You might not instinctively reach for Frankincense and Turmeric when you're experiencing inflammation and pain but it turns out that the plants from which they derive are actually a common herbal cure for symptoms of conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. Before you resort to more abrasive painkillers like ibuprofen try Swanson Full Spectrum Boswellia & Curcumin.
You might better know Boswellia as a genus of tree from the Sapindale family. Its aromatic resin is often extracted and used as an odorous, fragrant scent - Frankincense. Most of us know Frankincense as one of the gifts given to Jesus by the three wise men in the nativity scene but it also holds powerful anti-inflammatory properties too. The flower, indigenous to Africa and Asia has actually been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
Curcumin is a yellow pigment most often found in the spice Turmeric and to a lesser extent Ginger (perhaps surprisingly, not cumin). Again, while its more common usage is to flavour and colour curries, it too holds a more secret and valuable purpose. It contains a polyphenol (flavonoid or antioxidant) called Curcuminoid which is another useful anti-inflammatory.
Unfortunately Curcumin has very poor bioavailability to our bodies and when ingested it tends to stay in the intestines - which is only really useful if your pain is localised to the guts. That is why we combine it with Boswellia. When affixed to another agent like piperine or boswellia, it can travel through the intestines and into the bloodstream to become a very effective anti-inflammatory and painkiller.
There are many causes of inflammation, a lot of which are little more than a natural reaction to injury or disease. When our body looks to expel viruses or bacteria from our systems, inflammation is the result.
However when our joints inflame through conditions such as :
The reaction is the release of a chemical which causes redness, swelling and localised pain. Injuries like ligament tears and sprains can also cause inflammation and discomfort and for those of us who experience these symptoms regularly, the constant use of medical grade painkillers like ibuprofen can take its toll on us.
Swanson Full Spectrum Boswellia & Curcumin is a completely natural, antioxidant heavy solution which doesn't result in irritation of your stomach lining and is 100% safe. Sourced and packaged at their indigenous locations, this ancient remedy has a longstanding history of relieving pain and inflammation when and where it counts.