Guggul is a type of gum resin sap that is frequently found in over the counter supplements for several different purposes, including diet pills. There are many different names for guggul, which include guggulsterone, gum resin, gomme guggul, guggul lipids, guggulipide, balsamodendrum mukul, davadhupa, commiphora mukul, and others.
This ingredient is made from the sap of the Commiphora Mukul tree. That is a plant which is native to India and has been used in natural healing for hundreds of years. In fact, there are documents as old as 2600 years that have mentioned its used for the treatment of atherosclerosis.
Today, guggul is used most commonly in natural remedies for weight loss, skin diseases such as acne, reducing high cholesterol, decreasing the hardening of the arteries, and for arthritis. It is believed to work through some of the chemicals naturally occurring within it that reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides. These natural chemicals are also believed to reduce some forms of swelling and redness, such as in the case of certain types of acne.
While it is believed that this ingredient may be helpful in treating some forms of acne, including nodulocystic acne, as treatments that use it can help to decrease swelling, pain, and redness, as well as lowering the frequency of acne outbreaks, it is considered to be possibly ineffective for most other purposes for which it is frequently used.
It is not likely to be effective for helping with obesity and weight loss. While there is research that has indicated that when it is taken along with hydroxycitric acid, L-tyrosine, and phosphate, and combined with exercise, there may be a minor reduction in weight, that evidence is very small and is in opposition of many other findings that it doesn’t impact body weight at all.
Evidence is also insufficient to claim that guggul can help to have a positive impact on cholesterol levels. Even in very high doses, studies haven’t been able to measure a reduction in total cholesterol or triglyceride levels, nor does it seem to raise good cholesterol levels.
While this is considered to be likely safe for most healthy people when it has been taken orally, there hasn’t been enough research to know whether or not that is the case. Clinical trials have shown that it can be safe for up to 24 weeks of daily use, and some evidence is starting to indicate that it can be safely used for up to 75 weeks.
Side effects associated with the use of guggul are primarily focused on the digestive system such as vomiting, nausea, headaches, loose stool, diarrhea, hiccups, and belching.