Healthy Blood Pressure: Cholesterol Down

Cholesterol Down: Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in Four Weeks – Without Prescription Drugs
Author: Janet Brill, Ph.D
Reviewed by Lynn (

This book very clearly explains Dr Brill's ten point plan to lower your cholesterol in just four weeks, and it also discusses the scientific reasons why this is possible. Recommended for anyone wanting to lower their levels of LDL cholesterol without taking drugs – trust me, this is the easy way to do it. There was no way I was going to take Lipitor and my doctor gave me 8 weeks to try and get my LDL levels down – this book has saved me from a lifetime of medication and I don't know that I can praise it enough without sounding like a crazy person!

The first part of the book explains all about cholesterol – what it is, what it does, the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol. It describes what heart disease is and how the Cholesterol Down diet is scientifically proven. And it explains that your LDL can be lowered in just a matter of days – as soon as you begin to eat healthily by following a low cholesterol diet your body reacts straight away, rewarding you with lower cholesterol levels!

The second section of the book describes the 10 step plan, which very briefly are:
1. Eat 1 cup of oatmeal daily
2. Eat a handful of almonds daily
3. Eat 2 tablespoons of flaxseed daily
4. Eat 3-10g of psyllium husk daily (Metamucil)
5. Eat half a cup of legumes daily
6. Eat an apple daily
7. Eat 2-3g margarine with phytosterols daily
8. Eat 20-25g soy protein daily
9. Eat a clove of fresh garlic daily
10. Walk for 30 minutes daily

As you see it is very clearly set out for you and the book also includes a daily checklist so you can check off each of the 10 steps as you fulfill it. There are also progress charts, meal plans and recipes. Obviously the book goes into a lot more detail but these are the basic steps!

The recipes broadly use the same ingredients and cooking methods more commonly known as the Mediterranean diet – so you use olive oil rather than saturated fats, pulses and legumes feature heavily as does oily fish and fresh vegetables.

It's a book that really challenges you into action, and it is a challenge which can be taken up by anyone, whether you have high blood pressure or not!

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