Want To Avoid Getting Sick? Start Meditating, Says New Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year—the entire office is coughing, sneezing, and looking like one big commercial for the common cold. Even those who take their vitamin C shots and wash their hands regularly are susceptible to germs in colder temperatures. There are countless treatments, home remedies, and ancient practices that people rely on to battle a cold, but if you want to avoid the dreaded sniffles altogether when they strike every year, consider starting a meditation practice.

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The flavonoid cyanidin blocks binding of the cytokine interleukin-17A to the IL-17RA subunit to alleviate inflammation in vivo

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How red berries reduce inflammation

Members of the interleukin-17 (IL-17) family of proinflammatory cytokines are important in the immune response to infections; however, excessive IL-17 signaling is associated with autoimmune inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Through a screen of small molecules, Liu et al. found that cyanidin, a flavonoid found in red berries and other fruits, bound to the IL-17 receptor (IL-17RA) in a manner that blocked the binding of IL-17A. In several mouse models of inflammatory disease, cyanidin alleviated inflammation induced by T cells that produce IL-17A. Together, these data suggest that cyanidin should be further developed as a small-molecule inhibitor of IL-17A–dependent inflammatory diseases.

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