|March 16, 2005, as reported
by just-food.com: As global concern over the next possible
flu pandemic grows, researchers at Seoul National University think
they may have found a cure in a common Korean dish. Kimchi, or spicy
pickled cabbage, has long been known for it medicinal values and has
been credited with curing everything from the common cold to a lonely
heart, now scientists want to add bird flu to the list.
Researchers at Seoul National University conducted trials in which
chickens with avian flu were fed the active lactic acid bacterium
abundantly present in kimchi and showed a marked recovery.
Of the 13 infected chickens given the kimchi extract, 11 of them
recovered a week later, according to the Korea Times. Reports of
the findings have sent kimchi sales soaring all over Asia. Korea
produces about 460 thousand tons of kimchi and exports about $78m
worth of the pungent delicacy each year.