On Saturday, I showed you a study that gave us a surprising way to stop Alzheimer's disease - and general memory loss - in its tracks. All you have to do is lower your triglycerides. I'm sure your doctor has told you that high levels of triglycerides are bad for you. But few people really know what they are or how to lower them without taking drugs.
Triglycerides, as you may know, are fats. Your body stores these fats for future energy. And, while we all need a little extra stored energy, you can get too much of a good thing. If you're carrying excess weight around your tummy, thighs, buttocks, or other areas, you've got more triglycerides than you need.
The ideal level for triglycerides is under 100 mg/dl. If your level is between 100-150, you probably can lower them simply by changing your diet and exercising more. But if your level is over 150, changing your diet and exercising may not be enough. There are several nutrients you can use that are very effective at lowering triglycerides.
* Chromium: This mineral is frequently low in people with high triglycerides. Study after study shows that just 200 mcg of chromium supplementation has significantly lowered triglycerides. But some people need much more. Talk with your doctor about taking 200 mcg two to three times a day for a few months. It's safe.
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* Fish oil and flax oil: These essential fats can lower your triglycerides up to 65%, so include them in your daily supplements. You can get both of these in Complete Daily Oils
* Padma Basic: This herbal remedy contains 19 natural ingredients. It was originally used to increase circulation and improve peripheral artery disease. The result is reduced leg pain and cramps that come from walking. Now we're finding that Padma does much more. A side effect of this antioxidant-rich formula is that it significantly lowers triglycerides (two capsules taken two times a day). For most people, Padma Basic is very hard to find, but you can get it from Advanced Bionutritionals
. Give it a three-month trial.
A change in diet and the right supplements are usually all you need to lower your triglycerides to a safe level. And it's one of the best ways to make sure you don't lose your memory to Alzheimer's.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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