Can tree gum lower cholesterol? Gugulmax (Nature's Herbs)

What it is

Seeping through the small, spiny mukul myrrh tree native to India is a gum called gugul, which researchers in India believe lowers cholesterol, though the precise mechanism isn’t yet known. Products containing gugul’s active compounds are sold in India to reduce cholesterol.

What research shows

Indian studies show a 14% to 27% decrease in total cholesterol in 4 to 12 weeks. However, some US nutrition experts question the quality of that research.


A very small number of users develop an allergic rash or hives. If you do, discontinue using the product immediately.


Recommended dosage is three tablets a day. A month’s supply will run you about $40.

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