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Guggul Lipids

Naturally Lowers Cholesterol


Introduction

Guggul is derived from the resin of a small thorny tree called the Commiphora mukul and has been used in traditional Asiatic Indian plant medicine for centuries to treat arthritis, water retention, rheumatism, and obesity. This herb also possesses effective purifying and rejuvenating abilities, which have been used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Guggul is used today to increase the white blood cell count and to disinfect bodily secretions such as mucus, sweat, and urine. Use of this herb clears the lungs, helps regulate menstruation and is highly recommended for arthritic conditions. Further resin works to reduce fat, toxins, and tumors and helps in healing skin and mucus membranes.

Guggul is known as one of the most powerful cholesterol-lowering herbs known today. In fact, a total reduction in blood cholesterol by over 20% has been reached by persons who simply use this herb without making any dietary modifications whatsoever. In addition to lowering blood cholesterol, guggul lowers blood triglycerides and blood LDL(known as the "bad" cholesterol) while raising blood HDL (the good cholesterol).

Studies have demonstrated that this thorny plant is capable in producing a decline in serum cholesterol by 34% to 40% in addition to producing a lowering of serum triglycerides by 26% to 30%. Taking guggul produces no side effects and has no correlation to a person's age, sex, or weight.

Studies have indicated that there is a well documented connection between cholesterol and heart disease. If there is a high level of cholesterol in the blood vessels, excess lipids will build up in the blood. Consequently, narrowing of the arteries can occur which will lead to heart disease. The American Heart Association has estimated that more than sixty percent of Americans have excessive amounts of cholesterol in their blood.

Other studies have shown that guggul increases the blood's fibrin-breaking activity decreasing platelet adhesiveness. Guggul decreases the stickiness of blood platelet so they don't clot abnormally, while at the same time assisting the body in breaking existing clots which have already formed. These actions are beneficial to the body protecting against both heart attacks and strokes.

Clinical tests were performed on over twenty patients who has hypercholesterol associated with obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Guggul was administered oraly to the patients for fifteen days to one month. In every case a decline in total serum Cholesterol and serum lipid-phosphorus was observed after using guggul for the above time period. Beneficial effects were also observed in ten of the patients of obesity displayed a significant decline in body weight after using guggul.

Recent studies indicate that guggul stimulates weight loss. In addition, it acts as a mild thyroid tonic by improving the glanular ability to absorb iodine. Further, guggul is non-toxic, and only about one percent users experience a mild allergic skin reaction.


Sources:
Guggul Advantage Handout by Nature's Field.
"Guggul" in The Lawrence Review of Natural Products (February 1995)
Herbs That Heal by Michael A. Weiner and Janet Weiner (Mill Valley, CA; Quantum Books, 1994).
The Garden of Life by Naveen Patniak (New York, New York; Doubleday, 1993).
The Yoga of Herbs by Dr. Vasant Lad and David Frawiy (Santa Fe, NM: Lotus Press, 1986).


Special Notice: The statements contained in this article have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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