What can I do to naturally lower my triglycerides?
Q. Dear Terry, “I had some blood work done at my recent annual exam. Everything was great, except my triglycerides were high. I don’t know a lot about triglycerides or how to bring them back to normal. What can I do to naturally lower my triglycerides?”– Beau D., Denton, TX
A. Dear Beau, 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 can make a huge impact on our overall health. I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. Some additional diet resources include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.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