Boswellia serrata – also known as Indian Frankincense – has been used in Ayurveda to support healthy joint function for thousands of years.
Traditionally, it was understood to support healthy blood flow to the joints while breaking up scar tissue surrounding the joints.
In a recent study, boswellia was found to support healthy mobility and pain management in osteoarthritic knees by inhibiting an inflammatory enzyme called 5-lipooxygenase. (1)
In this study, 75 patients ages 40 to 80 with mild to moderate osteoarthritis were randomly assigned to ingest either 250 mg/day of boswellia extract or a placebo, for 90 days.
By the end of the study, the group taking the boswellia noted significant changes in pain and mobility. There was also a healthy balancing in an enzyme that degrades healthy cartilage, which causes scar tissue production. (1,2)
Without joint inflammation and cartilage breakdown, healthy blood flow can reach the joints and support healthy and optimal joint function.
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