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Bill Sardi
Health journalist

Innovations have a way of being ‘back to the future’ developments. What is old becomes new. Humanity is on the cusp of figuring out how to live, as a common occurrence, 120 years or so, in good health. Moses did this, living 120 years, by eating a limited calorie diet (manna) and even fasting for 40 days - something called calorie restriction these days. Now there is a molecular mimic of calorie restriction, resveratrol, known as a red wine molecule. 

Looking back in history, there is an account in China (~800 AD) of a man who lived 130 years. At the age of 58 he had poor eyesight, grey hair and was impotent. He grated the root of a plant and added it to home-made wine and fathered six children, regained sharp eyesight, and re-grew dark hair again. The plant, Giant Knotweed, is a rich source of resveratrol. 

Another account of super-longevity is that of the Italian Luigi Cornaro (1464 - 1566 AD). At the age of 35, declared a glutton and drunkard, he limited his food intake to 12 ounces, and wine (resveratrol) to three glasses a day. He lived for 102 years in great health. He practised the fasting of Moses and the wine drinking of the Chinese man. Is super-longevity possible? Will humans lengthen their healthspan/lifespan? It appears some already made the discovery long ago.

Bill Sardi is a health journalist and consumer advocate. See his own website www.knowledgeofhealth.com. He is the author of The Red Wine Pill, How To Live 100 Years Without Growing Old Knowledge of Health, Inc., San Dimas, California.