How the Perna canaliculus muscle inhibits inflammation and helps the joints

April 19, 2007

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 Physiology.

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.