriadis. Honey is used as a treatment for wounds, hangovers or for treating influenza. Elders begin their day with a spoonful of honey. "For them it is like a drug."

Anti-aging nutrition

Over the next three years, researchers have known some of his patients Leriadis.

Daily routine of most people has proven to be exactly as described Leriadis: wake up naturally, working in the garden, take a late lunch and then rest. At sunset, neighbors visiting each other.

Their food was typical: a breakfast made from goat's milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread. Lunch was almost always made from beans, lentils, potatoes, vegetables (fennel, dandelion or spinach) and other seasonal vegetables they produce in their garden. At dinner eat bread and drink goat milk.

Dr. Ioanna Chinou, professor at the University of Athens, is one of Europe's experts regarding bioactive properties of herbs and natural products. She said that ikarienilor longevity is due to large partecantităţii that drinking tea, especially because these types of drinks they consume are traditional remedies Greek.

These plants fight gingivitis, gastrointestinal diseases and improve blood circulation. Also, most plants have strong antioxidant properties, are important sources of polyphenols and contain mild diuretic.

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