Boswellia: What is it?


Boswellia is the genus of small deciduous trees that are native to warm areas of Asia and Africa where the humidity is high and the seasons do not change. (The term “deciduous” refers to trees or shrubs that shed their bark or lose their leaves annually.) 

A boswellia tree can vary in height from 6 feet to over 26 feet, with one or more trunks. And its bark has the texture of paper that can be removed easily. 

Trees of this genus have compound leaves with an odd number of leaflets, which grow opposite to one another along its branches. The trees’ yellowish flowers are small, and the fruit is a capsule about 1 cm long. 

There are four main species of boswellia. It is believed that the Biblical incense “frankincense” was probably an extract from the resin, or sap, of one of these species, boswellia sacra. 

But, it’s the gum resin of another species of the tree—boswellia serrata—that has been traditionally recognized as a soothing agent, helping to support joint and muscle comfort and function. 

In fact, the resin of this particular species has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India, and for centuries by natives of China, to promote comfortable joints and ease stiffness. 

Recent studies have shown that modern extracts of boswellia serrata may provide powerful benefits in promoting joint comfort and mobility. 

During extensive analysis, a compound of boswellia serrata called 3-0-acetyl-11-keto-beta boswellic acid (or AKBA) was identified. And, it’s this AKBA compound that many experts believe holds the key to the soothing health benefits of this particular tree.

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After the compound was identified, a team of scientists then developed a method to produce an extract that provides 30% AKBA. This extract, called Boswellia 10X, is a ten times concentrated form of boswellic acid.

Research shows Boswellia 10X can be a powerful weapon against 5-LOX—a key enzyme associated with joint discomfort and stiffness. The extract also supports healthy cartilage by reducing the production of an enzyme called MMP3 that collects in the fluid surrounding your joints. In studies, 250 mg of Boswellia 10X was shown to be effective in reducing MMP3 and improving joint function and mobility.

Our ArthroZyme Plus includes the research dose of Boswellia 10X, along with other natural ingredients, to keep your joints comfortable and flexible.