Dietary Factors in the Modulation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Activity

Shinil Shah, DO, PGY-1


March 27, 2007

Boswellia Serrat/Indian Frankincense

The use of Boswellia serrata in inflammatory bowel disease has been studied in several studies.

A randomized, double-blind controlled study comparing Boswellia serrata extract H15 with mesalamine in patients with Crohn's disease demonstrated no statistical difference in the Crohn's Disease Activity Index, indicating that Boswellia serrata may play a helpful role in Crohn's disease.[56] Other studies have shown possible effectiveness of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with ulcerative colitis. Proposed mechanisms of effect of Boswellia serrata include inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase.[57,58]


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