Members of the Hunza people are always smiling, they are lively and strong. Hunza members look so youthful that many people are shocked of their age. These people eat a lot of apricots. They seem to be from another planet, but they are not. Hunza people live in the mountains of northern Pakistan, there are about 87,000, and are special because they live an average of a hundred years. Many of them live without experiencing problems live120 years. Individuals have lived 160 years. They are rarely are sick, do not know what are tumors, they have a very youthful look, and their wives give birth on 65 years.
They are living proof of how diet and lifestyle affect humans. Hunza take bathe in icy water, even if it is below zero. They eat the food only that they are growing. They eat raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, eat a lot of dried apricots, a variety of cereals (mainly millet, buckwheat and barley), legumes and less cheese, milk and eggs.
They walk a lot but eat little
They do not have snack, just breakfast and lunch. They walk a lot, up to 15 to 20 kilometers a day. They rarely consume meat, it can be twice a year and they eat a little lamb or chicken. They also laugh a lot.
For a period between two and four months they do not eat anything, but drink only juice from dried apricot. This is their tradition since ancient times that they respect it, and it takes place in a time of year when the fruit is not yet ripe. Doctors agree that the way of their diet and periods of starvation contributed for their good health and longevity.
The habit of consuming large amounts of apricot may be responsible in protecting them against tumors. Apricot seeds are rich in vitamin B-17 which has anticancer properties, and from the seeds they make oil. But it is about small doses that might otherwise be life-threatening. It is a kind of a prestige that the family has more apricot trees on their land. Unfortunately, today, and among them, an unhealthy industrial food comes and the result is the appearance of caries and gastrointestinal problems, which were not previously known.
This vigorous and hardy people, say about themselves that are the descendants of Alexander the Great and his army. Some of them were at the time of the conquest remained in their villages and married. In 1984 the media wrote about Said Abdul Mobudu from Hunza people who came to the London airport and confused officers showing their passport. It was written that he was born in 1832.