What can I take to bring my triglycerides into a normal range?
Q. Dear Terry, “I just got my cholesterol results and everything was fine except my triglycerides were high. What can I take to bring that number into a normal range?” — Paul M., Cary, North Carolina
A. Dear Paul, I strongly believe that cholesterol is not the enemy – it’s a vitally important building block for everything from vitamin D to our sex hormones. Having said that, I do believe in maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance. Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in the blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are then stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals.
If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly carbohydrates and fat, your triglyceride levels may be high. 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.
You may also want to consider adding the following natural ingredients to your daily regimen to help balance your cholesterol levels.
There are many studies showing the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for reducing triglyceride and cholesterol levels. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily.
Indian Gooseberry, a fresh fruit from India, has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. However, it was modern research that unlocked the secrets to its success in treating heart disease. Indian Gooseberry has antioxidant properties, which allow it to stop the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the first step in heart disease. It is also able to increase levels of HDL – the good, protective form of cholesterol. I recommend taking 1,000 mg daily.
Terry . . . Naturally