ORIGIN OF ABKHASIAN CULTURE
In Abkhasia, situated between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, in the former Soviet Union, the people generally live to an old age. To attain the age of a 100 is no exception, but what is even more remarkable is the amazingly good health and physical strength of these elderly people, enabling them to live a full, happy life, which includes a day’s work in the fields.
Researchers were determined to discover the Abkhasians’ secret. Ukrainian and American physiologists, gerontologists, microbiologists and anthropologists went to Abkhasia during 1978 - 1981 to establish the reason for the longevity of the local people. It was not easy to ascertain the exact age and state of health of the old people, as they naturally tended to boast about both.
This special yogurt is made from a unique culture of lactic acid bacteria, and the presence of these bacteria in the digestive system of the elderly Abkhasians was so high that it weakened and destroyed other pathogenic organisms in the gut that may cause disease. The Ukrainian Research Institute in Kiev isolated these lactic acid bacteria from the yogurts and developed a special culture called “Abkhasian culture”.
The unbundling of the USSR in 1992 led to improved communication with the Western World and a Danish company obtained the rights to use the “Abkhasian culture” to develop and market a product called Gaio in Denmark.