Natural Anti-Inflammatories…

Controlling joint inflammation generally targets the inhibition of prostaglandin production (via the COX enzyme) and leukotrienes (via the enzyme 5-LO). Many health professionals are not aware that there are safe, natural and effective nutritional and herbal approaches to promote bone and joint health. Some effective anti-inflammatory natural herbs include:

Boswellia serratea – (Frankincense)

  • Indian plant – gummy resin found under the bark which contains active ingredients (boswellic acids).
  • Blocks leukotriene biosynthesis by inhibiting 5-LO.
  • May exhibit potent anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Safety – not associated with gastro-intestinal side effects.

Scutellaria baicalensi – (Chinese Skullcap- Common Chinese herb used for centuries)

  • Anti-Inflammatory properties
  • Cyclo-oxygenase (COX-2) inhibition & 5- LO Inhibition
  • Anti-oxidant

Oleanolic acid

  • Found in numerous botanicals
  • Animal models demonstrate:
    • Cyclo-oxygenase (COX-2) inhibition
    • Important to the maintenance of normal anti-inflammatory mechanisms
    • Supports healthy GI tissues (gastroprotective)
    • Promotes healthy liver function (hepatoprotective)

These natural anti-inflammatories are synergistic with glucosamine and do not carry side effects such as GI bleeding, interference with cartilage repair, acceleration of cartilage destruction or degradation of the bone matrix. Glucosamine is an amino-monosaccharide produced naturally in humans and needed for normal building and repairing cartilage.


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