Triglycerides are in the same family of compounds as cholesterol. Like cholesterol, triglycerides are found in the food you eat; produced in the body by the liver; and, in high levels in the blood, believed to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Experts say that even a slight increase in serum triglycerides (over 100 mg/dL) may "thicken" the blood and increase your risk for heart disease. There are some effective natural approaches to decreasing triglycerides.

First, if you're overweight, lose weight. Avoid alcohol; even small amounts can cause large changes in triglycerides. And get physically active for 30 minutes every day. Eat fewer carbs and more healthy fats, such as olive oil and omega 3-fats, while keeping your total caloric intake down. Also, eat more soluble fiber; elevated triglycerides are sometimes a sign that your body isn't metabolizing sugar properly. Soluble fiber slows the absorption of carbs, preventing the events that lead to an elevation in triglycerides. The Transformations recommended food plan has shown itself to be very effective in helping to lower triglyceride levels.