Flu Prevention: Suguki

Scientists have discovered that a traditional Japanese pickle could have “protective effects” in preventing people from catching the flu.

The traditional Japanese pickle called Suguki or Lactobacillus brevis was proved effective at boosting the immune systems of mice exposed to the flu virus.

Japanese researchers believe that a protective layer of sugars called exopolysaccharides, which protects the bacteria against acid stomach juices, is the reason behind Suguki’s ability to fight off flu virus.

While the research seems promising, still, the best way to prevent colds and flu is still to live a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, and to get vaccinations if possible. 


- irda w