Introduction to the Bonus Years Foods
All of the seven Bonus Years Foods have been chosen to work individually and synergistically to protect your entire cardiovascular system. By keeping your blood vessels healthy and well functioning, the Bonus Years Diet helps to prevent and postpone heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. Each of the Bonus Years Foods is “dosed", just as doctors prescribe individual medications. This assures that the Bonus Years Diet will decrease blood pressure, decrease bad cholesterol (LDL), decrease inflammation and clotting in the blood vessels, while increasing the good (HDL) cholesterol. This simultaneous decrease in the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease translates into a 75% overall risk reduction, adding on average 6.4 Bonus Years to your life.
The Bonus Foods
One five ounce glass of red wine daily reduces overall cardiovascular risk by 32%. Red wine helps to increase the good cholesterol(HDL) and prevent blood clots.
A two ounce serving of chocolate daily reduces blood pressure due to its plant chemicals called flavonoids causing a 21% reduction in cardiovascular risk.
Fruits and Vegetables
Eating four cups(measured raw) of fruits and vegetables reduces cardiovascular risk by 21% due to blood pressure lowering effects.
Eating three five ounce servings of fish each week reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14% because it helps to prevent heart rhythm disturbances and the formation of clots in the blood vessels.
One clove of garlic helps to reduce cholesterol,and reduce the risk of clots, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease by 25%.
Eating two ounces of nuts daily reduces cholesterol and therefore cardiovascular risk by about 10%.