Active cancer prevention?

Active cancer prevention?

Think Frankincense

At this time of year, you hear about frankincense as one of the gifts of the Magi. Do you realize why it was such a valuable gift? It’s still a gift to us today to stop inflammatory cellular damage, inhibit the destructive effects of oxidation, and even stop cancer and tumor growth.

This article from Terry Talks Nutrition provides information on how this great oil can help.


The fear of cancer is very real for many people. Maybe
that’s the case for you. Perhaps your family history, past work or home
environments, or even past lifestyle habits make you worried about what the
future holds and what you can do for active prevention. Or maybe you have
already dealt with this challenging disease and are in search of interventions
to better assure long term health.

Fortunately, Frankincense oil and boswellia can stop
inflammatory cellular damage, inhibit the destructive effects of oxidation, and
can stop cancer and tumor growth.

•        Stop
DNA-damaging inflammation and oxidation

•        Protect cells
throughout the body

•        Stop cancer
formation and tumor growth

•        Neutralize
cancer-causing compounds

When cancer develops, it can seem unstoppable. While it is
true that many factors can create the conditions for tumors, we can intervene.
Nature has presented us with a valuable gift to keep our cells healthy and to
stop the progression of cancer: frankincense oil from the boswellia tree. How
frankincense oil is different from boswellia extract and how they both work to
protect you from cancer is the topic of this article.

Frankincense and Boswellia

There are varying species of boswellia and they all provide
valuable natural medicines. Extracts from the resin of the trees and oils from
those resins contain different compounds, but they are both often referred to
by the same name: frankincense. To avoid confusion, I’ll refer to extracts of
the tree as “boswellia” and oil from the resin as either “frankincense” or
“frankincense oil.” The main thing to remember is that combining the extract
and oil can provide an incredibly strong defense against cancer.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil is the subject of intensive study for tumor
prevention. Interestingly, while frankincense is typically considered a Middle
Eastern herb (and is often associated as one of the gifts from the Magi to the
infant Christ child), it probably originated in East Africa and was also
known—through trade— in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine. In fact, both
countries continue to explore the uses of frankincense today, along with many
other nations that are examining the ways frankincense oil works to stop cancer

As it turns out, frankincense oil shows a variety of ways to
interfere with tumors. One laboratory study, comparing it to sandalwood oil,
found that frankincense oil works along an oxidative pathway to inhibit tumor
growth in bladder cancer cells (and only affected the cancer, without damaging
normal, healthy cells). This seems counterintuitive, because we tend to think
that all oxidative stress is always bad, all the time. But that’s not entirely
true—at least where cancer cells are concerned. A tumor cell wants to protect
itself against oxidative stress like any other healthy cell. Frankincense oil
interferes with the ability of tumor cells to effectively protect themselves
against oxidative stress and cell death.

Other work shows that frankincense oil can stop the
progression of breast cancer cells. In this case, the actions seem to be
slightly different. Frankincense oil suppresses the formation of the network of
breast cancer cells to the point where the researchers consider that the oil
“may be effective for advanced breast cancer.” Here, as in the case of the
bladder cancer research, the frankincense oil only affected the cancerous cells
and did no harm to healthy cell structures.

Similar results have been seen for pancreatic cancer cell
studies as well. I think this research is exciting because it shows consistency
in the actions of frankincense oil—it harms only cancer cells while leaving
normal cells untouched.

Aside from fighting cancer, compounds from frankincense oil
have been researched for liver and brain cell protection, and anti-inflammatory
abilities as a potential treatment for ulcerative colitis.

Boswellia Extract

An extract from Boswellia serrata (which I’ll simply refer to as “boswellia” from now on) is one of few, and certainly one of the most effective, inhibitors of 5-LOX inflammation. 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) enzyme activity leads to tumor formation and inflammatory digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular conditions.

One of the primary beneficial anti-inflammatory compounds in boswellia is AKBA, (acetyl-11- keto-B-boswellic acid). AKBA’s strength has been shown in laboratory studies that have found it can inhibit the replication of leukemia and prostate cancer cells, oral pathogens and bacteria, pain from osteoarthritis, and the release of NF-kB—a marker for many diseases, including clogged arteries.

Choosing the Right Frankincense Oil and Boswellia

For frankincense oil, I recommend a supercritical CO2 extract. This method uses carbon dioxide in liquid form, which is odorless, tasteless, and non-toxic. It works at extremely low temperatures to preserve sensitive plant constituents and avoid the risk of biologically active components being destroyed by oxidation and heat. It is a 100 percent natural way to keep highly-concentrated, active compounds in the extract, and makes them a very effective ingredient.

As I mentioned, one of boswellia’s most powerful components is AKBA (acetyl-11-keto- B-boswellic acid), which is why it is so often the focus of research and why I believe an extract standardized for AKBA content is essential. Beware though, as some extracts have artificially increased or “spiked” levels of the compound. I don’t think that’s a complete enough approach—there are other compounds in the plant that are beneficial, too.

However, I don’t believe that an unstandardized boswellia is the answer, either. First, it may have as little as 1 percent AKBA, which may diminish benefits a great deal. Secondly, one of the compounds in boswellia—beta-boswellic acid —is actually pro-inflammatory. Leaving beta-boswellic acid at its natural levels, as you’d find in unstandardized extracts can mean that up to 25 percent of the herb would have an inflammation-causing compound.

A balanced approach is best. I recommend looking for a boswellia extract that is standardized so that you’re getting at least 10 percent AKBA and virtually no beta-boswellic acids. This way, you get the best of both worlds—a true, complete boswellia with all of the good components you need with none of the disadvantageous amounts of beta-boswellic acid.

A Gift for Amazing Health

Frankincense oil has a long history, being cherished through the millennia for its healing power. I believe that frankincense oil, combined with boswellia extract, can help you strengthen your cells and stop the processes that can lead to tumor growth as well. Trust these wonderful botanical gifts from the boswellia tree to bring amazing health to you every day.

To stop inflammatory cellular damage, inhibit the destructive effects of oxidation, and stop cancer and tumor growth, I recommend taking a combination of Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract and Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) CO²  Extracted Gum Resin Oil 1-2 times daily.

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