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Natural ways to lower triglycerides

  1. 1. Reduce Triglycerides Naturally
  2. 2. is hard to keep track and understand what you need to know and whatyou need to do to make sure your heart is healthy. Between cholesterol,good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, triglycerides LDL, HDL, saturated fat,unsaturated fat, blood pressure, etc it is confusing. Nevertheless thestakes are so high that you need to understand each term and how eachimpacts your health. That is the only way that you can take control ofyour health and use experts such as doctors to provide you with advicebut you need to be the person that makes all ultimate decisions. No onecares about your health more than you do so with a little work you canlearn enough to be able to understand what goes on.
  3. 3. So what are triglycerides?Triglycerides are fat in your blood that provides you with energy. When you consumemore fat than your body needs for energy, the body stores that fat just in case it willneed it in the future. The reality is that many times we think of fat that we eat beingstored in our hips or in our bellies. You are actually thinking oftriglycerides being stored. Triglycerides are what we end up after ourbody digests and breaks down the food we just consumed.We check triglycerides when we usually check our cholesterol levels. It is the same testand you need to fast for 12 hours before you take the test. If you eat a high in fat mealbefore the test, the results may not be accurate. Everyone should be checking theirtriglyceride levels, starting at age twenty.
  4. 4. What is the difference between triglycerides and cholesterol?Cholesterol is a yellowish fatty substance that is found in every cell in our body. It is oneof the essential ingredients of the body. Our bodies make cholesterol in our liver and wealso get cholesterol from our diets! It is the principle ingredient in the substances yourbody needs to digest foods, and it is also required to make some hormones and vitaminD.Cholesterol travels through your blood to the different parts of your body. It is carriedby substances called lipoproteins, which are made out of lipids or fat and protein on theoutside. There are 2 different types of lipoproteins, low density lipoprotein or LDL andhigh density lipoprotein, or HDL. LDL is also called bad cholesterol and HDL is call goodcholesterol. The body needs to have healthy levels of all of these substances. Any onebeing either too high or too low can cause serious problems!
  5. 5. cholesterol and triglycerides are lipids that travel thru the blood. Triglyceridesstore fat that is not used as energy for future use. Cholesterol on the other hand is usedto build cells and certain hormones. Because neither can dissolve in blood, thecirculation through the body. Cholesterol as it circulates gets stuck sometimes by fat inthe arteries. This is what can cause a problem because now the opening is the artery issmaller as more and more cholesterol builds up. Added cholesterol in the arteries iscalled plaque. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. Large deposits of plaque caneventually completely block an artery.A commonly asked question is: Is it possible to have normal levels of one and not of theother? Yes it is. In most cases the risk factors that contribute to high cholesterol alsocontributes to high triglycerides BUT many times you might have relatively normal levelsof cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides.
  6. 6. Heart Attack compared to a Stroke A heart attack can occur if an artery that supplies blood to the muscles in your heartbecomes blocked. Similarly, if an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomesblocked, a stroke can occur. Understanding Triglycerides Numbers Less than 150 DesirableBetween 150-199 Kind of HighBetween 200-499 High500 and above Dangerous
  7. 7. How do you get high triglycerides?Being over weightDiabetes that is not managed properlyAn under active thyroid (hypothyroidism)Kidney diseaseEating more calories than your body needsDrinking a lot of alcohol.Certain drugs may also raise your triglycerides levels. These medicines include:TamoxifenSteroidsBeta-blockers – A group of medication for blood pressureDiureticsEstrogenBirth control pillsIt is also believed by some that high triglyceride level is hereditary.
  8. 8. Symptoms for high triglyceridesThere are usually no symptoms associated with high triglycerides. In some cases, veryseldom, you may see fatty deposits under the skin. These are called xanthomas. So what if I have high triglycerides:According to a special report from CNN, these are some of the risks of high triglyceridelevels:1.Pancreas. Very high triglyceride levels can cause swelling of the pancreas. This causessevere belly pain, vomiting, and fever. If digestive juices leak outside the pancreas, itcan be life-threatening.
  9. 9. High levels of triglycerides increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. High triglycerides are part of a condition called metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, increased belly fat, low HDL (good cholesterol), and high fasting blood sugar. Combined, high triglycerides plus any two of the other conditions, increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 5 times.2. Heart disease. Metabolic syndrome DOUBLES the risk of developing heart disease3. Increase risk of stroke4. Liver disease. Fat accumulating in the liver, thru high triglycerides, is the most common cause of chronic liver disease, which can lead to liver failure and cancer
  10. 10. Problems with your legs. Too much fat in your arteries can create deposits in your legs that will result in pain and numbness, especially when walking.2. Dementia. Dementia is reduction or loss of brain function. It can affect memory, thinking, language and behavior.  Age is a big risk factor for dementia, but so are very high triglycerides. Research is showing that high triglycerides may damage blood vessels inside the brain and contribute to the build-up of a toxic protein called amyloid.Additionally, there are some reports that indicate that the lipid profile of cancer patients, includes high levels of triglycerides.
  11. 11. Reduce high triglycerides1.Lose weight if you are overweight. People with normal weight are morelikely to have normal levels of triglycerides2.If you smoke, quit3.If you drink, either reduce your consumption or even betterstop drinking completely4.Reduce consumption of saturated fats, trans fats, and foods high incholesterol. Avoid sugary and refined foods. Simple carbohydrates, suchas sugar and foods made with white flour
  12. 12. Eating more fish high in Omega 32. Eat foods high in fiber. Add then following foods in your everyday diet. These are in the order of importance : Raspberries, Cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, swiss chard, spinach, celery, cabbage, grapefruit, green beans, eggplant, cranberries, strawberries, bell peppers, squash, kale, carrots, lentils, brussels sprouts, asparagus, green peas, pinto beans3. Exercise at least for 30 minutes, five days a weekIf your condition is serious doctors might prescribe certain drugs.Many doctors prescribe supplements that have been shown to reduce high triglycerides in different studies.
  13. 13. Supplements that help reduce triglycerides:Omega-3 fatty acids work to increase beta oxidation so that a•smaller amount of triglyceride is left over for transport to theliver to be repackaged for circulation in the bloodstream.Additionally Omega-3s slow plaque growth and prevent bloodclots. So it is recommended to take Omega 3  a total of 4,000 mg - 6,000 mg , daily, with food. Half of it from EPA/DHA oils andhalf from Krill Oil for better absorption and results
  14. 14.• Niacin – Flush free Niacin reduces both triglycerides and cholesterol. Take 500 mg per day, with food. Drink lots of water when taking Niacin. Some people get some side effects with niacin like upset stomach or the sensation of heat. If you experience flushing effect when you take niacin, start taking an aspirin with niacin at the same time and drink extra water. This will reduce the flushing effect. So how does Niacin reduce triglycerides? Niacin blocks the release of fatty acids from fat cells. Fewer fatty acids are passed through to the liver, resulting in fewer VLDL particles.
  15. 15.• Red Yeast Rice inhibits cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis. It has also been shown in many studies to help reduce triglycerides and cholesterol. Take 1,200 mg per day, with or without food. Start by taking 600 mg per day for a week, if you feel no side effects, than increase the dosage to 1,200 mg per day.• We also have to eliminate some of triglycerides that are already in our system. Artichoke Leaf Extract has helped many people lower their triglycerides by enhancing triglyceride elimination. Take 450 mg, 3 times per day, with food.
  16. 16.• Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory supplement that helps in many important functions, including to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. It is not absorbed well, so it is important to take the right kind of curcumin at the right dosage for best absorption. We like this product. Take 1 tablet, once a day, with food.• Vitamin E Complex, with specifically gamma and delta tocopherols – Take 1 tablet with lunch and 1 with dinner.• Garlic – Take this odor control garlic supplement, with food. 1 tablet, 3 times a day.
  17. 17. like with any supplement, you need to consult yourdoctor before you start taking any supplements becausethere might be side effects or interactions with medicineyou might be taking. Be especially careful with:Red Yeast Rice – If you are pregnant or nursing, consult yourhealth care professional before using any herbal product.Artichoke Leaf Extract – If you have gallstones or a biliarytract obstruction, do not use this product.
  18. 18. – Temporary flushing, itching, rash, or gastric disturbances may occur. Liverfunction testing is recommended when niacin is taken in excess of 500 mg daily. Thosewith gout or liver diseases should avoid taking high doses of niacin.Fish Oil – If you are taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications, or have ableeding disorder, consult your healthcare provider before taking this product.Garlic – Garlic taken on an empty stomach may cause irritation.Curcumin – Do not take if you have gallbladder problems or gallstones. If you are takinganti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications, or have a bleeding disorder, consult yourhealthcare provider before taking this product.