A scientific study published recently has claimed some kinds of homemade soup can help people fight malaria.
The study holds special significance in light of the continuing rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of malarial bacteria.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, the study looked at 56 samples of soups made from family recipes.
The researchers studied the extent to which the soups were antipyretic properties. Anything antipyretic is something that is able to reduce fever.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said there were more than 219 million cases of malaria reported across the world in 2017. The number of deaths due to malaria that year was around 435,000, WHO says on the sections of its website dedicated to malaria.
What does the study say?
The research was actually, as the people who conducted it said, a “double-blind study to identify potential ingredients with antimalarial activity from traditional remedies with reported antipyretic properties.”
They explained: “Recipes of clear broths, passed down by tradition in families of diverse ethnic origin, were sourced by schoolchildren.”
The researchers added: “Broths were then tested for their ability to arrest malaria parasite asexual growth or sexual stage development in vitro.”
Homemade soup for the win
Remember the soups the researchers sourced? In total, samples of 56 soups turned up, and all of them were tested.
The scientists found that at least five of them reduced the activity of the parasite that causes malaria by 50 percent. And that too in the disease-causing stage.
Of these, two were even as effective in fighting malaria as dihydroartemisinin, which the researchers described as “a leading antimalarial.”
Four other soups were found to be able to block the transmission of malaria to mosquitoes by 59 percent. They did this by blocking the growth of the malaria parasites to a stage where they could infect mosquitoes, which would then spread malaria even further.