Ingredient Spotlight: Anti-Inflammatory Power of Boswellia Serrata
Boswellia, or Indian frankincense, is a resin herbal extract from the boswellia tree, which natural medicine practices have used for centuries. Its anti-inflammatory effects mean that it may help with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma.
Boswellia and its active ingredients, such as boswellic acid, appear to have a good anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Recent suggest the use of boswellia in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Inflammation around the joints is the leading cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms. Many treatments for RA, which include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids, focus on reducing inflammation. Boswellia appears to be effective in reducing inflammation, so it may also lessen the symptoms of RA.
The Arthritis Foundation recommend boswellic acid capsules as a potential therapy for RA, as well as for osteoarthritis. The authors of a 2019 study suggested that an active extract of boswellia may help reduce inflammation in people with RA.