Malaria fighting soup, a school experiment leads to discovering about homemade cures

This experiment started as a project for National Science Week at a British primary school. Malaria researcher Jake Baum could teach the children the distinctions between the herbal remedy and the authentic medicines. Sixty incredibly different soups were brought in this school. Children of Eden Primary school that was attended by Jake Baum’s son Gilly and daughter Rudy caters to families from across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. All were guessed to be broth-based vegetarian, meat, or chicken soups that the family had passed down by the generations on account of their therapeutic qualities.  Baum said the kids bought in the lumpiest soups, and this idea was to try and get some clear extract from it. Working with the children, Baum was capable of filtering successfully 56 types of soups that he took back to the lab to test the medicinal properties.

Baum and his team at the Department of Life Science at Imperial College study the rarest species of the malaria parasite, known as P. falciparum that is responsible for 99% of deaths caused by malaria.  In 2017, according to the World Health Organization, there were an allotted 219 million cases of disease dispatched by infected mosquitoes in 2017, affecting 87 countries. In 2017 there were about 435,000 deaths. Baum said that every year, nearly half a million children die from malaria that is transmitted by the infected mosquitoes. The frontline antimalarial drugs, known as artemisinin-based combination therapies or ACT, are starting to lose their efficiency as the parasite evolves resistance.

At first, Baum and his team did not plan to carry out all the 56 tests as no one expected that a bowl of soup can kill a malaria parasite. Baum said that one of the most effective soups was a vegetarian soup, and it was a bowl of fermented cabbage soup and also added that people say a lot about kimchi and other fermented cabbages, so maybe there is something like that in this soup. Baum published the result of this soup project on Monday in the journal BMJ.

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