Boswellia reduces inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms, but can it also reverse osteoarthritis’ progression? Lets find out.
In 2018 a group of researchers conducted a four-month clinical trial to evaluate Boswellia serrata extract (BSE) as a treatment for osteoarthritis (OA). This study was longer than any other previous clinical trial on patients with knee OA. Its key finding is that increasing the potency of the Boswellia extract increases its ability to fight inflammation and arthritis. The end result, published in early 2019, was an improvement in physical and functional ability while also reducing pain and stiffness.
The study randomized 48 patients, aged 35-75, with OA of the knee into active and placebo groups. All participants were selected because they had a history of OA, and the pain in their knees that was difficult to bear on most days.
Background on Boswellia
Boswellic acids, especially one called AKBA, are powerful anti-inflammatories. They block an enzyme called 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) that breaks down polyunsaturated fatty acids in foods into leukotrienes, inflammatory molecules that attack joints and other tissues. Boswellia may help reduce cartilage damage in arthritis. andit also shows promise as a cancer treatment.
Various research studies show that derivatives of boswellic acids (BAs) are not all created equal, but all help reduce inflammation to one degree or another. Earlier clinical studies found boswellic acid‐containing products in combination with Curcumin C3 Complex® and ginger extract were better at reducing arthritis pain than individual supplements alone.
The bottom line is that Boswellia serrata, given three times a day, significantly reduced pain and stiffness and improved the joints of those taking it. Best of all, this study found there were no adverse effects.
Pain: Patients reported a 45-50% reduction in their pain levels, as judged on a 1-10 scale. While the placebo group reported only a 5-10% reduction.
Stiffness: The stiffness metric was measured by how far the participants could walk without pain in 6 minutes. For the patients taking Boswellia, they increased their distance by over a third, while the other group reported no change.
But the most significant change is seen in the image below. The patients taking Boswellia actually saw a reduction in bone spurs, and an increase in joint space.
Freedom Is The Answer
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