It’s a funny thing about inflammation…
A little of it 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.
On the other hand, when inflammation becomes chronic, it can trigger serious diseases.1
Chronic inflammation is now believed by scientists to be related to most of the world’s worst health scourges…heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.2 3
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.
Boswellia is 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.4
Scientists attribute many of the health benefits of boswellia to boswellic acid. Studies have found boswellic acid inhibits the body’s formation of leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are a powerful source of inflammation.5
Research shows that boswellia:
- Fights cancer. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that boswellia suppresses pancreatic and breast cancer cells.6Another study concluded that boswellia inhibited human colon cancer cells.7And an in vitro study looked at the effects of boswellia on bladder cancer cells. Researchers found that the supplement induced cancer cell death.8
- 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 thrice daily. After two months, the subjects’ knee pain and swelling were reduced.9
- Treats autoimmune conditions. An article in the journal Phytomedicine reports that boswellia modulates the immune system. It has “positive effects” on bronchial asthma, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease.10
- Prevents flu. A test-tube study from Germany’s Paul-Ehrlich Institut found boswellia exhibits “broad antiviral activity.”
Another in vitro study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the effect of boswellia on the flu virus. The virus was suppressed in a “dose-dependent manner.” So the larger the boswellia dose, the stronger the effect.11
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. Why not take advantage of one of nature’s best ways to fight chronic inflammation?
References: 1 https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-you-should-pay-attention-to-chronic-inflammation/ 2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php 3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253025/ 4 https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/boswellia 5 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0944711307002917?via%3Dihub 6 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ijc.25966 7 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1098882316301253?via%3Dihub 8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19296830 9 http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/PrintVersion.aspx?id=63&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 10 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20696559 11 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994788/