Cancer is a nightmare for many people. Plus, once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it means your life is just a countdown. Countries with developed drugs still seem to “contribute” in the list of “Countries with a high cancer rate”. However, a backward island nation, with an underdeveloped medical level – Fiji is the only place in the world where there are no cancer patients.
According to statistics from the United Nations Health Organization, in the period 1971-2010, this country did not register a single cancer patient out of 900,000 people living here. Moreover, Fiji is also one of the “longest-living countries” in the world.
Fiji, also known as the Republic of the Fiji Islands, is an island nation in Oceania, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, bordering 3 countries respectively: Vanuatu, Tonga, and Tuvalu. This country has a very small area, only 18,333 km2, surrounded by 332 large and small islands.
So why doesn’t a less developed country have people with cancer?
1. Optimistic Mind
Fiji is rated as the country with the highest happiness index in the world. Partly because this island nation is small, the people still live in a self-sufficient way. They are not under economic pressure, working, studying… not burdened with life. Therefore, the focus of the people here is always comfortable and optimistic. Because they have low stress and good health, their chance of developing cancer is naturally lower.
In contrast, scientists once confirmed that people who are constantly worried and negative have a 3 times higher risk of cancer than normal.
2. Swim often
Due to its geographic location in the middle of the ocean, most of the activities of the people of the island of Fiji are associated with the sea. To serve their own lives, they all have to learn to swim from an early age. This activity not only helps people here to catch seafood, but also a healthy sport that helps them control their weight, improve bones and joints, and promote health effectively.
3. Eat Fresh Seafood
As an island nation, seafood is of course an important part of Fiji’s daily diet. What is special, however, is that they only eat fresh seafood here that has not been preserved or dried.
Fresh seafood is high in protein, in addition to unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and trace elements necessary to maintain health and strengthen the body’s immune system.
Zinc is a trace element found in seafood. Scientific studies have shown that it stimulates growth, boosts immunity and prevents infections.
From 2001-2003, the American Journal of Cancer Research published many studies discovering the role of zinc in the prevention of esophageal cancer.
Zinc’s effect on the prevention of gastrointestinal cancer has been shown to be associated with programmed cell death (apoptosis) of esophageal epithelial cells when exposed to carcinogens. Eating enough zinc will help eliminate toxic abnormal cells.
A review and meta-analysis of studies conducted up to 2012 found that people who ate a lot of fish had an approximately 21% lower risk of lung cancer.
Eating plenty of seafood, especially fish, is also key to preventing disease in Japan and the Mediterranean.
4. Eat buckwheat
One of the raw grains that Fijians love is buckwheat. It is also a common raw nut in the world.
This cereal is rich in cellulose, B vitamins and the trace element selenium. In addition, buckwheat contains more antioxidants than many other grains. Even this food has the ability to effectively prevent cancer.
According to health line Buckwheat can regulate blood sugar, which is great for people with type 2 diabetes. Plus, it can promote heart health by stabilizing blood pressure and blood lipids.
5. Healthy living environment
People in the island of Fiji are always aware of protecting the environment. It is therefore not surprising that this country is known as a “paradise on earth” when it comes to beautiful clean beaches and fresh air. Many tourists around the world have come to Fiji to relax and recover after being treated for illness.
What is also special is that the water of Fiji is extremely pure. That’s why the country’s bottled water is always rated as the best and most expensive in the world.