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Which is better for Joint Pain: Turmeric or Boswellia?

Boswellia and curcumin are two natural plant products traditionally used to help relieve the pain of inflammation. Scientists found that when it comes to mechanisms of action, both plants are the same.

Uncontrolled inflammatory processes in the body are linked to many of the health problems of our time. More and more studies are confirming the usefulness of the properties of curcuma and boswellia for many of inflammatory conditions, for example joint pain and arthrites. Those plants, traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, is very helpful in reducing inflammatory responses.

  • Boswellia Serrata is native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East. It is a tree from which its resin has been extracted and used for many years in Ayurvedic medicine to make everything from incense for cultural ceremonies to medicines with anti-inflammatory properties. Today there are many studies that have demonstrated the therapeutic properties of products made from the resins. Many of them have demonstrated their anti-inflammatory power.Boswellia extract has compounds such as the boswellic acids AKBA which have anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that boswellia is beneficial for conditions like gout and rheumatoid.
  • Curcuma Longa L, also called Turmeric, is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the Zingiberaceae, or ginger, family. People have used it as an herbal remedy for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. The part of the stem that is hidden under the ground is the part of the plant that is used as a spice in cooking and can be found in recipes of Asian origin.The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which gives turmeric its characteristic yellow colour. Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It possess a diverse profile of biological actions that result in changes in oxidative stress, inflammation, and cell-death pathways.

In fact, both plants are effective for joint pain; but, together, they have more powerful effects in relieving various ailments such as gout. The results are more effective than when used separately.

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