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Why does everything good for you have to be so bad? I mean look at it. LOOK. AT. IT.

It’s called a seguki turnip and it might possibly be the remedy for the flu. I have no doubt in my mind that it does in fact cure whatever because it looks absolutely terrible. But for the more skeptical:

Published in Letters in Applied Microbiology, the study found that, when fed to mice, the Lactobacillus brevis bacteria in the suguki actually prevent the mice from contracting influenza. Although the bacteria hasn’t been tested on humans yet, researchers are currently working on a probiotic drink made from suguki, which will hopefully yield similar results.

The bacteria, which is protected from stomach acid by a particularly bad-ass exoskeleton of sugar molecules, basically puts the immune system into overdrive, and helps boost the production of flu-specific antibodies. The researchers hope that they could use the suguki to protect against the newest, deadly flu virus emerging out of China.

Whatever, we Asians have seen/tasted worse. I personally had the deer antler and herbal remedy. Also, some fat ass gel caps filled with like some kind of fish oil. IT’S ALL GOOD. Give me those turnips, I’ll eat them with sriracha.

[via uproxx via mashable]

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founded Gumship in 2012 to document the Asian American experience through culture, lifestyle and entertainment. When he's not blogging, he creates music as the rapper Rekstizzy. Hobbies include ramen, fried chicken, and pizza. If he could eat all three at the same time, the joy in his heart would cause him to levitate off the floor in a spiral motion.