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Description
  • Supports joint health.*
  • Standardized herbs provide uniformity of a single plant chemical batch after batch. Each extract delivers a quantified and measurable level of the targeted active ingredient in every serving. This active ingredient is considered by science to be the key ingredient responsible for the herb’s health benefits.
  • Vegetarian.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily.

Serving Size 1 Capsules
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Boswellia serrata (65% Boswellic Acid = 292.5 mg) 450.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule, Cellulose

No Sugar, No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavors, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free

Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Keep out of reach of children

General Nutrition CorporationPittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Boswellia

Boswellia
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Osteoarthritis
Dose: 1,000 mg daily boswellia resin herbal extract or two capsules, three times per day of Aticulin-F (formula containing 100 mg boswellia, 450 mg ashwagandha, 50 mg turmeric, and 50 mg zinc)
A combination of boswellia, ashwagandha, turmeric, and zinc effectively treated pain and stiffness in one study, without the stomach irritation that is a common side effect of NSAIDs.(more)
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dose: 400 to 800 mg of gum resin extract three times daily
Boswellia, an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis, has reduced rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in most reports.(more)
Bursitis
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Some doctors recommend using the anti-inflammatory herbs boswellia, turmeric, willow, and topical cayenne ointment for bursitis. (more)
Asthma
Dose: 300 mg three times per day of a resin extract
In one trial, people with acute bronchial asthma who took powdered boswellia resin extract had significantly fewer asthma attacks and improved measurements of breathing capacity.(more)
Ulcerative Colitis
Dose: 550 mg of gum resin three times a day
Supplementing with boswelia may help reduce severity and encourage remission.(more)
Cluster Headache
Dose: Refer to label instructions
In case reports, several patients with chronic cluster headaches showed improvement after supplementing with Boswellia serrata extract, though more research is needed to confirm these findings.(more)
Osteoarthritis
Dose: 1,000 mg daily boswellia resin herbal extract or two capsules, three times per day of Aticulin-F (formula containing 100 mg boswellia, 450 mg ashwagandha, 50 mg turmeric, and 50 mg zinc)

Boswellia has anti-inflammatory properties that have been compared to those of the NSAIDs used by many for inflammatory conditions.1 Clinical trials have found that boswellia is more effective than a placebo for relieving pain and swelling and preventing loss of function in people with osteoarthritis.2 Boswellia has also been found to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug valdecoxib (Bextra). In addition, while the improvements occurred more slowly in the boswellia group than in the valdecoxib group, they persisted for a longer period of time after treatment was discontinued.3 One clinical trial found that a combination of boswellia, ashwagandha, turmeric, and zinc effectively treated pain and stiffness associated with OA but did not improve joint health, according to X-rays of the affected joint.4 Unlike NSAIDs, long-term use of boswellia does not lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach.

References

1. Safayhi H, Mack T, Saieraj J, et al. Boswellic acids: Novel, specific, nonredox inhibitors of 5-lipoxygenase. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 1992;261:1143-6.

2. Kimmatkar N, Thawani V, Hingorani L, Khiyani R. Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee - a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial. Phytomedicine 2003;10:3-7.

3. Sontakke S, Thawani V, Pimpalkhute S, et al. Open, randomized, controlled clinical trial of Boswellia serrata extract as compared to valdecoxib in osteoarthritis of knee. Indian J Pharmacol 2007;39:27-9.

4. Kulkarni RR, Patki PS, Jog VP, et al. Treatment of osteoarthritis with a herbomineral formulation: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study. J Ethnopharmacol 1991;33:91-5.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dose: 400 to 800 mg of gum resin extract three times daily

Boswellia is an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India) to treat arthritis. Boswellia has reduced symptoms of RA in most reports.1 While some double-blind trials2 using boswellia have produced positive results, some equivocal results3 and negative findings have also been reported.4 In some trials where boswellia has appeared ineffective, though, patients have been allowed to continue use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Such use of NSAIDs can confound experimental results, because boswellia and NSAIDs work in a similar fashion to reduce inflammation. Some doctors suggest using 400-800 mg of gum resin extract in capsules or tablets three times per day.

Ginger is another Ayurvedic herb used to treat people with arthritis. A small number of case studies suggest that taking 6-50 grams of fresh or powdered ginger per day may reduce the symptoms of RA.5 A combination formula containing ginger, turmeric, boswellia, and ashwagandha has been shown in a double-blind trial to be slightly more effective than placebo for RA;6 the amounts of herbs used in this trial are not provided by the investigators.

References

1. Etzel R. Special extract of Boswellia serrata (H15) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Phytomed 1996;3:91-4.

2. Singh GB, Singh S, Bani S. New phytotherapeutic agent for the treatment of arthritis and allied disorders with novel mode of action. 4th International Congress on Phytotherapy, Munich, Germany, Sep 10-3, 1992.

3. Chopra A, Lavin P, Patwardhan B, Chitre D. Randomized double blind trial of an Ayurvedic plant derived formulation for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 2000;27:1365-72.

4. Sander O, Herborn G, Rau R. Is H15 (resin extract of Boswellia serrata, "incense") a useful supplement to established drug therapy of chronic polyarthritis? Results of a double-blind pilot study. Z Rheumatol 1998 ;57:11-6 [in German].

5. Srivastava KC, Mustafa T. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in rheumatism and musculoskeletal disorders. Med Hypoth 1992;39:342-8.

6. Chopra A, Lavin P, Patwardhan B, Chitre D. Randomized double blind trial of an Ayurvedic plant derived formulation for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 2000;27:1365-72.

Bursitis
Dose: Refer to label instructions

While there have been few studies on herbal therapy for bursitis, most practitioners would consider using anti-inflammatory herbs that have proven useful in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. These would include boswellia, turmeric, willow, and topical cayenne ointment.1, 2

References

1. Murray MT. The Healing Power of Herbs. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1995.

2. Bradley PR, ed. British Herbal Compendium, Vol. 1. Bournemouth, Dorset, UK: British Herbal Medicine Association, 1992.

Asthma
Dose: 300 mg three times per day of a resin extract

One double-blind trial has investigated the effects of the Ayurvedic herb boswellia in people with acute bronchial asthma.1 Participants took 300 mg of powdered boswellia resin extract or placebo three times daily for six weeks. By the end of the study, the number of asthma attacks was significantly lower in the group taking boswellia. Moreover, objective measurements of breathing capacity were also significantly improved by boswellia.

References

1. Gupta I, Gupta V, Parihar A, et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with bronchial asthma: results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week clinical study. Eur J Med Res 1998;3:511-4.

Ulcerative Colitis
Dose: 550 mg of gum resin three times a day

A small clinical study found that people with UC taking 550 mg of boswellia gum resin three times daily for six weeks had similar improvement in symptoms and the severity of their disease as people with UC taking the drug sulfasalazine.1 Overall, 82% of patients receiving boswellia, along with 75% of patients taking sulfasalazine, went into remission.

References

1. Gupta I, Parihar A, Malhotra P, et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with ulcerative colitis. Eur J Med Res 1997;2:37-43.

Cluster Headache
Dose: Refer to label instructionsIn case reports, four patients with chronic cluster headaches showed improvement after supplementing with Boswellia serrata extract.1 The amount used varied from 350 mg three times per day to 700 mg three times per day. Placebo-controlled trials are needed to confirm these reports.
References

1. Lampl C, Haider B, Schweiger C. Long-term efficacy of Boswellia serrata in four patients with chronic cluster headache. Cephalalgia 2012;32:719-22.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Boswellia is a moderate to large branching tree found in the dry hilly areas of India. When the tree trunk is tapped, a gummy oleoresin is exuded. A purified extract of this resin is used in modern herbal preparations.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Natural anti-inflamatory

    By shekinah3361

    from San Bernadino, CA

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      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Boswellia:

      I have been using GNC Boswellia for a couple of years now, for Osteo Arthritis pain in my knees and hip/low back. I started by taking 3 caspules at a time twice a day and then tapered off to 2 at a time twice a day. Boswellia is also Frankincense and you can get this in an essential oil, the oil can be beneficial to help a tender bursa. I take the capsules and I use the oil for swelling in my knees. For my low back/hip nothing you can rub on is going to get down into the sacroilliac joint, this is where the Boswellia capsules excell for me.

      (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Disappointed.

      By kittin639

      from Bellevue, WA

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      • No Side Effects

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      • Not Effective

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      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Boswellia:

      Perhaps maybe it's the TYPE of joint pain that I have which makes this supplement ineffective, but I have to say that my arthiritis feels worse since starting this almost a month ago.
      I have osteoarthiritis & read this might help - but sadly it hasn't.
      Obviously it has helped others based on the reviews, I guess it would be worth a shot to someone to try it - it's just sad it didn't help me at all & seemingly worsened my condition.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      helps with joint pain

      By philipawill

      from greensboro, n.c.

      About Me First Time User, Great product

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        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Boswellia:

        you take it once a day.
        this product has helped my wife and mine joint pain.
        nothing

        (39 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Product

        By diane4022

        from Leesburg,Florida

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        • Effective
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        • Good Value

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        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Boswellia:

        I have had many problems with my joints, knees, shoulder and wrists. Have tried glucosamine chondroitin and many other products nothing worked at all. This herb is unbelievable in two weeks noticed a huge difference.

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