You’ve heard it before: All things in moderation.
That goes double where inflammation is concerned.
A certain amount is necessary for good health. Inflammation fights toxins and helps mend injuries.
Inflammatory cells are sent by the immune system to attack infections. Redness and swelling result and can cause discomfort. But these are a necessary part of the healing process.
Inflammation is what makes COVID-19 deadly.
When people are infected, the virus makes its way to the lungs. To control the infection, the body responds with inflammation…often too much of it.
Excess inflammation keeps the lungs from removing carbon dioxide and oxygenating the blood. Breathing becomes difficult. In severe cases, the lungs may not be able to work on their own. That’s when doctors put patients on a ventilator in a last ditch effort to save their lives. Often, they don’t make it.
The cause of death will be officially listed as COVID-19. But inflammation is the real culprit.
It’s clear that avoiding chronic inflammation is one of the best things you can do for your health. One natural supplement may be the best way to achieve that goal.
It’s called Indian frankincense or boswellia (pronounced boz-WELL-ee-ah).
It’s derived from the gum resin of the Boswellia serrata tree. It is native to India. It has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries.Scientists attribute many of the health benefits of boswellia to boswellic acid. Studies have found that boswellic acid inhibits the body’s formation of leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are a powerful source of inflammation.
Boswellia hasn’t been specifically tested against COVID-19. But excessive inflammation is harmful no matter the cause.
Research shows that boswellia:
- Prevents viral infection. A test-tube study from Germany’s Paul-Ehrlich Institute found boswellia exhibits “broad antiviral activity.”Another lab study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the effect of boswellia on the flu virus. The supplement suppressed flu germs in a “dose-dependent manner.” So the larger the boswellia dose, the stronger the effect.
- Fights cancer. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that boswellia suppresses pancreatic and breast cancer cells.Another study concluded that boswellia inhibited human colon cancer cells.Researchers have also found that the supplement induced cancer cell death.
- Eases arthritis. Two clinical trials found osteoarthritis patients had improved pain and functionality scores after taking either 100 mg or 250 mg of boswellia daily for three months.Another study gave osteoarthritis patients 333 mg of boswellia three times daily. After two months, the subjects’ had less knee pain and swelling.
- Treats autoimmune conditions. An article in the journal Phytomedicine reports that boswellia stops the immune system from producing inflammation that causes asthma, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease.
Boswellia is widely available from health stores and online retailers. Doctors consider a dose of 300 to 500 mg daily to be safe and well-tolerated.
During the coronavirus pandemic or any time, Boswellia is one of nature’s best ways to fight inflammation.