In the debate over which diet and lifestyle is the best path for increased health and longevity, there is nothing like real-life indisputable proof such as that found among the Hunza tribe in the Himalayas.
These people, living in an extremely secluded region of the world, practice simple lifestyle habits which allow them to enjoy excellent overall health and lifespans of up to 145 years!
This, and they do it in style, being among the happiest human beings on Earth with near-perfect physiology. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, blood pressure issues and other common plagues of the Western world are almost unheard of among the Hunza.
Apricot Seed And Cancer Protection
McCarrison documented the most unique aspect of the Hunza diet: dried apricot seeds, which make up a large portion of their caloric intake.
Due to the lack of cancer among the Hunza, scientist Ernst T. Krebs actually came up with a cancer treatment based on this seed, called laetrile. The treatment was effective, but inexplicably banned by the FDA. Despite this, you can still obtain this product in health food stores.
Staying Young Through A Young Mindset
To the Hunza, ‘middle age’ is considered to be about 100 years old, and that men and women will commonly produce children well into their 80s and 90s.
Live accounts of these people have often spoken about how old Hunza women appear to be about half the age they actually are.
The Hunza obviously have natural defenses against illness and aging. Let’s explore them further.
Eating Healthy Is The Most Important Thing
his should come as no surprise to anyone, really. However, exactly what constitutes a healthy diet is the subject of some debate recently. What the researchers found about the Hunza diet have actually been tested, and proven.
Here is the basis of that diet:
Raw fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, pas, turnips, squash, apples, blackberries, cherries, pears, peaches, and (of course) apricots; Nuts, like hazelnuts, almonds and their oil derivatives; Animal protein consisting of chicken, milk, yogurt and cheese (the Hunza observe a mostly vegetarian diet, however); Grains, such as buckwheat, millet, barley, and wheat.
Also, these people drink large amounts of pure mineral-rich glacial water, and very little of anything else. Wine is used for medicinal purposes, only.
Hunza people eat two main meals per day, and their lifestyles are filled with often-demanding physical labor. They have much energy and endurance, which is likely associated with staying active.
So, they consume less calories per day than the average American, despite being more active. An average Hunza adult takes in less than 2000 calories per day (in comparison, the average American consumes over 3000)