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What Is Coralberry?

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  • While the ornamental plant coralberry has been virtually ignored until quite recently, a compound from the leaves has been found to prevent bronchial muscle contraction in animal studies
  • Asthma sufferers often experience airway constriction from bronchial muscle contraction, which prevents adequate ventilation of the lungs and subsequent shortness of breath that could become life threatening if not controlled
  • The coralberry leaf compound known as FR900359 has been described by researchers as even more effective in this capacity than the most common asthma drug, salbutamol

By Dr. Mercola

A beautiful member of the huckleberry family of plants, the ornamental coralberry appears in many open wooded areas, sometimes by streams and riverbanks and often where post oak trees thrive. Rather than propagating through seeds, they grow in "colonies" as their roots form nodes under the ground, forming shrubs with arching branches that reach as high as 6 feet.


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