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Archive for February, 2012

What Causes High Triglycerides? – Foods to Avoid

Have you got elevated levels of bad fats in your body? ?High triglycerides? ?Fat you can’t shift?

Can Apples Cause High Tryglycerides?

What causes high triglycerides?

This study review may shine some light on the problem of?imbalanced, high triglycerides. As we’ve already mentioned elsewhere on this blog (?Triglycerides Meta Study ? Omega-3 DHA Key?) and this article confirms that Vegan Algae Omega-3 DHA / EPA can help reduce triglycerides by up to 50% combined with other strategies such as cutting down on saturated fats, sugar and alcohol.

A scientific article, published in ‘Circulation’ the journal of the American Heart Association -?and citing some 528 sources, provided a distillation of 30 years worth of evidence on the complex relationship among lifestyle factors, triglycerides, and cardiovascular and metabolic health (Circulation 2011 [doi:10.1161/ CIR.0b013e3182160726]).

Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and his team make a number of recommendations on dietary and lifestyle changes for treating hypertriglyceridemia.

The document emphasizes the “increasingly crucial role” of triglycerides in the evaluation and management of cardiovascular disease, and the importance of diet including consumption of sugars common in beverages in contributing to unhealthy triglyceride levels.

Reducing triglycerides by 50% or more are achievable without the use of medication although medication is anyway not a widely accepted strategy for reducing triglycerides except among people with extremely high values of greater than 500 mg/dL. “The subject of medication and triglycerides is still lacking crucial clinical trial evidence,” Dr. Miller and colleagues wrote in their analysis, noting that certain medications, including hormonal treatments, can also contribute to elevated triglycerides.

The new dietary recommendations include restricting added dietary sugar to 5%-10% percent of calories consumed. In support of this, the authors cited a study of 6,113 U.S. adults showing that the lowest triglyceride levels were observed when added sugar represented less than 10% of total energy, and that higher triglyceride levels corresponded with added sugar accounting for a greater proportion of energy intake (JAMA 2010;303:1490-7).

The authors singled out fructose, a type of dietary sugar increasingly common in processed foods and soft drinks, as particularly problematic. Fructose in excess of 100 g/day, and possibly in excess of 50 g/day, has been associated with raised triglyceride levels. A typical can of cola or lemon-lime soda contains more than 20 grams of fructose, the authors noted.

Dr. Miller and his colleagues advocated weight loss of 5%-10% of body weight, which is associated with a 20% reduction in triglycerides, and regular aerobic exercise, to reduce triglyceride levels closer to optimal.

They also promoted increasing dietary fiber, keeping saturated fat below 7% of calories, eliminating trans fat from the diet, and increasing Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption in the form of marine fish, though the authors said more research was needed to determine whether supplementing with fish-oil capsules provided equivalent benefits. Complete abstinence from alcohol was also recommended for people with very high triglycerides.

“Overall, optimization of nutrition-related practices can result in a marked triglyceride-lowering effect that ranges between 20% and 50%”, they concluded.

London Nutrition Expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says “Sugar and alcohol are like supercharged high octane fertiliser for triglycerides and all the associated problems. The research suggests within 3 months Omega-3 DHA supplementation can make a difference but other dietary changes and an increase in exercise are needed to take control of the problem”

Buy V Pure Vegetarian / Vegan Omega-3 DHA EPA ?10 per month for 400mg dose

10 reasons why Vegetarian Omega 3 DHA beats Cod Liver Oil

The high street health food stores are still plugging away at selling you Cod Liver Oil. But why not? Isn’t Cod Liver Oil good for you? Don’t the dietitians tell you is a great source of Omega-3

Cod Liver Oil - Obsolete?

It may have been the best available thing for your grandmother when she was a little girl, but humans have been using the world’s oceans as an industrial toxic sewage system for the last 50 years.

The British Dietitians Association (BDA) admit Cod Liver Oil has it’s drawbacks, but claim that the research suggests that the advantages of the little bit of Omega-3 DHA in Cod Liver Oil outweigh the toxic disadvantages.

Well that would be true if there weren’t good value for money, superior alternative, long chain fatty acids, but there are!


Vegetarian Omega-3 DHA from sustainably farmed long chain essential fatty acids from Algae

10 reasons why not to buy Cod Liver Oil

  1. Vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 DHA Algae oil now comes in doses of 400mg
  2. Omega-3 vegetarian / vegan DHA Algae is now about ?10 a month for a 400mg daily dose
  3. Vegan / vegetarian Omega-3 DHA Algae is sustainably farmed (not pillaged from the sea) with a neutral effect on the environment
  4. Vegetarian and?Vegan Approved Omega-3 DHA Algae is not 70% saturated and monounsaturated fat (we don’t need more of these fats)
  5. DHA rich vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 Algae avoids the risk of contamination with mercury, PCB’s and fire retardents
  6. Vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 DHA Algae comes in a plant based vegetable vegan capsule
  7. Omega-3 DHA from vegetarian / vegan algae is safe for those with fish allergies
  8. Vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 DHA Algae has 400mg of pre-converted long chain DHA unlike Omega-3 in flax oil
  9. Algae is not?made from boiled up fish livers,?the liver is like a filter in a car, collecting contaminants to protect the vehicle from harm
  10. Algae is not fished. As with most fishing there is inevitable bycatch, a waste of resources, destruction in the ocean. See Sea First Foundation


10 Reasons why Cod Liver Oil is Not the best source of Omega-3 DHA

Cod Liver Oil from fish

Omega 3 Cod Liver Oil From Fish ?

  1. High street Cod Liver Oil is mainly saturated fat (21%) and monunsaturated fat (47%). We don’t need more of these fats, we can make them.
  2. Cod Liver oil is only about 22% essential Omega-3 fats (these are the fats we need, we can’t make them)
  3. Standard Cod Liver Oil is made from boiled up cod fish liver, the most toxic part of the fish.
  4. Supplements of Cod Liver Oil have been withdrawn from sale in the past (Seven Seas, Boots) after having been found to contain illegal levels of mercury and dioxins
  5. Fishy Cod Liver Oil is made from fish, Fish have to be caught in the sea, when industrial fishermen do that it causes devastation in the ocean.
  6. Fish is an unsustainable source of DHA, there are not enough fish in the sea to sustain fishing at it’s present levels
  7. The fishing industry survives through massive government subsidy, the true cost of Cod Liver Oil without subsidies would make it more expensive than algae.
  8. Cod Liver Oil tastes disgusting, as you’d expect, it’s made from boiled up fish livers
  9. Allergies: Because Cod Liver Oil is from fish, it’s thus unsuitable for those who are allergic to fish
  10. Vegetarian: Cod Liver Oil is made from fish, thus unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans


You need Omega-3 DHA for optimumn brain health – I guess there’s a risk that if you were seriously depleted in Omega-3 DHA you may struggle with the logic of why algae DHA is clearly a better solution than Omega-3 from cod liver oil.



Triglycerides Meta Study – Omega 3 DHA Key

Too Many Triglycerides?

Too Many Triglycerides? Try Omega 3 DHA

As written in the abstract of the Journal of Nutrition publication:

A Meta-Analysis Shows That Docosahexaenoic Acid? from Algal Oil Reduces Serum Triglycerides and Increases HDL-Cholesterol and LDL-Cholesterol in Persons without Coronary Heart Disease

Adam M. Bernstein, Eric L. Ding, Walter C. Willett and Eric B. Rimm

Certain algae contain the (n-3) fatty acid DHA, yet the relation between algal oil supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors has not been systematically examined.

Our objective was to examine the relation between algal oil supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors. We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published between 1996 and 2011 examining the relation between algal oil supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors and performed a meta-analysis of the association between algal oil DHA supplementation and changes in the concentrations of TG, LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C), and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C).

We identified 11 randomized controlled trials with 485 healthy participants that evaluated the relation between algal oil DHA supplementation and TG, LDL-C, and HDL-C.

DHA supplementation from algal oil, a marine source of (n-3) fatty acids not extracted from fish, may reduce serum TG and increase HDL-C and LDL-C in persons without coronary heart disease.

Leading UK?Nutritionist at Foods for Life Health and Nutrition in Harley Street, London Yvonne Bishop-Weston said, “Triglyceride imbalances?are a factor in a number of chronic diseases so it’s good to have some meta analysis to back up our findings in clinic that Omega 3 DHA can make a difference as part of an optimal health strategy”