Boswellia serrata (also known as Indian Frankincense) is a herbal extract from the Boswellia serrata tree that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. AKBA – the primary component of the extract – has a chemical formula C30H50O4 and is known for its powerful antioxidant effects.
Boswellia Serrata Extract Benefits and Uses
Boswellia serrata – Indian Frankincense – is taken as a dietary supplement primarily for its perceived effects in supporting healthy joints and improving overall bone and connective tissue health.
Boswellia has four main acidic compounds that are thought to produce its benefits – especially related to immune supportive effects. The most important of these is AKBA (Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid). Our Boswellia Serrata extract is standardized to 40+% AKBA.
Boswellia serrata is known by a number of alternative names including:
- Salai guggul
- Indian Olibanum
- Indian frankincense
- Ru Xiang
As a dietary supplement, Boswellia serrata is likely safe for adults. It is possibly effective for supporting healthy joints and connective tissue.
Warning: Do not take if pregnant or nursing. Mild side effects including nausea and diarrhoea have also been reported when taking Boswellia serrata as a dietary supplement.