The anti-inflammatory medicinal plant, which has been used for thousands of years in traditional Indian ayurveda medicine and can relief joint pain, chronic diseases and numerous other ailments.
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Boswellia serrata is the botanical name of the incense shrub that grows in India. The resin of this plant, also known as olibanum or incense, has been used in traditional ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of different ailments, including chronic arthritis, chronic bronchitis, and chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Incense is considered to be one of the best studied medicinal plants in the area of traditional Indian medicine. Boswellia contains over 200 different known ingredients, of which the boswellic acids are considered to be the primary active ingredients that are responsible for most of the plant's beneficial properties. Boswellic acids are tetracyclic and pentacyclic triterpenic acids, which occur exclusively in boswellia and in no other plant on earth. So far, 5 different boswellic acids are known. The resin of boswellia usually contains between 5 and 8% boswellic acids. We use a particularly highly concentrated extract, which is standardized for enormous 60% boswellic acids to guarantee maximum benefits.
Even if other components of boswellia resin are regarded as so-called neutral ingredients by many experts, evidence suggests that some of these compounds may also show anti-inflammatory and psychoactive effects.
Boswellias strong anti-inflammatory effects are probably the best studied health benefits of this medical plant. This medical plant is used in the field of traditional Indian ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis and gout and scientific studies show its beneficial effects during a treatment of these diseases.
Inflammatory reactions in the human body are triggered by a series of so-called inflammatory mediators, including prostaglandins and cytokines. The boswellic acids contained in boswellia are able to inhibit some of the enzymes responsible for the production of these inflammatory mediators. Another factor contributing to the anti-inflammatory effects of boswellia are the pronounced antioxidant properties of this medicinal plant that neutralize the pro-inflammatory effects of free radicals.
In addition, boswellia extract is capable of inhibiting the activity of the cartilage-degrading enzyme MMP-3 and can thereby protect your articular cartilage from damage. The anti-inflammatory effects of boswellia can provide a significant relief of rheumatic complaints, arthritis, arthrosis and other degenerative joint diseases.
An interesting study from 2003 showed that a boswellia extract significantly reduced joint pain and swellings of the knee joint caused by arthritis and also improved the mobility of the knee significantly. An improvement of symptoms of arthritis was observed after merely 7 days of administration.
The anti-inflammatory effects of boswellia are not limited to inflammatory diseases of the joints. They can also be beneficial for treating chronic inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Scientific studies have shown that a treatment with boswellia extracts led to an alleviation of symptoms in 70% of subjects suffering from ulcerative colitis and resulted in a measurable improvement of disease parameters in 90% of all patients. Boswellia extracts showed better results than the pharmaceutical drug sulfasalazine that is normally used for treating ulcerative colitis. Another study concluded that boswellia extracts are as effective for treating Crohn's disease as the pharmaceutical drug mesalazine.
The already mentioned antioxidant properties of boswellia can protect cells and DNA of the human body from damage caused by free radicals. High levels of free radicals due to environmental toxins, stress, and an unhealthy diet are widespread in our society. They are associated with numerous diseases including cancer and heart diseases and are considered to be one of the reasons for premature aging of the human body.
Other traditional uses of boswellia extracts include the treatment of neurological diseases, influenza infections, and wound healing. In patients suffering from chronic tension headaches, boswellia can significantly reduce intensity and frequency of the occurrence of this type of pain. During a six-week study, boswellia was able to improve pulmonary function and significantly relieve asthma symptoms in 70% of asthma patients. The potential benefits of boswellia in cancer treatment are intensely studied at the moment and initial results are promising.
Since the bioavailability of the active boswellic acids contained in boswellia can be significantly improved by dietary fat, it is advisable to take boswellia with meals that contain at least moderate amounts of fat.
Recommended daily intake: take 2 capsule without chewing and with sufficient liquid
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