Guggal-Lip is a standardized extract of Commiphora mukul, which has shown remarkable in promoting healthy lipids. Studies have shown that guggal promotes healthy cholesterol, triglycerides, increases HDL, already within healthy range and clears LDL from the liver both by binding to extra fats in the gut and normalizing thyroid gland function. According to Ayurvedic texts, guggal is said to prevent sluggish metabolism, especially with respect to fats.
Ingredients: Standardized extracts of Commiphora mukul (guggal), Magnesium aspartate, B6, Trifla, and Folic Acid.
Suggested Usage: One tablet three times daily.
Low levels of HDL (less than 40 mg/dL) also increase the risk of heart disease. Medical experts think that HDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it's passed from the body. Some experts believe that that HDL removes excess cholesterol from arterial plaque, thus slowing its buildup.
Smoking, being overweight and being sedentary can all result in lower HDL cholesterol. To raise your HDL level, avoid tobacco smoke, maintain a healthy weight and get at least 30–60 minutes of physical activity more days than not.
With HDL (good) cholesterol, higher levels are better. Low HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL for men, less than 50 mg/dL for women) puts you at higher risk for heart disease. In the average man, HDL cholesterol levels range from 40 to 50 mg/dL. In the average woman, they range from 50 to 60 mg/dL. An HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL or higher gives some protection against heart disease.
Increase the monounsaturated fats in your diet. Monounsaturated fats such as canola oil, avocado oil, or olive oil and in the fats found in peanut butter can increase HDL cholesterol levels without increasing the total cholesterol.
HDL cholesterol apparently picks up cholesterol from the arterial walls (where it causes atherosclerosis - narrowing of the arteries) and takes it to the liver where it can be metabolized. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and other effects that benefit the arteries and keep them healthy.
A diet in which fat has all but been eliminated can result in a deficit in the essential fatty acids - certain fatty acids that are essential to life, but which the body cannot manufacture itself. Furthermore, ultra-low-fat diets have been reported to result in a significant reduction in HDL cholesterol in some individuals.
Other dietary means to increasing HDL. Cranberry juice has been shown to increase HDL levels. Fish and other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can also increase HDL levels. In postmenopausal women (but not, apparently, in men or pre-menopausal women) calcium supplementation can increase HDL cholesterol.