If Boswellia is so appreciated in Asia and the West, it is mainly for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Boswellia has been proven to be just as effective, if not better, than convencional medicine. Boswellia extract, a fast-acting joint supplement, reduces pain and improves flexion in affected joints. It can also help to keep inflammation under control.
So, Boswellia is used for:
- Reduction of inflammation;
- Relief of pain;
- Improved joint mobility;
Its resin helps to reduce the inflammation linked to certain pathologies such as osteoarthritis, gout or rheumatoid arthritis. It has anti-inflammatory properties mainly due to boswellic acid and terpenes. These antioxidant compounds are also found in citrus fruits and other plants.
How does it work?
Boswellic acids will inhibit the production of leukotrienes. These are lipids that mediate inflammation and can cause oxidative damage.
Boswellic acids therefore intervene by blocking the formation of these leukotrienes by acting directly on the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX), a proinflammatory enzyme responsible for generating leukotrienes.
In addition, boswellic acids will help the inflammation to disappear more quickly by contributing to the proper functioning of blood vessels and improving blood flow to inflamed tissues and joints.
Its nutritional composition is:
- Pentacyclic triterpene acids: boswellic acids including acetyl-11-keto-beta-BA (AKBA)
- Tetracyclic triterpene acids
- Polysaccharides: arabinose, galactose, xylose
- Incensol acetate
- Essential oils