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Guggul

Family:
Burseraceae
Latin Name:
Commiphora mukul



Description

Small, spiny tree with resin ducts in its bark. The outer bark is ash-colored and flaky. It produces flowers singly or in clusters, followed by pulpy, round fruits. Height: 4-6 feet.




Common Uses

A number of trials have shown guggul to lower cholesterol by improving and maintaining the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad). In several studies, cholesterol and triglycerides decreased by 20% or more after 8 weeks of using guggul. In one study, the positive effects lasted approximately 5 months after treatment.




History

Guggul has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for centuries to treat everything from arthritis, obesity, gout, and diabetes, to skin disorders like psoriasis to anemia and edema.




Products Containing this Ingredient

Cholesterol Balance™




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