High Triglycerides: Standard Medical Treatments
About one-third of American adults have triglyceride levels that are borderline or too high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health institute of the United States (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009).
The first, important step in choosing medical treatment for hypertriglyceridemia is to consider a patient's risk profile. This is important as, in general, triglycerides are associated with such cardiovascular risk factors as
- insulin resistance,
- low HDL-"good" cholesterol,
- hypertension, and
Here are standard treatment options offered at a typical doctor's office.
High Triglycerides and Low HDL-"Good" Cholesterol
If your triglycerides are high -- 200 - 499 mg/dL, or 2.3–5.64 mmol/L -- your doctor will check first whether your HDL-"good" cholesterol is low (officially, less than 35 mg/dl in men and 45 mg/dL in women).
Research suggests that the combination of low HDL (under 55 mg/dL) and high triglycerides indicates a generalized disorder of lipid (fat) metabolism, also called the metabolic syndrome, or syndrome X, which may place you at high cardiovascular risk.
In this case, before prescribing any medication, your doctor will recommend basic lifestyle changes - suitable for all people with elevated triglycerides - such as
- losing excess weight,
- reducing alcohol,
- eating a diet low in carbohydrates and saturated fats, and
- quitting smoking.
Not Responding to Lifestyle Changes
If despite the lifestyle changes, your triglycerides remain high and HDL-"good" cholesterol low, your doctor may consider adding a fibrate drug, such as Lopid® (gemfibrozil), or niacin to your regimen.
Familial combined hyperlipidemia manifests as:
- high cholesterol,
- high triglycerides, or
If you have a family history of lipid disorders your doctor may choose niacin.
Not Responding to Niacin
If that doesn’t work, he will probably add to your regimen a fibrate (e.g., gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) - especially, if you suffer from familial hypertriglyceridemia - or a statin (e.g., simvastatin, lovastatin).
CAUTION: Without treatment you may eventually develop atherosclerosis leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Triglycerides Over 500 mg/dL, or 5.65 mmol/L
If your triglycerides are very high - greater than 500 mg/dL, >5.65 mmol/L - your doctor may prescribe fibrate therapy, either alone or in combination with niacin, a statin, or fish oil (taken in supplement form or as 30 percent of your dietary calories).
CAUTION: If left untreated, very high triglyceride levels can cause pancreatitis - the inflammation of pancreas.
Borderline-High Triglycerides and Normal LDL-"Bad" Cholesterol
If your triglycerides are borderline-high -- 150 - 199 mg/dL, or 1.7–2.3 mmol/L -- with normal LDL-"bad" cholesterol -- 100 - 129 mg/dL, or 2.6 - 3.4 mmol/L -- your doctor my consider using niacin or a fibrate.
However, not all doctors would agree you should be treated medically, unless you have history of vascular disease.
This line of treatment though may be considered, if you have
- not responded to lifestyle chandes and
- have other cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking or a family history of heart disease.
High Triglycerides and High LDL-"Bad" Cholesterol
If you have elevated triglycerides -- 200 - 499 mg/dL, or 2.3–5.6 mmol/L -- in combination with high LDL-"bad" cholesterol -- 160 - 189 mg/dL, or 4.1 mmol/L - 4.9 mmol/L -- the LDL abnormality will be treated first - with lifestyle changes, medication (usually statins), or both.
Not Responding to Statin Therapy
If your triglycerides remain high despite statin therapy, your doctor may consider adding niacin to bring them into the normal range.
High Triglycerides Due to an Underlying Disorder
High triglycerides may be caused by other disorders, such as
- type 2 diabetes,
- Cushing’s syndrome
- liver disease,
- dysglobulinemia, or
- nephrotic syndrome.
Once the underlying disorder is identified and treated, triglyceride levels often decrease.
Because heavy drinking can cause hypertriglyceridemia, you will be asked by your doctor about your drinking paterns, and suggested - if needed - to cut back or eliminate alcohol before exploring other treatment options.
Familial hypertriglyceridemia is an inherited disorder that causes high triglycerides in the blood, namely, elevated concentration of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL). This leads to increased risk of:
- heart disease,
- obesity, and
- pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas).
Familial hypertriglyceridemia is caused by a gene mutation which is passed on in an autosomal dominant fashion. This means that if you get the gene from just one of your parents -- you will have the condition.
How exactly the gene mutation causes an elevatation of triglycerides in the blood is unknown though.
Familial hypertriglyceridemia is not contagious. However, children and other family members of the affected person should get regular lipid screenings as this condition does not usually manifest itself until puberty or early adulthood.
It is frequently associated with obesity, or being overveight, hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels), and high levels of insulin.
The main long-term concern is pancreatitis (the inflammation of pancreas). The pancreas is important because it makes insulin and substances to help digest food. If the pancreas stops working properly, as in pancreatitis, these functions may stop working.
In the United States, familial hypertriglyceridemia occurs in about 1 in 300 individuals.
This condition, however, can be successfully managed by
- lifestyle changes, especially through aerobic exercise,
- food changes, especially through low-grain, low-sugar diet and
- specialty nutritional supplementation supporting the metabolism of lipids (fat) and carbohydrates, especially sugars, starches and processed grains.
Hypertriglyceridemia: Standard Prescription Drugs
Annual sales of statin drugs exceed $25 billion. They are a huge profit generator for the drug companies. Without a doubt the creation of the statin drug empire is perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the modern drug era. But, this is an "achievement" the drug companies and doctors should be ashamed of. ~ Dr. Michael Murray, ND
There is no question that elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels greatly increase the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yet while the drug companies would like us all believe that it's as simple as taking a drug to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke, it's just not that simple.
For example, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have not demonstrated an ability to extend life in over 75% of the patient population these drugs are currently prescribed for.
While high cholesterol is an important risk factor, it is important to note that more than half of people dying from a heart attack or stroke have low to normal cholesterol levels.
In the United States alone, there are over 85 million office visits a year by people with elevated levels of cholesterol and/or triglycerides – a condition called hyperlipidemia. Roughly half of people with hyperlipidemia is affected by hypertriglyceridemia – elevated blood triglyceride levels.
To date, there have been only a limited number of prescription drugs with which to treat patients with high blood triglyceride levels.
High Triglycerides: Zocor® [Simvastatin]
This well-known cholesterol-lowering drug was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 to lower triglyceride levels in patients with both high cholesterol and high triglycerides.
Zocor (Simvastatin) is indicated in addition to diet - after diet alone has failed to achieve target levels.
However, this drug should not be used by:
- anyone who is allergic to any of its components,
- patients with liver disease or elevated liver enzymes (liver function tests need to be performed first),
- women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or of childbearing age who could become pregnant.
Major side effects include:
- unexplained muscle pain or
High Triglycerides: Lopid® [Gemfibrozil]
This popular antihyperlipidemic, non-statin prescription drug is used to lower both cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels.
Lopid (Gemfibrozil/Systemic) is indicated when treating:
- isolated hypertriglyceridemia (a much less expensive treatment),
- combined dyslipidemia requiring LDL-"bad" cholesterol reductions,
- patients with coronary heart disease, normal LDL cholesterol (<129 mg/dL, or 3.4 mmol/L) and HDL < 40 mg/dL (HDL Intervention Trial, NEJM 1999; 341:410-418).
However, results of a large study using Lopid seem to show that it may cause a higher rate of some cancers in humans.
As Lopid is similar to another prescription medicine, called clofibrate, it may also increase your risk of
- liver disease,
- pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas),
- gallstones and problems from gallbladder surgery (although it may also decrease the risk of heart attacks).
More common side effects include:
- severe stomach pain,
Less common side effects include:
- nausea or vomiting,
- skin rash,
- cough or hoarseness,
- fever or chills,
- lower back or side pain,
- painful or difficult urination,
- muscle pain,
- unusual tiredness or weakness (rare).
For Lopid, the following should be considered, as it may
- increase the effect of the anticoagulants (blood thinners),
- cause muscle or kidney problems or make them worse when used with Lovastatin,
- make gallbaldder disease or gallstones conditions worse.
Lopid is also less effective if you are greatly overweight. In most cases, it does NOT reduce the LDL-"bad" cholesterol levels.
Lopid has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that high doses of Lopid may increase the number of fetal deaths, decrease birth weight, or cause some skeletal defects.
High Triglycerides: TriCor® [Fenofibrate]
Available by prescription in the United States since 1998, TriCor (Fenofibrate) is indicated for the treatment of adults with hypertriglyceridemia, that is, with serum triglyceride elevations greater than 2,000 mg/dL, or 22,6 mmol/L who are
- not appropriately controlled by diet alone,
- at risk of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, resulting in severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
However, TriCor may interfere with
- HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statin medications),
- coumarin-type anticoagulants.
This drug is not recommended, if you have
- liver, gall bladder or severe kidney disease,
- muscle pain, tenderness or weakness.
TriCor has also side effects, such as:
- allergic reactions,
- breakdown of muscle tissue,
- muscle pain.
High Triglycerides: Lescol® XL [Fluvastatin]
In 2000, a new indication for Lescol XL (fluvastatin sodium) - a cholesterol-lowering drug, available by prescription, was approved to additionally decrease triglycerides in patients with mixed dyslipidemia.
Mixed dyslipidemia – both elevated cholesterol and triglycerides - is a condition which affects approximately 40 percent of patients in the U.S.
Lescol XL is now currently indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise for the treatment for patients with
- hyperlipidemia and,
- coronary heart disease (CHD)
- to slow the progression of atherosclerosis.
The most commonly reported adverse reactions to Lescol XL are:
- abdominal pain,
- upper respiratory tract infection,
- influenza-like symptoms,
- back pain,
Lescol XL is contraindicated in
- patients with active liver disease or persistent transaminase elevations,
- pregnant or nursing women.
Treatment with Lescol XL should be discontinued if myopathy and rhabdomyolysis are diagnosed or suspected.
High Triglycerides: Advicor® [Extended-Release Niacin/Lovastatin]
Advicor (Extended-Release Niacin/Lovastatin) was approved by the FDA as a cholesterol-lowering prescription drug in December 2001.
Advicor is a combination product containing both extended-release niacin and lovastatin (Mevacor). This drug has been approved for the treatment of primary hypercholesterolemia and mixed dyslipidemia.
It is indicated for patients who were previously treated with either component of Advicor, but who require additional lipid modification for LDL or HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
The most frequently reported adverse effects include the following:
- flushing, often accompanied by dizziness, fainting, heartbeat irregularities, chills, shortness of breath, or swelling,
- upset stomach (indigestion, diarrhea),
Other common side effects include:
- abdominal pain,
- back pain,
- flu-like symptoms,
- high blood sugar,
- muscle pain,
Advicor should NOT be used if you:
- are pregnant or nursing (breastfeeding), or
- have liver problems, active peptic ulcer, or arterial bleeding, kidney disease, gout, or the chest pain of angina,
- are allergic to niacin or lovastatin,
- have diabetes, as Advicor may affect your blood sugar levels,
- are a child.
Taking Advicor my interact with the following drugs:
- Antifungal drugs such as Sporanox and Nizoral,
- Blood pressure medications such as Inderal, Lopressor, and Tenormin,
- Calcium channel blockers such as Norvasc, Plendil, and Procardia,
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs called fibrates such as Lopid and Atromid,
- Cimetidine (Tagamet),
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin),
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune),
- Erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin),
- HIV protease inhibitors such as Viracept and Norvir,
- Nefazodone (Serzone),
- Nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat),
- Nutritional supplements containing niacin or nicotinamide,
- Spironolactone (Aldactone),
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
Hypertriglyceridemia: Standard Drug Options
Blood Triglyceride Level
Suggested Medical Therapy
Over 500 mg/dL
Fibrate: If unsuccessful, add niacin, fish oil, or statin
200-500 mg/dL and patient has familial combined hyperlipidemia
Niacin: If unsuccessful, add statin or fibrate
200-500 mg/dL and patient has familial hypertriglyceridemia
200-500 mg/dL with normal LDL cholesterol
Niacin or fibrate: If unsuccessful, add fish oil
150-200 mg/dL with normal LDL cholesterol
No drug therapy, if at low cardiovascular risk
Niacin or fibrate, if at high risk
150-500 mg/dL with elevated LDL cholesterol
Statin: If unsuccessful, add niacin. If still unsuccessful, refer to a specialist
150-500 mg/dL with low HDL cholesterol
Fibrate or niacin
Statins vs. Other Prescripton Drugs
Annual sales of statin drugs exceed $25 billion. They are a huge profit generator for the drug companies. Without a doubt the creation of the statin drug empire is perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the modern drug era. But, this is an achievement the drug companies and doctors should be ashamed of. ~ Dr. Michael Murray, ND
In fairness, compared to many drugs, most of the statin drugs are some of the safer drugs you might take and actually have the beneficial effects of being powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.
These beneficial features are likely the reason studies show decreased cardiac deaths when they are used.
Nevertheless, the statin drugs' potential side effects are significant. In some they deplete coenzyme Q 10 within the liver enough to cause liver enzyme elevations and within the muscles to cause myopathy.
Also, in many physicians' experiences, statins cause depression or loss of motivation in the majority of patients, probably due to alteration of cholesterol metabolism in the brain.
As a result, many of these patients are also on SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs, such as Zoloft, Paxil, or Prosac.
The New Guidelines for Statins (2013)
With the new guidelines 44 percent of men and 22 percent of women would meet the criteria for taking a statin drug. This is an achievement the drug companies and doctors should be ashamed of. ~ Dr. Michael Murray, ND
The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) released four new guidelines dealing with the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by better assessing risk and by managing cholesterol, lifestyle, and weight.
The big news is that doctors are now being urged to move away from specific targets for cholesterol and instead focus on clinical assessment of risk.
Unfortunately, the misguided recommendation will be to increase the focus on prescribing statins. Under the current guidelines, statins are recommended for about 15 percent of adults. With the new guidelines 44 percent of men and 22 percent of women would meet the criteria for taking a statin.
Therefore, the new criteria will be providing further big profits to the drug industry. In reality, the new guidelines are an acknowledgement of the failure of statins to produce an increase in life expectancy for majority of the patients these drugs are being prescribed to.
It is obvious that increasing the number of Americans being prescribed statins will only increase the number of people these drugs will provide absolutely no benefit to and likely further increase the problem of statin-induced side effects.
With the new guidelines, it is obvious that the goal is to turn as many Americans as possible into patients hooked on statins.
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
Naturopathic Blood Lipid Support
Dietary Supplement: 90 Vegetarian Capsules
SUPPLEMENT FACTS: Amount Per Serving (3 Capsules)
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|Policosanols (from Sugar Cane)
|Total Phytosterols (from Soy):
| Beta sitosterol
|Guggul Lipids Powder
|Artichoke (Leaf) Extract
|Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetarian Leucine.
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|Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 3 capsules daily with food.
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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 200 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.
Important Question: How Is Your Digestion?
Take a moment to think about your digestion and ask yourself: "Do I experience any of the symptoms of indigestion?"
If your answer is "Yes" or "Not sure," then consider taking TGs Formula II along with XTRAGEST - or other broad-spectrum quality digestive aid - to ensure that you will fully benefit from it.
Only by optimizing your digestion you can be certain that your gut breaks down the TGs Formula II and gets it into the bloodstream where it can do its work effectively.
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