30 Jun '13, 4am

Your mom was wrong: eating boogers could boost your immune system

Your mom was wrong: eating boogers could boost your immune system

Sarah Anne Lloyd You can pick your friends … Today in stuff you already knew: Boogers are great! But not JUST in flavor — also for your health. So you can tell all those booger-haters to SHOVE IT, because you’re boosting your immune system, all from the comfort of your own nose. But don’t take my word for it. Instead, take the word of University of Saskatchewan biochemistry professor Scott Napper, apparently an expert on booger consumption: “By consuming those pathogens caught within the mucus, could that be a way to teach your immune system about what it’s surrounded with?” is the hypothesis Scott Napper posed to his students. Napper noted that snot has a sugary taste and that may be a signal to the body to consume it and derive information for the immune system. “I’ve got two beautiful daughters and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose,” ...

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