EN on Herbs

February 2001 Issue

Gugulipid: Cholesterol-Buster From Tree Sap

Gum guggul, guggal or guggulu are all names for the yellowish resin of a tree native to India called mukul myrrh (Commiphora mukul). It has a long history of use in the ancient system of Indian medicine called Ayurveda. What It Might Do: Several scientific papers from India demonstrate guggul’s ability to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. In particular, the resin (or gum) lowers LDL’s ("bad" low-density lipoproteins) while raising HDL’s ("good" high-density lipoproteins).

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