Boswellia extract (AKBA Standardized Extract) comes from the small Boswellia serrata tree, which grows in the dry hills of India. The bark exudes a milky liquid that solidifies into an amber-colored gum resin also known as frankincense. The resin is made into a powder using an extraction process and standardized to acetyl-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA). AKBA is considered a primary active component of the tree resin.

Health Benefits

Boswellia may prevent inflammation by inhibiting synthesis of pro-inflammatory substances.1-4 Boswellia may also reduce pain and improve physical function in individuals with osteoarthritis in the knee.3,4 AKBA may inhibit growth of new blood vessels in the eye (retinal angiogenesis) that may cause blindness.5


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