Blackcurrant anthocyanins are a powerful anti-inflammatory agent with the ability to dampen the effects of and responses to inflammation, as well as affect some of the leading inflammatory causes.
Lung inflammation is a main symptom of asthma, whose etiology involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors that are epitomized by a dysregulated allergen-induced immune response to otherwise inert substances.
Test results have shown that New Zealand Black currants may inhibit asthma before it starts. By treating lung cells with blackcurrant polyphenolic extracts (BCP) and either IL4 or IL13, the usually occurring secretion of CCL26 was stopped, and this secretion is what would typically cause asthmatic symptoms. Blackcurrant extracts also worked with interferon-y to suppress the secretion of CCL26, better than the two separate entities inhibited the secretion individually. Blackcurrant’s ability to inhibit this secretion could mean putting an elimination of asthmatic symptoms before they originate.