NEW YORK – A U.S. drug company said Friday it is considering a banana-flavored version of its pain reliever after the world’s oldest man attributed his longevity to the fruit and the drug.
Spanish-born Salustiano “Shorty” Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old former coal miner who lives close to Niagara Falls in New York, was named by Guinness World Records as the oldest certified man Thursday.
He succeeded Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who died on June 12 at the age of 116. Sanchez-Blazquez is the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.
From his birthplace in Spain, he moved at the age of 17 to Cuba, where he worked on sugar plantations, before arriving in the United States via the iconic immigration center on Ellis Island, in New York City, in 1920.
After working as a miner in Kentucky, he eventually settled in the Niagara area, close to the border with Canada.
In a statement, he said he believed he had lived to such an old age thanks to a daily dose of a banana and six Anacin tablets, a branded pain-reliever that includes aspirin and caffeine.
That naturally delighted Insight Pharmaceuticals, Anacin’s manufacturer. Marketing Vice President Jennifer Moyer said, “Now that the certified oldest man in the world credits bananas and Anacin as his life-extending combo, we’re certainly going to explore whether a new ‘Bananacin’ product makes sense.”