Centenarians in South China’s Hainan province reveal secret to longevity

Centenarians in South China’s Hainan province reveal secret to longevity

Chengmai is a group of villages on the tropical southern island province of Hainan, China. 

This population group of elderly Chinese villagers are one of the oldest groups of people on the Earth.  They have a population of 560,000 but have more than 200 centenarians and at least 3 known ‘supercentenarians’.  This ratio is incredible (given there are only around 400 supercentenarians alive), and puts them amongst the highest in the world. 

The experts who have looked at these people say it’s a combination of lifestyle habits promoted by the healthy environment.

“…the lifespans of these residents are a result of a combination of a diligent, simple-minded and magnanimous lifestyle as well as mainly taking a vegetarian diet, and the classic ‘early to bed, early to rise’”
Study sponsored by Chengmai’s Communist Party committee.

“There is not a lot of industry, the climate is good, they can get exercise easily, and the diet is healthy; they have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and the soil is also naturally high in selenium”
Jennifer Holdaway, Head of the China Environment and Health Initiative of the Social Science Research Council, visited Chengmai in 2012.

As reported on August 13 2013 by ibtimes.com.

Posted: Thursday 17 October 2013