A triglyceride molecule consists of a glycerol molecule with three fatty acids attached. After a meal, your body converts calories it does not need to triglycerides. Your body uses them for energy. Eating more calories than you can use, especially in the form of refined carbohydrates, can cause your triglycerides to become elevated. High triglycerides can increase the risk for heart disease and may be a sign of the metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.
The connection between high triglycerides and eating sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption is pretty well established. One study that appeared in the Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (2000;225:178-183) demonstrated that increased sugar consumption was linked to higher triglycerides.
Avoiding refined carbohydrate, avoiding alcohol and doing some light exercise are all good strategies to lower triglycerides. Taking omega-3 fatty acids is a very well-researched way to lower triglycerides. A study that appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1993;58:68- 74), showed that taking omega-3 fatty acids lowered postprandial triglyceride levels. Fish oil was also recommended in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (1991;145(7):821) for the treatment of high triglycerides.
There is some research that demonstrates the value of taking garlic to lower triglycerides. A meta-analysis of controlled studies appeared in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (epublished ahead of print, Jan 10, 2012) included 26 studies that demonstrated the value of garlic in reducing both cholesterol and high triglycerides.
If we consider the role of sugar and refined carbohydrate in elevating triglycerides, supplementing to help bring sugar and insulin under control is a good idea. There was one case study where a male, aged 67, with a triglyceride level of 683 was able to bring the value down to 125 within six months. He was given 2 GlucoBalance® TID and placed on a low glycemic diet. By the patient’s own admission, he “cheated” a lot. The product has been very useful for lowering triglycerides, but this was one of the most striking cases.
GlucoBalance® is special, targeted supplemental support for individuals with undesirable blood sugar levels who may have special dietary needs for higher amounts of important micronutrients. Formulated by doctors Johnathan Wright and Alan Gaby. It contains Vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as thiamin riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folate, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, potassium, vanadium and L-carnitine fumarate.