A prostaglandin is various types of natural chemical compounds that are present in most tissue and organs. It functions similarly to a hormone in that it affects other cells.
However, a prostaglandin is not classified as a hormone because it doesn’t travel. Instead, it causes its influence at the site of its production.
When prostaglandins cause inflammation, pain and fever, many reach for a pain reliever. Yep, aspirin and other NSAIDs block the action of an enzyme involved in the synthesis of prostaglandin. Happily, pain relieved.
Postanglandin participates in a broad range of body processes. It has a function in smooth muscle contraction and relaxation, blood vessel dilation and constriction, as well as in the control of blood pressure.
Prostaglandins are produced in response to tissue damage. This action is part of your body’s natural effort to minimize destruction. This natural function can be a good thing. Albeit, in some this response is over the top.
Prostaglandins are involved in gastrointestinal tract inhibition of acid and increased secretion of mucus. They increase blood flow in kidneys and promote bronchial constriction associated with asthma.
Prostaglandins naturally stimulate uterine muscle contractions causing dysmenorrhea. And likewise induces labor during pregnancy.
At the onset of an infection, your immune system triggers the production of a specific prostaglandin that produces an inflammatory response to prevent it from spreading.
Although the mere mention of prostaglandin might conjure up feverish feelings, it’s function plays a vital role in your natural health. A healthy diet and regular exercise may help keep the pain of its functioning to a minimum.