I ran out of a tried-and-true thyroid-enhancing supplement, and Amazon doesn't seem to sell it anymore. EXPERIMENT TIME! :-D
Having read about guggul (Commiphora mukul) some time ago, and having my memory jogged by a recent mention in an online article, i decided to renew my acquaintance with the subject. I went to Amazon (again), identified a product i'd be inclined to try, and started reading reviews. Naturally, one tends to see extremes reported -- not people saying "this supplement is okay" as often as "OMG I'LL NEVER USE THIS AGAIN!" or "OMG I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THIS!" :-) Okay, interesting results. Then i went to webmd.com, to see what the "official" line on this herb is, and i was sold.
I wasn't convinced by the official, evidence-based, scientifically-savvy discussion on what guggul has been "proven" to do. Webmd is full of NOTHING but "possibly effective for" and "probably INeffective for" statements. No, if you want to know what an herb or stand-alone micronutrient REALLY DOES, you go to their "interactions" tabs, and see what you mustn't mix them with! You learn all about their true actions there.
Sometimes it's a question of exacerbating the actions of the "proven" drug, and sometimes it's acting against them, but that way you see what the medical community SEES that the supplement does, but is damned if they'll admit it. Guggul increases both estrogen AND thyroid. I'm surprised that Big Pharma hasn't pulled strings to have it banned -- it has potential to cut way into their market share!
So i got the tincture (i strongly prefer this form for herbal supplements), and i've been using it for about a week. Not once have i awakened with cold feet and foggy brain, despite one busy-day ... "bad feast." ;-) My energy has been very good, and mood also. My digestion and sleep have been above-average, too. No wired-but-tired side-effects, which would indicate it puts me into the hypER range.
Guggul is definitely a keeper!