March 08, 2005 14:00
Kimchi, a traditional Korean vegetable dish, has been found to be effective in treating avian influenza and other viral diseases affecting poultry.
A research team at Seoul National University said their findings show that a lactic enzyme in kimchi has remedial effects on chicken and other types of poultry, which had been infected with avian flu, Newcastle's disease and bronchitis.
The experiment was conducted on three groups of 13 chickens infected with the bird flu virus. The first group was given only water, while the other two groups were given either a concentrated or diluted fluid containing kimchi's lactic enzyme. A week later, all chickens in the first group died, but 11 chickens each in the second and third group survived.
"Kimchi is already known to have antibacterial powers. But this is the first time kimchi's effectiveness in curing viral diseases has been proven," said one researcher.
The team is planning to conduct further studies on the lactic enzyme and distribute it to poultry farms across the nation after obtaining permission from the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service.
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