Do you have recommendations for decreasing triglycerides?
Q. Dear Terry, “My triglycerides are moderately elevated. I just started a new diet and exercise program, which will hopefully help. Do you have other recommendations for decreasing triglycerides?” — Katie V., Bismarck, ND
A. Dear Katie, Triglycerides are a type of fat found in our blood. When you eat a snack or meal, your body converts any calories it doesn’t immediately need into triglycerides. The triglycerides are then stored in your fat cells. Our hormones then release triglycerides for energy between meals. Maintaining healthy cholesterol and triglyceride balance is crucial for optimal wellness.
I think diet is incredibly important in reducing triglyceride levels. I would start by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates, and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the one I personally follow and you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
One of my favorite ingredients for triglyceride balance is omega-3 fatty acids. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to beneficial peptides and phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids with phospholipids are very stable and well absorbed, so you need only a small amount compared to handfuls of fish oil capsules or a spoonful of fish tasting oils.
I would take omega-3 fatty acids from salmon once or twice per day.
Another very powerful ingredient is a fruit called Amla, or Indian Gooseberry. Amla has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Modern research has shown that Amla is incredibly beneficial for treating heart disease. Amla has antioxidant properties, which prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, one of the first steps in heart disease. It can also increase levels of HDL – the good, protective form of cholesterol. I would take Amla once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally