How to Strengthen the Immune System Against MERS

      June 17, 2015 13:02

      More and more people are going out of their way to protect themselves from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

      Park Sung-joo, editor in chief of a health food magazine said since there is no known food that is effective in combatting MERS, people should think about boosting their immune system in general.

      Koichiro Fujita, a Japanese immunology expert, said, "About 70 percent of immune system cells are in the mucous membranes of the intestines, especially the colon. The more different germs there are in the intestine, the stronger the immune system."

      To provide a fertile environment for germs in the intestine, people should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and pulses.

      Then they should sort out good and bad germs. Drinking yoghurt is one easy way to do so as the lactic acid bacillus in yoghurt does a lot of this work for them. Traditional Korean fermented food such as kimchi, soy bean paste, and soy sauce are also good for the immune system.

      "Fermented food is basically a collection of germs and can greatly help find the right balance in the intestines," Fujita said.

      Park added, "The right ingredients are all around us. If we use our creativity and a bit of imagination for new recipes, people of all ages can enjoy delicious food using soy bean paste, kimchi, or yoghurt."

      Oligosaccharide, which good germs love, is well defended against acid and heat, so it does not get dissolved by digestive enzymes and reaches the intestines unharmed. 

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