123-Year-Old Bolivian Man Says Coca, Quinoa, And Mushrooms Gave Him Long Life


This diet is, of course, illegal in the United States. Via NBC News:

Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.

Speaking in the 4,000-meter high hamlet where he lives in a straw-roofed hut, Flores says the traditional Andean diet has kept him alive for 123 years. “Potatoes with quinoa are delicious,” said Flores in Aymara, the only language the nearly deaf man speaks.

It is impossible to verify Flores’ age as the poor, landlocked South American country only started issuing official birth certificates in 1940. But he says his baptism certificate lists his birthday as July 16, 1890 and he has national identity documents based on the certificate.

The title of oldest human being ever to have lived belongs to France’s Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122 in 1997, according to the Guinness World Records organization.

7 Comments on "123-Year-Old Bolivian Man Says Coca, Quinoa, And Mushrooms Gave Him Long Life"

  1. Weird day today, I learn that coca is good for you the same day i learn that smoking is actually addictive because its essentially an MAOI anti-depressant

    • Calypso_1 | Aug 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm |

      Have you read any of the theories related to nicotine, increased breath rate & O2 starvation?

      • I actually never heard any research on it, but i did concoct my own ideas that maybe the O2 starvation from the carbon monoxide had some possible addictive properties

  2. InfvoCuernos | Aug 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm |

    So he’s the Bolivian George Burns.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Aug 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

    if I live to 123
    I’m gonna say it was due to pot & drinking my own urine
    just for the hellavit

  4. Meecheroo | Aug 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm |

    It’s possible this guy could just be in his 80s.

  5. DeepCough | Aug 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

    Nothing like living at high altitudes and being high all day to extend your life expectancy.

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