I am not currently on any medications but my doctor is concerned about my elevated triglycerides.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am not currently on any medications but my doctor is concerned about my elevated triglycerides. My HDL and LDL cholesterol are both normal, but he did bring up going on a cholesterol-lowering medication. I told him I want to try and lower my triglycerides naturally, what do you suggest?” — Quinn P., Bismarck, ND
A. Dear Quinn, Cholesterol is a vital building block for everything from vitamin D to our sex hormones, and I strongly believe it is not the enemy. However, I do believe in maintaining healthy cholesterol and triglyceride balance.
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in 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.
If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly carbohydrates and fat, your triglyceride levels may be elevated. So, reducing your intake of carbohydrates will help significantly. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. This is the diet I follow and I believe it will help you immensely.
One of my favorite ingredients for triglyceride balance is omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, and naturally bound to phospholipids. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water, and enzyme process to extract the naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids. This results in a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. I would take omega-3 fatty acids from salmon once or twice per day.
Another very powerful ingredient is a fruit called Indian Gooseberry, or amla. Indian Gooseberry has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Modern research has shown that Indian Gooseberry is incredibly beneficial for treating heart disease. Indian Gooseberry 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 recommend taking 1000 mg per day.
Terry . . . Naturally