Trying to prevent the flu? This article in Medical News Today discusses how bacteria found in traditional Japanese pickle can help prevent a flue infection.
The pickle is called which is a pickled turnip. The Suguki pickle has a particular strain of Lactobacillus brevis that was found to improve and boost the immune system of mice that had eaten the Lactobacillus brevis. It was found that the bacteria increased production of flu specific antibodies and was sufficient to prevent H1N1 flue infection.
The strain of Lactobacillus brevis is called KB290 and currently human clinical trials are underway with a probiotic drink to see if it has the same effects in humans.