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Last updated March 18, 2017February 22, 2011, last updated February 6,

By Joseph Strongoli, Contributing Columnist

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What Exactly Are Triglycerides?

When you digest food, your body converts any calories that it
doesn’t need to burn at the moment into a type of fat, or lipid,
called triglycerides. These triglycerides then get stored away
for later use in your fat cells. Later, your body deploys
hormones to release these triglycerides to burn for energy
between meals.

Evolutionarily speaking, this was an elegant solution to the
scarcity of food and the delay between meals which our
ancestors faced.

However, in the modern world of 24-hour food-at-your-
fingertips—all you can eat buffets,  fast food drive thru’s,
delivery to your doorstep – this system bogs down. If you
regularly eat more calories than you burn, and many Americans
do, the body can’t keep up and begins to accumulate fat.

According to the
Mayo Clinic, here are the normal and
abniormal ranges for triglyceride levels:

  • normal triglyceride level is 150 mg/dL or less. (In Europe,
    you may see this reading as 1.7 millimoles per liter

  • borderline high is 150 mg/dL to 199 mg/dL (1.8 to 2.2

  • High  is between 200 to 499 mg/dL (2.3 to 5.6 mmol/L)

  • Very high  is between at  500 mg/dL or above (5.7
    mmol/L or above)

ccording to the CDC and a 2011 study led by Dr. Beatrice
Talayero of Harvard School of Public Health
, 73.5 million adults,
or 3
1% of the population have very high triglyceride levels, a
condition known as "hypertriglyceridemia".

And because triglycerides, and a similar compound, cholesterol,
are insoluble in blood (and water), such a buildup can cause
many complications in the cardiovascular system any beyond.

Why Do They Matter?

It is vital to keep your triglyceride levels down. Triglycerides
are implicated in numerous conditions and disorders, including
atherosclerosis, or the
hardening and thickening of artery
, which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and
heart disease.

High triglyceride levels are often a signal of other conditions
that increase risk of heart disease and stroke, such as obesity
metabolic syndrome, and a cluster of conditions that
excessive waistline fat, high blood pressure, high blood
, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

High triglycerides are also implicated in
Type 2 diabetes,
hypothyroidism, liver disease, kidney disease, and other
conditions that affect how your body converts fat to energy.

Get Tested

Do you know your triglyceride levels? The American Heart
Association (AHA) recommends the following guidelines for
triglyceride levels per deciliter of blood:

Optimal: 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
Normal: 150 mg/dL
Borderline: 150-199 mg/dL
High: 200-499 mg/dL
Very high: 500 mg/dL or above

According to the CDC, nearly 31 million adult Americans have
triglyceride levels greater than 240 mg/dL. Their risk for heart
disease is double.

The CDC warns that  fewer than 1 out of every 3 adults with
high levels of triglycerides has the condition under control, and
that less than half of adults with high triglycerides are getting
treatment to lower their levels. See your doctor about checking
your triglyceride levels as a part of a cholesterol test, called a
lipid panel or lipid profile. The CDC recommends getting
checked every five years.

How Can I Lower My Triglycerides?

It is no simple task.  So-called "easy" calories, like carbs and
fats contribute to high
triglyceride levels. Unfortunately, these
are staples of the modern American diet.

In fact,  a 2008 study at Purdue University by Dr. R.D. Mattes
found that even just putting fatty foods into your mouth,
without even swallowing, resulted in an early initial spike
followed by a prolonged elevation of triglycerides in the blood
(it is still unknown exactly why this happens).

In a moment, we will present 7 natural remedies and
supplements that combat high triglyceride levels.

However, bear in mind that supplements are just that ---
supplementary ---, and are never meant to be the be-all-end-all
solution. What should they be a supplement to? A healthy
lifestyle of course. Regular exercise can boost good cholesterol
and lower bad cholesterol.

Just losing 5 to 10 pounds can help lower triglycerides. Cut
back on extra calories, which get converted and stored as fat.
Also, limit refined sugary foods and simple carbs, cholesterol,
trans fat, and alcohol, all of which raise triglyceride levels.
Choose healthier fats, such as the monounsaturated fats found
in olive, peanut and canola oils.

Here are our top 7 natural remedies for lowering your
triglyceride levels:


A 2003 study at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center
in Maryland found that a cinnamon intake between 1 and 6
grams daily reduced glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and
total cholesterol. The authors suggested that cinnamon can
reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular

This study's results were repeated in another 2003 study, from
NWFP Agricultural University in Pakistan. In that study 60
people with Type 2 diabetes  were divided in to 3 groups. The
groups received 1 gram, 3 grams and 6 grams of cinnamon
daily for 40 days. After the experiment, scientists measured the
levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides.

What they discovered was truly remarkable. Triglyeride levels
fell in all 3 groups, from between 23% and 30%.  

By the way, blood sugar levels dropped glucose also (18-29%)
as well as LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-

How much is 1 gram of cinnamon? A teaspoon of cinnamon
equals between 6 and 6.3 grams of cinnamon.]

Coriander Seeds

A 1997 study at the University of Kerala led by Dr. B.A. Khan in
India found that the administration of coriander seeds resulted
in significant reductions in the levels of LDL, VLDL and total
cholesterol and triglycerides. Additionally, HDL cholesterol
(‘good cholesterol’) levels were increased. The study
suggested the mechanism of action to be the increased activity
of plasma LCAT, enhanced hepatic bile acid synthesis, and the
increased degradation of cholesterol to fecal bile acids and
neutral sterols.

Curry Leaf and Mustard Seeds

A 1996 study by the same authors as above found that a
combination of curry leaves and mustard seeds reduced total
cholesterol and TG while simulaneously raising HDL levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A 2011 study by Dr. N.H. Budak et al., at the Suleyman Demirel
University in Turkey tested various methods of producing apple
cider vinegar to see their effects on blood lipids in high-
cholesterol fed rats. The study concluded that apple cider
vinegars, regardless of the production method, decreased
triglycerides and VLDL levels in all groups, while simultaneously
increasing HDL levels.

Drink Your OJ!

A 2004 study at the Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories in
Okayama, Japan found that a key ingredient in orange juice,
hesperidin, has a powerful effect on triglyceride levels.
Hesperidin lowered triglycerides in 55% of the patients who
had a high triglyceride levels.


A 2006 study led by Dr. M. Thomson Kuwait University in Safat,
Kuwait found that raw garlic extracts reduced triglyceride
levels up to 38%, and had a profound effect in reducing
glucose and cholesterol levels. The doctors concluded that
garlic may play an important role in the prevention of

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

A 2011 study led by Dr. A. Skulas-Ray at Penn State University
found that Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA), two omega-3 fatty acids, reduce triglyceride levels
by 27%, by reducing very-low density lipoprotein (VLDL)
production by the liver, accelerating chylomicron and VLDL
eliminatino from the blood and converting fatty acids to energy
via oxidation.

Food sources of these fatty acids include cod,
salmon, walnuts,
legumes, green leafy veggies,
flaxseed oil , soybean oil and krill.
Fish oil supplements and krill supplements are also common.


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Oranges contain an ingredient, herperdidin, which
lowers triglyceride levels by up to 55%.
Orange juice and Greek yogurt smoothie. Half a cup of
orange juice, one half a cup of Greek yogurt.  I add 2
ice cubes and a banana, oatmeal or chia seeds to bulk
up the mixture.