9 Simple Ways To Reduce Triglyceride Levels In Your Body

Here are some simple ways to reduce the level of triglycerides in your body

All this talk of ‘good cholesterol’ and ‘bad cholesterol’ can be confusing enough, but there’s a new player in the game called triglycerides. Evidence shows that high levels of triglycerides can be just as harmful to heart health as bad cholesterol, although it’s unclear how. They may contribute to the hardening of artery walls which can increase the risk for strokes or heart attacks.1

What Are Triglycerides?

They are another type of fat that circulates in the blood stream along with cholesterol. Simply put, triglycerides are fats that the body stores away when they are not being used. Therefore, if you are eating more calories than you burn, particularly simple carbohydrates, it is likely that your triglyceride levels are high.2


Why Should You Care About Triglycerides?

High triglyceride levels can be an underlying sign of other health problems such as:3

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

Ways To Lower Triglycerides

Here are some do’s and don’ts you should keep in mind when trying to keep your triglyceride levels under control.



1. Lose Body Weight

 Losing a small amount of weight can significantly reduce triglycerides

It’s been seen that even a modest amount of weight loss (5–10%) can greatly reduce your triglyceride levels by a significant amount. Make sure that you get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week. This can include brisk walking, jogging, and swimming.4


2. Increase Intake Of Unsaturated Fats

Unsaturated fats help reduce levels of triglycerides

Unsaturated fats can actually help reduce levels of triglycerides.5 These are the good fats which come from foods like

  • avocado
  • olive oil
  • tree nuts like almonds and macadamia

However, consume these in moderation as well because they are still high in calories. Include a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids as well which can really help control triglyceride levels.6 Sources of fatty acids include:

  • oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna
  • flaxseeds
  • soy products
  • nuts

3. Eat More Fiber

Fiber helps reduce excess triglycerides resulting from a high carb diet


Fiber can help reduce LDL and prevent an increase in triglyceride levels caused by a high-carb diet.7 Choose complex carbohydrates like whole grain pasta and bread, brown rice, and oatmeal. Increase dietary fiber by adding plenty of fruits of vegetables into your diet.8

4. Try Natural Supplements

Natural supplements may help keep levels under control


Natural supplements that may help include:

  • fish oil9
  • fenugreek10
  • an Ayurvedic herb named guggul gum11

All of these have been shown to have positive effects on triglyceride levels. Try to include these ingredients in their natural form in your daily diet. However, before using any manufactured supplements, consult your doctor to see if they are right for you.



5. Drink Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol can make triglyceride levels shoot up

While some studies show that a moderate amount can be good for heart health, other contradictory studies show that even a small amount leads to a significant increase in triglyceride levels.12 Alcohol contains sugars that can adversely affect blood glucose levels. Some people are especially sensitive and can show dramatic increases in triglycerides even with just a small amount of any type of alcohol. To know if this is the case, abstain from alcohol for a few weeks before getting tested a second time. If you must consume alcohol, it is recommended that you do so very occasionally.

6. Consume Saturated Fats And Trans Fats

These foods, greatly increase the level of triglycerides, increasing risk of heart disease

These fats can make your triglyceride levels shoot up, increasing your risk of heart disease. If that fact doesn’t put you off, this might. After eating an especially fatty meal, the blood may have a milky tint to it which disappears in a few hours as it’s absorbed.13 Eating saturated fats like butter, cream, and lard and trans-fats found in most processed foods, only increases the amount of grease flowing through your bloodstream.

7. Smoke

Smokers have significantly higher levels of triglycerides than non smokers

Triglyceride levels are significantly higher among smokers as compared to non-smokers and of course, can lead to a host of issues relating to the cardiovascular system.14 Not to mention, smoking comes with a plethora of other health problems that you’re much better off without.

8. Eat Too Many Carbs

Simple carbs get converted to triglycerides in the body increasing risk of heart disease.

To be more specific, avoid simple carbohydrates or refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, semolina, and white rice. These foods can definitely be harmful since they are extra carbs which will be converted to triglycerides and stored in fat cells.15 16

9. Eat Too Much Added Sugar

Added sugar gets converted to triglycerides, increasing their levels in the body.

Added sugar can be harmful since, like carbs, added sugar is converted to triglycerides and stored as fat in the body. Stay away from sweetened beverages like packaged fruit juices, sports drinks, and mixed sweetened teas or coffees, since these products can have plenty of hidden sugar. Watch out for sugar in processed foods as well. It may be disguised with names like fructose, glucose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, and sucrose.

Following these guidelines should help you keep your triglyceride levels in check. However, make sure you visit your doctor and get regular checkups and tests done to monitor any risks associated with triglycerides.