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The Potential Benefits of Boswellia

Discover the potential benefits of Boswellia as we explore the various advantages that this natural extract may offer for your health.

What is Boswellia?

Boswellia also goes by the name of Indian frankincense. The Boswellia Serrata tree is known for its richly fragrant resin.

What are the potential health benefits of Boswellia?

Traditional Persian medical textbooks describe its use for Alzheimer’s, with recent evidence backing this claim. The Persian medical textbooks also suggest use for asthma [i]. Boswellia is available in the form of extracted resin, capsules, tablets or creams for applying to skin.

Method of therapeutic action for Boswellia

Boswellia blocks the pathways which make leukotriene molecules, which are signaling molecules to our body’s cells to create inflammation[ii]. Constituents such as triterpenoids and beta-Boswellic acid also have inflammatory action[iii].


As one of Boswellia’s main properties is its anti-inflammatory actions, this makes this botanical extract an effective painkiller and to prevent the loss of cartilage which commonly leads to the development of joint diseases such as arthritis. Resins from trees of Boswellia serrata, have been used for arthritis and other diseases in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times in India where it is termed Shallaki or Salai [iv]. Recent studies suggest Boswellia to be of benefit for osteoarthritis [v] [vi]. Popular use also includes rheumatoid arthritis [vii].

Controlling inflammation

Boswellia controls inflammation to reduce the immune response associated with restricted airways. For example, it helps to regulate the production of inflammatory cytokines, which are cell signaling molecules instructing the body to create inflammation. Evidence from studies validate Boswellic acid effect on airway inflammation, which causes breathing difficulties in autoimmune conditions[viii].

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Due to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties, Boswellia may be effective in treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) [ix]

Other claims

Boswellic acid supports apoptosis, the natural end of a normal cell cycle. Correct management of apoptosis is associated with resilience to cancer [xi] [xii].

Boswellia appears to have synergistic effects with curcumin from turmeric for added anti-cancer activity [xiii].

Safety and possible interactions

Boswellia may have additive effects to medication, especially medication intended to reduce inflammation. Please check with your prescribing GP prior to supplementation [xiv].

Recommended For

Irritable Bowel Syndrome , Arthritis (Osteo) , Rheumatoid Arthritis

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