The muscle Perna canaliculus contains healthy fats known as omega-3 fatty acids
that have been shown to improve inflammation in the lungs, digestive tract, and
joints. In laboratory tests Perna inhibits the COX enzymes. The effects on the
COX-2 enzyme have been shown to be much more powerful than other omega-3 fatty
acids. In this new study Perna was shown to inhibit the arachidonic cascade
favoring the production of alternate prostaglandins not involved with
inflammation. Higher levels of inflammatory prostaglandins are involved with
inflaming arthritic joints, worsening asthma, more severe allergies, severe
period pain, inappropriate blood clotting and other issues. The study is
published in the March 2007 issue of the journal Comparative Biochemistry and
More evidence that Perilla seed helps asthma
Laboratory animals (guinea pigs) had a chemical irritant introduced into their
lungs via aerosol. This caused immediate bronchoconstriction; the physiological
occurrence in an asthma attack. If the animals were treated with Perilla seed it
inhibited the increased resistance to oxygen passage in the lungs. The Perilla
seed also inhibited the infiltration of immune system cells into the lungs; this
would prevent the inflammation that causes the bronchi to constrict in allergies
and asthma. Perilla seed even inhibited the messengers involved in the severe
allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis to a degree. This shows a benefit in
controlling asthma. The study is published in the January 2007 issue of the
journal Planta Medica.
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