Merry Christmas! I hope you're enjoying a great day with your family celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It's truly a day worth celebrating! While you may not be thinking about your health today, I wanted to tell you about an ancient gift the Wise Men gave to Jesus that can help you beat arthritis pain.
As you may remember, the Wise Men gave Jesus three kingly gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. While I hope you get plenty of gold this Christmas, it's not the best gift for fighting arthritis. Gold therapy can help reduce the inflammation in your joints, but it's not a common ingredient in supplements or even a regularly used treatment.
Myrrh has plenty of health benefits, but fighting arthritis is not one of them. The gift of myrrh to Jesus was more symbolic of his death, as it's traditionally used for embalming - and the fragrance helped cover the smell. This herb also helps clean and heal wounds (another symbolic use for Jesus), stop bleeding, and treat hay fever.
So if you're suffering from arthritis, the gift of the Magi to consider is frankincense. While the Wise Men didn't give the baby Jesus frankincense to treat arthritis, its ability to treat arthritis is legend. Middle Eastern, African, and Asian cultures have used it for centuries. Now modern science is catching up to the folklore.
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Back in 2004, researchers tested a variety of frankincense from India on arthritis of the knee. They followed 30 people with knee arthritis. They divided the volunteers into two groups. They gave the first group a daily supplement of 333 mg of frankincense. And they gave the second group a placebo. The group that took the frankincense had less knee pain, better mobility, and could walk longer distances than those in the placebo group.
Then, in June 2011, researchers from Cardiff University in Wales examined the spice for its benefits in treating joint pain. Lead researcher Dr. Emma Blain and her team wanted to find out the mechanism of frankincense's ability. They showed that an extract of Boswellia frereana, which is a rare species of frankincense, inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules. These inflammatory molecules cause the breakdown of the cartilage tissue, which results in arthritis pain. By stopping this process, frankincense can ease the pain.
This is great news if you suffer with arthritis pain. Even better, there are a number of supplements on the market that may help. But there's only one problem.
It's difficult to find supplements with the word "frankincense" in the name. You'll have to look for Boswellia instead. Boswellia is the name of a species of tree that produces a resin. There are four species of Boswellia that produce a true frankincense resin. And some Boswellia trees produce a resin that experts do not consider frankincense. What's more, each of these resins has various grades. So the quality and effectiveness of the Boswellia supplements may vary greatly.
With all of that said, most of the resins the Boswellia trees produce have similar anti-inflammatory properties. So no matter what brand or type of Boswellia you buy, it should help your arthritis. If it doesn't, you may want to try another brand. If you'd like to buy a form proven to work on arthritis, then I recommend Advanced Joint Support. It contains Boswellin, also known as Indian frankincense (the type of frankincense used in the first study I mentioned above). Combined with glucosamine, avocado-soy, ginger, and turmeric, this frankincense may give you the gift of real pain relief. And don't forget Advanced Bionutritionals' holiday offer, which gives you $25 off your entire qualifying order.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.
ScienceDaily, June 21, 2011.
Michie, Colin. "Pharmaceutical Magic from the Magi." New Scientist. Dec. 23-30, 1989. (April 27, 2011)