In the rolling deserts of West Africa and India lives a type of tree that doesn’t look like much on the outside. It’s neither majestic nor too colorful. Frankly, it’s kind of drab. But, inside its trunk, it holds a powerful secret – the ability to help reduce your pain.
If you’re thinking it’s a minor miracle … you’re right. It is. And that’s the reason this tree’s secret extract has been treasured since human beings first discovered we could heal ourselves with the help of nature’s resources.
The tree is the Boswellia serrata tree. And, if you peel back the outer layer of its bark, you’ll find a tender inner bark full of fragrant sap and resin. From this resin, we’re able to collect the tree’s secret medicinal extract.
The extract is known as Boswellia serrata extract or Indian frankincense, and it’s been used to treat all sorts of health issues. But, most recently it’s being touted as:
- A defender against inflammation
- A pain reliever
- A protector of cartilage
- An aid for better mobility
Of course, some folks find it odd that a plant could be such a significant source of wellness and medicinal benefits. But often, what scientists are trying to do when they create a drug is mimic nature. So, why not go right to the source?
Defense Against Inflammation
Inflammation happens when the white blood cells in your body rush to defend you against infection, injury, or irritation. When your skin gets red or blotchy, you experience swelling or pain, or when you lose lose the ability to move with regular ease in a certain area – it’s usually inflammation trying to protect and heal you.
Sometimes, your immune system has an inflammatory reaction when it shouldn’t … and that’s bad, because when that happens, the body can actually cause damage to itself. And the older you get, the more likely it is you’re experiencing regular inflammatory wear and tear.
The good news is Boswellia serrata extract could potentially help lessen inflammation. Not only that, it could also help support your immune system function properly (on several fronts).1
First, Boswellia serrata extract might actually interfere with the production of various substances discharged by your immune system that heighten inflammatory response. This could potentially delay the way your body reacts to some of its environmental sensitivities.
Second, this incredible extract might also be able to help regulate the interaction between certain antibodies which defend your body against various infections (both bacterial and viral).
Finally, Boswellia seratta consists of some truly helpful essential oils. You see, an oil is defined as “essential” because it captures the aromatic essence of the plant it comes from. And some of the oils found in the Boswellia serrata tree are known to inhibit one of the primary enzymes known to cause inflammation.2
Relief of Pain
There’s more good news when it comes to recent studies about Boswellia serrata. Researchers are finding it can help significantly reduce pain for people with certain chronic health issues.
Turns out, there’s a specific chemical compound in Boswellia serrata extract researchers singled out as being responsible for reducing pain.
According to the Natural Medicines Database, in a recent clinical trial, some patients experienced a significant reduction in joint pain of up to 65 percent.3
Protects Cartilage, Joints, and Helps Mobility
Cartilage is the strong, yet flexible connective tissue found in somewhat differing forms in the larynx, nose, ears, and in certain areas of your joints.
Over time, cartilage can get worn down or damaged pretty easily. It often acts as the cushion between the bones of your joints. When you experience cartilage damage, it’s often accompanied by joint pain, stiffness, or the inability to move with your usual full range of motion.
The following are just a few (very common) reasons you might be experiencing loss of cartilage or damage to your cartilage:
- Hormone loss
- Trauma or injury
- Poor skeletal alignment
- Side effects of medication
Boswellia serrata has begun to make waves in terms of protecting cartilage, therefore improving joint function and mobility.4 One study showed the extract was able to decrease glycosaminoglycan degradation. This is the very solution that keeps your cartilage in a healthy condition.5
Even if you can’t pronounce it…
As you can see, Boswellia serrata has a few incredibly beneficial properties. Often, nature really is the best doctor. And, as is true with Boswellia serrata, one powerhouse natural ingredient can go a long way to help you address all kinds of issues.
Of course, everybody’s different. But, give Boswellia serrata a shot and see if it works for you. Then, please do us a favor and leave a comment below.
Let us know if you try it out and how it works for you. It’s always great to keep our conversation about the most cutting edge remedies going.
1. Siddiqui M. Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Antiinflammatory Agent: An Overview. PubMed Central (PMC). 2016.
2. MZ S. Boswellia serrata, a potential antiinflammatory agent: an overview. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2016.
3. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Naturaldatabasetherapeuticresearchcom. 2016.
4. Boswellia Serrata An Overall Assessment Of In Vitro, Preclinical, Pharmacokinetic And Clinical Data. 1st ed.; 2011.
5. Kimmatkar, N. “Efficacy And Tolerability Of Boswellia Serrata Extract Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Of Knee – A Randomized Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial”. N.p., 2003. Print.