A Russian woman, who is the oldest living person on the planet at 128, says the trick to a long life is consuming fermented milk every day.
Koku Istambulova was already 27 when the last tsar, Nicholas II, was forced to relinquish in March 2017.
She was 55 when the Second World War ended in 1945, and 102 when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Koku states she dislikes eating meat but likes drinking fermented milk.
According to health specialists, fermented milk contains high levels of vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate, enzymes, and probiotics.
During the war, she recalls “frightening” Nazi tanks passing her family house.
She and her household were later deported along with the whole Chechen nation of Kazakhstan and Siberia by Stalin who accused them of Nazi partnership.
Asked how she lived so long, Koku, from a town in Chechnya, informed a job interviewer:
“It was God’s will. I did not do anything to make it take place.”
” I see people embracing sports, consuming something special, keeping themselves fit, but I have no idea how I lived until now.”
And she declared: “I have not had a single pleased day in my life. I have constantly worked hard, digging in the garden. I am exhausted.
” Long life is not at all God’s present for me– but a punishment.”
She is articulate and able to feed herself fermented milk and stroll.
However, her vision is failing.
Koku stated: “I endured through the (Russian) Civil War (after the Bolshevik revolution), the Second World War, the deportation of our country in 1944 and two Chechen wars.
” And now I am sure that my life was not a happy one. I remember tanks with Germans passing our house. It was scary.
” But I tried not to show this; we were concealing in your home. Life in Kazakhstan was the hardest for us.
” When in exile– we lived in Siberia too– but in Kazakhstan, we felt how the Kazakhs disliked us.
” Every day I dreamed of returning house.
” Working in my garden assisted me to obtain rid of my unfortunate thoughts, but my soul constantly wanted home.”
She does not discuss her household disaster however she lost several children, consisting of a child aged six.
She recalled how Muslim constraints on clothing relieved after the end of tsarist times under Soviet rule.
Koku included: “We were brought up with extremely stringent guidelines, and we were very modest in our clothes.
” I remember my granny beat me and reprimanded since my neck was visible.
” And then Soviet times came, and females rapidly began to use more open clothing.”
Her preferred location is to sit outside her home in summer season on an old bed, shaded by a tree.
She said: “Looking back at my unhappy life, I want I had actually died when I was young. I worked all my life.
” I did not have time for rest or entertainment. We were either digging the ground or planting the watermelons.
” When I was working, my days were running one by one.
” And now I am not living, I am simply dragging through.”
Officials say all her documents were lost throughout the Second Chechen War from 1999 to 2009.
The pension fund, a state body, claims there are 37 individuals over 110 years of age in Russia yet all these claims, including Koku’s, are difficult to validate because of the absence of dependable birth or early childhood written records.
The majority of life, like Koku, in the Caucasus which has a history of longevity among its individuals.
Considering that the death of 117-year-old Nabi Tajima in Japan last month, the earliest documented lady worldwide is as Chiyo Miyako, born on 2 May 1901, also from Japan.
The oldest recorded human lifespan is Jeanne Calment, from France, who lived 122 years, 164 days before passing away in 1997.
As a girl, she satisfied Vincent van Gogh.