Guggul is an extract from the resin of a tree native to India. A form of the extract, guggulipid, has traditionally been used to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and to increase HDL cholesterol. However, in 2003, a well-designed study found that taking 1 to 2 g of guggulipid a day actually raised LDL cholesterol and did not change total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, or triglycerides. Additionally, some people developed rashes. At this time, there is not enough evidence to support the use of guggul to treat high blood cholesterol.
Like guggul, lecithin is a dietary supplement that claims to lower cholesterol. Unlike guggul, lecithin can be found in many common food products. Read on to learn if lecithin has any proven cholesterol-lowering benefits.
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