The useful constituents of guggul, gugulipid and guggulsterone, are derived from Commiphora molmol. Guggul may lower serum cholesterol levels by as much as 24%, and triglyceride levels by as much as 23%, by increasing the hepatic binding of LDL cholesterol. Its effects on HDL cholesterol levels are variable, either increasing or decreasing.
Guggulsterone stimulates the thyroid gland, has anti-inflammatory properties, may help in weight reduction, and protects against myocardial necrosis resulting from drug toxicity
Guggul has used pnmanly for Its ability to decrease serum cholesterol levels. It''s also used to treat atherosclerosis and high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. In Ayurvedic medicine, it''s used to treat arthritis and to aid in weight loss.