Guggulsterone(s) - Glossary

Guggulsterone(s)

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Guggulsterone (4,17(20)-pregnadien-3,16-dione) is a plant sterol that’s thought to be the active principle in guggul lipid – the resin of the medicinal plant, Commiphora mukul.  In Ayurvedic medicine, guggul lipid is used as a treatment for gout, arthritis, inflammation and obesity.  Guggul extracts also have potential lipid-lowering and thyroid stimulating effects.

Guggulsterone – either in the form of standardized guggul extracts or “E & Z” guggulsterones* – are often added to fat loss supplements, although the evidence suggests guggul isn’t a weight loss miracle.

See David Tolson’s article, “Guggulsterones Guide” for more information.

*E and Z refer to specific cis/trans isomers

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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