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Blackcurrants and asthma

08 Apr, 2010

Plant and Food Research scientists have found a compound in blackcurrants that reduces inflammation in lung cells.

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Testing blackcurrant extracts on lung cells

While human trials are still needed, a team of scientists led by Roger Hurst at Plant & Food Research have found that a compound in blackcurrants can reduce inflammation in lung cells in the laboratory.

Roger Hurst takes Ruth Beran into the lab at Plant & Food Research and explains how lung cells are used to test the effects of blackcurrant extract on the immune system.

Blackcurrant compounds modify inflammation

When blackcurrant extract is added to lung cells, it can reduce chemically induced inflammation. The results show that epigallocatechin, a known antioxidant and a major component of proanthocyanidins in blackcurrants, could provide a natural alternative for people who suffer from allergy-induced asthma. The findings are published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

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