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  Guggul Plus, 750mg Guggul Extract, 120 Tablets
Guggul Plus


 
Guggul Plus is an herbal formula supporting normal cholesterol levels, circulation and cardiovascular health. Active ingredients include Guggul Extracts, Hawthorne Berry and Policosanol.

Tablet Size: 9T
Retail $39.95
Our Price $15.75


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Description Supplement Facts
 

Benefits

  • Supports the cardiovascular system and healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Helps maintain overall heart health.

Product Information

The heart and vascular system is one the largest and most important body systems. Obviously, we need to support the heart in its tireless efforts. Unfortunately, as a nation we are doing a very poor job of keeping our hearts healthy since cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. Some approaches to supporting heart health have unfortunate side effects

Guggul Plus—packed with guggul extract, hawthorne berry, and policosanol—offers a natural option designed to support general heart health and healthy cholesterol levels in particular.

Guggul extract (also known as guggulipid) is a sticky gum resin from the mukul myrrh tree, which is native to India. Guggul was traditionally used with other herbs in the treatment of arthritis pain, digestive disorders, skin diseases, and obesity, to name a few.

More recent studies have shown that guggul extract can lower both "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides (another type of blood fat). "Bad" cholesterol consists of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which are primarily responsible for transporting fats from the liver to the body cells. "Good" cholesterol consists of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which removes fats from the body and returns fats to the liver, therefore removing the risk of cholesterol build up. According to Brian Rees, M.D., author of Heal Yourself, Heal Your World (Manu Publishing), guggul is "probably the most effective known herb for aiding in the reduction of cholesterol."

Guggul's mechanism of action is its ability to increase the liver's metabolism of LDL cholesterol, therefore lowering the amount of LDL cholesterol released from the liver. In addition, guggul has an antioxidant effect on lipoproteins. Other studies also suggest that guggul may prevent the development of a stroke or embolism by inhibiting platelet aggregation (stickiness) and normalizing clotting.

There is also some evidence that guggulipids can support greater comfort in cases of osteoarthritis, as well as healthy weight by supporting the thyroid gland and the basal metabolic rate.

Hawthorne berry provides a number of antioxidants—including bioflavonoids, oligomeric procyanidins, quercitin, etc.—and has numerous beneficial actions on the heart and blood vessels. Hawthorne may improve coronary artery blood flow and the contractions of the heart muscle. In addition, hawthorne has the unique ability to strengthen the heart and stabilize it against arrhythmias. Hawthorne actually lengthens the period following a heartbeat during which the heart cannot beat again.

The bottom line: hawthorne berry beneficial effects are due to improvement in the blood and oxygen supply to the heart. In more recent studies on animals, hawthorne berry has shown also to decrease cholesterol levels.

Policosanol is a natural waxy substance, derived from sugar cane, which includes dozens of carbon alcohols. These alcohols lower levels of cholesterol (the "bad" LDLs) by inhibiting synthesis in the liver. Similar to guggulipid, it also can limit the stickiness of platelets and therefore can be a benefit in reducing the risk the stroke.

Warnings

Gugulipid appears to influence the bioavailability of medications such as those used for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, possibly by increasing their metabolism. Discuss with your physician your decision to use any herbal product.
  • Guggulipids may interfere with thyroid drug therapy and therefore should consult a physician before use.
  • Guggulipids and policosanol can inhibit platelet aggregation and therefore taking these ingredients with other anti-platelet or anticoagulant drugs might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • Guggulipids are contraindicated for those with acute liver disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Hawthorne berry might interfere with conventional cardiovascular drug therapy.
  • In rare cases, guggulipids may trigger diarrhea, restlessness, or hiccups; about 1% of users experience a mild skin reaction.
  • Studies:

    Factoids
    • Guggul is of the same genus as Commiphora myrrha, the myrrha of the bible.
    • Hawthorne grows has a small thorny tree belonging to the rose family with distinctive reddish fruits.
    • Hawthorne fruit is used for making candied fruit, jam, jelly and wine.
    • In 1987, the Indian Government approved guggulipid as an anti-cholesterol medicine.
    • Dioscorides, a Greek herbalist, used hawthorn in the first century, A.D. for heart health.
    • Even though policosanol is typically derived from sugar cane, it does not raise blood sugar levels.

    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.


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    Guggul March 8, 2011
    Reviewer: Cliff Winger from Spokane, WA United States  
    Seems to help heart health, looking to see if the hawthorn in it helps blood pressure.

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    Guggul Plus February 24, 2011
    Reviewer: Mary Freeman from Erie, CO United States  
    Part of my heart health program!

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    Guggul Plus December 8, 2010
    Reviewer: Jeanne Driese from Afton, TN United States  
    These stopped my heart palpitations, so I think it is the cats meow.

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    Guggul Plus December 3, 2010
    Reviewer: Sally Bras from Hayden, ID United States  
    I take them so help keep my cholesterol down and I haven't been checked for quite a while but I like the product.

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