The Guinness Book of Records recognizes 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide from Japan as the oldest person alive, but they just might have to amend the books. Recently, photos have surfaced of Mama Esifiho, a 191-year-old woman living in Nigeria.
Her age is estimated by her great-great grandson, Mr. Avuefeyen, who says he knows how old she is because she told him she witnessed the birth of his grandfather. If the family’s claims are indeed true, Mama Efisho is not only Nigeria’s oldest woman alive, she is the oldest woman alive anywhere.
She resides in Isoko, countryside community in Delta State of Nigeria that was founded in the 18th century. According to health-related websites, Isoko’s main crop, the cassava root, may explain the woman’s long lifespan and continued heath.
“Cassava is loaded with magnesium and copper. A diet rich in magnesium promotes life-long health, lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of osteoporosis. While a diet rich in copper helps support healthy nerve function. A cup of cassava contains 23 percent of the copper you need each day,” says the Institute of Medicine. (Dr. Oz needs to do a show on this!)
What do you think? Could Mama Esifiho really be 191 years old? Weigh in!