The residents of Bama Yao Autonomous County, a rural area located in southwest China’s Guangxi Province, are said to live way longer than the average person, with many people there making it to well over 100.
For comparison, the average male lifespan across the world is 68.5 years, while the average woman lives to 73.5. A story in The Guardian reveals that, as of late 2013, as many as 81 centenarians were alive and well in Bama, which is also a tourist attraction known as “Longevity Village.”
An article in Natural Cures Not Medicine notes that several other communities around the world, including Japan’s Okinawa, Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, and Sardinia in Italy, have similar rates of extreme longevity.
What could the people of Bama be doing that results in such unusually long life?
Besides living in an environment that’s remarkably free of pollution, an ultra-healthy diet is likely contributing to their long life. And what’s most interesting about their food choices — highly plant-based, fiberful, and rich in naturally occurring vitamins — is the amount of hempseed they eat.
High in calcium and iron, hempseed also contains a larger variety of fatty acids than any other plant and boast a ratio of 3:1 omega-6s to omega-3s. That’s the healthiest way to get your omega fatty acids, according to common nutrition knowledge.
It’s also one of the reasons why fish oil supplements are so popular. By skipping the supplement step and going straight to the source, though, the people of Bama seem to enjoy extra-pronounced effects.
There’s lots of evidence that eating a plant-based diet either low in or free of animal products can lead to longer, healthier lives. And hempseed could actually take the health benefits of such a diet way further.
Of course, anyone considering upping their hempseed intake should be sure to eat a balanced and complete diet outside of that single food. It’s never a good idea to eat only one food (although people like Freelee the Banana Girl may disagree; that, however, is a whole other can of worms).
Here’s a short documentary clip about the people of Bama:
Would you consider going hempseed-a-tarian by adding hempseed to your otherwise nutritious diet?
If you try it out, let us know in the comments section. You never know: you might just have hit upon how to live longer (and prosper!).