Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatory Ingredient Provides Pain Relief for Athletes

by Auto API March 13, 2016

Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatory Ingredient Provides Pain Relief for Athletes

Boswellia Serrata - powerful natural anti-inflammatory
A healing ingredient more valuable than gold in the ancient world!

This gift from Mother Nature is extracted from the resin of Boswellia trees that grow in the high dry mountains of India and the Middle East. It has been used in religious ceremonies and traditional medicines since before recorded history.

In ancient times this resin, also known as frankincense, was not only used in medicinal preparations and salves, but it was burned during religious ceremonies to purify the souls of worshippers. The earliest known book of medical knowledge, Charaka Samhita, written around 700 B.C., describe how the resin from Boswellia trees was used to treat arthritis and other inflammation related conditions.caraka samhita

To harvest the resin, a cut is made in the trunk of a Boswellia tree in the spring and the resin is harvested during the summer and fall. A tree can only produce high quality resin for up to 3 years before it must be left to rest for years before it can be harvested from again. Specially made bamboo baskets are used for collecting and aging the resin.

During the aging process the ‘ras’ (fluid part of the resin) drains away leaving a solid gum that hardens into tear shaped pieces. This hard resin is then graded for quality according to flavor and color.

Finally it is broken into small pieces with a wooden mallet and any bits of bark or other impurities are removed by hand. The final product is then separated into grades for sale.

Modern western medicine is starting to catch up with many studies showing the potent anti-inflammatory properties of this powerful traditional plant.

How Does Boswellia Serrata Work?

The active ingredient in Boswellia, Boswellic acid, attacks inflammation by inhibiting 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) including 5-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (5-HETE) and leukotriene B4 (LTB-4), which cause bronchoconstriction, chemotaxis, and increased vascular permeability. The 5-LO enzyme generates inflammatory leukotrienes which promote calcium dislocation, cell adhesion, and free radical damage.

leukotriene modifiers pathway
When this inflammation is treated with traditional NSAIDS like Ibuprofen, they can disrupt glycosaminoglycan synthesis which makes it hard for body to repair and replace cartilage in joints. This can start a downward spiral where inflammation causes the use of NSAIDS for pain which can then cause cartilage damage, which causes inflammation.

Boswellic acids on the other hand have been shown to significantly reduce glycosaminoglycan degradation. This allows the cartilage a chance to heal while still helping to control pain due to inflammation.

Double blind, placebo controlled studies have shown marked improvement for patients with arthritis taking 100mg of boswellia serrata extract. During the study, patients who used the extract rated their pain as 23 points, while patients on placebo rated their pain as 40 points. This was on a 100 point scale with lower numbers meaning less pain.

Boswellia may also be effective in treating inflammation related diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis , asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.

This amazing plant, prized by for its healing properties for thousands of years in traditional medicine is finally becoming more understood in the modern world. Its unique properties provide hope for people suffering from many inflammation related conditions, especially arthritis and joint pain.

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