Cancer touches all of us in some form or fashion, and while there is no cure for it, research emerges everyday suggesting the incredible preventative and healing powers of botanicals.
Because it turns off reactions of the immune system that drive up inflammation and swelling, boswellia is considered a natural treatment for cancer and capable of fighting pain in addition to inflammation. Boswellia serrata extract is so powerful that today it’s considered comparable to NSAID pain relievers (the leading type of chemical anti-inflammatory medications).
However, unlike over-the-counter or prescription medications that come along with all sorts of side effects, boswellia extract has been used safely and without complications for thousands of years. The chemical structure of boswellic acids closely resemble those of steroids — however their actions are different and do much more than mask symptoms. (1)
Sound too good to be true? Let’s take a look at how boswellia can help curb your pain, clear up respiratory or sinus infections fast, treat inflammatory bowel disease, and even protect you from cancer.
Among the valuable boswellia tree extracts that researchers have identified, several stand out as being most beneficial, including terpenes and boswellic acids, which are strongly anti-inflammatory and protective over healthy cells. Terpenes are strong-smelling chemicals found in certain plants, including some we associate with having antioxidant abilities, such as eucalyptus, basil, peppermint and citrus trees. (5)
Terpenes play a vital role in protecting the plants that contain them, since their strong aroma can fight off insect predators, defend plants from environmental stresses and act as building blocks for important chemical processes. In the human body, terpenes can do the same thing, lowering free radical damage and prolonging health.
Other chemical compounds have been identified in boswellia that naturally reduce the inflammatory response by controlling T-lymphocytes, especially one called AKBA (3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid). Although it works similarly to NSAID pain relievers, AKBA’s exact mechanisms of action are very different because they target different inflammatory enzymes. Because they’re better able to preserve the integrity of the stomach and gut lining, boswellia’s extracts cause less side effects and pose less risk for toxicity compared to NSAIDs. (6)
AKBA fights pain thanks in part to its ability to inhibit an enzyme called 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) and therefore shut down mechanisms of leukotrienes, which are inflammatory mediators produced by the process of oxidation (specifically of arachidonic acid). AKBA has shown to be effective against a large number of inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, bronchial asthma, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and cancer.
Another active component of boswellia is called incensole acetate, which has similar powers over lowering inflammatory reactions, especially those that target the brain and speed up cognitive decline. Studies show that incensole acetate is protective over neurons, fights the formation of tumors and has mood-enhancing benefits, making it a natural antidepressant and anti-anxiety compound.
Reduces Joint and Arthritis Pain
A study published in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database showed that boswellia extract can help reduce pain, swelling and trouble moving in people with arthritis or osteoarthritis (a common, chronic, progressive, skeletal, degenerative disorder, which commonly affects the knee joint) and other forms of inflamed joints. Some experienced a significant reduction in joint pain by up to 32 percent to 65 percent, which is comparable to prescription medications, showcasing boswellia’s ability as a natural arthritis treatment. (7)
Another study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology found that boswellia treated osteoarthritis symptoms such as knee pain, knee jerking and pain while walking significantly better than treatment with a placebo. Researchers concluded that the anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic activities of boswellia make it a promising treatment for decreasing knee pain, increasing knee flexion and increasing walking distances in those prone to frequent swelling in the knee joints. (8)
Frankincense oil, which is formed by purifying the resin taken from the trunk of the boswellia tree, has been used for thousands of years medicinally, as well in religious and cultural ceremonies. Today, research tell us that frankincense essential oil is strongly tied to cancer prevention. Frankincense is taken by many people around the world with no known side effects. It effectively targets cancer cells while preserving healthy cells, which is why it’s used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments by many holistic practitioners.
Research shows a link between AKBA and protection against brain, breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate and stomach cancers. The cancer-killing properties of boswellia extracts and frankincense oil are in part due to how they influence our genes to promote healing, plus how they curb serious side effects of cancer treatments. One of the most challenging and devastating things about battling cancer is suffering through the life-threatening and painful side effects that treatments like chemotherapy and radiation often cause, but boswellia shows promise for fighting these complications. (9)
For example, frankincense and boswellia extracts have been shown to fight joint pain, swelling in the brain, digestive complications and migraine headaches without destroying healthy cells that leave people vulnerable to infections. In addition to frankincense fighting cancer, it also supports the immune system in other ways by preventing infections, lowering inflammation, promoting hormonal balance, improving skin health and lowering anxiety (sometimes described as improving “spiritual awareness”).
Speeds Up Healing From Infections
Boswellia is capable of lowering severity of infections of the respiratory or sinus tracts, which means you can experience relief from coughing, colds, the flu or a sore throatfaster. Research shows boswellia also helps prevent allergies and asthma, eliminates phlegm in the lungs, and acts as an anti-inflammatory in the nasal passages, which makes it easier to breath.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, frankincense has been used as a natural remedy for improving blood circulation, speeding up healing time and in relieving pain from a variety of bacterial or viral infections, such as colds or the flu, leprosy or gonorrhea. Studies also show that boswellia is a natural antiviral and can help treat strong and serious viruses, such as the flu or those caused by insect bites. (10, 11)
Prevents Autoimmune Disease
One of the oldest uses of frankincense oil and boswellia is treating a variety of auotimmune ailments, especially common inflammatory diseases including asthma, arthritis and chronic bowel diseases. Boswellia interferes with autoimmune disease development, since it seems to help control the production of immunoglobulins, or antibodies, which are made by the immune system to fight potential threats: bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins.
The fact that boswellia has inhibitory actions that decrease production of leukotrienes has received high attention by researchers who study chronic inflammatory diseases that are rooted in increased leukotriene activity. As one study published in the International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology puts it, “At the end of the cascade of events in the cellular immune system, as far as it directs to various tissues of the body — i.e. autoimmune diseases — formation of oxygen radicals and proteases play an important destructive role … it’s not surprising that positive effects of boswellia in some chronic inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have been reported.” (12)
Your immune system constantly makes different types of antibodies to fight off various diseases (or “antigens“), but sometimes this process goes wrong and antibodies can actually be created that fight your very own bodily tissue, including healthy tissue that forms your organs. When this takes place, autoimmune disease occurs, which can affect nearly every system within the body.
Many studies have shown that boswellia helps treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and collagenous colitis. IBS is a term for a group of intestinal disorders that cause prolonged inflammation of the digestive tract, especially the bowel lining that’s important for normal nutrient absorption and waste elimination. IBS can also affect other parts of the digestive system, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Research shows that leukotrienes play a large role in igniting inflammation that disrupts normal bowel function.
Boswellia helps patients enter remission from IBS since it reduces inflammation/swelling associated with bowel diseases, restores normal bowel cell structures, improves stool properties significantly, and helps heal openings in the bowel wall. One study published in the European Journal of Medical Research found that 350 milligrams of boswellia extract given three times daily for six weeks resulted in patients experiencing improvements in all parameters tested. A whopping 82 percent of IBD patients went into remission, which was even more than the percentage of patients who were using the standard prescription for IBD called sulfasalazine! (13)
Similarly, supplementation with boswellia has been shown to be effective for facilitating remission in patients with collagenous colitis, another type of IBD that causes abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea and lots of discomfort. In a study done by the Department of Medicine at Medical College Jammu in India, boswellic acids were found to inhibit the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase, which is a major contributor to the disease. Twenty patients were given boswellia serrata (900 milligrams daily divided in three doses for six weeks), and at the end of the trial, 18 out of 20 patients showed an improvement in one or more of the parameters tested while 14 out of 20 went into remission. (14)
Boswellia (boswellia serrata) is a tree gum resin that has multiple health benefits. Also known as frankincense, it has been burned as incense in religious and cultural ceremonies for centuries. In today’s alternative health world boswellia is widely regarded as a potent anti-inflammatory nutrient, wherein its primary active ingredient, acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), inhibits the inflammatory enzyme 5-lipoxygenase. Excess 5-lipoxygenase is common in joint pain, allergies, respiratory conditions, and cardiovascular problems. A number of new studies give insights into boswellia, a unique nutrient, even expanding its potential usefulness.
Pain relief / inflammation
Managing pain and inflammation without the adverse side effects of prescription and OTC drugs is one of the great advantages of nutrition. The standardized extracts of Boswellia—an herb with a long medicinal history—offers one of the top choices in this regard. A human clinical trial with knee osteoarthritis confirms the benefits of Boswellia for joint health. Another study confirms its ability to disband problematic germ gangs. A number of studies demonstrate its anti-inflammatory benefits in a variety of health situations.
The knee osteoarthritis study was a double blind, randomized, placebo controlled 90-day study involving 60 people. It tested two different standardized Boswellia extracts, both of which were found to produce statistically significant improvement in pain and joint mobility. The association of joint pain and obesity is a common finding. Researchers now know that it isn’t just the extra weight causing mechanical wear and tear. There appear to be common inflammation mechanisms causing both joint destruction and obesity. One emerging culprit is excessive amounts of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). LPS is generated as bacteria sheath off their outer wall. Overweight individuals typically have imbalanced digestive bacteria making larger-than-normal amounts of LPS, which enter the general circulation and trigger inflammation, including joint inflammation. Another new study shows that boswellia can directly attach itself to toxic LPS, preventing the LPS from doing anything inflammatory. This is a novel way that boswellia reduces inflammation and is of particular value for individuals who are overweight and experiencing joint pain.
We are now in an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, many people who persist in this condition also develop type 1 diabetes, because their pancreas gets too inflamed and tired out from having to try to make insulin all the time. Another recent study shows that boswellia was able to prevent the rise in blood sugar due to toxin-induced type 1 diabetes. Boswellia protected the insulin producing cells in the pancreas from damage. It reduced a number of inflammatory messages, including two of the most common that are elevated when a person is overweight (IL-6 and TNFa). This study supports the idea that boswellia can help protect the pancreas.
In an animal experiment of intentionally induced free radical damage, boswellia reduced the amount of damage in the liver by 80 percent and in the heart by 50 percent. The researchers demonstrated potent anticoagulant properties, significantly reducing platelet aggregation. Preventing your blood from getting too sticky is vital to healthy circulation and stroke prevention. Boswellia not only lowers factors in your blood that promote stickiness, but it also has a direct impact on the rate of clotting. In this study it extended the prothrombin time on par with heparin. This study supports the use of boswellia as part of your blood health team.
One of the hot topics in cancer research is the subject of epigenetics. Epigenetics deals with the topic of how genes are expressed, rather than a true genetic malfunction based on a change to the DNA sequence. Researchers studying epigenetics now realize the power of environment and nutrition to influence gene function and thus cancer risk. New research shows that boswellia is another nutrient that can influence epigenetic function. Working with colon cancer cells researchers found that boswellia changed epigenetic function so that tumor suppressor genes started functioning again.
Boswellia has been shown to reduce inflammation and free radical damage. Specifically, it is shown to reduce inflammatory nitric oxide (iNOS), thereby helping asthma sufferers improve their health. In patients undergoing radiation therapy for brain tumors, boswellia significantly reduced inflammatory swelling and edema in the brain . Inflammatory processes typically promote the spreading of cancer. Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center found that Boswellia deactivates the key receptor on cancer cells (pancreatic and breast cancer cells were tested) that allows the cancer to spread and invade. Another recent study on mice with implanted tumors found that Boswellia reduced tumor size and increased survival time. A detailed analysis of the Boswellia-treated tumors showed that Boswellia activated gene signals that caused tumor cell death. The researchers concluded, “The present study sheds light on the potent antitumor property of the boswellic acid and can be extended further to develop therapeutic protocols for treatment of cancer.”
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