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From avian flu to get rid ... cabbage!

March 14 2005

Perhaps, the Koreans have found a way to fight bird flu , reports the BBC. The medicine is so original, that, at first glance, it seems a joke. It turns out that the deadly virus is afraid of sauerkraut, though not common, but cooked on a traditional Korean recipe.

Kimchi, as the name of this dish is easy to prepare. Cachan fresh cabbage, not bothering to treatment, soaked for three days in a concentrated salt solution. After that, extract, washed with the same solution, and provides a new, less salty brine. Add the hot red pepper, radishes, lots of garlic, ginger and five days to stand at room temperature.

This simple dish has caused a closer and not a gastronomic interest of scientists from Seoul National University after they were fed an extract of kimchi 13 chickens infected with avian influenza. A week later 11 of them began to show signs of recovery.

Of course, evidence-based results are considered early, especially because even if the kimchi helps cope with illness, it is unclear how this happens. However, the Koreans treated the news with enthusiasm and with redoubled zeal began to stuff healing product of birds, and at the same time and devour it themselves.

The idea that sauerkraut wins fatal disease that somewhat absurd, but today a number of her supporters are many Korean scholars. Some of them argue that kimchi has even broader therapeutic properties - for example, gets rid of bronchitis and generally beneficial effect on the body. Meanwhile, among the inhabitants of kimchi popularity is growing every day, and already overwhelmed by the neighboring regions of Korea.

In fairness, we note that domestic sauerkraut may well compete with kimchi. It is known that part of hangover relief to our domestic product has no equal.

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