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Plant-based Immune Boosters Studied

The Guardian (Nigeria; July 23) – Isoflavones, a compound that occurs naturally in plants, have well-known health benefits and are used as a dietary supplement for humans, explained Brooke Smith, lead author of the study and graduate researcher in the Veterinary Medical Scholars Program at U of I. “When they are included in the diet of [PRRSV-] infected pigs, these isoflavones seem to be supportive by either helping the pigs clear secondary infections or setting them up for a more successful immune response so they clear the infection and don’t succumb to it,” Smith said.