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Severe Flu, Gut Microbes, and Flavanoids

Since we're about to enter influenza season, anything that might reduce the risk or severity of the flu is pertinent.  According to a recent study done at Washington University School of Medicine, there are reasons why some people have more severe flu symptoms than others.  One reason they discovered was that certain gut microbes need to be present in order to process immune-supporting substances from our diet.  One such substance is a flavonoid, as discussed in this particular study.  So, the take-home message is, if you want to reduce the risk of severe flu, optimize healthy gut microbe levels and consume flavonoid rich foods such as berries, apples, and tea.


Also keep in mind that Vitamin D has been shown to protect against colds and flu, as confirmed in a recent study published in the British Medical Journal in 2017.

Sources:
Washington University School of Medicine. "Natural compound coupled with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu: Mouse study reveals how gut microbes fight influenza." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 August 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170803141048.htm>.
Washington University School of Medicine. (2017, August 3). Natural compound coupled with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu: Mouse study reveals how gut microbes fight influenza. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 7, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170803141048.htm
Washington University School of Medicine. "Natural compound coupled with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu: Mouse study reveals how gut microbes fight influenza." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170803141048.htm (accessed August 7, 2017).





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