Boswellia Serrata for Joint HealthMany people suffer from joint pain. Even those who are in good physical condition can deal with it from time to time. On top of that, millions of adults wind up with some form of arthritis as they get older, and it can be quite debilitating. When joint pain flares up, you want relief as soon as possible. Unfortunately, too often we turn to NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) to reduce inflammation and pain, thinking that these are our only option. Sadly, NSAIDS can cause interactions with other drugs and leave you with uncomfortable side effects such as dizziness, nausea, digestive upset, and dry mouth. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then read on.

Boswellia, commonly known as frankincense, refers to the resin from the Boswellia serrata tree. This tree is native to India and its resin and extracts have long been used for its medicinal purposes. There are many Boswellia species that have their own healing properties. Boswellia serrata is one type that is highly valued in Ayurveda, a traditional-and popular-system of healing from India. Boswellia serrata extracts can be used as an effective anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and immune system booster. In general, Boswellia has been shown to be beneficial for people with asthma, depression, anxiety, Crohn's disease, and diarrhea. The resin can even be used externally for sores and wounds on the skin.

While there is so much information that we could cover when it comes to Boswellia, this article will center on joint health. More specifically, how Boswellia serrata extract can help reduce joint pain, promote healthy connective tissue, and improve joint comfort and mobility without side effects.

Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?

Inflammation is our body's way of responding to irritation, infections, or disorders of the immune system. It manifests in our joints as pain, swelling, stiffness, or reduced range of motion.  Leukotrienes are a type of chemical produced by our cells that can create inflammation in our body. Many diseases are caused by these leukotrienes including arthritis and rheumatism-or pain in the joints.

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Here is where Boswellia comes in. According to researchers, “Boswellia has shown to be a specific inhibitor of leukotrienes. It acts by blocking the synthesis of leukotrienes and...inhibiting inflammation and shrinking the inflamed tissue which is the primary cause of pain and discomfort in many cases.” Many consider Boswellia to be comparable to NSAIDS as a pain reliever.

Another randomized double blind placebo controlled trial put Boswellia up against osteoarthritis of the knee. Half of the patients participating in the study received a Boswellia serrata extract and the rest received a placebo for 8 weeks. Boswellia performed very well. All of the patients that received the Boswellia serrata extract reported less knee pain, less swelling, and increased mobility of their knee.

The research done on Boswellia serrata is quite promising for those suffering from joint pain. The fact that it is well-tolerated by most people and has not been shown to lead to any serious side-effects makes it a great drug-free option. Some other great options that can support your body against inflammation and promote health are stretching, getting daily movement, resting as needed, and making healthy diet modifications like eating more fruits and vegetables. These lifestyle habits, along with taking a supplement containing Boswellia Serrata Extract, like Nujuvena Joint Support, are an excellent way to keep your joints healthy and pain free.

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