5 Facts about Boswellia
Most of the ingredients in our Turmeric Curcumin Complex are commonly known, and we like it that way. You should know what you’re putting into your body, especially when you take the natural supplement route. You’ve probably seen beets and ginger at the grocery store, and turmeric has become a common treatment because of its benefits. But one of our ingredients you may not be familiar with is one of the most effective in our anti-inflammatory supplement: Boswellia extract.
The Roots of Boswellia
The Boswellia tree is mostly found in India, but can also be found in other parts of the Middle East and Africa, in dry mountainous regions. The Boswellia extract is found when the bark on the tree is peeled back, revealing the resin. When the oil is pulled from the resin, it becomes the better-known essential oil, frankincense. That’s right – the same oil that might be in your cosmetics, candles, or lotions comes from the Boswellia resin. This resin has been used in Indian traditional herbal medicine for centuries, and has been known to treat:
- Wound healing
- Side effects of radiation therapy
Our anti-inflammatory supplement, Turmeric Curcumin Complex, would not be nearly as effective without Boswellia. Boswellia’s role as an anti-inflammatory agent begins with the prevention of leukotrienes, chemicals that promote inflammation. The enzyme 5-LO is responsible for creating those leukotrienes, and in turn, the inflammation process. Acids found in Boswellia extract have been proven to be the most potent inhibitor of 5-LO, which means Boswellia could technically prevent inflammation before it begins.
The overproduction of those leukotrienes has been known to aggravate asthma symptoms. After all, asthma is caused by inflammation in the airway, whether from allergens or exercise. By keeping the leukotriene production in check, and regulating the amount of inflammation in the body – including the airways – Boswellia can be efficient in preventing asthma attacks. One study states Boswellia can be categorized as outright anti-asthmatic!
One of the worst cases of inflammation is in those that suffer from osteoarthritis. In a clinical study, Boswellia was used to treat patients of osteoarthritis, specifically in the knee. After eight weeks, the patients given Boswellia saw a decrease in knee pain, an increase in knee flexibility, and could even walk farther. Overall, the frequency of inflammation in the knee of these patients significantly decreased. Boswellia is clearly powerful in treating inflammation on its own, but when paired with curcumin, it is more effective for the treatment of inflammation in osteoarthritis patients. Our Turmeric Curcumin Complex pairs Boswellia with curcumin, along with other natural sources of anti-inflammation like turmeric and ginger, to provide the best natural anti-inflammatory treatment for anyone.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
In addition to asthma and osteoarthritis, the benefits targeting digestive inflammation has allowed Boswellia to become a prominent treatment in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The anti-inflammatory, paired with antioxidant properties, has reduced tissue injury in acute colitis. In these chronic inflammatory diseases, like Crohn’s disease, the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines destroy intestinal tissue. Boswellic acids found in Boswellia extract have been proven to reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines, which prevents up to 60-70% of symptoms in inflammatory bowel diseases.
Bonuses of Boswellia
Boswellia can strengthen the immune system and target autoimmune diseases, meaning taking Boswellia regularly can fight infections, coughs, and colds, along with other serious infections like the flu. The combination of immune system health and anti-inflammatory suggest Boswellia can prevent tumor growth and cancer. For cancer patients, Boswellia has been proven to significantly reduce the swelling of the brain caused by brain tumors. The swelling of the brain, or cerebral edema, can also occur in cancer patients going through radiotherapy, so it can aid in the recovery process of any type of cancer. In addition to osteoarthritis, Boswellia is also a powerful treatment of collagen-induced arthritis, such as Rheumatoid arthritis.
Taking the natural route in treating inflammation is important to us at Essential Core Nutrition, and we only choose the most effective ingredients. Boswellia extract’s full-body benefits, from your airways to your intestines, prove it is a treatment that should be taken regularly. Start your daily routine to prevent inflammation with our Turmeric Curcumin Complex today!