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January 1999 Issue

Can the Sap From an Indian Shrub Lower Cholesterol?

Q. I keep hearing that something called guggul-or is it guggulipid-can lower cholesterol, but didn't see it mentioned in your cholesterol-lowering piece. Can it? A. Perhaps. This curious-sounding substance may well lower blood cholesterol, at least somewhat. Guggul is the resin or sap from Commiphora mukul, a small thorny shrub native to India. Commonly known as Mukul myrrh tree, gum guggul or guggulu, it has a long history of use in ayurvedic medicine

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