There has been much in the news recently regarding tumeric and it’s anti-inflammatory and pain modulating component curcumin, but an often overlooked supplement comes from the beautiful plant Boswellia. Boswellia works synergistically with curcumin for arthritis pain and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well as may help to improve respiratory conditions.
Boswellia ,also known as, Indian Frankinsence, comes from the gum resin of the bark of the plant. This resin contains a compound,terpenes, which help to block 5-lipoxygenase which leads to inflammation. It also modulates several, NF-kB, 5-LOX, ICAM-1, inflammatory proteins.
There have been studies of the use of Boswellia in Ulcerative Colitis (Gupta, 2001), Chron’s Disease(Gerhardt 2001), and Collagenous Colitis(Madisch,2007) all 3 showing positive results. Doses varied from 400mg three times a day up to 1200mg three times a day.
For Osteoarthritis most studies have used 333mg three times per day and titrated up to 1200mg three times per day. Boswellia works well with supplements of curcumin with boipterene 750mg twice daily taken with food.
Finally, Boswellia may have benefits in asthma. This is due to it’s ability to modulate inflammatory proteins, leukotrienes, which afffect the lung in asthma. The usual dose is 333mg three times daily.
Side effects are few, but gastric irritation has been reported, and the supplement is NOT FOR USE IN PREGNANCY