Having a peanut allergy can be scary, but probiotics might be the answer for millions of people. Researchers in Australia conducted a study in which children were given the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus with a peanut protein, and after a short while, many of the children appeared to be cured of their peanut allergies.
According to the SpreadIt, there are about 15 million people with peanut allergies in America alone. These new findings could be life changing for many children and families around the globe.
“Scientists from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne gathered a group of 60 children under the age of 10 with peanut allergies for 18 months. During the clinical trial, 30 allergic children were given a daily dose of peanut protein together with a strain of probiotic bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosusin in increasing amounts. The other 30 children received a placebo along with the peanut protein. At the end of the trial, researchers found that 80% of the children, who had taken the oral immunotherapy treatment, could eat peanuts without any reaction,” reports the SpreadIt.
Treating a peanut allergy with probiotics allows a patient to build up a tolerance to peanuts, making their allergy disappear, so to speak. Although these food allergies can range from mild to severe, most people who are allergic to a specific food don’t want to take chances. Some doctors say that each time a person eats something they are allergic to, the reaction can be worse, so a lot of people with food allergies choose to stay away from whatever it is that bothers them. A cure would be widely welcomed mainly because of the danger of such an allergy. Peanut allergies, of course, can be fatal.
According to NewsMax, the results in the study mentioned above were very positive. Out of nine children treated with the probiotic, seven responded well and were able to tolerate peanuts. These odds are extremely promising, but more research will need to be conducted before Lactobacillus rhamnosus treatment becomes the cure (or part of it).
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the next step in the process is to ensure that the children who were treated and “cured” can actually eat peanuts over the next several years of their lives without redeveloping the allergy. If the probiotics work to cure this allergy, there is hope for people with food allergies all over the world.
Do you think that researchers will eventually find a cure for food allergies?
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