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Food Allergies and Probiotics: Is There a Hidden Link?

By    |   Wednesday, 13 January 2016 01:36 PM

Studies show that patients with food allergies may be able to fend them off by taking probiotics.

Typically associated with healthy digestion, probiotics are the “good” bacteria in the gut. Recent research has shown probiotics to provide healthful benefits beyond the intestines.

The National Center for Biotechnological Information reported
that children with food allergies had a different composition of gut flora than healthy children. Those with the sensitivities had higher levels of Clostridia and lower levels of Bifidobacteria, which, in conjunction with Lactobacilli, are plentiful in non-allergenic children.

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Correlation studies show that the more probiotics in the gut, the less likely the chances there are of an individual having food allergies, the NCBI noted.

One study showed that when mice with peanut allergies took a product containing several different types of probiotics, they experienced decreases in inflammatory responses when exposed to peanut products, Natural News reported. The healthy bacteria also improved nutrient absorption of intestinal villi and regulation of lymph nodes, which fight illness and can become inflamed when interacting with allergens. Probiotics appeared to reduce this inflammatory response, as well.

Live Science reported in a study on mice, when Clostridia were placed into their intestines, they prevented mice who had been exposed to sterile conditions or had depleted amounts of microbes in their guts from developing peanut allergies.

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The researchers tried to introduce another type of gut microorganisms called Bacteroides into the mice. It, however, it did not show the same alleviating results as Clostridia, according to The University of Chicago Medicine.

Clostridia caused intestinal cells to release a molecule that reduces the permeability of the intestinal lining, Live Science said. This means fewer allergens were able to make it into the bloodstream and trigger inflammatory responses and allergic reactions throughout the body.

Researchers are looking to get a patent for developing ways to prevent food allergies, Live Science noted. They said they hope to team up with biotechnology companies to engineer an effective probiotic.

More research on the effects of probiotics on food allergies is needed, according to the NCBI. Scientists remain uncertain as to which strains of probiotics work best, what dosage should be taken, and at what time of day the supplement would be most effectively taken.

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