Sunday, 8 June 2008


Well you got to love this story. Kimchi is just powerful stuff.
Here is the link

"Korean dish 'may cure bird flu'

Korean woman make huge batches of kimchi

South Korea's spicy fermented cabbage dish, kimchi, could

help to cure bird flu, according to researchers.

Scientists at Seoul National University say they fed an extract of kimchi to

13 infected chickens - and a week later 11 of them had started recovering.

The researchers said the results were far from scientifically proven

and if kimchi did have the effects they observed, it was unclear why.

South Koreans are reported to be eating more kimchi as a result

of the study.

"I'm eating kimchi these days because I've heard in the

media that it helps prevent bird flu infections," one man said.

Love it or loathe it, once you have eaten it, you will never

forget it. Kimchi is made by fermenting cabbage with red

peppers, radishes and a lot of garlic and ginger.

The idea that it could help poultry to fight off bird flu

sounds like a dubious folk remedy.

But the theory is being floated by some of Korea's

most eminent scientists.

"We found that the chickens recovered from bird flu,

Newcastle disease and bronchitis. The birds' death rate fell,

they were livelier and their stools became normal," said Professor Kang Sa-ouk.

Sars link

There was an increase in kimchi consumption two years ago,

when thousands of people in Asia contracted Sars

(severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Kimchi was reported to have helped to prevent Sars.

The claim was never scientifically proven, but according

to some Koreans, people in other countries followed their example

and started eating kimchi.

"After the Sars outbreak, I went to China and I noticed

that the Korean restaurants there sold most of the kimchi

they'd made that day," a Korean man said.

So one of Korea's national specialities may soon find a much

bigger market. Whether it really is an effective remedy,

only time and more research will tell. "


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