Resin Extract Offers Value
Resin is simply the extracted substance taken from a plant source. Depending on the purpose or the desired effects sought, resin is extracted from various or specific parts of a given plant type. The native plant types determine the usefulness of the resulting resin extract. The resulting resin is then formulated with other extracts to produce a natural product for various uses.
Resins have been used by many cultures for centuries. From aromatherapy to recreational purposes, resin extracts have maintained a level of efficiency that is hard to dispute. Setting aside the multiple uses that resins offer, for our purposes here, we will focus exclusively on a few of the medicinal benefits it offers as an herb. More specifically, a plant resin known as Guggulsterones.
Used For Centuries!
The fact that natural resins have offered medicinal benefits to indigenous cultures for centuries was widely proclaimed in the United States as recently as 1987. That year, resin extracts were made commercially available through the pharmaceutical industry. Profoundly, plant resins are found in many pharmaceutical products today. Yet, the benefit claims made by herbalists have not been evaluated by the FDA*. A disclaimer seen on nearly every label of any herbal product. Still, resin extract is available to anyone wishing to purchase the product outside of a pharmaceutical.
Breaking It Down
First of all, let’s break down the word Guggulsterones. To begin with, a sterone is what it sounds like; a steroid hormone. The same hormones that body builders use to built muscle mass and firm up loose ends. Women take sterone tablets to control irregular, painful, or heavy periods. “Guggul” is an herb extract. Although some studies show otherwise, there are still other studies showing that the resin from the guggul tree has been used to lower cholesterol in the human body. Some data show it has an impact at lowering insulin levels, blood pressure, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It should be noted that The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics states that Guggul can run interference. Interference with prescription drugs like anti-cholesterol drugs called statins. But this could also be taken as a testament to the effectiveness that Guggul may have at controlling cholesterol on its own merit.
The Various Forms
More common than you might be aware, products containing Guggulsterone are not just available in tablet form, but in a cream, powder, or salve ointment as well. Product addressing specific issues like thyroid, cholesterol, or accelerated weight loss are also common wellness products containing Guggulsterones. It must be noted that products containing Gugulipid come from basically the same source as Guggulsterone. It’s simply a derivative of the same medicinal family. But Gugulipid focuses more directly on issues like skin diseases, arthritis, obesity, urinary disorders, and rheumatism. It is also promoted as a cholesterol reducing agent as well.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.