Calling all those with seasonal allergies!
Allergy season is here and you're probably wondering what you can do to feel less likely to grab a hanky and sneeze.
According to a new University of Florida study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, taking the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus in stores) can help reduce hay fever symptoms during hay fever symptoms.
Read on for the full scoop!
Past research has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria helps maintain digestive health and parts of the immune system
Scientists already know that the combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria helps maintain digestive health and parts of the immune system
. Past research has also found that probiotics help regulate the immune system’s response to allergies, but not all probiotics have shown to be beneficial.
“Not all probiotics work for allergies. This one did,” said first author of the study, Jennifer Dennis. She is a doctoral student in the University of Florida food science and human nutrition department in university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
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University of Florida discovers a probiotic combination that helps alleviate hay fever symptoms
To reach their findings, Jennifer and her team enrolled 173 healthy adults with seasonal allergies. They divided them into two groups – one took the combination probiotic, while the other took a placebo. Over an eight-week period during the experiment at the height of spring allergy season, the participants responded to an online survey to convey their discomfort level.
The team also analysed DNA from the participants’ stool samples to observe how their bacteria changed, considering probiotics are meant to deliver healthy bacteria to the gut. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, senior author of the study a professor of food science and human nutrition, said the DNA test also confirmed which participants were taking the probiotic.
The study concluded that participants who took the probiotic reported improvements in quality of life compared to those who took the placebo. For example, those in the probiotic group suffered fewer allergy-related nose symptoms, which made them feel less troubled while doing daily activities.
The team said they suspect that the combination probiotic may help relieve allergies by increasing the body’s percentage of regulatory T-cells, which in turn may increase tolerance to hay fever symptoms.
They noted that while their study didn’t include severe allergy sufferers, the combination of probiotics showed clinical benefit for those with mild seasonal allergies.
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