This could be the breakthrough of the century in how to prevent the flu… even a deadly pandemic strain of it.
And even better, this highly effective flu treatment has been derived from common food ingredients!
Yet, this amazing research out of Georgia State University has received little coverage — so little, in fact, that it begs the question of whether it’s been sabotaged!
Considering the fact that these findings could effectively put Big Pharma’s flu shot cash cow out to pasture, that could very well be the case.
But regardless of why this news isn’t being shouted from every rooftop, that doesn’t mean you can’t put this discovery to work for you right now!
The veggie cure
Earlier this week, I told you how the CDC has issued its annual appeal for everyone — especially those over 65 — to rush into their nearest pharmacy or big-box store and get a flu shot.
And that’s despite the fact that this year’s vaccine is expected to be so ineffective that the CDC is sending out letters to doctors saying they should expect some of their patients who get the jab to come down with the flu anyway!
How’s that for a show of confidence?
But even though we’re hearing the same old story about the importance of getting this risky shot — one not even expected to work — we’re not hearing about one of the biggest findings to ever come along in preventing the flu.
Georgia State researchers infected laboratory mice with a “lethal” dose of the influenza A virus. Prior to that, however, the mice were “pretreated” with a type of beneficial lactic acid bacteria called Lactobacillus casei (L. casei) derived from fermented vegetables.
The researchers found that these treated mice had 18 times less virus in their lungs… showed a robust immune response… and were able to develop immunity against other “virus subtypes” from a secondary flu virus infection.
And, despite the massive dose of the virus they were infected with, all of them survived!
That, however, wasn’t the case for the control group, which didn’t get treated with L. casei. In fact, every single one of those unlucky rodents died.
The lead author of this study called those findings “highly significant,” but I’d say that’s the understatement of the year!
This new study is supported by others that have found that strains of lactic acid bacteria can also protect against a type of pneumonia.
The Georgia State researchers even envisioned a nasal spray being developed using a special type of lactic acid bacteria, which, they say, may be effective in providing universal protection against all types of influenza viruses.
While this is stunning proof that probiotics (or certainly, at the very least, the strain L. casei) can stop influenza in its tracks, the idea that beneficial bacteria can help keep you healthy has been known for some time now.
And since around 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut, it also makes perfect sense.
Last year, we told you about research that found beneficial gut bacteria can help control your blood sugar. And before that, how taking probiotic supplements can have a healing effect on rheumatoid arthritis!
What all this boils down to is that probiotics may well be the sort of “miracle cure” Big Pharma wishes it could have created in its laboratories.
Maybe that’s why practically no mainstream news outlet has even bothered to report these findings. After all, drugmakers spend billions on advertising — especially on network news shows.
What you don’t need, however, is a Pfizer or Merck drug to provide these astounding benefits. If you enjoy fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut or a popular Korean dish called kimchi, you already have a head start in loading up on L. casei. And that specific strain (what was used in this current research) is also available in many different probiotic supplements.
Yogurt, of course, is another excellent source of probiotics — but just make sure the kind you select contains live and active cultures and is free of aspartame or any other fake sweetener. (Those are additives you can be sure to avoid by shopping for organic varieties.)
And if you’ve recently been on a course of antibiotics, it’s especially urgent to start up on a quality probiotic with at least 20 billion CFUs (or colony-forming units).
“Lactic acid bacteria can protect against influenza A virus, study finds” Georgia State University, December 13, 2017, gsu.edu