Guggul

Guggul is the gum resin obtained from a variety of plants native to India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Some of the major species include Commiphora wightii, Commiphora gileadensis, Commiphora mukul, Boswellia serrata, and Boswellia sacra. The Burseraceae family, popularly known as the incense family, includes all of these plants.

Guggul sap, also referred to as guggul, gum guggul, guggula, or gugulipid, is tapped from the plants similarly to how maple syrup is extracted from maple trees.

Guggul has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic, plant-derived medical system, to treat various health conditions, such as obesity, arthritis, and inflammation (1Trusted Source).

Guggul contains a mixture of plant compounds, including steroids, essential oils, lignans, flavonoids, carbohydrates, and amino acids — all of which may be responsible for its various health effects.

Purported to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it has been used in ancient medicine to protect against a variety of diseases.

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