ALL BOSWELLIC ACIDS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.
AKBA IS POWERFUL BUT MUCH OF THE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE STOCK IS NOT OPTIMALLY STANDARDIZED
AKBA is extracted from the gum resin of the boswellia serrata plant. It’s commonly known as Indian frankincense. Research suggests that of the various boswellic acids, 3-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, or AKBA, is considered the most powerful. AKBA helps to preserve the structural integrity of joint cartilage, inhibit cartilage loss and is a potent anti-inflammatory. AKBA is also a natural painkiller, promotes gastrointestinal health and can help maintain a healthy immune system.*
Watch out for: Non-standardized boswellia serrata
Boswellia serrata in its natural state can contain as little as 1% AKBA. For AKBA to act efficiently there should be evidence that it is available at adequate levels in the bloodstream to positively affect the target areas of inflammation. Products standardized to contain 30% AKBA are most effective.
One of the naturally-occurring compounds in boswellia serrata—b-boswellic acid—is actually pro-inflammatory. Left at its natural levels, as found in non-standardized extracts, can mean that up to 25% of the herb would have an inflammation-causing compound.
Watch out for: Optimum quantity
Make sure the brand that you choose has at least 250mg of boswellia serrata and is standardized to contain 30% AKBA. Many brands contain non-standardized ingredients which have negligible quantities of AKBA.
Watch out for: AKBA lost in the digestive process
Most AKBA is lost in the liver and stomach lining. This reduces absorption and bioavailability to render low doses of AKBA ineffective. Extra measures need to be taken to help the AKBA through the stomach and into the small intestine where it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Look for products that proactively increase the bioavailability and absorption of AKBA. Enhanced capsule technology is one technique. These capsules stay in tact, bypassing the liver and stomach, to reach the small intestine. Piperine is another method.
Watch out for: Contraindications with medication
Always consult a qualified health professional before beginning any new dietary supplement.
Watch out for: Products that have not been tested in a USA lab
Be sure that the brand you use is tested in in the USA to assure purity and safety of the product.