High triglycerides and high cholesterol


Nutritional treatment of high triglycerides is very successful. Seven capsules daily of EPA can lower triglycerides from 800 to 150 (normal) in just six months. EPA (fish oil) lowers almost all forms of triglycerides. Niacin is also effective in lowering triglycerides (type four) but the flushing may be uncomfortable. (Willner, Brason or other forms of time release may eliminate this problem but liver enzymes must be checked every three to six months).

Diet is important. Avoid sugar and alcohol, which frequently may do more to raise triglycerides than cholesterol levels. Saturated fat intake, e.g, cream, whole milk, frying or baking with oil, fatty meat and butter, should be reduced or eliminated. Fish daily and two tablespoons daily of safflower or sunflower oil (possibly olive oil if there is no hypertension) are helpful. Supporting nutrients (selenium, chromium, magnesium, pantothenic acid and primrose oil) are a helpful treatment of high triglycerides.

High cholesterol is more difficult to lower than high triglycerides. Most cholesterol levels go down with a reduction of refined carbohydrates. The same dietary approach as above is necessary. Sometimes red meat or even whole grains need to be reduced. Primrose oil or safflower oil (two to four tablespoons per day) is helpful. Lecithin may be helpful (one to 10 tablespoons per day). Olive oil may also be useful, especially in improving HDL ratios. Niacin and fish daily can also help. Arginine and methionine are amino acids that can lower cholesterol slightly. HDL --the good cholesterol- is raised by exercise, EPA (fish oil), garlic, carnitine, pantetheine, vitamin C, and niacin daily. One drink per day (not more) may also raise HDL, but the bad side effects of alcohol outweigh this one possible good effect. Other supporting nutrients are the same as for treating high triglycerides. Zinc and vitamin E in large doses raise LDL levels (the bad form of cholesterol). Overall, antioxidants probably protect against the side effects of high cholesterol.

Excess dietary sugar
Excess dietary starch
Excess hydrogenated or processed fats (lard, shortening, cottonseed oil, palm oil, margarine, etc.).
Liver dysfunction
Amino acid deficiency
Essential fatty acid deficiency
Deficiency of natural antioxidants such as vitamin E, selenium and beta carotene
Increased tissue damage due to infection, radiation, or oxidative activity (free radicals, etc.).
Fiber deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency
Carnitine deficiency
Biotin deficiency
Food allergies
Immune decline
Chronic hepatitis
Cholesterol lowering drugs
Essential fatty acid deficiency
Liver infection or disease
Manganese deficiency
Adrenal stress
Street drugs (cocaine, marijuana, etc.)
Excessive exercise (especially in females)
Low fat diets
Psychological stress

By Rabbi Eric Braverman, M.D.

Dr. Eric Braverman is director of a multi-specialty medical clinic and non-profit foundation in Princeton, N.J. and a contributing editor of Total Health Magazine.

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