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AOR Opti-Guggul - Supports Cholesterol Balance - 500 mg 90 Vcaps

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Supports cholesterol balance
• Anti-inflammatory
• Enhances lipid metabolism
• Supports thyroid function
• Supports healthy body weight

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Supports cholesterol balance
• Anti-inflammatory
• Enhances lipid metabolism
• Supports thyroid function
• Supports healthy body weight

Supports a healthy heart
is the gum resin of the Indian tree Commiphera mukul, which has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It is an effective supplement to support heart health, thyroid function, and inflammatory conditions.

Cholesterol balance and other benefits
Guggul potently and effectively enhances lipid metabolism. It also increases the excretion of lipids from the body. It lowers cholesterol levels, partly through its ability to block the enzyme that synthesizes cholesterol. Guggul protects heart health by reducing plaque buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis). It does this by preventing the oxidation of lipids and increasing the breakup of clots. Clot breakup also reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Guggul extracts support the production of thyroid hormones, and studies have found that they help to maintain a healthy body weight. Guggul also has anti-inflammatory effects, which are beneficial for heart health and skin health.

The guggul team
The active ingredients of Guggul are known as E&Z guggulsterones. Opti-Guggul is standardized to contain optimal levels of these extracts for potent and effective activity.

Commiphora mukul or Guggul is a small, thorny tree closely related to the Biblical myrrh and found widely in India. Guggul is used for a broad variety of conditions in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, including nutritional support in inflammatory conditions and for supporting healthy body weight: the weight loss appears to be due to the botanical's ability to support healthy thyroid function. But the best-backed application is in maintaining healthy cholesterol balance.

Cholesterol Balance
The first modern scientific investigations of Guggul involved rabbits who were fed high-cholesterol diets with or without Guggul resins. The animals that were fed Guggul not only had lower serum cholesterol levels, but also less atherosclerosis in their blood vessels. This preliminary report led first to more animal experiments, and eventually to human clinical trials.

In one double-blind crossover trial comparing a standardized extract of the herb with the cholesterol drug clofibrate, the two substances were found to be very similar in their ability to reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides. Among those patients who benefited from the herbal resin, HDL ("good") cholesterol went up in 60% of patients taking Guggul supplements; the drug produced no such improvement.

Other trials have confirmed these results, and also demonstrated reductions in LDL ("bad" cholesterol). Studies have also found that subjects administered Guggul had less free radical damage to lipids, which (granted the role played by such damage in triggering LDL's part in the development of atherosclerosis) would also be expected to be helpful for cardiovascular concerns. A study in humans found that Guggul keeps potentially deadly blood clots in check by increasing their breakup (fibrinolysis). Blood clots form part of the matrix of atherosclerotic plaques and can trigger a heart attack.

Guggul's place as herbal support for healthy cholesterol balance is on solid ground. It appears to work through several mechanisms, including inhibition of HMG-CoA reductase (the enzyme that controls the body's synthesis of cholesterol), increasing the release of excess lipids through the feces and its support of thyroid hormone production.

Thyroid Function and Body Weight
Guggul's benefits extend beyond supporting optimal lipoprotein balance. Animal studies have revealed that Guggul supports healthy thyroid function, mostly by increasing the conversion of the less active thyroxin (T4) to the more active triiodothyronine (T3).

Studies have reported that Guggul helps maintain healthy body weight. In one trial, participants experienced an average weight loss of 2.8 pounds after four weeks of taking Guggul; by contrast, the average person actually gained a little more than half a pound while taking the dummy pills. There were also significant reductions in skin fold body fat measurements at the triceps, calf, and shoulder; biceps skinfold fat was also considerably reduced in the mildly overweight, and in men as a group.

Skin Benefits
Several animal studies have supported an anti-inflammatory effect for Guggul - a traditional use for this herb. Guggul has also traditionally been used for support in a variety of skin disorders. One small trial found Guggul to be as good as tetracycline for people suffering with scarring, cystic acne, an effect most strongly noted in those with very oily skin.

Ayurveda holds Guggul in great esteem - greater esteem, perhaps, than is afforded any other botanical. Its traditional uses are many, and Western science is beginning to authenticate them.

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ProductSKU 624917110098
Ingredients Contains: 90 Vegi-Caps
Serving Size: 1 Capsule

Amount per Serving:

Commiphora mukul (3% E & Z Guggulsterones) 500 mg

Other ingredients:

none. Capsule: hypromellose, sorbitol, silicon dioxide, water.

Note: Natural herbal extracts will vary in color from one crop to another.

AOR guarantees that no ingredients not listed on the label have been added to the product. Contains no wheat, gluten, corn, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish or shellfish.

Suggested Use: Take one capsule three times a day, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.

Main Applications:
• Cholesterol balance.
• Thyroid support.
• Support in inflammation.
• Healthy body weight.
• Support in acne.

Source: Commiphora mukul tree (resin).

Pregnancy / Nursing: DO NOT USE.

• Guggul is traditionally believed to stimulate the menstrual cycle and the tone of the uterus; it is therefore best avoided in cases of pelvic inflammatory disease or menorrhagia.
• Guggul should not be used in cases of hyperthyroidism.
• May potentiate or alter the effects of thyroid medications. Consult your physician.
• Mild GI problems have been noted in a few people.
• A small subset of Guggul users may develop a rash, which disappears when they stop taking the supplement.
• Guggul reduces the bioavailability of blood pressure drugs diltiazem (Cardizem®) and propranolol (Inderal®), as well as the cancer drug cyclophosphamide. Guggul must not be taken with acetaminophen (eg. Tylenol®).

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