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A Pungent Spice Which Promotes Healthy Longevity In the Review of Human Studies

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By Kyle J. Norton

Scientists may have a pungent spice which processes a potential for the promotion of healthy longevity, according to the study.

Compared to life expectancy which the average number of years remaining of a given age or living of a certain group’s people, longevity is a long life out of the boundary of the life expectancy.
Truly, we all dream to live healthy longevity. However how many of us can maintain health and prevent the onset of chronic disease?

Some researchers suggested that by following a healthy lifestyle and moderate exercise healthy longevity can be achieved.


Dr. Mehta N in the study of the healthy lifestyle impact of life expectancy wrote, “Compared to the whole US population, those with such a favorable behavioral profile had a life expectancy at age fifty that was seven years longer, and they experienced a delay in the onset of disability of up to six years”.


The results clearly suggested the massively damaging effects caused by unhealthy behavioral risks on health at older ages.


Furthermore, Dr. Vincent Gremeaux and colleagues on the differentiation of exercise and longevity said, “As the number of older individuals continues to increase, it is important to develop interventions that can be easily implemented and contribute to “successful aging””.


And, ” In addition to a healthy diet and psychosocial well-being, the benefits of regular exercise on mortality, and the prevention and control of chronic disease affecting both life expectancy and quality of life are well established”.


Regularly moderate exercise has been found to have partially reverse effects on the aging process on physiological functions and preserve functional capability in the elderly.  


Epidemiological studies strongly suggested that healthy longevity can be achieved by maintaining a minimum quantity and quality of exercise,  preventing the development of certain cancers, lowering the risk of osteoporosis.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) or ginger root, the second superfood used for thousands of years by mankind, is the genus Zingiber, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to Tamil.

The root has been used in traditional and Chinese medicine to treat dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, edema, difficult urination, colic, etc.

Researchers on finding a bioactive compound for the healthy longevity examined the shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) B.L. Burtt & R.M. Sm) of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) activity in the population in the Okinawa Islands of Japan.


According to the review of the literature, culinary shell ginger may contribute to longevity among the population in Okinawa probably due to the procession of phytochemical content with antioxidant and its effects on anti-obesity properties.


Some researchers suggested that the longevity of the population may also be attributed to the shell ginger in the promotion of health in the reduced diseases by exhibiting anti-inflammatory, fungistatic, and antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Bacillus cereus activity.


Shell ginger also is proven to have a positive effect neuraminidase enzyme and inhibition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1).


Dr. Rolf Teschke in the  examination of the mortality rate of Japan general public compared to the population on the island wrote, “cardiovascular disease as the top cause of death for both sexes, and neoplasms as the second leading cause of death in Japan nationally, with major variations among the prefectures”


And, “ Comparing Japan overall with Okinawa, the mean mortality rates from ischaemic heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, and oesophageal cancer were not remarkably different. However, for Okinawa, four death categories were significantly lower, including ischaemic stroke, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer due to hepatitis C.


The finding clearly suggested that intake of shell ginger which was not found in other areas in Japan may contribute to the healthy longevity to the population in the Okinawa Islands of Japan.

Taken altogether, ginger and shell ginger may be considered functional foods for the promotion of healthy longevity with no side effects, pending to the confirmation of large sample size and multicenter human study.



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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada – Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Longevity and Stress Resistant Property of 6-Gingerol from Zingiber officinale Roscoe in Caenorhabditis elegans by Eun Byeol Lee,1 Jun Hyeong Kim,1 Chang Wan An,1 Yeong Jee Kim,1 Yun Jeong Noh,1Su Jin Kim,1 Ju-Eun Kim,1 Abinash Chandra Shrestha,1 Ha-Neul Ham,1 Jae-Yoon Leem,1Hyung-Kwon Jo,2 Dae-Sung Kim,2 Kwang Hyun Moon,3 Jeong Ho Lee,3 Kyung Ok Jeong,3 andDae Keun Kim. (PubMed)
(2) Viewpoint: A Contributory Role of Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) for Human Longevity in Okinawa, Japan? by Rolf Teschke1,* and Tran Dang Xuan. (PMC)
(3) The Population Health Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle: Life Expectancy Increased And Onset Of Disability Delayed by Mehta N1, Myrskylä M. (PubMed)
(4) Exercise and longevity by Vincent Gremeaux, Duxabcdef, MathieuGay, RomualdLeperse, Philippe Sosneraghi, MartinJuneau, AnilNigam. (Science Direct)

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