Pureheart 2011-12-14 01:48:00
Many people have elevated blood levels of triglycerides (TGs). TGs are
composed of three fatty chains linked together. This is the way most
fat exists in both food and the human body. Studies indicate that
people with elevated triglycerides are at higher risk of heart
disease; it is not clear if this is related to high cholesterol, or to
the high triglycerides itself.
The most common causes of elevated triglycerides are diabetes, heavy
alcohol consumption , obestiy and excess sugar intake.
Useful supplements and interventions:
Exercise and a diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber (such as
psyllium) can help maintain normal triglyceride levels.
Fish oil: The fish oils EPA and DHA, mentioned above, lower TG levels.
The amount used in much of the research is 3,000 mg per day of omega-3
We recommend adding 900 mg of garlic to prevent the increase in LDL.
and Vitamin E as an antioxidant.
Carnitine: has lowered TGs in several studies. The usual dosage is
1–3 grams of carnitine per day.
Pantethine is a special form of the B vitamin pantothenic acid.
Several studies show that 300 mg of pantethine taken three times per
day will lower TG levels. The form found in most B
vitamins—pantothenic acid—does not have this effect.
Inositol hexaniacinate: is a form of niacin that is associated with
much fewer side effects than standard niacin, yet is equally as
effective at lowering both cholesterol and triglycerides. The usual
dosage is 500 mg three times each day.
Garlic: Studies have shown that 600 to 900 mg of garlic per day can
decrease triglyceride levels up to 27 %.
Guggul: is the mainstay of treatment of increased triglycerides in
India, and can lower triglyceride levels by up to 30%. The active
ingredient is thought to be guggulsterone, and preparations should be
standardized. The usual dosage is 25 mg of guggulsterone three times
Wild yam: has been shown to lower blood triglycerides in humans. Usual
dosage used is 2–3 ml of tincture three to four times per day or
one or two capsules or tablets of the dried root three times each day.