Boswellia and Inflammation

There is always something than can be said about the use of herbs to affect cures. Many of the aged generation have relied on the implied healing properties of these herbs.  More and more, modern medicine has incorporated the properties of these herbs as additives or base products in the development of drugs to fight various ailments. One such herb is Boswellia.

Boswellia plants favour tropical regions with little or no climatic change. The resin produced by these trees harness the healing properties of this plant. The resin is secreted naturally as a means of defence for the plant to protect it from insects, parasites and ruthless pathogens. Boswellia resin which contains essential oils, unique to the Boswellia plant acts as an anti- inflammatory agent.  The unique acids block the overproduction of cytokinetic activity in damaged tissues while enhancing blood flow to joints. This combination has been shown to ease stiffness in joints and increase mobility.

Many studies have shown that Boswellia is just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are the most commonly used treatment for issues of inflammation and chronic pain, but without the common side effect of bleeding in the stomach. Boswellia works through a different medium, acting as a mechanism to modulate the pro-inflammatory enzyme 5-lipoxygenase. In addition to the inhibition of the 5-lipoxgenase enzyme it also decreases the activity of HLE (human leukocyte elastase) another pro-inflammatory enzyme. HLE is associated with rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary emphysema, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis and acute respiratory distress syndrome, which are a few commonly known respiratory illnesses linked to inflammation.

HLE ((human leukocyte elastase) and Leukotriene levels release are significantly increased in many inflammatory diseases and allergic reactions. To date, the only anti-inflammatory compounds that have been found to inhibit both HLE and 5-LOX are derivatives of the Boswellia plant. With the application of the Boswellia properties derived from the Boswellia plant to cells, the results had the effect of decreasing the TNF-a-induced manifestation of cell adhesion and background metalloproteinase proteins, arthritis, cancer metastasis, biochemical that are related to harmful endothelial dysfunction, and other disease processes.

The numbers of inflammatory messages were vastly reduced including two of the most common that are elevated in an obese person. Studies also support the notion that the Boswellia plant derivatives can help protect the pancreas. As always any products not sanctioned by the FDA advises that you seek a physician’s advice before using.

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John Montague DC is the owner of WebVitamins. He is active in the industry and is currently president of the NPA East.

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