Guggul extract comes from resin of the mukul myrrh tree, which is native to India, and is used in many traditional Indian medicines.
Indians have for centuries believed that the guggul herb possesses many beneficial properties, and it is still used today to aid many ailments. The guggul herbal extract is now becoming more popular in western herbal supplements.
Health Benefits of Guggul Extract
Although used regularly in Indian medications, some of the claimed health benefits of guggul are as yet untested on humans. Known benefits include:
- Weight loss – Guggul herb is believed to stimulate thyroid function of those suffering from hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid). It increases the function of metabolism and so can aid with weight loss for those prone to obesity.
- Studies have shown that after using a guggul supplement continuously for 12 weeks with no changes to usual diet or exercise routines, cholesterol is reduced in patients who suffer from high cholesterol.
- Guggul benefits also include improvement in those patients who suffer from hardening of the arteries, which in turn means less risk of heart disease and lower probability of stroke.
- Cleansing of the arteries means improved circulation. This could also be beneficial to those who suffer from impotence. Improved circulation reduces the possibility of blood clots and reduces heart disease.
- Guggul extract benefits also include aiding with ailments such as arthritis, as guggul also has anti-inflammatory properties. This also means that guggul can aid with digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and due to its antispasmodic properties can ease stomach cramps associated with both IBS and PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome). Guggul is also known to relieve excessive bloating and gas.
- As it has pain-relieving properties, guggul herbal extract has also been used by persons suffering from sports injury, back pain, and even headaches.
- Guggul herb can also aid with certain skin problems such as acne, so is an ideal supplement for teenagers who are prone to break outs. Guggul has also been used to alleviate the symptoms of eczema, as it helps to relieve irritation.
- Mouth infections and throat problems are also said to be alleviated after using guggul extract. Those prone to tonsillitis may find this supplement very beneficial.
- Guggul is a popular herbal supplement for women, as it has been proven to regulate the monthly menstrual cycle.
Guggul Side Effects
Reported side effects include mild flatulence, diarrhea, and vomiting when used over a long period of time. It is believed that the guggul reacts with other medications, most notably antibiotics.
Caution is advised when taking this supplement and professional medical advice should be sought prior to use of this herb. Guggul should not be used when pregnant or nursing. Medical supervision is also advised for those suffering from diabetes, heart disease, or IBS.