New Research: Blackcurrents & Asthma

Asthma is one of the chronic illnesses that many people struggle to deal with effectively. New findings are providing an alternative avenue for dealing with chronic asthma allergies. A New Zealand government-owned science company, Plant & Food Research, is reporting that the natural chemicals in a New Zealand blackcurrent may help with asthma. The researchers observed in laboratory studies that blackcurrent works to suppress lung tissue inflammation as well as minimize it. “To find natural compounds that potentially reduce lung inflammation and complement the body’s own immune response is an exciting breakthrough,” says Dr Hurst of the Plant & Food Research team. Find out more here: Suzanne M. Hurst, Tony K. McGhie, Janine M. Cooney, Dwayne J. Jensen, Elaine M. Gould, Kirsty A. Lyall, Roger D. Hurst. Blackcurrant proanthocyanidins augment IFN-gamma-induced suppression of IL-4 stimulated CCL26 secretion in alveolar epithelial cells. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 12 Mar 2010 DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.200900297

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