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Heart Health

Keeping your heart healthy is the most important thing you can do to help prevent or reduce heart disease.

Heart disease is basically a blockage of the blood vessels that supply the heart and eventually starves the heart muscle of oxygen, killing it and causing a heart attack. Many men and women die prematurely from heart disease, with hundreds of people a day suffering a heart attack.

Part of the cause of heart problems is related to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.

What is Cholesterol and Triglycerides?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver and plays an essential role in maintaining the health of the cells in our body. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and is also involved in the production of Vitamin D.

However, having too much cholesterol in the blood can cause disease of the heart and arteries which is one of the main causes of death in the Western world.

Triglycerides are also fatty substances used by the body as a source of energy. They are made from glycerol and 3 fatty (acid) components. Triglycerides are stored as fat in the body and circulate in the blood to enable the transfer of fat and glucose from the liver.

Cholesterol is carried around the body by proteins, called lipoproteins. There are 2 main types of lipoproteins that perform this important part of cholesterol regulation.

  • Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) carry cholesterol from the liver to the cells that need it. LDL is also known as “bad cholesterol” because it can build up as deposits in the walls of arteries which can then lead to blocking of the arteries with potential serious consequences. It is also involved in the storage of fat in the body as adipose tissue.
  • High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) carry cholesterol away from cells and back to the liver to be broken down. HDL is also known as “good cholesterol”

What is the connection between Cholesterol and Triglycerides?

Triglyceride levels in the blood are affected by diet because when we don’t burn off sufficient calories, triglycerides can start to build up. This may lead to raised triglyceride levels in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

The higher the triglyceride levels in the blood, the lower the HDL levels - the good cholesterol which protects the cardiovascular system.

Knowing your own Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels?

It is good to be aware of your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and make sure they are not too high. To find out what your levels are you will need to ask your GP for a full lipid profile, taken after you have not eaten anything for 12 hours (fasting)

This is a blood test that looks at total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and HDL-cholesterol.

A standard cholesterol test will only give total cholesterol levels which is only half the picture.

Ask your physician for a Full Fasting Lipid Profile. Once you know your numbers, you’re empowered to do something about it if need be.

What are the correct Cholesterol & Triglyceride Levels in my blood?

NHS guidelines recommend that total cholesterol levels should be: 5mmol/L or less for healthy adults; 4mmol/L or less for those at high risk. NHS guidelines for Fasting triglycerides = 2mmol/L or less

If you have a high cholesterol reading then there are a number of things you can do to help lower your cholesterol to the recommended level. These include:

  • Swapping saturated fats in your diet for low fat or unsaturated fat alternatives;
  • Trying to eat a healthy diet, with plenty of variety and fibre;
  • Introducing foods with added plant sterols to your diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight;
  • Stop smoking and limit alcohol consumption.

If you want to continue to keep your body healthy, it’s important you’re aware of the impact diet and lifestyle choices can have on cholesterol levels.

If you think you have raised cholesterol levels you should seek the advice of your GP to help you manage your cardiovascular health

How to lower triglyceride levels

If you’re wondering how to lower triglycerides, you should know that a healthy lifestyle is key:

Actively maintain a healthy weight.

Studies have shown that if you’re overweight, losing that extra weight can help to bring triglycerides down.

Be more active.

Upping the amount of exercise you regularly do has also been shown to help. The NHS recommends 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week.

Talk to a healthcare professional. If your triglyceride levels are higher than they should be, it’s important you talk to your GP.

Omega 3 DHA & EPA help to maintain healthy triglycerides

The most important essential fatty acids present in Omega 3 is DHA -  docosahexaenoic acid and EPA - eicosapentaenoic acid

It is now well documented that Omega 3 essential fatty acids found in oily fish and algae effect the level of fats in the blood. These fatty substances are controlled and processed by the liver

Potential triglyceride lowering mechanisms of Omega 3 fatty acids in the body include increasing fatty acid metabolism in the liver, inhibiting certain enzymes that help produce triglycerides

Understanding the process of how cholesterol and triglycerides and regulated in the body is very complex, fortunately for the consumer, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have given clear scientific advice on the effect and use of Omega 3 DHA & EPA for improving heat and circulatory health.

This means that you can be sure, taking EPA & DHA produces effective results for you, and work over and above the placebo effect.

European Commission EFSA wording for Heart Health Benefits of Omega 3 EPA & DHA:

  • EPA & DHA contribute to normal heart function with a daily intake of 250mg
  • EPA & DHA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels with a daily intake of 2000mg
  • EPA & DHA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood pressure with a daily intake of 3000mg


  • If you have found this information useful and want to make changes in your life and maintain your Cardiovascular Health, then continue to take at least 2 capsules per day of nuIQue Omega 3 DHA & EPA
  • If you are concerned about your cholesterol and triglyceride levels then you should really consult your GP for a full lipid profile (fasting), and if triglycerides are raised then you can start to take 6 capsules per day as part of the changes you will need to make.
  • If you are healthy, taking 2000mg per day of Omega 3 to help maintain triglyceride levels is also something you might consider.
  • In all situations, if you are taking blood thinning medication, consult your GP if you wish to take nuIQue Omega 3

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