My blood results show that I have high Trigycerides, is there a natural way to lower them?
Brian, Montana

Lowering TriglyceridesTriglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. They are a major source of energy and the most common type of fat in your body.

When you eat, your body uses the calories it needs for quick energy. Any extra calories are turned into triglycerides and stored in fat cells to be used later. The excess calories are stored as fat regardless of what kind of food you eat-fat, carbohydrate, or protein. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, you may have high triglycerides.

In normal amounts, triglycerides are important to good health. When triglyceride levels are high, it is not clear whether these high levels directly increase your risk for heart disease. But high triglycerides are often part of a group of conditions called metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around the waist, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high triglycerides. This syndrome does increase your risk for heart disease as well as for diabetes and stroke.

Triglycerides are measured as part of a blood test that measures your cholesterol. Normal triglyceride levels are below 150. High levels are 200 or above.

Causes of high triglycerides:Conditions that may cause high triglycerides include:· Obesity.
· Poorly controlled diabetes.
· An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
· Kidney disease.
· Regularly eating more calories than you burn.
· Drinking a lot of alcohol.

Certain medicines may also raise triglycerides. These medicines include:
· Tamoxifen.
· Steroids.
· Beta-blockers.
· Diuretics.
· Estrogen
· Birth control pills.

Certain types of high cholesterol and high triglycerides are caused by genetics.

Symptoms to watch for with high Triglycerides:High triglycerides usually do not cause symptoms. Sometimes it is genetic, but that is not common.

In rare cases, people who have very high levels of triglycerides may develop inflammation of the pancreas. This can cause sudden, severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Lowering your high triglycerides:If you are overweight, losing weight may be the best way to lower triglycerides. You may be able to lower your triglycerides by eating fewer calories and increasing your activity.

Limit fats and limiting or not drinking alcohol. Excess sugar should also be avoided, as it is converted to glucose and in turn triglycerides much the same way as carbohydrates are. Also, lower your carbohydrate intake.

According to a publication by P.K. Reissell's group at Harvard in 1966, it was clearly established that Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin C, combined with a low carbohydrate diet, can dramatically reduce your triglyceride levels. Omega 3 fatty acids can help with cholesterol as well.

  • Take about 1 teaspoon - of Omega 3 / DHA-rich oil (Fish oil) straight or mix with salad dressings or with bean, guacamole, or salsa dips, etc. 2-3 times a day

Essential oils that may help:Over all, a lifestyle/ diet change that is needed. A Liver cleanse will put you on the right path.

  • Liver Cleanse: 1 TBL. Fresh lemon juice, 1 drop Lemon oil, 1 drop Peppermint oil. Take every morning, upon arising for 28 days on, then 7 days off. Continue until problem is cleared up.
For energy (to help with exercising)
  • Diffuse Lemon oil for awhile, then add 1-2 drops Peppermint oil. (not too much, so as not to irritate the eyes)
  • Can also put 1-2 drops Peppermint oil or Orange oil on the back of the neck, at the hairline, a drop on the temples, or under the nose, and breath deeply. *note: orange is photo tonic, keep out of sun, or skin may turn brown.
  • Can also use 8 drops Orange oil and 3 drops Peppermint oil, added to water, in a spray bottle, and spray room.