Guggul for Weight Control
Also indexed as:Commiphora mukul
© Martin Wall
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.
*Dieters and weight-management advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.
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