Chronic Inflammatory Support:
Boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk
medicine. It has been believed and studies are now showing support for
chronic inflammatory illnesses as well as numerous other health conditions.
Due to Boswellia being an effective anti-inflammatory, it can be an
effective painkiller as well and may prevent the loss of cartilage. Several
studies have found that it may even be useful in treating certain cancers,
such as leukemia and breast cancer.
Research is showing more and more that boswellic acid can prevent the
formation of leukotrienes in the body. Leukotrienes are molecules that have
been identified as a cause of inflammation. They may trigger asthma
There are four acids in boswellia resin that contribute to the herb’s
anti-inflammatory properties. These acids inhibit 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO), an
enzyme that produces leukotriene. Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA) is
thought to be the most powerful of the four boswellic acids. However, other
research suggests other boswellic acids are responsible for the herb’s
Many studies of boswellias effect on OA have found that it’s effective in
treating OA pain and inflammation. One
published in the journal Phytomedicine found that all 30 people
with OA knee pain who received boswellia reported a decrease in knee pain.
They also reported an increase in knee flexion and how far they could walk.
support the continued use of boswellia for OA.
funded by a boswellia production company, found that increasing the dosage
of enriched boswellia extract led to an increase in physical ability. OA
knee pain decreased after 90 days with the boswellia product, compared to a
lesser dosage and placebo. It also helped reduce the levels of a
Studies on the usefulness of boswellia in RA treatment have shown mixed
published in the Journal of Rheumatology found that boswellia
helps to reduce RA
. Some research suggests that boswellia may interfere with the autoimmune
process, which would make it an effective therapy for RA.
supports the effective anti-inflammatory and immune-balancing properties.
BOSWELLIA (FRANKINCENSE) - RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA) PAIN RELIEF STUDY
FINDS. BY BRUCE BRIGHTMAN - LIFESOURCE VITAMINS
Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
Due to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties, boswellia may be effective
in treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as
ulcerative colitis (UC)
compared H15, a special boswellia extract, to the anti-inflammatory
prescription drug mesalamine (Apriso, Asacol HD). It showed that the
boswellia extract may be effective in
treating Crohn’s disease
found the herb could be effective in treating UC as well. We’re just
beginning to understand how the anti-inflammatory and immune-balancing
effects of boswellia can improve the health of an inflamed bowel.
Boswellia can play a role in reducing leukotrienes, which causes bronchial
muscles to contract. A
1998 studyTrusted Source
of the herb’s effect on bronchial asthma found that people who took
boswellia experienced decreased
and indicators. This shows the herb could play an important role in
treating bronchial asthma. Research
and has shown the positive immune-balancing properties of boswellia can
help the overreaction to
that happens in asthma.
Breast Cancer Study - Boswellia
Pancreatic Cancer Study - Boswellia
Boswellia may interact with and decrease the effects of anti-inflammatory
medications. Talk to your doctor before using Boswellia products,
especially if you’re taking other medications to treat inflammation.
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