If you ever get the chance to meet them, you will notice that the Hunza people always have a smile on their face and look strong. Those who are old(er) don’t even look their real age, so prepare to meet a 80 year-old who looks 30 years younger. These amazing people are descendants of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian army. Some soldiers stayed in their village and got married with Hunza women.
The main food source these people rely on is the apricot. You can find them in the mountains of Northern Pakistan. Their population is around 87,000 and what makes them so special is the fact that ther average life span is 100 years. Many of them live up to 120 years without having faced any kind of illness. Some reports indicate that there are people among them who have lived up to be 160 years old. If you ask them whether they know what “tumor” is, you will get a negative answer since that disease never happens among them. Moreover, their women can give birth even at 65 years of age.
Their lifestyle is amazing and very unusual. They bathe in cold water, even when it’s below zero, grow their own food and avoid consuming imported one. Hunza people eat raw vegetables and fruits, nuts, dried apricots, many different cereals (millet, buckwheat and barley), legumes and rarely cheese, milk and eggs. They are very active, yet eat little. They only have breakfast and lunch, walk 15-20 kilometers a day, eat meat only twice a year (a bit of lamb and chicken), and they smile a lot.
For 2-4 months, the Hunza only consume dried apricot juice, which is a very old tradition that is still passed on and respected. They are fasting in the period when the fruit are not ripe yet. According to some medical experts, this fasting period is responsible for their longevity.
The high amounts of apricots protect them from tumors. These seeds are rich in vitamin B-17 which is anti-cancer agent. The Hunza also produce oil from the apricot seed which is considered as one of the healthiest oils in the world. But, its usage should be taken with great care because high amounts could be dangerous.
They give so much importance to the apricot, that they even measure their wealth by the amount of apricot trees. Unfortunately, today’s exposure to unhealthy processed food that comes from outside started to cause gastrointestinal problems which are new to them.
There is a story from 1984 about Said Abdul Mobudu, one of the Hunza people who arrived in London and shocked the officers at the airport when saw that he was born in 1832.