What is Boswellia?

Boswellia serrata (frankincense) is a dietary supplement that may have some benefits for muscle, joint and tendon health, as well as healthy digestion and respiration.

Boswellia serrata (frankincense)

Boswellia serrata, commonly known as frankincense, is a branching tree found in India, northern Africa and the Middle East. Beneath the Boswellia bark is a gummy resin. This resin contains substances that can decrease pro-inflammatory chemicals in various parts of the body.* Extracts of Boswellia resin are used in integrative medicine to support muscle, joint and tendon health, and for healthy digestion and respiration.*

Should I consider taking a Boswellia dietary supplement?

Boswellia appears to offer several possible health benefits.* It can provide relieve from occasional aches and soreness in muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, as demonstrated in a study involving healthy rugby players experiencing knee stress.* Evidence also suggests that Boswellia promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract.*

What are the dietary sources of Boswellia?

There are no dietary sources of Boswellia. The extract is not used in cooking because of its pungent, soap-like taste. Boswellia is taken as a dietary supplement.

How can a Boswellia dietary supplement affect my health?

Supplemental Boswellia can support your health in several ways:

  • Helps maintain a healthy balance of pro-inflammatory chemicals in muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments, as well as the digestive tract and respiratory tract*
  • Provides relief from occasional aches and soreness*
  • Supports easy breathing*
  • Helps maintain a healthy balance of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the intestinal lining*
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