What Natural Supplements Help Lower Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and in the body. They are present in blood plasma and in association with cholesterol form the plasma lipids. Triglycerides in plasma are derived from the fats eaten in foods or made in the body from other energy sources such as carbohydrates. Excess triglycerides in plasma is called hypertriglyceridemia. This has been linked to coronary artery disease in some people and may be a consequence of other untreated diseases such as diabetes mellitus.
If you are overweight, efforts should be made to reduce your weight, reduce your intake of alcohol and regular exercise is important. it is essential that you DO NOT have any Margarine, Hydrogenated fats and cooked or heated oils – especially vegetable. Synthetic margarines and spreads contain a whole host of emulsifiers, stabilizers, colours, flavours, preservatives, and the emulsifying manufacturing creates a product that is far from the "healthy” product the label would have us believe. In fact, in the early 20th-century, the US Government listed margarine as a "harmful drug” and restricted its sale before taxing it heavily and introducing a licensing system!
On the other hand, Butter is a totally natural and wonderful substance; it is minimally processed and provides vitamins and specific fats that nourish the body in a good way. It is without doubt a useful part of a healthy diet – in moderation of course! Fats are actually an important part of a diet and the negative press fails to recognise this basic nutritional fact.
A healthy diet is critical for all health issues - please refer to our Dietary Guidelines
for more information.
Studies in Japan and elsewhere on Reishi Mushroom have demonstrated that Reishi is beneficial to the cardiovascular system; it appears to help regulate coronary and cerebral blood flow and also seems to help reduce levels of blood lipids and in lowering elevated cholesterol. Patients with coronary heart disease and hyperlipidemia have experienced improvements in symptoms such as palpitations, dyspnea, pericardial pain, and edema (Chang & But, 1986). In one controlled study, a reishi extract showed the ability to reduce blood viscosity and plasma viscosity in hypertensive patients with hyperbpidemia, some of whom were recovering from an episode of cerebral thrombosis (Cheng et all). In another study, Reishi extracts were reported to reduce blood cholesterol and lower blood pressure (Kanmatsuse et all 1985). Reishi is said to act as a cardio-tonic and has been used to treat arrhythmia (Ding, 1987).
Serrepeptase and Vitalprotect may also be useful for high Triglycerides