Anti-inflammatory Herb-Boswellia

Boswellia is one of the main ingredients in several FlameEz? remedies. Boswellia is a significant herb in the Ayurvedic system of health and healing and is mainly used for its anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic properties. Historically, it has been recommended by Ayurvedic physicians for a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diarrhea, dysentery, pulmonary disease, and ringworm.

Dried extracts of the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree contain anti-inflammatory triterpenoids called boswellic acids. All boswellic acids have a pentacyclic structure based on 12-ursen-24-oic acid with differing substituents.

According to scientific and clinical research, Boswellia:

Inhibits proinflammatory 5-lipoxygenase and blocks leukotriene synthesis*
Improves blood supply to the inflamed tissues and helps to repair damaged blood vessels*
Interferes with enzymes that contribute to inflammation and pain*
Helps to reduce joint aching and stiffness*
Blocks white cell activity in damaged tissue*
Improves symptoms of ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), including abdominal pains, loose stools, and mucus and blood in the stools*
Reduces fluid retention associated with tumors*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.


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