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Health Benefits of Boswellia serrata

Health Benefits of Boswellia Extract

If you have difficulty walking, running, getting up, bending down, if your joints hurt and interrupt your ability to move freely, then read on.

Other names for Boswellia extract: Boswellia sacra, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia Guggal
Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) has been used for centuries in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine to maintain healthy joints. While this is still one of its main uses–and likely the most well known use–the health benefits of Boswellia serrata are as wide-ranging as any part of your body that suffers from inflammation or poor circulation. (Hey, we said wide-ranging for a reason!)

1. Botanical background of Boswellia serrata

Boswellia is a moderate to large branching tree found in the dry, hilly areas of India. When the tree trunk is tapped, a gummy oleoresin is exuded. The purified extract of this resin is known as Boswellia serrata or boswellin.

The active anti-inflammatory ingredients in Boswellia are commonly referred to as boswellic acids. In studies, these acids have been shown to reduce inflammation significantly in several ways. Boswellic acids (BA) are believed to suppress the proliferating tissue found in the inflamed areas and also prevent the breakdown of connective tissue. Boswellic acids deter inflammatory white cells from infiltrating damaged tissue and improve blood flow to the joints. They also block chemical reactions that set the stage for inflammation to occur in chronic intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Boswellia may help to ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, boswellia has been shown to decrease the severity of back pain, particularly when used orally. The mechanism is similar to the action of non-steroidal groups of anti-arthritic drugs but with no side effects, gastric irritation or ulcerogenic activity. Boswellic acids improve blood supply to the joints and maintain the integrity of blood vessels.

Boswellic acids have been known to provide many benefits, including: reducing joint swelling, maintaining blood supply to inflamed joints, supporting smoother mobility, and reducing pain due to stiffness in the joints. Overall, Boswellia appears to provide this vital relief without the negative side effects often seen with traditional pain relievers. Unlike many other common pain relievers, Boswellia has not been shown to cause stomach upset and other digestive problems.

Ageless Cures Boswellin is standardized to 60 to 65 percent boswellic acid and its derivatives. These are the primary active ingredients in the gum resin.

2. Uses of Boswellia serrata

Boswellia possesses analgesic and anti-arthritic properties. By regulating the mediators of inflammation, it exerts significant anti-inflammatory activity. Boswellia also acts as a COX-2 inhibitor and reduces pain and inflammation without affecting the gastric mucosa. It soothes the joints and also helps treating levels of synovial fluid, making the entire structure lubricated and easy to rotate or to move. In a double-blind study of patients with osteoarthritis, results demonstrated that a preparation containing Boswellia significantly reduced disability scores and pain, although it did not alter the underlying joint deformity. The arthritis benefits from boswellic acids may be related to their impact on glycosaminoglycan metabolism. These are the same biochemical pathways affected by glucosamine.

Beneficial in:
Any sort of pain
Musculo-skeletal disorders
All types of arthritis
Backache
Stiffness in joints
Inflammation of the joints
Asthma
Bronchitis
Jaundice
Ringworm 
Ulcers
Crohn’s Disease and Colitis

Possible Side Effects
Generally Boswellia appears to be well tolerated with very few side effects.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent any disease.