Okinawa (Japan)
Okinawa, the largest island in a subtropical archipelago controlled by Japan,  is home to the world’s longest-lived women. The Okinawans consume a diet of sweet potatoes, soybeans, mugwort, turmeric, and goya (bitter melon).

 

Family and community seems to be what Blue Zones have in common but, the Okinawans are supported by their moai; this is a small social tight circle which provides support through all of life’s ups and downs, this social support is so strong that it removes mental stressors and reinforces shared healthy behaviours. The result is astounding as Okinawa has the longest-living women in the world, with many surpassing 100.

Image by Samuel Berner