What Are the Benefits of Boswellia Supplements on Alzheimer’s Patients?

Benefits of Boswellia Supplements on Alzheimer’s Patients?

September is World Alzheimer’s Month as declared by Alzheimer’s Disease International. Although some diseases can cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for over 80% of dementia cases. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are ways to delay its onset, slow its progress or treat the debilitating symptoms that have already occurred.

There is a Stigma Around Alzheimer’s Disease

 Alzheimer’s Disease often brings up ideas of elderly people becoming forgetful and disoriented. But as the disease progresses, it becomes more and more severe and is eventually fatal. Often, people have difficulty imagining themselves as a population at a higher risk of cognitive decline or accepting the severity of future decline for themselves or a family member. Keeping a healthy way of living is the most practical way of preventing dementia. But none of us are equal in terms of health and risks. If you have been “diagnosed”, getting early treatment is the best way to postpone the most harmful effects of the disease. By delaying diagnosis, people are losing months or years of quality life and reducing the ability to plan for the future. Those who are close to Alzheimer’s patients have a tendency to distance themselves. It can be difficult to see a friend or relative begin to lose their memory in severe ways. Forgetting what day or month it is can be joked about, but a parent forgetting that you are their child is devastating. The Alzheimer’s patient needs human contact and many sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease experience loneliness because it becomes too hard for friends and family to be around a person they barely recognize and cannot converse with.

Crunching Numbers

 Over 55 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia, 80% of which is caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050 that number is expected to rise to 139 million. Staggeringly, two people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 3 seconds worldwide. Although people under 65 can get Alzheimer’s disease, it is rare and only affects 5-6% of Alzheimer’s patients. Over the age of 65, this risk of diagnosis doubles every 5 years. In the United States, Alzheimer’s is one of the top 10 causes of death, and worldwide Alzheimer’s treatments cost over $1.3 trillion US. Over 80% of people are concerned that they may develop dementia or Alzheimer’s at some point in their life, yet not many people know what to do to help prevent it. Promoting brain health through things like exercise, nutrition, and supplements like Boswellia extracts can slow the progress of the disease.

Boswellia Supplements and Preventing Alzheimer’s

Some studies have shown a high correlation between inflammation in the brain, the chance of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the speed at which it progresses. During a recent study, we tested a standardized extract of Boswellia serrata in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study on 85 mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease patients. The results revealed a reduction of inflammation and improvement of memory after 6 months of treatment.  

There are many ways to reduce inflammation in the body and Memowell Boswellia extract supplements have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Memory gaps and true cognitive decline can be hard to differentiate. But you can take preventive actions now and every day. Stay active socially and physically, sleep well, eat healthily and complement your diet with supplements. These little things can make a world of difference in preventing memory issues and in alleviating some cognitive struggles.

Don’t wait until it is too late, small habits can help you stay healthy longer.

What is Brain Fog and How to Prevent It

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In this post, we discuss the common concern of brain fog, including what it is and how to prevent it.

For some, brain fog might feel like a thick cloud hanging over their heads. For others, it might feel more like fatigue, sluggishness, and hangover-like symptoms with increased difficulty making decisions, concentrating, focusing, and remembering details.

Many people attempt to combat these symptoms by consuming caffeinated beverages like coffee and energy drinks. While this can provide temporary relief, the underlying cause often remains masked and is therefore not properly addressed.

When we use the term “brain fog,” it may seem like a casual description, but it is actually a complex set of symptoms associated with various diseases and conditions.

There are many contributors to brain fog, including:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Gut issues
  • Food sensitives/allergies
  • And more

What is Brain Fog?

Technically, brain fog is not deemed a medical condition, though it can significantly interfere with one’s ability to perform daily activities.

Brain fog is categorized by cognitive symptoms including:

  • Trouble focusing/concentrating
  • Severe fatigue throughout the day
  • Inability to sleep
  • Frequent headaches
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Short-term memory loss
  • An overall feeling like the brain is not working optimally

What Causes Brain Fog?

Brain fog shows up in many ways, but the root cause is simple: inflammation.

In the brain, inflammation can hinder energy production and the ability of neurons to efficiently communicate with each other. This means the neurons will start to fire more slowly, resulting in a slower processing of information. This makes it harder to think and focus.

Inflammation can further increase in the brain when microglial cells (the brain’s immune cells – a.k.a. the clean-up crew) are not able to clean up the “gunk” efficiently, since there is a greater number of non-functioning or dead neurons on top of other debris to be removed.

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This also puts you at a greater risk for depression and anxiety because it renders you unable to process emotions effectively.

To reduce brain fog, it is important for us to recognize that it is a by-product of inflammation. You can then start to make positive changes and attempt to reduce some symptoms or remove the fog all together.

Inflammation itself has a lot of potential causes. We will discuss a few of these points in detail below, but here is a brief list:

• Dehydration
• Lack of sleep
• Stress/anxiety
• Excess sugar intake
• Medications
• Allergies
• Caffeine
• Toxins
• Nutrient deficiencies

How to Combat the Inflammation Behind Brain Fog?

Sleep

Not getting enough and good-quality sleep can have a major effect on your ability to function the following day.

When our bodies achieve a deep restorative sleep, the microglial cells in the brain (mentioned above) function most optimally. If they are not given the time and ability to perform their important functions of cleaning out toxins that accumulate during the day, it can leave a build-up. This can lead to trouble focusing in the days to follow.

Improve your sleep hygiene:

  • Room temperature: The body sleeps best when the temperature is lower at night compared to during the day.
  • Blue light: Blue light is the light reflected by our electronic devices and is shown to reduce melatonin secretion (our sleep hormone) by twice as much as regular light. Use blue light blocking glasses during the day and avoid screen time at least 30-60 mins before going to bed.
  • Reset Circadian Rhythm: Avoid caffeine (especially after 2 pm) and avoid naps during the day.

Gut Brain Axis

There is a major connection between the brain and gut known as the Gut-Brain-Axis and has been the topic of many recent research projects. Often what is happening in the gut reflects what is happening in the brain, and vice versa.

Over 75% of the immune system and over 70% of serotonin is produced in our gut. There are billions and billions of bacteria (microflora/microbiome) in our gut, which needs to be robust to digest and absorb nutrients that help reduce inflammation.

The greater diversity of these bacteria which will result in the ability to control inflammation and produce feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.

Improve Gut-Brain Axis Health

Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Try:

  • Berries
  • Fish
  • Green veggies
  • Dark chocolate

Increase the diversity of food you introduce to your microbiome to ensure you absorb nutrients (fibre, pro/prebiotics) since nutrient deficiencies can also lead to brain fog. Try:

  • Whole grains
  • Bananas
  • Soybeans
  • Green veggies

Stimulating the Vagus nerve. The Vagus nerve allows for the communication between the brain to the gut and has implications in heart health, brain health, digestion and more. When stimulated, inflammation in the gut and brain is decreased.

Some ways to stimulate the Vagus nerve include:

  • Breathing
  • Meditation exercises

Herbs

  • Turmeric: Has anti-inflammatory properties and is readily available. Its active component, curcumin, is utilized as a natural solution to many health conditions.
  • Chamomile: Has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. Also prepares the body for sleeping by increasing calmness and relaxation. Many utilize chamomile in tea form as a warm and tasty beverage before bed!
  • Boswellia: One of the most potent anti-inflammatory herbs available, boswellia is used for on brain health and overall body inflammation. Fun fact: Our proprietary boswellia extract, K-Vie™, is the key ingredient in all our products, including Strowell Brain Health!

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Strowell Brain Health is the perfect natural supplement for individuals looking to improve brain and neuronal health for everyday use. This product improves:

  • Brain and vision health
  • Cognitive function
  • Mental fatigue

Learn more about Strowell to see if it is right for you!

How Does Boswellia Help with Joint Pain?

How Does Boswellia Help with Joint Pain?

In this post we discuss what boswellia is and how it helps with joint pain.

What is Joint Pain and How Does it Arise?

Joints naturally deteriorate with age, use, and normal wear and tear. Though it can be considered a normal part of life, it does not mean that it isn’t uncomfortable.

One in five Canadians experience painful and inflamed joints. This can greatly hinder one’s ability to perform basic tasks such as walking, jumping, sitting, and climbing.

The most common type of joint pain is called osteoarthritis, which refers to the deterioration and associated pain experienced with the overuse of joints. When our joints are overused, it can not only affect the bones involved, but also the many other structures that make up a joint, including:

  • Cartilage
    • Normally: Absorbs any tension that occurs with movement, allowing easy and pain-free joint movement
    • Osteoarthritis Patients: Thins and breaks down
  • Tendons
    • Normally: Attaches muscle to bone
    • Osteoarthritis Patients: Can become inflamed and tender, contributing to joint pain and discomfort. This is also known as tendonitis
  • Ligaments
    • Normally: Attaches bone to bone
    • Osteoarthritis Patients: Shorten and therefore lose flexibility over time, contributing to joint stiffness
  • Synovial Fluid
    • Normally: Lubricates and allows for easy joint movements
    • Osteoarthritis Patients: Levels decrease, which results in less lubrication for our joints to move freely and pain-free

What is Boswellia and How Does it Help Joint Pain?

Since the beginning of time, humans have valued plant products for health and wellness. Boswellia was among the few natural resins used for these reasons, in addition to playing an important cultural role. In Ayurveda, or ‘The Mother of All Healing” medicinal practice in Indian culture, boswellia is recognized as a natural healing product known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Boswellia comes from the resin or sap of the densely leaved boswellia tree. The species contains a variety of essential oils, carbohydrates, and boswellic acids that have shown to have great benefits for overall health. More specifically, boswellia has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory herbal extract that is a wonderful natural way to curb inflammation in the body.

Boswellia Mechanisms of Action

When taken as a supplement for joint health, boswellia blocks the formation of leukotrienes which is a major cause of inflammation in the body. It can also decrease the production of inflammatory cytokines known to destroy tissues, cells, and cartilage such as interleukin-1, -2, and -6, interferon gamma (IFN-y), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a). Along with this, boswellia can also act as an analgesic and natural treatment for inflammatory-driven issues such as osteoarthritis.

A 2011 study found that after taking a boswellia supplement for 3 months, patients with osteoarthrits experienced a significant reduction in pain with improvement in physical abilities and quality of life. It was also reported that boswellia acted against the normal cartilage thinning seen in osteoarthritis and increased substances like collagen and glycosaminoglycans that build connective tissues like cartilage.

This provides further validation that boswellia is an excellent natural medicinal alternative to improve the discomfort in joints with arthritis.

How to Take Boswellia Supplements

Boswellia is available as a resin, capsule, or topical (skin cream) form. Discover which option is right for you below:

Cream: Boswellia creams can be applied directly to the skin to target painful areas of the body, such as joints. A 2015 study showed a greater concentration of boswellic acid is present in the local area where the cream was applied compared to the blood.  This shows that the topical boswellia acts locally and within its restricted target area (the joint) and is therefore an effective tool to treat joint pain.

Resin/Extract: Boswellia resin oil and extract are used in soaps, cosmetics, foods, and beverages. When boswellia is used as a resin, it is typically referred to as Indian Frankincense. If used to target joint pain, a person can:

  • Diffuse and inhale Frankincense essential oils
  • Add Frankincense essential oils to bath salts or directly to bath water
  • Dilute (with water) and apply directly to joints
  • Add a few drops to bandages and/or compression stockings

Capsule: Boswellia can be purchased online in capsule form to combat joint pain. Boswellia capsules are a great option to target systemic inflammation – either for joint pain in one area or to address other inflammation-related concerns like memory support and brain health.

How to Choose a Boswellia Supplement

*Disclaimer: This blog post is not offering medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using boswellia or any other natural health product. *

How much boswellia should you take to reduce joint pain? The dosage can greatly vary depending on the product quality, individual, and product manufacturer. Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) have some recommendations around dosage of boswellia based on the health claim made for a product.

For example, Genuwell delivers 1000 mg/day (3 capsules) of Boswellia serrata extract when taken at the recommended daily dose.

Consider boswellia just like any other health supplement, always speak to a medical professional before adding it to your routine. Always check the label of products for any side effects, contraindications, and drug interactions to be aware of.

If you have decided that boswellia is for you, consult our quick checklist to ensure that you are getting products that are approved, safe, effective, and supported by research:

Is it Approved by Health Canada?

Be sure to check that the product is approved by looking for an 8-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. You can look up products on Health Canada’s Licensed NHP Database to check their approval status.

What is the Purity?

To make sure you are getting what you pay for, double check that the boswellia product you plan to purchase actually has boswellia extract listed as the main active ingredient.

What is the Price?

The general rule of thumb is that if a product appears to be a very good deal compared to leading brands that provide quality products with high potency, you are likely not getting a premium product.

What is the Product Claim?

For best results, consider purchasing a boswellia supplement specifically affecting the health condition, such as memory, you wish to target.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Learn more about Genuwell Joint HealthPerfect for busy and active individuals struggling with joint stiffness, swelling, and/or pain, Genuwell Joint Health is clinically tested to:

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  • Provide joint health support
  • Relieve joint pain and swelling
  • Improve joint and knee function
  • Minimize joint pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis of the knee

How to Choose Boswellia Supplements for Memory and Brain Health

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Aging is a normal process, but experiences such as memory loss are not enjoyable to deal with. That is where boswellia comes in. One of the shining stars of medicinal herbs, there is now research to support the use of boswellia supplements for memory and brain health.

Read on to discover the varied and powerful benefits of boswellia supplements for memory and brain health, plus how to choose boswellia supplements for memory and brain health.

What is Boswellia?

Boswellia goes by many names including olibanum,  Indian Frankincense or kondor in the Persian language. Boswellia comes from the resin or sap of densely leaved Boswellia tree. Native to India, Africa, and Arabia, boswellia acts as one of the most ancient and valued herbs in traditional medicines. Multiple kind of Boswellia resin oils and extracts are used in cosmetic products, foods, beverages and soaps.

The Boswellia resin  is rich in carbohydrates, essential oils, and acids including one called boswellic acid. Boswellic acids specifically have shown great benefits for brain health.

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History and Cultural Origins of Boswellia

If you are interested in natural healthcare, you might have heard of the term Ayurveda, an ancient healing science originating in India. The term Ayurveda can directly translate to “The Science of Life” and is often referred to as the “Mother of All Healing” in Indian culture.

Since the beginning of time, humans have valued plant products for a variety of purposes including medicines, nourishment, shelter, and fragrances. Boswellia was among the few natural resins used for these reasons, in addition to playing an important cultural role.

Ayurveda recognized boswellia for its anti-inflammatory properties, specifically in osteoarthritis, and research-based medicine has confirmed these effects and more.

How Does Boswellia Act in the Body?

To understand the benefits of boswellia supplements for memory, let’s  look into how it affects the body when taken as a supplement.

Boswellia extract is able to block the activity of a molecule called 5-LOX that helps to speed up the formation of chemicals called leukotrienes that our body produces. These molecules are inflammation signals that are generated when you have allergy or asthma for instance and can become problematic when in abundance.

While aging, many symptoms like long-term swelling, pain, lack of focus or confusion are linked to inflammation and can happen in different areas of your body.

Why does this matter? Boswellia has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory herbal extract that is a wonderful natural way to curb inflammation in the body. In combination with good eating and exercise habits, Boswellia can strongly reduce the severity of those inflammatory symptoms we just described.

Health Benefits of Boswellia

By now you may be thinking, “How can I choose boswellia supplements for memory support and brain health?”

Modern research-based medicine and historical usage of boswellia strongly point to its ability to improve overall brain health. It also can help:

  • Relieve symptoms of arthritis
  • Reduce fat levels in the blood
  • Lower the likelihood of heart attack
  • Relieve pain

Let’s look further into how boswellia can improve memory and overall brain health.

Boswellia and Aging-Related Neurodegeneration

As we age, our brain naturally experiences changes like a progressive loss of neurons and effective communication between brain cells, reduction in size of certain areas in the brain, diminution of blood flow, and increase in low-grade inflammation. Unfortunately, this leaves us more susceptible to casual memory and cognitive decline (normal aging), or to more severe ailments such as stroke, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

The good news is that in addition to healthy diet and regular exercise, research has revealed that certain natural health products have protective abilities to reduce the effects of aging on brain health, including boswellia.

According to research, the boswellic acids found in boswellia extracts can slow the progression of neurodegeneration seen with age and enhance cognitive activity.

Boswellia’s ability to naturally reduce inflammation, cell death and negative chemical reactions in the brain make it a promising herbal brain health key ingredient to delay and/or prevent neurodegeneration seen with age.

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Boswellia and Memory

It starts with forgetting an item on a grocery list. Over time, it may feel like you’re experiencing forgetfulness and confusion on a daily basis. As frustrating as this can be, does it help to know that it is absolutely normal? (Maybe not, but we are going to tell you why it happens anyway).

Mild memory loss is a natural part of getting older, and it does not necessarily mean that you are developing Alzheimer’s disease or other neurogenerative dementia. A few explanations for age-related memory decline include:

  • Decreased blood flow to the brain
  • Reduced numbers of reparative and protective cells
  • Reduced brain region involved in memory storage and retrieval called hippocampus
  • Increased brain inflammation
  • Reduced communication between brain cells

Read more about age-related memory loss in our recent post.

Recently natural agents have been the focus of some studies on memory. Boswellia supplements for memory have been shown to improve learning and memory abilities in older adults and in rodent models.

Based on this, you may wish to consider boswellia supplements for memory support. As always, of course, consult with your healthcare practitioner before taking any natural health product.

Boswellia Usage and Types of Products Available

Boswellia is available as a resin, capsule, or cream form. Discover which option is right for you below:

Cream: Boswellia creams can be applied to the skin as rejuvenating addition to a skincare routine, as it acts to tone the skin and decrease the look of wrinkles. It can also be used to reduce scars and damage from radiation cancer treatments.

Resin/Extract: Boswellia resin oil and extract are used in soaps, cosmetics, foods, and beverages. When boswellia is used as a resin, it is typically referred to as Indian Frankincense.

Capsule: Boswellia can be purchased in Canada in capsule form. In this preparation, it is normally used for its medicinal effects discussed earlier (anti-inflammation). This makes boswellia capsules the ideal option for those looking to improve their memory and brain health.

Continue reading to learn how to choose boswellia supplements for memory support in capsule form.

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What Dose of Boswellia Should I Take?

*Disclaimer: This blog post is not offering medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using boswellia or any other natural health product.*

How much boswellia should you take to take care of your memory? The dosage can greatly vary depending on the product quality, individual, and product manufacturer. Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) have some recommendations around dosage of boswellia based on the health claim made for a product.

For example, Memowell delivers 1000 mg/day of Boswellia serrata extract when taken at the recommended daily dose.

Consider boswellia just like any other health supplement, always speak to a medical professional before adding it to your routine. Dosage can also be contingent on the type of symptoms being tackled.

Always check the label of products for any side effects, contraindications, and drug interactions to be aware of.

How to Choose Boswellia Supplements for Memory Support

If you have decided that boswellia is for you, consult our quick checklist to ensure that you are getting products that are approved, safe, effective, and supported by research.

1. Approved by Health Canada

The first thing to know is that dietary supplements (known as natural health products in Canada) are regulated by the Canadian health authorities. Only those that have been scientifically reviewed are issued a product licence to be sold. This applies to conventional retailers as well as online sellers such as manufacturers or through e-commerce platforms or websites like Amazon.

However, that doesn’t prevent poor-quality products from being sold online or in stores especially in the US where regulations are less strict. Be sure to check that the product is approved by looking for an 8-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. You can look up products on Health Canada’s Licensed NHP Database to check their approval status.

2. Purity

Purity has been a problem in the supplement industry for decades. To make sure you are getting what you pay for, double check that the boswellia product you plan to purchase actually has boswellia resin or extract listed as the main active ingredient!

It seems silly to have to say this, but unfortunately some companies can trick you into thinking a substance is included in a product, when it really isn’t when you consult the ingredient list. Don’t hesitate to ask a store clerk, online customer service, or medical professional for assistance when picking the right product for you.

3. Dose

Ask your doctor or other healthcare practitioner what dosage of boswellia you should be using and for what health indication. There can be different percentages of active ingredients in specific boswellia products, so you want to double check that you are consuming the right dose.

4. Product Claim and Health Indication

A product can have varying health claims depending on what the business is trying to sell. For example, a skincare company may sell boswellia with the only health claim to be “reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles,” even though we know it can be utilized for much more.

For best results, consider purchasing a boswellia supplement specifically affecting the health condition, such as memory, you wish to target.

5. Price

Natural health products can range in price depending on purity, the number of tablets in a bottle, milligrams of active extract per pill, and so on. The general rule of thumb is that if a product appears to be a very good deal compared to leading brands that pride themselves on quality and potency, you are likely not getting a premium product.

Where to Buy Boswellia

Boswellia supplements are available online or through retailers. Shop Kondor Pharma’s boswellia product, Memowell, for memory support.

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