Indian Frankincense, Boswellia, Salai Guggul … the names given to Boswellia serrata are almost as numerous as its traditional applications. Belonging to the Burseraceae family, characterized by its large offshoots, deciduous leaves and small yellowish-white flowers. Boswellia serrata grows in India’s dry mountainous terrain. The aromatic oleoresin produced by the tree has been used medicinally and otherwise for centuries. In Ayurveda, Boswellia serrata resin is recommended for treating a number of health issues: joint pain, digestive problems, respiratory disorders, skin complaints etc. Additionally, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve rheumatic and menstrual pain.
It is not surprising that Boswellia has accumulated considerable scientific research in its name. Analysis of its composition has revealed powerful active principles including monoterpenes, diterpenes, triterpenes, tetracyclic triterpene acids and pentacyclic triterpene acids. Referred to by scientists as Boswellic acids, these compounds all share powerful anti-inflammatory effects which explain Boswellia’s properties and benefits. Studies conducted over the past few years have identified four main Boswellic acids: β-boswellic acid, acetyl-β-Boswellic acid, 11-keto-β-Boswellic acid and acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic acid. The last of these, more commonly known as AKBA, is considered as the most potent natural anti-inflammatory in Boswellia.
PROPERTIES OF BOSWELLIA SERRATA
Boswellia acids are highly potent anti-inflammatory. Scientists have found that these acids are modulators of inflammation of mucosal linings in the respiratory and Gastrointestinal tracts as well as in joints. An inflammatory state exists in many conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) and arthritis. Scientists further are looking into Boswellia’s immunity-boosting abilities and antidepressant potential.
Listed below are few of Boswellia’s benefits for your health
In recent years, the use of Boswellia has been particularly popular in treating inflammation-induced joint pain. According to research, optimal efficacy can be achieved by combining Boswellic acids with other active principles beneficial for joint health. For example, Joint Rescue from Curegarden is a powerful combination of vital botanicals that delivers pain relief and comfort to joints. Clinical studies on this combination of curcumin (BCM-95®) and Boswellia has shown faster, longer-lasting relief for joint and muscle pain, and stiffness; increased joint flexibility and healthy cartilage support, making it an effective solution in the category of supplements for joint pain.
Respiratory disorders and Infections
Pure Boswellia serrata extract works as a long-term solution in the management of respiratory tract disorder. Studies show that Boswellic acids present in Boswellia resin may help minimise certain asthma symptoms such as ‘rhonchi’, the rattling respiratory sounds that characterise asthma attacks. Furthermore, Boswellic acids are supposed to have an effect on leukotrienes, substances present in the bronchi of asthmatic individuals. Breathe Sure from Curegarden is a powerful natural solution that can effectively regulate respiratory disorders and infections. It contains the botanical extract Boswellia serrata that has been widely studied and well-researched for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The exceptional efficacy of Breathe Sure comes from the ingredient Boswellia extract that has been standardized to the powerful bioactive ingredient AKBA.
Boswellia resin is recommended in traditional Asian medicine as a solution to various skin issues. Research shows that the resin has the ability to fight various inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the benefits and properties of Boswellia serrata. As evidenced from the above benefits, we can expect to hear a lot more about this tree’s resin in the years to come.