New research demonstrates role of probiotics in allergy reversal

For over 100 years natural health advocates have used probiotic supplements for the successful reversing of many allergies. We covered one century-old example here.

During most of this period the majority of traditional (allopathic) medical doctors have either been ignorant to the success or simply refuse to believe the claims.

Fortunately these views have changed during the past 10 years as more research has piled up regarding the profound benefits of probiotics.

One such study was released just this month. It demonstrated that probiotic supplementation was able to help infants develop a tolerance to cow’s milk (one of the most common allergies among children world wide).

The new study was published in The ISME Journal by scientists from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

In this study the gut bacteria of infants who developed tolerance to cow’s milk after treatment with probiotic formula showed significant differences from those who remained allergic.

The newly-tolerant infants had higher levels of several strains of bacteria that produce short chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, which help maintain homeostasis in the gut.

According to the study’s authors, the discovery of bacteria that drive tolerance to problem foods like cow’s milk could be crucial to developing new treatments to help children with food allergies.

There has been an unprecedented increase in food allergies in developed countries, rising by as much as 20 percent in the past decade. It is estimated that approximately three percent of children worldwide are allergic to cow’s milk.

According to Science Daily, it is our modern lifestlyes that are causing this dramatic rise in allergies:

Emerging evidence suggests that modern environmental influences, including widespread antibiotic use, high-fat and low-fiber diets, reduced exposure to infectious diseases, Caesarean birth and formula feeding have altered the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract. This dysbiosis, or skewing of the structure of the microbial community, can predispose genetically susceptible individuals to allergies.

In light of the daily onslaught of “modern living,” and how it wreaks havoc on the delicate balance in our gut, it appears there is no longer any doubt that just about everyone can benefit from a good probiotic supplement.

Sources: The ISME Journal, Science Daily.

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