Frankincense Boswellia Serrata
Frankincense is a particularly effective anti-inflammatory that has been used for centuries to relieve joint pain and improve mobility. It is used for inflammation and pain control, and new research confirms that the herb has been effective in relieving the aches and pains of arthritis, gout, lower back pain, rheumatism and osteoarthritis of the knee. The boswellic acids effectively shrink inflamed tissue by stimulating the growth of cartilage, increase blood supply to inflamed joints and enhance the repair of local blood vessels damaged by inflammation. Furthermore, the herb appears to be free of the effects commonly found in steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are usually prescribed for these problems, but acts in the same way by suppressing the spread of inflamed tissue and preventing the breakdown of connective tissue. This would make it an extremely useful supplement to improve mobility, without the after-effects of gastric irritation. Boswellic acids possess an anti-inflammatory action much like conventional non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and deactivates the hormonal triggers for inflammation and pain.