Research shows that combining powerful extracts of turmeric and frankincense provide significant relief from pain, swelling and inflammation.
Scores of studies have proven that turmeric extract, curcumin, helps counter inflammation while frankincense extract, boswellia, has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for pain and swelling and has been shown in research to be an effective anti-inflammatory.
Triple benefit from powerful compounds
Now, research on osteoarthritis patients indicates that a combination of the two is effective in addressing the three related conditions of inflammation, pain and swelling.
“Combining (curcumin) and (boswellia) … increases the efficacy of osteoarthritis treatment, presumably due to synergistic effects…” researchers from Yerevan State University in Armenia found, adding: “Favorable effects of both preparations compared to placebo were observed after only three months of continuous treatment.”
Absorption key to efficacy
India’s Dr Binu Kuruvilla, a global leader in curcumin research, explained that the extract’s benefits were hampered by its poor absorption which had led to the formulation of BCM-95 from powerful compounds called curcumanoids and the essential oil of turmeric.
He said studies showed this formulation increased absorption ten-fold.
Kuruvilla said BCM-95 and boswellia were both found in Bio-Curcumin Advanced – one of the most highly bio-active and potent anti-inflammatory supplements available.
Pain relief without the side effects
He added that the latest research findings were significant because they indicated that a combination of potent natural compounds provided significant relief to inflammation and pain without the side effects of drugs.
He said a recent, separate study had shown that curcumin was as effective as conventional drugs administered for knee osteoarthritis but better tolerated by patients, while another recent study indicated that curcumin may help reduce diabetes complications brought on by inflammation.
Kuruvilla was in SA from 6–12 June sharing with health professionals the latest research on curcumin.