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According to experts, Sauerkraut, a traditional recipe, made from cabbage can be effective in fighting bird flu. Made from chopped cabbage that is fermented for at least a month, Sauerkraut contains bacteria, lactobacillus, that may counter bird flu.
The findings follow a study in which ‘kimchi’–a spicy cabbage dish popular in South Korea and similar to sauerkraut–was fed to 13 chickens infected with bird flu. Just one week later, 11 of the birds showed signs of recovery from the virus. Prof Kang Sa-ouk of Seoul National University claims that lactobacillus created during the fermenting process, is the active ingredient that could combat bird flu. The feed helps improve fight against bird flu and other types of viruses.
Sauerkraut has many other health benefits. It has cancer-fighting and detoxifying properties and is also a rich source of vitamins. A further study on Sauerkraut, carried out recently by Polish and American scientists, concluded that the sauerkraut might be the reason for the lower breast cancer rate observed among Polish immigrants in America.
Though Sauerkraut has attracted a lot of attention due the recent studies, much more extensive scientific research is needed to prove its effectiveness against bird flu. Whether or not scientists are able to establish Sauerkraut as a cure for bird flu, its health benefits have definitely come into foreground as a result of the studies. I wonder if beer would be good too?