Lowering triglycerides naturally is really the best high triglyceride treatment. And, of all the fats (lipids) in your blood, the triglycerides respond the best to natural treatment.
Benefits of Lowering Triglycerides Naturally
The major benefit of using natural methods to lower your triglycerides is the fact that you avoid having to take medication. All medication comes with side effects. The major side effect that most triglyceride medications have is increasing your level of the ‘bad’ cholesterol as it decreases your triglyceride level.
If you can lower your triglyceride level naturally, often times your overall health improves as a result of the diet and lifestyle changes you make. This natural approach to controlling triglycerides is without side effects!
Is Lowering Triglycerides Naturally Right for You?
This is a good question. You certainly want to be sure that the natural approach will in fact work for you. The first thing you need to know is what is causing your high triglycerides. If you have an underlying condition causing it, or if you are on medications that are causing the problem, you need to deal with those first.
Non-diet or lifestyle-related factors that can elevate triglycerides are:
- Birth control pills
- Genetic disorders
- Kidney disease
- Liver Disease
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Acute Hepatitis
Natural Treatments for Lowering Triglycerides
Diet and Lifestyle
The primary and most effective methods for lowering triglycerides naturally include all of these:
- Changing your diet
- Losing weight
- Reduce or stop drinking alcohol
New American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Diet
The AHA released a scientific statement saying that dietary and lifestyle changes can significantly reduce elevated triglycerides. Substituting healthy, unsaturated fat for saturated fats, exercising and losing excess weight can lower triglycerides by 20% to 50%.
The dietary changes the AHA recommends are:
- Ensure that sugar is limited. It should be between 5 and 10% of the total calories consumed. For women this should be about 100. For men, around 150.
- Avoid processed food and the fructose within. It should be less than 100 grams each day.
- Saturated fats should be relatively low. They should be no more than 7% of calories.
- Trans fat should never exceed 1% of a person’s calorie count.
- Alcohol should be limited.
AHA Guidelines for Exercise to Reduce High Triglycerides
People with high triglycerides are advised to exercise at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity, such as brisk walking. Combining the diet changes with the exercising can reduce your triglyceride level 50% or more.
Obesity and High Triglycerides
Does obesity cause high triglycerides? The current thought is “no”. However, high triglycerides are common in obese people. Obese people with high triglycerides are more likely to have metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of health factors that put a person at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Losing weight entails healthier diet and lifestyle changes which will all help to reduce an elevated triglyceride level.
Lowering Triglycerides Naturally with Supplements
Some people experience success with natural supplements. A word of caution- if you add a supplement but don’t make the diet and lifestyle changes recommended by the AHA, your chance of success may be limited.
Supplements to lower trigycerides include:
- Guggulipid Extract
- Tumeric Extract
- Green Tea extract
Be certain to do your research when using supplements in lowering triglycerides naturally.