Perhaps you have already heard about bad cholesterol and good
cholesterol — bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein (LDL) is bad for you
because it can cause your arteries to become hardened and narrowed, and good
cholesterol or high density lipoprotein (HDL) is good for you because it helps
to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Are you aware that there’s also what doctors refer to as ugly
cholesterol? Just like what the name says, having high levels of this in your
blood can make your heart health look horrid.
This ugly cholesterol is more commonly known as triglycerides —
they’re a type of fat that is found in your bloodstream. According to doctors,
having high triglyceride levels is just like having high bad cholesterol levels
— it can considerably increase your risk of dying from heart disease.
Triglycerides are in fact naturally produced by your body.
However, it can also come from some of the foods you eat, in particular those
that are high in sugar, carbohydrates and saturated fat. Doctors confirm that people
who are overweight or obese and suffer from diabetes are at higher risk of
having high triglycerides in their bloodstream.
It’s perfectly normal to have some triglycerides in your blood.
It’s a completely different story, however, if there are more triglycerides in
your blood than necessary.
Keeping your blood triglyceride levels to within the normal range
means you have to lose excess weight and put your diabetes — if you are
suffering from it — under control.
It’s also very important for you to carefully mind what you eat.
Basically, you have to reduce your intake of anything that’s loaded with sugar,
carbohydrates and saturated fat. Similarly, you should add the following
triglyceride-lowering foods to your diet on a regular basis:
The key is to reduce your intake of carbohydrates, not completely
eradicate carbohydrates from your life. In fact, there are foods that contain
carbohydrates but can actually help lower the levels of triglycerides in your
A very good example is whole wheat bread. That’s because it is
very high in fiber that helps lower everything in your body that can endanger
your life, including excess triglycerides. Other than whole wheat bread, you may
also opt for other food products that are out of whole grains or flour.
It’s certainly a wonderful idea for you to include lots of green
leafy vegetables in your diet if your goal is to lower your triglycerides
considerably. It’s for the fact that they are loaded with triglyceride-lowering
However, heart specialists say that you should particularly have
more of spinach. Aside from fiber that can help sweep excess triglycerides out
of your body, it also packs what’s referred to as alpha-lipolic acid which,
according to numerous studies, can help lower triglyceride levels in the
bloodstream by up to 60 percent.
Aside from spinach, you may also opt for others that are also rich
in alpha-lipolic acid. Some superb examples are oranges, grapes, blueberries,
lemons, limes and tomatoes.
Experts also suggest for you to have more of legumes — beans, peas
and lentils. That’s because they are packed with fiber that, as mentioned
earlier, is very good at helping to keep high triglyceride levels at bay.
Especially if your doctor told you to shed off those excess pounds
in order to reinstate an optimum level of triglycerides in your bloodstream,
you should definitely add legumes to your diet. They help fend off overeating,
plus they allow you to build lean muscles that can encourage weight loss.
It’s a fantastic idea for you to regularly add salmon to your
diet. According to scientists, omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are capable of
zapping excess triglyceride molecules in your body.
Aside from salmon, you can also obtain phenomenal amounts of
omega-3 fatty acids from other types of oily of fatty fish. Some good examples
include sardines, trout, mackerel and tuna. And by the way, you can also obtain
omega-3 fatty acids from nuts, seeds and healthy types of oils such as olive