Guggul for Weight Control
Why Do Dieters Use It?*
Some dieters say that guggul helps promote weight loss.
What Do the Advocates Say?*
One study conducted in India showed that guggul increased the production of the thyroid hormone. Since this hormone is involved in the cells‘ breakdown of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, theoretically this herb should promote weight loss. More research is needed to prove whether or not this is the case.
Most of the research conducted on guggul has been in relation to its ability to lower cholesterol.
Dosage & Side Effects
How Much Is Usually Taken by Dieters?
Coupled with exercise in a double-blind trial, a combination of guggul, phosphate salts, hydroxycitrate, and tyrosine has been shown to improve mood with a slight tendency to improve weight loss in overweight adults.1 Daily recommendations for guggul are typically based on the amount of guggulsterones in the extract. A common intake of guggulsterones is 25 mg three times per day. Most guggul extracts contain 5 to 10% guggulsterones and can be taken daily for 12 to 24 weeks.
Early studies with the crude oleoresin reported numerous side effects, including diarrhea, anorexia, abdominal pain, and skin rash. Modern extracts are more purified, and fewer side effects (e.g., mild abdominal discomfort) have been reported with long-term use. Rash was reported, however, as a fairly common side effect in one recent study.2 Guggul should be used with caution by people with liver disease and in cases of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and diarrhea. A physician should be consulted before treating elevated cholesterol and triglycerides.
Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds
Interactions with Medicines
Last Review: 05-12-2015
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