A group of scientists has discovered ‘Polymeal’, a combination of ingredients that can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 76 per cent and significantly increase the average life expectancy. The groundbreaking study has been published in the British Medical Journal recently.
Cardiovascular illnesses continue to be the main cause of death in first world countries. For this reason, the ‘Polymeal’ diet, which has been researched by Oscar Franco and his team from the Rotterdam University Medical Centre, is seen as a major new development.
The results of the dietary programme prove most effective in men, increasing the average life expectancy by 6.6 years against those not practising the regime. Women can also benefit and followers can increase their average life expectancy by five per cent and will see a reduction in cardiovascular illness of eight per cent.
The foods specified in the programme include fish, dark chocolate, fruit and vegetables, almonds, garlic and wine, and are considered to be the daily staples, with the exception of fish which is to be eaten just four times per week. The exact quantities of the foods to be eaten are specified, but it is uncertain if larger quantities of the recommended foods have any influence on the reduction of heart disease. Meanwhile, it is confirmed that, if less than the recommended quantities are consumed, the efficiency of ‘Polymeal’ is reduced. Curiously though, it would be the omission of wine that would have the biggest effect on the efficiency of the programme, while leaving out any of the other items would not make such a noticeable difference.
‘Polymeal’ is not known to have any side effects, but the doctors who researched the programme recommend that those on the diet do not drive or undertake any activities that require a long attention span after eating a meal.