In what could come as welcome news for asthma sufferers, blackcurrants hold out some hope. A study published by Molecular Nutrition and Food Research has indicated that certain chemicals occurring naturally in blackcurrants could be useful in relieving the symptoms of asthma.
It is a chemical compound called epigallocatechin which is seen to reduce inflammation of the lung, which could ease asthma symptoms according to the study. In allergy induced asthma, this compound was seen to increase resistance. The compound is also seen as being able to strengthen the immune response of the body itself in the face of asthma.
Though it has been noticed for a time that eating fruits is beneficial for asthmatics, the reason why this is so was not clearly understood until now.
It has only now become clear that it is this compound found in the fruit that eases asthma related symptoms by working in two ways: reducing inflammation and strengthening the body’s immune response.
It may be useful to see what are the other different vegetables and fruit that contain compounds that could be seen as being useful in dealing with asthma.