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« on: April 10, 2016, 09:24:49 pm »

Knights Templar Secret of Longevity Revealed
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The last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques De Molay was burnt at the stake at the respectable age of 67, after 7 years of imprisonment.





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The Knights Templar’ secret of longevity may lie in their unique diet, says new research that looked into the eating habits of the powerful and secretive medieval order.

The diet would require eating lots of fruits, vegetables, dried legumes and consuming fish rather than meat and drinking moderate amounts of wine mixed with aloe pulp.

Formed around 1119 to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, the military-monastic order amassed fortunes through property and banking. It declined after the Muslim reconquest of the Holy Land and was suspended following charges of heresy in 1314, with the Grand Master Jacques De Molay burned at the stake.
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2016, 09:26:44 pm »

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The study, published in the journal Digestive and Liver Disease, investigated why most of the Knights Templar lived much longer compared to the people of the Middle Ages, whose life expectancy averaged 25–40 years.

Longevity appears to be a peculiar characteristic of the Templars. The best known cases include Hugues de Payens, the co-founder and first Grand Master of the order, who died in 1136 at age 66, Geoffrey de Charney, preceptor of Normandy, who was about 63 when executed, and the Grand Master Jacques De Molay who was burnt at the stake at the ripe old age of 67, after seven years of imprisonment.

“The exceptional longevity of the Knights Templar was generally attributed to a special divine gift,” Francesco Franceschi, at the Catholic University of Rome, and colleagues wrote.

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But the explanation might be simpler, related to the strict observance of specific lifestyle habits established by the Bernard of Clairvaux Latin Rule. Some clauses were strictly related to hygiene and nutrition.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2016, 09:26:58 pm »

“Washing hands before eating was mandatory. Moreover, the refectory was always very clean with tablecloths available. As for food, hunting was strictly forbidden. Fish, cheese, olive oil and fresh fruit were much appreciated,” Franceschi told Discovery News.

He noted that such habits were in stark contrast with the narrow Middle Age diet. Very rich in fat and calories, it caused several diseases, such as diabetes and gout, and was responsible for metabolic syndrome — a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

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“The Templar diet was specifically designed to fight this condition: Can one imagine an overweight knight fighting a dozen enemies?” the researchers wrote.

Franceschi and colleagues searched historical documents and found the knights used to eat meat only three days a week, partly avoiding the carcinogenic risks of grilled meat, which was very popular on medieval tables.

The Templars considered seafood a valid substitute for meat, thus taking advantage of the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids on blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Moreover, the knights consumed large amounts of legumes in addition to fruits and vegetables.
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Legumes, said Franceshi, “are the most powerful natural source of probiotics and act as nutrients for the 'good’ bacteria of the gut microbiota. This was one of the secrets of their healthy diet.”

Finally, the Templars used to drink low or moderate amounts of wine, mixing it with pulp from aloe, a plant boasting antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicide properties.

“We believe that diet and lifestyle habits may be the explanation for the extraordinary longevity of the Knights Templar,” the researchers wrote. “If this is the case, the motto ‘learning from the past’ has never been so appropriate.”
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2016, 09:27:37 pm »

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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2016, 09:29:02 pm »

Why did the Knights Templar live so long ?
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The Knights Templar lived much longer than most other people. Image Credit: Karl Friedrich Lessing
Researchers have revealed the most likely reason why the enigmatic order had such a high life expectancy.
Originally founded to help protect Christian pilgrims from bandits and highwaymen in the Holy Land, the monastic order of the Knights Templar would go on to become extremely rich and prosperous.

Now in a new study, researchers have been revisiting the time of the order in an effort to solve one of its most enduring mysteries - why did members of the Knights Templar seem to live in excess of 60 years at a time in history when the average lifespan was only 25-40 years ?

The order's original Grand Master Hugues de Payens for instance lived to the age of 66 while Grand Master Jacques De Molay, who was burned at the stake, had reached the grand old age of 67.

The key to the order's longevity, it turns out, was its diet and hygiene practices.

"Washing hands before eating was mandatory," wrote study co-author Francesco Franceschi. "Moreover, the refectory was always very clean with tablecloths available. As for food, hunting was strictly forbidden. Fish, cheese, olive oil and fresh fruit were much appreciated."

Such habits were not typical of the Middle Ages - a time when most people ate diets rich in fats and calories which led to health problems such as diabetes, gout and high blood pressure.

The Knights Templar, it seems, may have actually enjoyed a better diet than most of us do today.

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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2016, 09:31:26 pm »

The simple, fatty (if lucky) diet of the Middle Ages was driven by the simple (if impossible for modern 1st world pundits to comprehend) fact that dying 'early' and slowly of too many calories was far, far preferable to ANY form of starvation.
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2016, 12:48:17 am »

Mediterranean diets are known for their simplicity
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2016, 12:50:48 am »

The code of the Knights Templar was centered around morality, where morality is those actions and behaviors that lead to good health and well-being. The good feeling that comes from a moral life often leads to rituals and practices, which often become religion. The daily purifying of the mind through prayer, meditation, and exercises further develops the good feelings brought by a moral life.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2016, 09:06:34 pm »

It is said they started as religious warriors for the church. Some of the warriors were touched by other religions and considered new found truths and artifacts that were in conflict with their original religious quests. Some of them formed their own religious order based on discovering deeper truths contrary to their original quests. All of them became martared whether or not they were the group who formed the new religious order. It is said some of brothers of this new order was helped by Freemasons in various countries to escape.
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2016, 09:09:26 pm »

Medieval Knights Templars diet: The knights had mainly fruit also. These knights were very fit and understood hygiene well.
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2016, 09:10:09 pm »

One of the best predictors of longevity is wealth.

I would also imagine the Knights were able to get the best medical care possible for that time, which couldn't hurt either along with the diet.
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2016, 01:12:17 am »

Just a couple of aggravating facts... 1. Freemasonry developed in the late 15th Century (possibly) but first definitive date is 1717 in London 2. "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon" (correct form of address for the Knights Templar) were disbanded by Pope Clement V in 1312, therefore there is a 400 year gap between the two "organisations" 3. Many high ranking Templars were executed but by no means all of them 4. Portugal accepted ALL Knights Templar and gave them freedom and security in that nation (the same as in Scotland)
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