Dietary fibre increases survival in influenza-infected mice by setting the immune system at a healthy level of responsiveness, according to a preclinical study published May 15 in the journal Immunity.
A high-fibre diet blunts harmful, excessive immune responses which can result in allergies and inflammatory diseases, while boosting antiviral immunity by activating T cells.
These dual benefits were mediated by changes in the composition of gut bacteria, leading to an increase in the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) through the microbial fermentation of dietary fibre.
In the new study the team found that mice were protected from influenza infection by a diet supplemented with either the highly fermentable fibre inulin or SCFAs.
Taken together with past studies, the new findings suggest that the modern Western diet consisting of food high in sugar and fat and low in fibre could increase susceptibility to inflammatory diseases while decreasing protection against infections.
Herbs that can help prevent viral infections include Elderberry, Echinacea, Astragalus, Olive leaf, Siberian ginseng, Cat’s Claw, and Shiitake mushrooms.
Call me if you wish to have a tincture of these herbal medicines to help protect against Influenza.
If you have had a previous consultation with me, this herbal tincture can be dispensed without a consultation, unless there has been a change in medication or health status.