High Triglycerides: The Strong Sugar & Fructose Connection
A wide variety of sugars with different names are used today in the food preparation process. Table sugar and maple syrup are no longer the only sweeteners in our diet.
We all know some of the guises of sugar such as sucrose, fructose, maple syrup, molasses. But what about dextrose, turbinado, amazake, sorbitol, carob powder, and high fructose corn syrup?
As a result of all sorts of sugars poured into more products every year by the makers of processed foods, Canadians - for example - eat about 23 teaspoons of added sugar every day.
But that only includes refined, processed sugars, honey and maple syrup. What those 23 teaspoons, translated into 92 grams of sugar, do not include are all the other added sugars we're getting daily from:
- corn sweeteners - the main ingredient in pop (soda), and
- fruit juices.
Add up all those sugars and some people are eating more than half their body weight in sugars every year.
It's a serious concern around the world. In 1999 for example, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, sugar consumption in the United States was 158 pounds per person (equivalent to about 50 teaspoons per day!) - 30 percent higher than in 1983.
In the 1999 year, figure for added-sugars consumption was 1.5 percent greater than in 1998.
For the sake of clarification of termilogy, let's keep in mind that the consumption of "added (free) sugars" includes:
- table sugar (refined, processed sugars from cane, beet - sucrose - added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer)
- corn sugar (glucose)
- corn syrup
- high-fructose corn syrup commonly added to fruit juices
- sugars naturally present in fruint juices
- honey, and
- other syrups, like molasses and maple syrup.
The term "added (free) sugars" does not include the sugars naturally present in:
- milk (lactose)
- fruit (fructose, sucrose), and
The average American consumes 20 teaspoons per day of sugar. The food industry, however, contends that the huge increase in sugar consumption has had no impact on health.
In a paper published in 1999, USDA researcher Shanthy A. Bowman, of the Agricultural Research Service, reported that heavier consumers of refined sugars (more than 18 percent of calories from added sugars) typically consume more calories but less of 15 different nutrients than do lighter consumers (under 12 percent of calories).
The high consumers consumed 15 times more soft drinks and fruit "ades" per day than the lower consumers.
The 158-pound figure, however, represents the amount of sugar that is available in wholesale channels. The actual amount consumed is considerably less. USDA surveys indicate that
- the average teenage boy eats at least 109 pounds per year, while
- the average American eats upwards of 64 pounds.
In 1999, because of the sharp increase in sugar consumption - paralleled by a doubling in the rate of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in the past 20 years - health groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set a "Daily Value" for sugar intake and list on food labels the amount of added sugars and the "% Daily Value" in a serving.
The recommended Daily Value (the daily limit) should be 40 grams, or 10 teaspoons, the figure recommended by USDA.
The FDA has not responded to the petition. Interestingly, in 1986 it predicted that sugar consumption would level off and then decline in the next few years.
Daily Consumption of Free (Added) Sugar: The WHO's Recommendation
There is no scientific proof that sugar is what's making us fat or giving us diabetes - says Randall Kaplan of the Canadian Sugar Institute.
A report released in 2006 by the World Health Organization (WHO) urges people to limit their daily consumption of free (added) sugars to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake (Diet Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases; TRS916).
This recommendation adds up to approximately 12 teaspoons (48 grams) of added (free) sugar a day based on an average 2000-calorie diet.
The leading American health experts want the FDA to:
- set a maximum recommended daily intake (Daily Value) for added (free) sugars of 10 teaspoons (40 grams) and
- require labels to disclose the percentage of the Daily Value a food provides.
Daily Values are used on Nutrition Facts labels to indicate the recommended maximum intakes of fat, sodium and other nutrients.
It is so much less than North Americans eat now - on average, more than 20 teaspoons of added sugars per day, that is twice what the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends.
Although we are eating way too much sugar, consuming less sugar is not that easy as it would seem. Cutting back to 10 - 12 teaspoons a day is going to be tough.
A typical cup of fruit yogurt provides 70 percent of a day's worth of added sugar! No to mention a can of baked beans, listing white beans, water, molasses, sugar, fructose, brown sugar. Lots of sugars!
Of course, you would like to have these beans with a hot dog which lists such ingredients as pork, chicken, beef, water, salt, dextrose. It means more sugar!
The bun, for example, contains another half-teaspoon of sugar. And with that hot dog you would like to have a dash of ketchup (a third of ketchup is sugar)…
Another example: a granola bar has two teaspoons of sugar.
One little Fruit Rollup, Mellon Berry Blast has about 3 teaspoons of sugar, mostly in form of cheap high-sucrose corn syrup.
The WHO report recommending we eat less sugar provoked loud criticism from the sugar lobby in the U.S. and Canada. The sugar industry and the American government are really upset about it.
Although presently it cannot be proved "scientifically" that sugar along is to blame, there IS plenty of evidence that it is the key contributing factor.
Onset of diabetes, for instance, is one of the major concerns for excess sugar intake. Since insulin acts as a "carrier" of glucose (blood sugar), too much sugar can overwork the pancreas, eventually leading to a decrease in insulin production (read: diabetes).
People who eat diets high in sugar get less calcium, fiber, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, iron, and other nutrients, according to USDA data.
Because of such potential problems, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned the FDA to require that food labels declare how much sugar is added to products.
A high-sugar diet contributes to other health problems, such as atherosclerosis (heart attack and stroke), osteoporosis, and cancer, not to mention tooth decay and obesity.
Unfortuanately, nutritionally worthless junk food is everywhere. No matter what, in every store that you go to there is a little section of chocolate, candy and chips.
Sugar is all over the place and it is hard to resist it.
How to Decipher the Sugar Content?
If we were eating just all vegetables and some low-sweet fruits, and getting our sugars just from there, we would be way better off.
First of all, check nutrition and ingredient labels for sugar and its equivalents, including sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, honey and molasses.
At present, the USDA recommends limiting added sugars, from packaged foods and the sugar bowl, to:
- 24 grams a day (6 teaspoons) if you eat 1,600 calories
- 40 grams (10 teaspoons) for a 2,000-calorie diet
- 56 grams (14 teaspoons) for a 2,400-calorie diet, and
- 72 grams (18 teaspoons) for a 2,800-calorie diet.
As you can see, this is even less than 12 teaspoons (48 grams) of a sugar a day recommended by the recent WHO's report for an average 2,000-calorie diet.
What you should do then?
First of all, cut back on:
- soft drinks (40 grams of sugar per 12 ounces) - "liquid candy" - by far the biggest source of sugar in the average American's diet
- fruit "drinks," "beverages," "ades," and "cocktails" as they are essentially non-carbonated soda pop; Sunny Delight, Fruitopia, and other fruit juices have only 5-10 percent juice and are loaded with calories and can be as fattening as pop
- candy, cookies, cakes, pies, doughnuts, granola bars, pastries, and other sweet baked goods
- fat-free cakes, cookies, and ice cream as they may have as much added sugar as their fatty counterparts and they are often high in calories ("fat-free" on the package doesn't mean fat-free on your waist or thighs).
Secondly, instead of sugar:
- Drink more water, eat more vegetables and some low-sugar fruits.
- Look for breakfast cereals that have no more than eight grams (about 2 teaspoons) of sugar per serving.
- Watch out for sweets - ice cream, shakes, and pastries - served in restaurants. Their huge servings can provide a day's worth of added sugar. For example, a large McDonald's Vanilla Shake and a Cinnabon each have 12 teaspoons (about 48 grams) of added (free) sugar.
Thirdly, to get that sugar monkey Off your back:
- Don't avoid sugar like the plague. Demystify it. Sugar is neither evil nor your friend. Nutritionally speaking, when you eat sugar, you get only empty calories. There are no virtues associated with sugar.
- Eat regular meals. Having small meals every two-three hours will keep your blood glucose levels stable.
- Don't overeat. Just eat appropriate foods at appropriate times. You are less likely to go overboard when you have a full meal in your stomach.
- Wait five minutes and see if the craving passes. If it doesn't, have a single serving of what you want, instead of a "healthy substitute." Substitutions do not always work. If you really want ice cream, you're better off having a little ice cream than three pounds of carrot sticks.
- Don't use sweet treats as a distraction. When you find yourself reaching for the jelly beans, ask yourself what's going on.
- If you are hungry, have the kind of snack that will last longer than a sugar rush -- some almonds, for instance.
- If you are stressed, take a walk.
- If you are sad, call a friend.
- If you are bored, get out of the house.
- Don't full yourself into thinking you can eat more of other foods because you have downed a diet soft drink or put artificial sweetener in your coffee.
- Get rid of junk food: the candy dish on your desk and the stash of Ring-Dings in your kitchen. If junk food is not around, you cannot eat it. When you want a sugary snack, go out and buy one only.
- Get more pleasure out of a piece of higher quality chocolate rather than out of a bag of Hershey's kisses every other day. If you can get into the habit of having a little of your favorite sweet thing every day, you may be less likely to "lose control" and work your way through the candy counter.
High Triglycerides: The Underestimated Fruit Connection
Fructose is incorporated into triglycerides (blood fats) more readily than glucose; therefore, it has a greater propensity to increase the level of triglycerides - the key risk marker, and most likely a factor, for a heart disease and stroke.
Fructose, also known as fruit sugar (levulose) is a simple sugar twice as sweet as sucrose (table sugar). But because it is mainly metabolized in the liver, fructose has a lower glycemic index.
However, consumption of high amounts of fructose can lower metabolic rate and cause de-novo lipogenesis (the conversion of sugar into fat) since the liver can only metabolize limited amounts of fructose. For this and many other reasons, and contrary to previous claims for its superiority over glucose (blood sugar), fructose does not play essential part in human nutrition.
Although naturally present in fruits, fructose is also available in the form of crystals as a table sugar substitute. It is also sold commercially as high-fructose corn syrup which can contain up to 55 percent sucrose.
However, fructose can have some toxic effects on our health, especially on cardiovascular and digestive systems, as well as on our metabolism.
Fructose, especially its excessive consumption, may increase:
- the risk of abnormal blood clotting ailments and hypertension (high blood pressure)
- the risk of type 2 diabetes
- total blood cholesterol levels (it serves in part as the raw material for the synthesis of cholesterol within the body)
- LDL-"bad" cholesterol levels, and
- blood triglyceride levels, especially in diabetics (fructose has a greater propensity to increase serum triglycerides than glucose).
Excessive consumption of fructose may also cause:
- fatigue, especially in persons who are fructose intolerant
- insulin resistance, and
- obesity (due to de-novo lipogenesis - the conversion of sugar into fat).
It is estimated that up to 33 percent of persons are unable to completely absorb fructose due to fructose intolerance (also known as dietary fructose intolerance (DFI) which may cause
- flatulence (gas)
- intestinal cramps (abdominal pain)
- bloating, and
- altered bowel habits (diarrhea).
Fructose may cause the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and may be an underlying cause of some cases of IBS due to fructose malabsorption.
High- & Low-Fructose Fruits: Examples
Among most popular fruits the highest fructose content (per 100 grams) show:
- Dates: 32 grams (32%)
- Raisins: 29.7 grams (27.9%)
- Figs: 22.9 grams (22.9%)
- Prunes: 12.5 grams (12.5%), and
- Grapes 8.13 grams (8.13%)
Among most popular fruits the lowest fructose content (per 100 grams) show:
- Apricots: 0.94 gram (0.94%)
- Nectarines: 1.37 grams (1.37%)
- Peaches: 1.53 grams (1.53%) and
- Cantaloupes: 1.87 grams (1.87%).
Therefore, the above fruits should be your first choice of fruit in arterial cleansing diet, provided you have not been diagnosed with fructose intolerance.
Logical, isn't it? But not quite true.
Among most popular fruits the highest sucrose (sugar) content (per 100 grams) show:
- Papaya: 30 grams (30%)
- Dates: 20 grams (20%)
- Apricot: 5.87 grams (5.87%)
- Pineapple: 5.47 grams (5.47%).
Among most popular fruits the lowest sucrose (sugar) content (per 100 grams) show:
- Watermelon: 1.21 grams (1.21%)
- Persimmon (juicy smooth-skinned orange-red tropical fruit that is sweet only when fully ripe): 1.54 grams (1.54%), and
- Plums: 1.57 grams (1.57%).
Therefore, the above fruits should be your first choice of fruit in arterial cleansing diet, provided you have not been diagnosed with fructose intolerance.
Logical, isn't it? But not necessarily true.
You Must Limit Your Daily Fruit Intake!
If you are seriously concerned about your arterial health, you MUST limit your daily fruit intake.
Whole fruits are both a source of fructose and sucrose, in other words, sugar. Also known as beet or cane (table) sugar, chemically it consists glucose and - fructose.
Glucose is the only carbohydrate that actually circulates within the bloodstream (as blood sugar). It provides energy to most of the body's cells and is the preferred fuel for most cells, including the neurons of the brain (the brain utilizes 25 percent of glucose for its own "fuel" requirements).
Sugar then is a sort of "good" and "bad" guy at the same time with fruits as a perfect example. Some of them are high in fructose but at the same time low in sucrose, and vice versa.
Watermelon, for instance, is low in sucrose (1.21%) but at the same time much higher in fructose (3.36%). Apricots on the other hand are low in fructose (0.94%) but very high in sucrose (5.87%). The same applies to other low-high, fructose-sucrose fruits like persimmons, plums, nectarines, peaches and cantaloupes.
So as far as fruit consumption is concerned, the only practical solution is their limited consumption. Because fruits are a considerable source of sugar in our today's diet (already full of sugar!), their daily intake should be carefully monitored by all people, not only those whose health condition could be adversely affected by the sugar, diabetics and pre-diabetics in particular.
Tomatoes, avocados, lemons and limes are very low in total sugar and do not have to be restricted.
Like with many other things in our life, moderation is the key here, the only win-win situation. And this "rule" should be followed by everyone who is seriously concerned about his or her health.
Although eating fresh fruits as your appetite dictates still holds for many people, if you are overweight, insulin resistant, or have elevated blood triglycerides, you should limit your intake of high-sugar fruits, such as grapes, bananas, mangos, sweet cherries, apples, pineapples, pears and kiwi fruit.
This recommendation also applies to dried fruits which contain excessive sugar. As a matter of fact, they more resemble commercial candy than their fresh counterparts.
Try to include more green vegetables instead. However, some fruits, like tomatoes, avocadoes, lemons, and limes, are very low in total sugar and do not have to be restricted.
TGs Formula® II: Advanced Blood Lipid Support
Hello, I'm Andrew Mierzejewski, a master formulator, registered holistic nutritionist and biohealing practitioner with over 20 years of experience. I personally guarantee the quality, efficacy and safety of the supplements recommended here. And I am sure that when taken properly and wisely they can be of great benefit to your health or the health of someone you love or hold dear.
From time to time, you may hear or read scientific reports allegedly showing that such-and-such herb or vitamin doesn't work or may even be harmful to your health.
They are a perfect example of the existing and often uninformed prejudice against nutritional supplements.
We sincerely hope that you do not believe in such anti-supplement nonsense discouraging their use.
TGs Formula II is our new, streamlined and reformulated TGs Formula®, hence its name: TGs Formula II - a specialty naturopathic formulation designed to optimize the metabolism of lipids (fats) in the body ("TGs" stands for "triglycerides").
Therefore, like its predecessor TGs Formula II demonstrates the ability to help:
- reduce the levels of blood triglycerides,
- increase the levels of HDL-"good" cholesterol,
- reduce the levels of LDL-"bad" cholesterol,
- reduce the levels of Lp(a), a killer component of LDL-cholesterol
- correct and optimize the natural processes (biochemical and enzymatic) of fat metabolism,
- stimulate plasma lipoprotein lipase (involved in the catabolism of triglycerides),
- protect the liver against increases in fatty acids, and
- improve the ratio of unsaturated fatty acids to saturated fatty acids in the blood.
TGs Formula II not only keeps the blood fats in check (as drugs do), but actually helps your body rebuild the organs and systems that control your blood lipids - without side effects. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, it is very body-friendly.
TGs Formula II: Mechanism of Action
It should be pointed out that along with lowering high blood triglyceride levels, TGs Formula II also helps to reduce elevated levels of Lipoprotein(a) and LDL-"bad" cholesterol. It is also effective in helping to raise the levels of HDL-"good" cholesterol.
All nutrients in TGs Formula II:
- work by supporting biochemical and enzymatic processes,
- work best in combination with each other (nutrition is like a chain - all of the links have to be strong in order to obtain meaningful results),
- have an effect only if they are absent in the body (a given supplement will likely have no effect unless the person taking it already has a deficiency in that particular factor),
- work gradually and gently over a period of time,
- deal with causes (if a given condition is caused by the lack of specific nutrients, then adding them to the diet will tend to correct the problem, to the extent that any damage done is not irreversible),
- do not require monitoring as closely as do drugs (consequences of nutritional excesses are minimal - there is a wide margin of safety!),
- slow down the degenerative processes in the body caused by deficiency diseases, such as atherosclerosis.
It is important to remember that all ingredients in TGs Formula II are:
- both natural and essential to the body, therefore
- safe (there has never been a single documented fatality caused by taking dietary supplements),
- required by those who need larger amounts of nutritional factors, because of their longer standing deficiencies and/or poor assimilation of nutrients,
- best taken with meals (they are more efficiently absorbed with food and they enhance the assimilation of other food factors).
TGs Formula II: You Will Benefit*
As a dietary supplement to optimize the blood lipid levels, TGs Formula II is recommended for:
- bringing elevated blood triglycerides down to healthy level,
- keeping levels of HDL-"good" cholesterol within healthy range,
- encouraging healthy blood viscosity (the thickness and stickiness of blood - a critical determinant of friction against the vessel walls),
- improving blood flow,
- supporting proper cardiovascular function.
All nutrients are present in specific ratios and amounts in order to correct longer standing imbalances that are known to contribute to elevated blood fat levels..
TGs Formula II
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Dietary Supplement: 90 Vegetarian Capsules
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|Policosanols (from Sugar Cane)
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|Artichoke (Leaf) Extract
|Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetarian Leucine.
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TGs Formula® II : A Dietary Supplement to Support Cardiovascular Function and the Maintenance of Lipids within Normal Range *
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TGs Formula II: Recommended Intake
Although there is still no consensus regarding the value necessitating initiation of triglyceride drug treatment, according to most physicians, at the triglyceride level:
- over 200 mg/dL (2.3 mmol/L) begins the need for implementation of proper dietary, eating habits, and
- over 300 mg/dL (3.4 mmol/L) a pharmacological (drug) treatment should be started.
According to some experts, however, blood triglycerides:
- in women with levels above 190 mg/dL (2.2 mmol/L) are the most significant predictor of heart disease;
- in males, the danger level starts over 400 mg/dL (4.6 mmol/L).
On the other hand, the triglyceride goal of 70 mg/dL - 100 mg/dL (0.8 mmol/L - 1.1 mmol/L) should be for those who have:
- coronary heart disease,
- diabetes mellitus (type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes), or
- multiple risk factors (elevated blood lipids, high diastolic/minimum blood pressure and cigarette smoking).
It has been documented that by more aggressively treating elevated blood triglycerides, the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) can be significantly reduced.
Therefore, if you are not, and rightly so, a proponent of the pharmacological (drug) treatment - often prompting multiple side effects - you can choose the nutritional way of bringing high blood triglycerides down to healthy levels. As opposed to prescription drugs, taking TGs Formula II is something you can do on your own - and get results.
The following recommendations will help you determine your needs based on your actual blood test results:
I. How to Lower Your Triglycerides Fast
Option #1: Borderline High Triglycerides
If your triglycerides level is between 150 mg/dL and 200 mg/dL, or 1.7 mmol/L - 2.3 mmol/L ("borderline high") - for best results, you should be on TGs Formula II for at least 2 consecutive months, taking one (1) capsule three times daily with substantial meals.
Therefore, you would need at least one (2) bottles of TGs Formula II to improve your next blood test results for triglycerides.
Option #2: High Triglycerides
If your triglycerides level is between 199 mg/dL and 500 mg/dL, or 2.3 mmol/L – 5.6 mmol/L ("high") - for best results, you should be on TGs Formula II for at least 2 consecutive months, taking two (2) capsules three times daily with substantial meals.
Therefore, you would need four (4) bottles of TGs Formula II to improve your next blood test results for triglycerides.
Option #3: Very High Triglycerides
If your triglycerides level is higher than 500 mg/dL, or >5.6 mmol/L ("very high") - for best results, you should be on TGs Formula II for at least 2 consecutive months, taking three (3) capsules three times daily with substantial meals.
Therefore, you would need six (6) bottles of TGs Formula II to improve your next blood test results for triglycerides.
REMEMBER: It has been shown that atherogenic (atheromas-forming) hypertriglyceridemia starts at the triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L) initiating degenerative changes in the cardiovascular system. Therefore, for people with levels greater than 150 milligrams per deciliter range, therapeutic lifestyle changes are necessary, such as exercising, losing weight, swapping unhealthy fats for healthy ones, and the like.
- If you are a diabetic, or have a history of a heart attack or stroke, for full benefits, in addition to TGs Formula II you should consider taking a quality supplemental EPA, such as UltraPure Mega EPA.
- If you want to be certain that your gut gets TGs Formula II (and any other supplements you've been taking!) into the bloodstream where it can do its work effectively in bringing your high blood triglycerides down to healthy levels, you should consider taking quality supplemental digestive enzymes, such as Acidarest Formula.
II. How to Maintain Your Triglycerides Within Normal Range
Unfortunately, after bringing triglycerides down to a desired level, it is not always easy, or even possible, to maintain them within normal range through the dietary and lifestyle changes alone.
This is where TGs Formula II comes in handy.
Its daily recommended maintenance dose can be deteremined as follows:
- If your best achieved level was under 150 mg/dL, or 1.7 mmol/L), you would need to take only one (1) capsule of TGs Formula II daily.
- If your best achieved level was slightly over 150 mg/dL, or 1.7 mmol/L, you would need to take two (2) capsules of TGs Formula II daily.
- If your best achieved level was slightly under 200 mg/dL, or 2.3 mmol/L, you would need to take three (3) capsules of TGs Formula II daily.
After three (3) consecutive months, you should do a fasting blood test to see the efficacy of this approach.
If your results were satisfactory, you may
- continue the above protocol or discontinue taking TGs Formula II (and relying on the dietary/lifestyle changes alone) for three (3) consecutive months and then repeat the blood test to see how your body responds.
If your results were unsatisfactory, you should
- review your dietary and lifestyle changes and go back for another three (3) consecutive months to the therapeutic intake of TGs Formula II based on the actual level of your blood triglycerides, and then repeat the blood test to see how your body responds.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a diabetic, or have a history of a heart attack or stroke, for full benefits, in addition to TGs Formula II you should consider taking a quality supplemental EPA, such as UltraPure Mega EPA.
The Take-Home Message:
If you really want to maintain your triglycererides within normal range, please follow the above recommendations to the letter.
III. How to Test Properly Your Blood for Triglycerides
Although not necessary for measuring cholesterol, the test for triglycerides should always be done when you are fasting.
Therefore, for 12 to 14 hours before the blood sample is drawn, only water is permitted. In other words, nothing except water is permitted from bedtime until you get your blood work done next morning when a lab opens (it's good to have two cups of water (473 mL) one hour before the collection of blood).
In addition, consumption of alcohol and any vitamin supplements is not permitted for the 24 hours just before the fasting blood work.
If you are currently on antihistamines, antibiotics or cortisone treatment only, you need to call the lab or your doctor for more information on how to proceed.
Why is that?
Anything taken in, other than water during that time, morning coffee or juice, for example, can elevate the triglycerides levels as they change dramatically in response to meals, increasing as much as 5 to 10 times higher than fasting levels just a few hours after eating.
Therefore, when scheduling your triglyceride test you need take your weekend activities into account. Because after a weekend of beer and pizza, or desserts, cakes or ice-cream, your Monday blood work readings can be much higher than on the other days.
Unfortunately, your doctor, even the "highly regarded" one, may have you take a triglyceride blood test without informing you of all factors that might affect the results. You never know when he might be rushed or inexperienced, or simply overly comfortable with a procedure, then end up taking a shortcut at your expense, recommending a drug or an uncomfortable, invasive procedure based solely on a suspect or false test result.
The Take-Home Lesson:
Always ask your doctor for specifics regarding factors that can create false positive or false negative blood test results.
TGs Formula II: Description of Nutrients*
I. HDL-"good" Cholesterol to LDL-"Bad" Cholesterol Ratio Support
- Red Yeast Rice (Monascus porporeus) is an all-natural whole food made from dried fermented rice. Red Rice Yeast naturally helps maintain triglyceride levels within normal ranges and contains unsaturated fatty acids that support the maintenance of serum lipids within normal ranges.
- Chromium is a trace mineral used by the body to regulate HDL-"good" cholesterol- to-LDL-"bad" cholesterol ratios. The Chromium Polynicotinate form ensures maximum bioavailability. The average American diet is chromium deficient.
- Phytosterols are plant steroid alcohols that have been shown to support the maintenance of triglycerides within normal range by blocking the over-absorption of triglycerides. TGs Formula II contains a phytosterol complex from soy that yields 90% phytosterols including 180 mg of Beta-sitosterol.
II. Lipids Synthesis and Circulation
- Policosanol is a complex that has been studied for its ability to reduce triglycerides synthesis by the liver, protect against peroxidation of lipids, aid healthy blood flow and support the maintenance of beneficial HDL cholesterol and triglycerides within normal range.
- Artichoke (Cynara scolymnus) Leaf Extract is a phytonutrient that has been shown to support triglycerides within normal ranges. Cynarin, a compound contained in artichokes, supports the production of bile, which may help the body to excrete cholesterol. Artichoke Leaf Extract helps balance activity of the enzyme responsible for maintaining triglyceride levels within normal ranges.
III. Antioxidant and Blood Viscosity Support
- Guggul lipids contain compounds known as guggul sterones. As antioxidants, they protect against lipid peroxidation.
- Coenzyme Q10 is critical in the generation of cellular energy. Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant found in the highest concentrations in the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas.
- TGs Formula II is a great addition to any diet and exercise program that is designed to support the maintenance of HDL-"good" cholestereol and triglycerides within normal healthy ranges.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
TGs Formula II: No Conlict with Prescription Drugs
A concern raised by some clients might be the possibility of conflict between prescription drugs and TGs Formula II. The good news is that there is no conflict. In fact, they can be taken at the same time.
The even better news is that, if you take prescription drugs along with TGs Formula II, you need to be monitored regularly by your physician, as you may need to reduce the amount of the drugs you are taking.
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TGs Formula II: Our Clients Write to Us
I do not expect you to judge the efficacy of TGs Formula II only on anecdotal reports. First, it is very difficult to verify the accuracy of these accounts. Second, you cannot generalize one person's experience to others.
I do believe, however, that all information is valuable when placed in a proper perspective. Although not a substitute for "valid science," personal experiences should be taken into consideration, especially as a means of communicating how some people get well.
February 23rd, 2016
Your TGs Formula works! I had my triglycerides over 400 and now they are less than 150.
I stopped using this Formula for some time and my triglycerides were very high again.
My doctor told me I have to take TGs Formula for the rest of my life, because I am allergic to medications for reducing blood triglycerides. This is my only alternative.
Thank you very much!
Edna V. S.
*The testimonial above has been presented as a true story. However, it has not been reviewed by Full of Health and is the opinion of the listed individual.
I thought you would want to know about my latest blood test after taking TGs Formula II and UltraPure Mega EPA:
I. On 5-21-2014:
Cholesterol - 279
Triglycerides - 624
Chol/HDL ratio - 9.0 (it should be 4.5 or less).
II. On 6-24-2014:
Cholesterol - 191
Triglycerides - 236
Chol/HDL ratio - 5.5 (it should be 4.5 or less).
Needless to say, I am very happy! You certainly made my day. I took your previous TGs Formula a few years ago. It worked too, but I developed a phobia about swallowing those big pills...
Thank you Full of Health/Andrew!
Cindy Van L.
*The testimonial above has been presented as a true story. However, it has not been reviewed by Full of Health and is the opinion of the listed individual.
Who says that specialty nutritional supplements do not work? Those, who think that micronutrients are not necessary for our health and that optimum nutrition is not important.
Why do they think and act that way?
Because they don't want to learn and just keep ignoring the impressive results - not only heard about, but also seen and experienced by people who have taken specialty nutritional supplements.
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