Boswellia, which brand and daily dosage

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deltaforce
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   Posted 12/18/2010 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello folks,

I plan to start boswellia but I am not too sure of the dosage and good brand that I could start with.

I searched through the forum. I couldn't find anyone stating explicitly how much they take daily and which brand they found good (or not good). I am not asking this question for advertisement purpose but want to avoid all this trial-and-error. Last month hasn't been great with UC.

Appreciate all responses.

hanzsolo
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   Posted 12/18/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Great question LOL turn

I was also wondering about boswellia - and turmeric capsules as well (heard great things about both)

Any input much appreciated (as always)
* 36 Year old Male - Diagnosed with UC 05/2008 - inflammation to 25cm then normal to cecum.
** Current Regime: salofalk enemas, clonazepam (as needed), immovane, bio-k, Multi vitamin, Vitamin D + E, Magnesium, psyllium husk, bentonite clay
**** Dietary Restrictions: NO dairy - gluten - sugar - spicy - greasy - caffeine - sweetener - raw veggies

Levi
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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,

From what I have read boswellia studies used 350-400 mg three times a day. That was on active Crohn's in the study I saw. I only take one pill, 307 mg per day. I've always though that was an odd dosage and not sure why one pill=307 mg of boswellia.

I take 800 mg of turmeric, but I think some take up to 1,100 mg or maybe more. I have read that taking too much turmeric can actually cause ulcers though so you might want to be careful with that.

deltaforce
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   Posted 12/18/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
@ Levi,

Does your GI know that you take 800mg of turmeric everyday? I think this should be informed. The reason is, higher doses of turmeric for longer period are known to be hepatotoxic. The medications that all of us use for UC also put enough stress on the liver, hence it is essential that your GI doc knows this.

Better discuss this issue next time.

Regarding boswellia dose, thanks for a pointer. Lets see what other users come up with. and yes, I need pointers on the brands as well.

imagardener2
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   Posted 12/18/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI must not be aware of turmeric issues because she didn't bring it up even though it is on my list of supplements which is updated every check-up. I take 500mg daily.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, starch-free, low carb, honey as sweetener
spinach+sunflower seeds daily + other nuts/nut flour baked goods
(9)Balsalazide+(6)Citrucel daily+Rowasa as needed

killcolitis
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   Posted 12/18/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
deltaforce,
I remember reading once that curcumin was hepatoxic but further research turned up one case study (nothing on pub med for example). In fact, there are many studies indicating that it's actually hepaprotective. Obviously, seriously high doses would probably not be a good idea but really, it's a food and many people consume a lot of it in their regular diet.
As for boswellia, I don't know but a friend of mine successfully treated her son's Cd with gluten free "real food" diet and supplements/probiotics and her naturopath advised 900mg until remission and then reduced it. He was 13 years old at the time.
Good luck!

AZYooper
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   Posted 12/18/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are taking about tumeric not curcumin, 800 mg is not much. That is about the amount you would get in a real curry. Dietary levels are supposed to be totally safe.

I take about 1500 mg split in two doses of curcumin in tablets. Hasn't killed me yet. The possible stomach problems plus maybe low blood sugar and lowered blood pressure are all that I have read about. Got the feeling that was noticed in people that were really taking a lot.

I switched meds(to colazal) about the same time I switched from tumeric to curcumin and have been getting a lot of noisy gas but nothing else I can tell. I was sort of hoping for positive effects on back/joint pain and blood thinning as much as UC.

I bought a bunch of boswellia. Took it for a while then got freaked at all the pills I was taking and stopped. Figured I would save it for a flair. It does seem to be a promising supplement.

weevil
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   Posted 12/19/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to take the GNC brand Boswellia. It has 300mg boswellic acid per capsule, so it makes the dosing easy (the study I read used 900mg a day, IIRC). I didn't follow the dosing of 1 pill 3 times a day because I find it next to impossible to remember to take meds 3 times a day, so I would take two pills once or twice a day. I found it really helped me, allowed me to be on a lower mesalamine dosage than when I didn't take it (and I did experiment a bit, stopping and starting it so I'm pretty sure it was the boswellia that was helping). I reluctantly discontinued it when I got pregnant (apparently it's a no-no for pregnant and breastfeeding women - boo!)

deltaforce
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   Posted 12/26/2010 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks weevil,

I know there are so many other users on this board who use Boswellia but no one posts the brand they prefer to use :(
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily,
Imuran, 100mg + 50mg
Vit. B12, 1mg
Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily
Fish oil 1200mg daily
Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Topamax 100mg + 100mg daily for migraine with aura. Migraine appears once a week, Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution. Looking for alternatives.

blksteeda
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   Posted 12/26/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe the last article I read about Boswellia, it suggested at least 1200mg / day for it to be effective.
Gordon / Male / 37


Active Ulcerative Colitis (left sided)

50mg / 6mp

Colazal 3-3x/day

Rowasa Enemas every other night

Prednisone again - 5mg

Remicade Infusion 10mg/kg started 04/10/10

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deltaforce
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   Posted 12/26/2010 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
As the previous poster suggested, its not Boswellia herb that matters but actual content of Boswellic acid that matters. Depending on the source of Boswellia herb used by the brand it will vary and hence the price. That is the sole reason, I am asking for the brands used by the members on this forum then I can do my study for the actual content of this Boswellic acid and choose the brand for my own use.

Or

If I don't get satisfactory response here, I am just going to spend one day in all pharmacy, grocery and health stores in the neighbourhood and do my study.
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily,
Imuran, 100mg + 50mg
Vit. B12, 1mg
Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily
Fish oil 1200mg daily
Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Topamax 50mg + 50mg daily for migraine with aura. Migraine appears once a week, Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution. Looking for alternatives.
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