Woman, 115, claims her longevity is the result of her bean diet

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A 115-year-old woman has revealed the secrets to her longevity which include eating lots of beans. Helena Pereira dos Santos, who is the great-grandmother to 15 kids, recently celebrated the birthday milestone with her family. The Brazilian native was born in 1908 – four years before the Titanic sank and six years before WW1 started.

Helena said her bean-rich diet had made her strong and she added that sleeping well, exercising and joy were also important. Despite her advanced years, Helena's family says she remains active, lucid and independent. She often goes shopping at the market with her granddaughter and enjoys going for walks.

Helena said her bean-rich diet had made her strong and she added that sleeping well, exercising and joy were also important. Despite her advanced years, Helena’s family says she remains active, lucid and independent. She often goes shopping at the market with her granddaughter and enjoys going for walks.

Similarly, every year she still makes the 170-mile-long pilgrimage to the National Sanctuary of Aparecida, the world's largest cathedral, in Aparecida, Brazil. Helena retired years ago but used to work as a midwife and seamstress. Granddaughter Adriana says she still mends clothes and remains a dab hand at making rag dolls.

Similarly, every year she still makes the 170-mile-long pilgrimage to the National Sanctuary of Aparecida, the world’s largest cathedral, in Aparecida, Brazil. Helena retired years ago but used to work as a midwife and seamstress. Granddaughter Adriana says she still mends clothes and remains a dab hand at making rag dolls.

She recalled how she once visited a Spiritist psychiatrist in her youth where the healer allegedly told her: 'Ma'am, you can keep working peacefully. You will last more than 100 years.' When interviewed in 2020, the only medicine Helena took, was for her high blood pressure.

She recalled how she once visited a Spiritist psychiatrist in her youth where the healer allegedly told her: ‘Ma’am, you can keep working peacefully. You will last more than 100 years.’ When interviewed in 2020, the only medicine Helena took, was for her high blood pressure.

Helena married her husband, who passed away in 2004 aged 103, when she was 26. The couple went on to have six children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Helena married her husband, who passed away in 2004 aged 103, when she was 26. The couple went on to have six children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Sadly, most of the couple's children have since passed away. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest living person is Spain's María Branyas Morera, who turned 116 on March 4.

Sadly, most of the couple’s children have since passed away. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest living person is Spain’s María Branyas Morera, who turned 116 on March 4.

Maria previously revealed her secret to longevity is 'order, tranquility, good connection with family and friends, contact with nature, emotional stability, no worries, no regrets, lots of positivity and staying away from toxic people,' she told the Guinness World Records.

Maria previously revealed her secret to longevity is ‘order, tranquility, good connection with family and friends, contact with nature, emotional stability, no worries, no regrets, lots of positivity and staying away from toxic people,’ she told the Guinness World Records.

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