Boswellia Serrata

Does Boswellia help with arthritis pain?  Is it safe?

First, from WebMD, Osteoarthritis. Some studies show that taking certain extracts of Indian frankincense (5-Loxin, ApresFLEX, formerly known as Aflapin) can reduce pain and improve mobility in people with osteoarthritis in joints. Research shows that it might decrease joint pain by 32% to 65%.(1)

The most common type of frankincense used for pain is Boswellia serrata.

According to WebMD the side effects of Boswellia Indian frankincense is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth for up to six months.  Indian frankincense is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin for up to 30 days. It usually does not cause important side effects. However, some people who took it reported stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea. When applied to the skin, it can cause allergic rash.(1)

According to Superfoods Scientific Research: Side effects from  are rare. Side effects of boswellic acids include abdominal discomfort nausea, epigastric pain, hyperacidity and diarrhea. Unlike pharmaceutical corticosteroids which inhibit leukotriene synthesis,  boswellia exhibit no significant side effects or toxicity. In clinical trials of pharmaceutical grade standardized boswellia serrata extract, no serious side effects have been reported.(2)

Combined with curcumin: Curcumin has also been explored for other inflammatory diseases. It dropped inflammatory cytokines by 62 percent in colon cancer victims, and reduced obesity-associated inflammation. Curcumin may represent a more effective and safer modality for pain management.

Boswellia also exhibits significant anti-inflammatory properties and treats pain without side-effects. In one study, boswellia reduced the pain index by 90 percent, with a dramatic increase in function. Asthmatics showed improvement in symptoms and lung function, and reduced allergic blood cells. Nearly 70 percent of ulcerative colitis patients went into remission with boswellia, compared to only 40 percent on standard meds. Osteoarthritis patients showed superior benefits from a combination of curcumin and boswellia compared to CelebrexR. (3)

So far I have found nothing but good things about this natural pain remedy. Though I must say for honesty’s sake, there is not a lot of research out yet on these supplements. I am going to give it a try and will let you know how things work out.

I have not yet found a supplement that combines the two in an easy-to-swallow form that I can trust. If you know of any, please feel free to share it here.







Today’s words will be about friendship. We all need friends, right? I don’t think anyone will disagree that having a good support group is beneficial to our emotional health. It can also do wonders for your physical health. Start a walking group, join a gym with a buddy or even make a pledge to do more exercising and have a friend to be accountable to, someone who will help you stay on track. As for emotional health, just having someone to talk to gives you a precious release to too much ‘aloneness’.

Yes, you can have too much aloneness. Being by yourself sometimes can help you recharge and de-stress. But always being alone can lead to depression and illness. If you don’t have family or friends, go out and find them. Find something that interests you, knitting, drawing, quilting, writing, whatever it is there are classes or groups you can join and meet like-minded people. Or just send me a note. I would like to get to know you.

Always remember, to have good friends, you have to BE a good friend. Leave out the gossip, back-biting, judging, any mean things. They are not productive and can lead to bitterness and loss of friendships. Share happy things and joy. Don’t try to monopolize the conversation, remember your friend needs someone to talk to also.

Do something today to improve your emotional health. Find a good church to attend, take a class at your local community college, believe me there are people of all ages there, if you are a senior like me join your local senior center, join the YWCA. Whatever your interest, join them. Then send me a note telling me how it worked out for you. Have a beautiful day.  Already have a group of friends? Nurture that friendship, invite them along to events you share an interest in. Give them a call just to see how they are doing. Bake them some cookies. And most importantly, listen.

Eating healthy to boost your brain function

For healthy memory function, the best defense is a good offense. Feed your body the things it needs for maximum protection of your memory and brain function. Each part of our bodies has its own function and its own nutritional needs. If your body does not get the proper nutrients, it will eventually fail. For a long life with a healthy body, we must eat right. Do not think of eating as something we must enjoy, but as something we must do to strengthen our bodies and its functions.

There are foods that need to be avoided or limited for a healthy body.

  1. White foods
  2. Beer
  3. Processed meats, cheeses
  4. Microwave popcorn

Not a surprise. We have all heard that we need to limit these foods, not just for weight-loss, but also to control your blood-sugar, and to limit the “bad nutrition” in our bodies that causes inflammation.

If we want to support our bodies and encourage good nutrition and protect our memory (brain), we need to focus on these nutritious foods. We then should focus on added more colorful vegetables to encourage a stronger inflammation-fighting response.

Start with these important food:

  1. Dark-skinned fruit, berries
  2. Coffee and chocolate (dark is best)
  3. Coconut oil, cold-pressed virgin
  4. Leafy green vegetables (collards, turnip greens, etc..)
  5. Cold-water fish, salmon
  6. Extra virgin olive oil

With the myriad ways to incorporate these and more fruits and veggies in smoothies or hide them in other dishes it should not be too hard to add these nutritious foods to your diet.

Beware of Pink Solution Products. Changes are coming

If you use Pink Solution because you are sensitive to fragrance and other chemical additives to other laundry or cleaning product, be aware that Pink Solution has decided to add petroleum-based fragrances to some of their products. There will still be fragrance-free products, but they will be made in the same factory as the fragrance-added products. Concetta La Marca on the Creation of a Fragrance-Free Environment Everywhere (COFFEE!) facebook page stated: “I don’t recall who, but someone in this group had posted something about Pink Solution now adding essential oils to their product and to call the company to protest. I called, they are in North Vancouver not far from where I live. I spoke to a very nice employee who was very honest. She told me they will not be adding essential oils, but it gets worse. They are not adding essential oils because they won’t work in their product, what they will be adding is chemical fragrance petroleum based. She told me they are in the process of beginning to manufacture a fragranced line that will be manufactured in the same facility. I told her this is not good news, and asked her to pass my concerns to the company heads, told her 35 percent of us have adverse reactions to scent, that clean has no fragrance or smell, that clean is neutral, mentioned Dr. Anne Steinemann, mentioned concern about cross contamination. She was very sympathetic and admitted to me that she is among the 35%, and that she too is not happy with her company’s decision to manufacture this scented line of Pink Solution. Way to contaminate a previously safe(ish) product. I told her they lost my business and will be losing several other customers as a result. She understood.” I am still searching for a truly safe and fragrance-free company that sells safe cleaning and laundry products. Please let me know of any company, products that I can test.