Sardinia is one of the five areas in the world where a higher than usual number of people live much longer than average. Thanks to the extraordinary longevity of its inhabitants, it has been classified as one the Blue Zones, among Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California), Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica) and Icaria (Greece).
Identified by two researches in the early 2000s, the blue zones have some characteristics in common: a strong sense of family and a great sense of belonging, social support, moderate but regular physical practice, excellent nutrition, a clear purpose in life and a simple way of living. All these elements are common in Sardinia. The family, for the Sardinians, is very important. The elderly are treated with great respect and they live at home with the family for the entire life, while young people can learn ancient knowledge. According to researches, this transmits positive values and affects the physical well-being of all components.
Social boundaries and sense of community are also a priceless heritage in Sardinia. Creating strong and lasting friendships helps people live better, because everyone knows they can count on friends in times of need. The secret of longevity, according to studies, lies not in hard sports, but in natural movements made every day, in a healthy environment. A daily walk in the garden or by the sea: all this extends life. Another fundamental element for a long life is nutrition. Broad beans, soy, lentils are always present in the diet of centenarians. Even two glasses of wine a day, for lunch and dinner, are a great way to live a full and long life. According to researches, Cannonau di Sardegna is special; but in general all Sardinian wines, starting with Vermentino, are ideal. The important thing, the experts warn, is to make moderate use of it.