Joint Health – Boswellia serrata

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Today’s topic:
Joint Health – Boswellia serrata

Extracts of the herb Boswellia serrata may also provide support for maintaining a healthy immune balance within joints. In studies published recently in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Boswellia serrata extracts reduce the severity of experimentally induced joint conditions in animals by modulating the release of the immune system intercellular messenger cytokine, interleukin-1ß.16,17 By forcing the immune system to maintain the status quo, Boswellia serrata can aid in achieving comfortable, properly-functioning joints.

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References:
16. Banno N, Akihisa T, Yasukawa K, Tokuda H, Tabata K, Nakamura Y, Nishimura R, Kimura Y, Suzuki T. Anti-inflammatory activities of the triterpene acids from the resin of Boswellia carteri. J Ethnopharmacol 2006;107:249-253.
17. Fan AY, Lao L, Zhang RX, Zhou AN, Wang LB, Moudgil KD, Lee DY, Ma ZZ, Zhang WY, Berman BM. Effects of an acetone extract of Boswellia carterii Birdw. (Burseraceae) gum resin on adjuvant-induced arthritis in Lewis rats. J Ethnopharmacol 2005;101:104-109.