Plant supplement could prevent asthma

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Symptoms of asthma and lung inflammation could be reduced as part of research undertaken by the University of Southern Queensland.

Using a supplement taken once per day derived from fruits and vegetables, researchers are looking into how anthocyanins components can be effective in improving lung function.

Anthocyanins are naturally occurring flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties and are mainly found in blue, purple and red fruits and vegetables.

PHD candidate Lauren Brooks says she's always thought there was more to be discovered for a condition that affects 235 million people worldwide.

"Asthma is quite prevalent in the general population and the current treatment options don't cure asthma, they simply mask the symptoms," Mrs Brooks said.

"Most treatment options also have side effects when used long term, which also leads to the asthma sufferer getting a resilience or tolerance to the medication.

"When you've got asthma there are certain markers that show increased inflammation by targeting the actual root of the inflammation rather than covering it up, it's hoping to try and reduce it, and aid more from a base level rather than just mask symptoms.

"I'm hoping the research I'm conducting will address the issue, not mask it, and offer the ultimate medical goal, which is prevention."

A global questionnaire for asthma sufferers will be offered before a trial beginning in early in 2022 for specific type of asthma sufferers.

The results of the 10 week trial are expected to be published by the end of 2022.

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