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.