They’re often called “prenatal vitamins,” but these supplements supply much more. In addition to serving as a back-up for any nutritional gaps in your diet, a prenatal supplement approved by your doctor can help reduce risk for some birth defects, preterm birth and low birth weight baby, while helping you to maintain your own health during pregnancy.
Some studies show that guggul may lessen inflammation and the number of acne relapses. But more research is needed. There is not enough solid evidence to support the use of guggul for other conditions.
People usually take guggul as a capsule, tablet, or extract.
Optimal doses of guggul have not been set for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely. This makes it hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get guggul naturally from foods?
You cannot get guggul naturally from foods.
What are the risks of taking guggul?
People have used guggul safely in studies for up to six months.
Side effects. Some people have had side effects such as:
Be careful using guggul if you are getting treated for a thyroid disorder or have a hormone-sensitive cancer or condition. Stop taking guggul at least two weeks before surgery to lower risk of bleeding.
Interactions. Avoid combining guggul with herbs, supplements, or drugs that thin blood, such as:
Also, do not combine guggul with hormone replacement therapy.
The FDA does not regulate supplements. Be sure to tell your doctor about any you're taking, even if they're natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications or foods. He or she can let you know if the supplement might raise your risks.