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Probiotics May Fight Seasonal Allergies

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 04:24 PM

Can yogurt ease seasonal allergies? That’s the tantalizing prospect suggested by new research showing probiotics — or "good bacteria" in yogurt, aged cheeses, kimchi and other foods — may help people with seasonal allergies.

The findings, published online in the journal International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, are based on a new analysis of 23 studies involving more than 1,900 people, Live Science reports.

The overall conclusion: Hay fever sufferers report significant benefits from using probiotics, improving their symptoms and quality of life.

Lead researcher Justin Turner, M.D., an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, said more studies must be conducted before doctors would recommend using probiotics to help treat people with seasonal allergies.

But the early results are promising, confirming probiotics change the balance of bacteria in the intestines in ways that could protect the immune system from flaring up in response to pollens and other allergens, which may help reduce allergy symptoms.

Seasonal allergies affect approximately 50 million Americans, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Allergy symptoms such as sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes are typically treated with a combination of medications, including antihistamines, decongestants and steroid nasal sprays.

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