It is important to understand that longevity can only be achieved through a lifelong commitment to exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Neglecting one aspect will offset the gains in the other so it is vital to heed this general precept.
What research can offer you however is the specific decisions that reduce your risk of death from all causes, making them an essential addition to your overall approach.
To that end, one promising strategy is to drink chamomile tea, which is made from an infusion of the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family.
Fourteen percent of the people in the study drank chamomile tea.
The data showed that consuming chamomile was associated with a 29 percent decreased risk of death from all causes among women compared with nonusers, even after adjusting for demographics, health conditions and health behaviours – this effect was not present in men, however.
“The reason for a difference in our reported findings between Hispanic women and men is not clear, although women were shown to be more frequent users of chamomile than men,” said Bret Howrey, assistant professor in the UTMB department of family medicine.
He added: “This difference may be due to traditional gender roles whereby women manage the day-to-day activities of the household, including family health, and may also reflect greater reliance on folk remedies such as herbs.”
he antioxidants found in chamomile tea have also been linked with a lower incidence of certain types of cancer.
Chamomile contains the antioxidant apigenin.
In test-tube studies, apigenin has been shown to fight cancer cells, especially those of the breast, digestive tract, skin, prostate and uterus.
Additionally, one study of 537 people observed that those who drank chamomile tea two to six times per week were significantly less likely to develop thyroid cancer than those who did not drink chamomile tea.