Probiotics, the good bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract, are back in the news. This time a team of researchers have reported that probiotics help regulate the immune system and reduce allergy symptoms.
Anurag Singh, MD, PhD, of the Nestlé Research Center, Switzerland, and his colleagues studied 20 people with a history of seasonal allergies. Some subjects took a probiotic supplement containing a form of Bifidobacterium lactis and others had a placebo during the peak of pollen season. The subjects’ blood was analyzed at the beginning of the study, at four weeks, and again when the study ended at eight weeks.
Levels of Th-2 cytokines, which are involved in allergies, decreased significantly in people taking probiotics. In addition, their allergy symptoms...
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