There are a lot of foods out there that are high in the things our bodies need to keep our triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels low. Unfortunately, most of us do not consume enough of these foods to get the amounts we truly need.
Natural supplements are a great way to to fulfill our bodies needs to keep our hearts healthy. These are the main substances our bodies need to keep our LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels low.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids/Fish oils – These fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the blood vessels can lead to heart disease and strokes. Omega 3’s may decrease triglycerides, reduce blood clotting and inflammation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk for heart problems. We need 3,000 mg of the combined Omega 3’s daily in order to achieve the recommended cardio-protective dosage.
- 5 Best Omega 3 Supplements
- Foods High in Omega 3’s
- Fiber – Soluble fiber helps your body slow down the absorption of fats and sugars. Because triglycerides turn unnecessary calories into fat, soluble fiber fights this. The recommended intake is 25-30 grams daily, but most Americans only consume 10-12 grams.
- 5 Best Soluble Fiber Supplements
- Foods High in Soluble Fiber
- Niacin – Niacin, or vitamin B3, works in the liver by affecting the production of blood fats. It not only reduces triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, but also increases HDL levels. A dosage of 500 mg of Niacin is need daily to help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- 5 Best Niacin Supplements
- Foods High in Niacin
There are other substances out there like soy protein and garlic that have shown signs of lowering triglycerides and bad cholesterol. Studies are very conflicting, therefore I will not recommend you to rely on those supplements for lowering your triglycerides or cholesterol. However, garlic and soy protein are both very healthy for you, and adding them to your diet can’t hurt.