Boswellia, also known as Frankincense, is the aromatic gum resin from the bark of the tree boswellia serrata, found in Africa and Asia.
Boswellia has been used for thousands of years in natural medicines for healing.
Modern scientists have identified the specific active boswellic acids that are anti-inflammatory — Acetyl-11-keto-B-boswellic acids (AKBA).
Areas of the body that are prone to inflammation, like the mucosal linings (gut and respiratory tract) as well as bone joints, respond well to the anti-inflammatory properties of boswellia supplements.
A healthy mucosal lining of the gut is needed for immunological health, to absorb nutrients and deliver them to the bloodstream.
(Similarly, if the mucosal lining of the lungs and bronchi are inflamed, inflammatory lung disease can develop.)
An Optimized Boswellia Extract
BosPure is a clinically studied, standardized Boswellia gum resin extract, purified to increase the amount of anti-inflammatory AKBA boswellic acids and filter out practically all of the pro-inflammatory beta-boswellic acid compounds in Boswellia.
BosPure helps modulate the activity of the inflammatory enzyme 5-LOX (lipoxygenase), the key enzyme involved in the synthesis of leukotrienes. Certain inflammatory states including colitis (and bronchial asthma) are characterized by increased concentrations of leukotrienes.
BosPro by Euromedica is a standalone BosPure boswellia.
Many nutrition supplements combine boswellia with active components of turmeric, another time-tested anti-inflammatory herb. (See Curaphen for joint and natural pain relief.)
Boswellia Use in Europe
Boswellia is used as part of an integrative medicine treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Europe.
In Germany, patients with IBD place Boswellia serrata extract among the top three most beneficial complementary alternative medicine treatments along with probiotics and acupuncture.