5 Life-Giving Foods for Longevity (as Told By a Centenarian)

There is no magical fountain of youth we can dip in to stay young, beautiful, healthy and strong or any miracle cure for old age. We can, however, learn from those who have somehow managed to live a long and fruitful life.



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I was inspired by the story of Bernardo LaPallo, a 110-year-old man who looks like the picture of good health. His skin has few wrinkles, he’s agile, exercises everyday, has never been sick, his mind seems sharp and he’s still able to enunciate and tell his story. When asked what his secret was to long life, he relays some advice he learned from his father, who lived to be 98 years old, that I thought I would share with you.

Dad’s Advice. 

For a long, rich and healthy life, his dad recommends the following:

Trust in God. Eat properly and get your rest. Stay away from red meat and especially processed meats like hotdogs. He suggested lamb as an alternative. French fries and fast food items are a no-no, as well.

These are all common sense tips that we all know, but find so hard to obey. LaPallo is a great act to try to follow, though, if we want to live long and live well.

Power Foods. 

Five foods he recommends that have sustained him all these years, including his organic fruits and vegetables, are garlic, honey, cinnamon, chocolate and olive oil. Let’s take a brief look at these five foods and learn some of the secrets behind their life-giving power:

GARLIC – Garlic is a spice widely used for all types of health conditions. It stops the growth of bacteria, fungus and yeast infections; clears up skin blemishes; protects the heart; boosts your immune system; regulates blood sugar; fights cancer, colds, inflammation and the flu; and rids the body of toxins. Sounds like a winner to me.

HONEY – Honey is a natural sweetener that works a lot like garlic and is a diverse remedy for many conditions. Honey reduces fever; aids in digestion; regulates blood sugar; fights cancer, colds, flu, allergies and bacteria; burns fat; boosts energy and metabolism; clears up skin blemishes; heals internal and external wounds; and gets rid of hangovers and insomnia.

CINNAMON – Cinnamon is a spice that is used in cooking, but also can be used to treat HIV; protect unborn babies from oral and genital herpes; regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels; protect the skin from skin cancer and discoloration; protect the body from colon cancer and other intestinal problems; and defend against infections, viruses, heart disease and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

CHOCOLATE – Surprisingly, chocolate comes from a plant source – the cocoa plant. So just like healthy veggies and fruits that come from the ground, chocolate (or should I say, dark chocolate) is chock full of antioxidant flavonoids that are good for you. Dark chocolate can reduce bad cholesterol; lower blood pressure; prevent cancer; boost your energy and mood; regulate major body systems that affect the heart, digestion, and brain function; improve memory and stop brain cell damage caused by stroke; and prevent tooth decay.

OLIVE OIL – Olive oil also has many health benefits. It is high in the healthy monounsaturated fats, which help to block heart disease by lowering cholesterol. Olive oil also protects against cancerous tumor growth, smoothes and moisturizes dry skin, protects the skin from harmful UV rays, relieves constipation and bowel difficulties, and softens ear wax for easy removal.


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