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Researchers Use Frog Mucus to Fight the Flu

If the idea of frog slime repels you, you might want to adjust your thinking, as a new study shows that the mucus on a frog’s skin may be a new flu-fighting tool. Researchers found antimicrobial peptides in the mucus that can neutralize bacteria, viruses and fungi, CNN Health reports. While a frog mucus cure may be far off in the future, scientists did find that the peptide specifically targets H1 flu viruses.

Flu season for this year is mostly over, but it’s never too late to plan ahead and do what it takes to avoid this nasty respiratory disease — and we’re not talking about lining up for a vaccine. Staving off the flu, or any other respiratory disease, begins with a healthy immune system.

One way to boost your system is to optimize your vitamin D levels. Research shows this fat-soluble vitamin is essential to the function of your immune system, and suboptimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response, making you more susceptible to colds, flu and other respiratory infections.

The best way to get your “D” is through sun exposure. Twenty minutes a day in the middle of the day are sufficient, but if that isn’t possible, you may want to consider supplementing with vitamin D3. If you do, be sure to also take a vitamin K2 supplement, as well as magnesium as this vitamin and mineral work together to maintain a proper balance between calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D, and magnesium. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
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