APRIL 9, 2018 BOSWELLIA

When I think of Boswellia , I think of anti inflammatory properties. The latin name for frankincense is Boswellia serata. This conjures up its use in ceremony and rituals.  Often you read that Boswellia is used for gastrointestinal ailments , mood issues, respiratory ailments and even wound healing. 

The inflammatory pathway that Boswellia uses is the 5-LOX pathway ( 5-lipooxygenase)  It has been studied for its use in cancer - it has been shown to up- regulate ( turn on ) tumor suppressing genes , while turning off or down regulating tumor promoting genes. 

The anti cancer compound in Boswellia is AKBA ( acetyl-11-keto-B boswellic acid ) It has been shown in a 2016 study to be a very potent anti cancer compound in the Boswellia family

Until tomorrow...