Thursday, September 5, 2013

123-year-old Bolivian farmer on ancient diet is alive and kicking

 

Meet Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived. What's his secret? Not vitamin supplements, protein shakes or a gym membership.
No, he attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.
Speaking in the 4,000-metre high hamlet in Frasquia, where he lives in a straw-roofed hut, Carmelo says a traditional Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years.
"Potatoes with quinoa are delicious," he said in Aymara, the only language the nearly deaf man speaks.
It's impossible to verify Carmelo's age as the impoverished, landlocked South American country only started issuing official birth certificates in 1940.
But he says his baptism certificate lists his birthday as July 16, 1890 and he has national identity documents based on the certificate.
- See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/123-year-old-bolivian-farmer-ancient-diet-alive-and-kicking#sthash.iK9L2FKl.dpuf
Meet Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived. What's his secret? Not vitamin supplements, protein shakes or a gym membership.
No, he attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.
Speaking in the 4,000-metre high hamlet in Frasquia, where he lives in a straw-roofed hut, Carmelo says a traditional Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years.
"Potatoes with quinoa are delicious," he said in Aymara, the only language the nearly deaf man speaks.
It's impossible to verify Carmelo's age as the impoverished, landlocked South American country only started issuing official birth certificates in 1940.
But he says his baptism certificate lists his birthday as July 16, 1890 and he has national identity documents based on the certificate.
- See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/123-year-old-bolivian-farmer-ancient-diet-alive-and-kicking#sthash.iK9L2FKl.dpuf
Meet Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived. What's his secret? Not vitamin supplements, protein shakes or a gym membership.

No, he attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.

Speaking in the 4,000-metre high hamlet in Frasquia, where he lives in a straw-roofed hut, Carmelo says a traditional Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years.

"Potatoes with quinoa are delicious," he said in Aymara, the only language the nearly deaf man speaks.

It's impossible to verify Carmelo's age as the impoverished, landlocked South American country only started issuing official birth certificates in 1940.

But he says his baptism certificate lists his birthday as July 16, 1890 and he has national identity documents based on the certificate.

For the rest of the story: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/123-year-old-bolivian-farmer-ancient-diet-alive-and-kicking

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