Guggulsterones are a mixture of several compounds isolated from the plant Commiphora Mukul (also called Gum Guggul). Guggul is a resin produced by the stem of the Commiphora mukul tree, a small, thorny plant that grows throughout India. Chemicals in the resin called guggulsterones are responsible for its favorable effect on cholesterol and triglycerides. They not only lower levels of LDL and VLDL--the "bad" cholesterols--but raise levels of the "good" cholesterol HDL. They also appear to reduce the stickiness of platelets in the blood, thus lowering the risk of dangerous clots. Guggulsterones are useful for anyone who wants to lose weight, particularly for those who have been trying to lose weight for some time. Unlike supplements such as ephedrine, guggulsterones do not stimulate the nervous system, and are generally considered to be one of the safest supplements available.
Guggulsterones are highly effective at accelerating fat loss, mainly due to their stimulating effect on the thyroid gland. The thyroid hormones are among the most important hormones. They control your metabolic rate, which dictates how many calories you burn each day. When your metabolic rate slows down, which it does when you go on a diet, you automatically burn fewer calories each day. This means that the rate at which you lose weight slows down.