Probiotics for seasonal allergies!

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17456_1269532813224_1076952025_30803996_7657050_nSeasonal allergies are a nuisance. Some 8% of adults and 8.4% of children in the US are treated for hay fever each year. Those numbers may not include a larger number of people who take OTC medication on their own without ever seeing a doctor for treatment.  These allergies are uncomfortable, and the medication may not be particularly effective and can be expensive.

Now we have some good news.

A research team at the University of Florida has found that he probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, sold as Kyo-Dophilus in stores, can alleviate symptoms is those who suffer from mild to moderate seasonal allergies (e.g., hay fever).  (Yes, we’re talking about runny noses, sniffles and sneezes.)  To work, it must be used during allergy season.

The research used an experimental design in which some people were given a probiotic and others a placebo, and the results compared.  The team tested a number of different probiotics.  Kyo-Dophilus was the only one found to be effective.

The research has not been conducted among people with severe allergies, so the effectiveness with that group is simply not known.

Ky0-Dophilus has already been shown to promote digestive health and the immune system.  In fact, stool samples were used to confirm that people participating in the experiment were following instructions.

So, have a healthier colon, stronger immune system and sniffle less.  What’s not to like?


Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/allergies.htm
  2. Jennifer C Dennis-Wall, Tyler Culpepper, Carmelo Nieves, Cassie C Rowe, Alyssa M Burns, Carley T Rusch, Ashton Federico, Maria Ukhanova, Sheldon Waugh, Volker Mai, Mary C Christman, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken. Probiotics ( Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2) improve rhinoconjunctivitis-specific quality of life in individuals with seasonal al. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2017; 105 (3): 758 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.116.140012
  3. University of Florida. “Allergies? Probiotic combination may curb your symptoms, new study finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 March 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170301142203.htm>.
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