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Change of direction in immune defense: Frankincense reprograms inflammatory enzyme

A research team from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany) and Louisiana State University has clarified the molecular mechanism behind the anti-inflammatory effect of a natural product from frankincense resin. The enzyme 5-lipoxygenase plays a key role, reprogramming the normally pro-inflammatory enzyme into an anti-inflammatory protein.  Once upon a time, the three kings brought precious gifts to the newborn baby Jesus: as well as gold and myrrh, they also had frankincense. "Even today, frankincense is a valuable gift," says Prof. Oliver Werz of Friedrich Schiller University, although he is not really thinking about the biblical citation of frankincense. "The resin extracted from the bark of the frankincense tree contains anti-inflammatory substances that make it suitable for the treatment of diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or neurodermatitis, among others," he explains.  Read more......

 

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