Healthy bacteria could boost immunity to flu, improve digestion

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 6:19 PM

(WHAS11) - Believe it or not yogurt could be the secret weapon in fighting the flu.

A promising new study shows that probiotics, a healthy bacteria that are now added to many foods like yogurt and cereal, could help fight the virus.

The claim probiotics improve your digestive system, boost your immunity and even ward off the flu.

A new study from a Danish company that makes probiotics products says kids on probiotics had fewer flu symptoms than kids who didn't

In that study only a 1/3 of kids in the probiotic group had a cough or runny nose compared to more than 80% of kids who took nothing.

"The majority of our immunity is actually centered in our gut that's why it's not very surprising to me that we're seeing a role for probiotics in the prevention of flu and upper respiratory infections," said Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine.

Doctors are calling for more independent research on probiotics and urge parents to focus on the basics this flu season; get your child a flu shot, make sure they wash their hands and stay home if they, or you, are sick.

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