Triglycerides are trending right now – and like the latest binge-worthy TV show, they’re something you want to watch closely.
But what are they, exactly? What do they have to do with heart health? And how can fiber – as well as fiber supplements like myfy – help?
What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are the converted calories your body doesn’t immediately need, stored in your fat cells to be used as energy later – released by hormones as needed. They’re also an important measure of heart health – an even more significant indicator of cardiovascular disease than cholesterol!
Triglycerides and heart health
Like cholesterol, triglycerides are a lipid that circulates in your blood. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly from a high-carb diet, you may have high triglycerides – common in 25% of U.S. adults.
High levels of triglycerides can contribute to the hardening of arteries or thickening of the arterial walls, which increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. They can also be a sign of other conditions that increase the risk of cardiac disease and stroke, such as obesity, high blood pressure, prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
The benefits of fiber
In addition to reducing cholesterol levels, fiber also helps lower triglyceride levels. In particular, supplementing with myfy has been clinically proven to lower triglycerides. In a clinical trial, almost 70 percent of test subjects (aged 20 to 65) with borderline-high dyslipidemia reduced their triglyceride levels by an average of 32% by supplementing with myfy.
By binding to the excess sugars of carbohydrates within the intestine, the soluble fiber within myfy helps to remove them from the body, avoiding further oxidization and transformation into fat (and eventually, triglycerides).
Watching your triglyceride levels is about more than just supplementing with myfy or adding fiber to your meals for a more heart-healthy diet, of course.
But in combination with other healthy lifestyle choices – regular exercise, limiting your alcohol intake, avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates, losing weight and whatever other measures your doctor recommends – fiber can play a crucial role in improving your heart health.