- Almost everyone finds the habit of picking noses unpalatable
- However, a new study shows that picking your nose and eating the mucus boosts your immune system
- This is because mucus has "good" bacteria
Almost everyone finds the habit of picking noses unpalatable. Even less palatable is the transfer of what has been "dug out" into the mouth.
However, a new study indicates that what most people find unacceptable—picking a nose, digging out mucus and eating it—actually boosts the body's immune system.
The study indicates that mucus contains "good" bacteria that prevents "bad" bacteria, which causes cavities, from lining itself on teeth.
Professor Friedrich Bischinger, a lung specialist from Austria, said in an interview that people who have this habit may sometimes be healthier than those who avoid it.
He said: "In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine."
The study was conducted by scientists based at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was published in the American Society for Microbiology.
It further adds that mucus could fight respiratory infections, stomach ulcers and even HIV. And as if the topic wasn't disconcerting enough, the scientists are reportedly preparing a synthetic mucus toothpaste to keep you healthier.
The video below presents a different view that says picking your nose is bad.