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A sore throat which is more likely than not to be accompanied by fever, cough and stuffy nose in flu can get hard to handle. If so, the solution is nothing more than a brewing cup of black tea or a glass of red wine.
The first suggestion any elderly might give you when down with flu, will undoubtedly include Lemsip or a medley of hot ginger and lemon. But a recent study suggests that if you are a regular consumer of red wine, black tea or blueberries, you most probably will shield yourself from the prospective flu.
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A study conducted by Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine suggested that a compound called flavonoids found in these foods articles helps a particular gut micriobiome – clostridum oribiscidens – to create a metabolite that boosts the immune system in fighting infections and prevent severe influenza.
The research author, Ashley Steed said, "Flavonoids are common in our diets, so an important implication of our study is that it's possible flavonoids work with gut microbes to protect us from the flu and other viral infections. Obviously, we need to learn more, but our results are intriguing."
The research is done on mice for experimentation and is yet to be carried out on humans for final results.