With family gatherings and interactions with more people at this time of year it’s easy to get run down and find yourself unwell. Luckily we may have a remedy to keep you fit and healthy this Easter holiday.
A recent advance in our understanding of Lactobacillus brevis KB290, (a probiotic that enhances our immune function and benefits our gut health) by the U.S. national Library of medicine, has assisted in confirming a common traditional Japanese pickle just may help prevent you catching the flu this year.
In the journal Letters in Applied Microbiology, the Lactobacillus brevis bacteria was found to have increased production of antibodies which help the body fight off illness such as the flu.
“Our results show that when a particular strain of Lactobacillus brevis is eaten by mice, it has protective effects against influenza virus infection. A protective layer of sugars called exopolysaccharides protects the bacteria against acid stomach juices could lie behind its powers.” – Naoko Waki, author of the study.
In another published human clinical study, the consumption of the probiotic also led to improvement of irritable bowel syndrome in some cases.
While all this research does seem promising, it is still important to remember that in order to maintain a healthy gut and immune system you must take into account a healthy diet and regular, light exercise. Not to mention hydration, hydration, hydration!
If you’re interested in giving this daikon (Japanese pickle) radish a try, it can be found in most local Asian food grocers.