Beta-Boswellic acid

Beta-Boswellic acid
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Chemical Formula C30H48O3
Molecular weight 456.711 g/mol
Names and Identifiers
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Traditional Name Beta-Boswellic acid
CAS Registry Number 631-69-6

 

Boswellic acids are a series of pentacyclic triterpene molecules that are produced by plants in the genus Boswellia. Like many other terpenes, boswellic acids appear in the resin of the plant that exudes them; it is estimated that they make up 30% of the resin of Boswellia serrata. While boswellic acids are a major component of the resin, the steam or hydro distilled frankincense essential oil does not contain any boswellic acid as these components are non-volatile and too large to come over in the steam distillation process (the essential oil is composed mainly of the much lighter monoterpene and sesquiterpene molecules with small amounts of diterpenoid components being the upper limit in terms of molecular weight).

 

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