How to Live Longer – From a 103-Year Old Nobel Laureate Who Still Works
By on April 10th, 2012

She won a Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1986 for discovering “nerve growth factor” or NGF, which is an important protein for survival of neurons. She still attends work everyday! So what’s odd there? Rita Levi Montalcini, the woman in question, is to be 103 years old on April 22nd. And the best is this: she might actually know how to live longer.

Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, the wonder woman

Her Story

Dr. Levi Montalcini’s is an amazing story. She obviously has great genes and might also be helping their cause in keeping her alive much longer than the normal human lifespan. It is probably ironic, and definitely sad, that she was discriminated against during the 2nd World War for being a Jew. Benito Mussolini, following the extreme Nazi example, introduced the “Law of Races”. She moved from Italy to Belgium in 1940 and then to America, where she worked on proteins. This is when she stumbled upon NGF.

The Secret

What’s her secret? It is possible that even she doesn’t know exactly, but she does use eyedrops containing NGF. It is very possible that NGF retards brain and nerve degeneration, keeping the senses keener for longer and the person alive.

She now works as a “Senator for Life”, a title which she apparently takes a bit too seriously. Yes, she attends work every single day and also gives speeches. She is now a moderate Left-Center supporter, beginning her political career at the age of 90.

Benjamin Button has serious competition from this Nobel Laureate who seems to get greener every passing day!

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