leukotrienes

April 7, 2001 by  
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Leukotrienes

Leukotrienes are eicosanoids – hormone-like compounds derived from fatty acids, which regulate blood pressure, clotting and other body functions. Leukotrienes occur naturally in white blood cells and are potent constrictors of smooth muscle, blood vessels and small airways in the lungs. These actions may cause pain, swelling, wheezing and other symptoms associated with allergic reactions. (Also see prostaglandins.)

Linda Lazarides is Course Director of the School of Modern Naturopathy and author of eight books on health, nutrition and naturopathy.

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