Food, Fats and Triglycerides

The majority of people with high levels of triglycerides don't eat much fat but their systems are making an excess of it. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy. High triglyceride levels are related to a high risk of heart disease. They can also increase weight without eating significant amounts of food....why is this?

Why do the levels of triglycerides rise?The liver makes molecular transport systems - lipoproteins - to move the digested fats (fatty acids, triglycerides and cholesterol) around the body. The more fat we eat, therefore, the more we need to transport and the more "vehicles" we need! Also, triglyceride sources are the same sources as cholesterol (red meat, dairy products etc) so cholesterol and triglyceride levels go hand-in-hand.Why would the triglyceride levels rise without eating?In some cases the body will make triglycerides when we have not eaten. If you are lacking energy the body compensates for this by making more triglycerides in the liver. Triglycerides have very high calorific value.The pricipal causes of lack of energy are:
  • Not eating breakfast
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Eating too much carbohydrates or not consuming enough protein
  • Exercising on an empty stomach
  • Certain illnesses
What are some of the symptoms of elevated triglyceride levels:
  • High levels of abdomenal fat
  • Tiredness and muscular pains
  • Anxiety
  • Snoring
  • High Colesterol
  • Fatty Liver
  • Examples of Illnesses that increase triglycleride levels:Insulin resistence : this produces low levels of good cholesterol colesterol, high levels of bad cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides.Hypothyroidism: this produces potentially high levels of cholesterol and trigylcerides. What to do:
  • Eat less - consume adequate levels of proteins and try to reduce overall fat and carbohydrate levels
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet (with regular meals) and undergoing a sensible exercise plan will help.
  • Make sure you get sufficient sleep
  • Certain herbs & spices in conjuntion with a healthy lifestyle may help to control triglycerides, lipids and cholesterol levels and these include:
  • Cinnamon
  • Green Tea
  • Garcinia
  • Hibiscus
  • Ginger
  • Caralluma