According to a new study, Passion fruit peel can considerably improve symptoms of Asthma. The patients who were given an extract from the peel of the fruit sho wed reduced coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, due to the high content of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties of the purple fruit.
The research was conducted by Ronald Ross Watson and team from the Southwest Scientific Editing and Consulting L.L.C, together with Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health, Tuscan, US, and the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and the Gracefield Research Center in New Zealand.
Their research involved studying the patients in a four week, randomized, placebo-controlled, and double-blind trial, wherein patients were either given an oral administration of 150 mg/d purple Passion Fruit Peel (PFP) extract or placebo pills.
The effects of the extract were analyzed based on the clinical symptoms of asthma and Spirometry tests. It was found that the clinical symptoms of asthma among the PFP extract-treated group were considerably reduced when compared to the baseline. The frequency of wheezing, cough and shortness of breath reduced significantly in this group. On the other hand the placebo group revealed no change in symptoms.
The supplementation of the PFP extract led to a significant increase in forced vital capacity, while placebo had no effects. The researchers therefore, arrived at a conclusion that PFP extract can be safely given to patients suffering from Asthma, as an alternative treatment to reduce clinical symptoms.
In another trial, Passion Fruit treatment considerably reduced blood pressure due to the established bioactive properties of the fruit.
“We have two scientific publications which confirm the beneficial effect of the two common, but different human diseases â€“ Asthma and hypertension. Most fruit and vegetables have properties that work just as well as pharmaceuticals, but will be more appealing to people who do not like the associated negative effects of pharmaceuticals,” Watson said.
About 400 million individuals around the world are being affected by Asthma. With such an increase in numbers of asthma patients, and due to the inability of conventional medications and lifestyle modifications in effectively combating the problem, researchers are seeking effective solution to the medical condition in nutritional and dietary therapies.