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Is boswellia that is properly extracted and standardized safe to take with my inhaler?

Q. Dear Terry, “I am on a prescription inhaler for COPD. Is boswellia that is properly extracted and standardized safe to take with my inhaler?” — Mary G., Greensboro, NC

A. Dear Mary,  When it comes to upper respiratory conditions, I think diet is extremely important. One of the best recommendations I can give is to start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. You can also eat nuts, seeds, and berries. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

In addition to dietary changes, I do have some options I believe will make a significant difference. I encourage you to consult with your primary healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional insight.

I think boswellia is one of the best botanicals for respiratory health. You are correct that is has to be properly extracted and standardized. Most of the components in boswellia are anti-inflammatory, but there is one compound that is actually pro-inflammatory, called beta-boswellic acid. It’s important to find a formula that features low beta-boswellic acid and high levels of the key compound, acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellia acid, or AKBA.

The reason boswellia is so great for respiratory conditions is because of its ability to inhibit the 5-LOX pathway, which produces leukotrienes that cause inflammation. By reducing inflammation, along with oxidative stress (damage from free radicals), boswellia is effective for not just respiratory health, but a variety of other conditions.

I would take 500 mg of boswellia once or twice per day.

For additional respiratory support you may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis, and even asthma. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients three times a day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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