My 17 year old son suffers from constant congestion.
Q. Dear Terry, “My 17 year old son suffers from constant congestion, all year round. What do you recommend?” — Eileen, Stockton, CA
A. Dear Eileen, When it comes to respiratory health, I would first recommend adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract to your son’s daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.
Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.
In addition to the boswellia, I also recommend a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils, two very wonderful essential oils that can support the sinus cavity, reduce inflammation, reduce congestion, and open blocked passageways. If your son is a little bit on the brave side, have him take a capsule of eucalyptus and myrtle and allow it to melt in his mouth. Be careful though, some people may not like the strong taste of eucalyptus and myrtle. The fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus spreads throughout the lungs and nasal passages, something I personally find to be effective and invigorating. Eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very therapeutic, effective and safe, and supplementing with these oils can help sail through any season with a clear head. I recommend taking 1-2 softgels of this blend three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally