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The Healthiest Hearts In The World Belong To Indigenous South American Group

The Healthiest Hearts In The World Belong To Indigenous South American Group

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.

Wash your spirit clean.

John Muir

Everyone wants to have a healthy heart. But do you work towards it really and do you know what it takes to have the healthiest heart in the world? Researchers have found people with the healthiest hearts in the world, with barely any signs of cogging in the arteries, even past age 60. These people are the Tsimane, hailing from the forests of Bolivia. Scientists who examined hundreds of men and women from the group found that almost nine out of 10 had clear arteries showing no risk of heart disease.

Who Are Tsimane?

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Tsimane pronounced as “chee-may-nay”, are the people from the forests of Bolivia. They are an incredible population with different diets and ways of living, and most importantly they bear the healthiest hearts in the world. There are around 16,000 Tsimane who are hunters, hunting fish, and farm on the Maniqui River in the Amazon rainforest that lies in the Bolivian lowlands.

These people have a lifestyle that humans had a thousands of years ago. Scientists and researchers had to take multiple flights and a canoe to meet them.

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Diet Of The Tsimane

To know how your diet is different than their’s, have a look below:

  • 17% of their diet has wild pig, tapir and capybara
  • 7% in their diet is the freshwater fish including piranha and catfish
  • Almost rest of the part comprises of  rice, maize, manioc root (similar to sweet potato) and plantains (similar to banana), that they grow in their farms
  • The whole thing is topped further with fruits and nuts
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Nutrition Comparison

  • 72% of calories in their diet come from Carbohydrates, while in U.S it is 52% from the Carbohydrates
  • Tsimane consume much less saturated fat, their 14% calories come from fat compared with 34% in the US
  • Americans and Tsimane get 14% of calories from protein, but Tsimane have more lean meat

These people are also more physically active than anyone else, with the men averaging around 17,000 steps a day and the women 16,000. One of the researchers from the Long Beach Memorial medical centre in California, says that they achieve a remarkable dose of exercise.

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The scientists scanned 705 people’s hearts and looked for CAC (coronary artery calcium) that indicates clogged up vessels, and found that at the age of 45 almost no Tsimane showed CAC while 25% Americans do. These people smoke a lot less and a possibility of intestinal worms that dampen immune actions, may help protect their heart.

Learnings To Improve The Heart Health

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Prof Gurven said that people need a more holistic approach towards physical exercise. It should not be done just for the namesake, over a weekend, but in a daily routine. A few changes in the lifestyle will definitely help, like taking a Bicycle to work, taking the stairs, or writing your story on a treadmill desk.

Dr Thomas also claims that people need to focus more on exercise to maintain good health.

Prof Naveed Sattar, from the University of Glasgow, said: “This is a beautiful real life study which reaffirms all we understand about preventing heart disease. Simply put, eating a healthy diet very low in saturated fat and full of unprocessed products, not smoking and being active life long, is associated with the lowest risk of having furring up of blood vessels.” – as found in BBC.com.

 

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