Boswellia Serrata and Bengal Quince Fruit Extract May Help Support Upper Respiratory Health
Previous studies have found an association between exposure to pollution and a variety of respiratory health effects including coughing, wheezing, inflammation of the lungs, and respiratory infections. A new study suggests that supplementation with Boswellia serrata and Bengal quince fruit extracts may support respiratory function in people with air pollution sensitivity.
Participants in the study included 29 healthy adults with self-reported air pollution sensitivity. They were given 200 mg of the Boswellia serrata and Bengal quince fruit extracts supplement or a placebo daily for 6 weeks. The researchers evaluated lung function, lung capacity, and aerobic exercise capacity. They also evaluated upper respiratory tract symptoms using the Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom scale and psychological well-being at baseline and at the end of the study period.
Participants in the supplement group saw up to a 16% improvement in lung function and up to a 30% improvement in lung capacity compared to baseline. They also saw up to a 7% improvement in aerobic exercise capacity compared to baseline.
In addition, participants in the supplement group saw up to a 40% reduction in upper respiratory tract symptoms and up to an 18% improvement in self-reported psychological well-being scores compared to baseline.
The study was conducted by researchers from the ASR Academy of Medical Sciences and is currently in pre-publication.
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