Ever since I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve been following all type of announcements on research into aspects of ageing. A great many of them fall into the realms of health issues. As every year passes, you are tempted to clutch the straw of any piece of research advice that offers the potential to extend longevity. Research and advice on exercise is easy to find but harder to do. It all requires you to make more effort than usually comes naturally to you.
Similarly there’s a vast amount of information and suggestion on the right type of diet to adopt. You will see in my tag cloud many references to the healthy virtues of everything from breakfast cereals to every variety of vegetable and numerous unheard of berries and nuts. I do my best to eat as much of this as possible but I must admit to frequent relapses as I go back to an appetite for good food which has been acquired over a lifetime.
That’s why it’s easier to follow advice on what to drink because other than sourcing the ingredients, it’s not too difficult to achieve. The problem with drinks is that there is so much advice. So over the years I’ve started to drink more and more fruit juices – beetroot, apple, orange etc, all recommended by one researcher or another.
(See Fruitful Research 3 which you can find by clicking on the ARCHIVE for January 2011)
Then of course there’s my favourite green tea which frequently features in my blogs ever since I visited Japan.
(See “Green Tea is good for you” by clicking on the ARCHIVE for October 2015)
My favourite recommendation to follow is the copious quantities of red wine recommended to cure just about everything.
(See “Red Wine is f-f-fine” by clicking on the ARCHIVE for October 2015)
Finally I must not forget the end of the day cup of cocoa aimed at staving off Alzheimer’s. (See “Night Night, Sleep Tight” by clicking on the ARCHIVE for August 2014).
As if this wasn’t enough, researchers at Harvard Medical School, recently managed to get a leading article in The Times extoling the virtues of coffee. The research suggests it can lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and neurological diseases. “The cholorogenic acid and lignans have antioxidant effects and might be responsible for the inverse association of coffee and mortality.” The fact that it’s in The Times is research conducted by an eminent American University, is full of long incomprehensible medical words and has been carried out by a researcher called Ming Ding, absolutely and totally confirms that it must be right and probably preserves life forever 🙂
So it now appears that on top of all my other life prolonging drinks, I will have to consume three cups of coffee a day. At least I’ll have something more interesting to talk about to the Starbucks Baristas after I’ve told them whether I want sprinkles on my cappuccino.