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Boswellia Serrata Extract: A Natural Supplement for Joint and Respiratory Health



The tree Boswellia serrata, or Indian frankincense, is endemic to India and its immediate neighbours. In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used to treat inflammatory illnesses, arthritis, and respiratory difficulties for thousands of years. Boswellia serrata extract has become widely used in the West as a dietary supplement to help maintain healthy joints and lungs.


Boswellia serrata extract comes from the Boswellia tree's resin. There is a class of chemicals in the resin called boswellic acids that act as natural anti-inflammatories. These chemicals are effective because they stop the synthesis of inflammatory substances by blocking an enzyme called 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX). The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of Boswellia serrata extract can be attributed to its ability to inhibit 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX).



Boswellia serrata extract is commonly used to aid in joint health. Boswellia serrata extract has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing joint inflammation and discomfort in persons with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. One study indicated that persons with knee osteoarthritis who took Boswellia serrata extract for eight weeks saw significant reductions in pain, stiffness, and impairment in physical function.


It has been suggested that Boswellia serrata extract can improve lung function. Asthma and bronchitis are just two of the respiratory conditions for which it has long been utilised in Ayurveda treatment. There is evidence that Boswellia serrata extract can help alleviate the symptoms of respiratory diseases by lowering inflammation in the airways.


Boswellia serrata extract may have antioxidant effects in addition to its anti-inflammatory actions. Free radicals are a known contributor to chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease, and antioxidants assist to protect the body from this harm. Boswellia serrata extract has shown promise as an antioxidant in some studies, but more evidence is needed to draw definitive conclusions.


To sum up, Boswellia serrata extract is a natural supplement that may improve the health of your joints and lungs. It has a low risk of adverse effects and interacts well with most other drugs. Boswellia serrata extract is similar to any other supplement in that you should consult your doctor first to be sure it is safe and appropriate for you to take.




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