How to treat allergies (from rhinitis to asthma) using the correct probiotics

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imageMore and more often, scientific research helps us understand that allergies are not a reaction to “bad pollen” or “food against us”.

Allergies may represent the manifestation of a complex instability in the intestinal flora or in the relationship with food, without excluding the impact played by the emotional side of that person.

Accordingly, today we know that it is possible to treat hay fever or dermatitis by choosing the right diet and a good probiotic alongside, as clarified and confirmed by a randomized double-blinded study published in 2014 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In that article, the authors concluded that the continuous use for at least 2 months of a certain type of probiotic is able to effectively treat allergic rhinitis both in adults and children (Costa DJ et al, Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014 May; 68 (5): 602-7.doi: 10.1038 / ejcn.2014.13. Epub 2014 Feb. 26).

More in detail, the bacteria strain used in the work is of the type called Lactobacillus Paracasei LP-33, present in the product sold by Allergopharma under the name “Bion Allergo”, which can be only purchased online at the moment.

Nowadays, every type of bacteria has a name and a description, which summarises its peculiar actions. Novel clinical evidence is leading us to consider using certain bacterial strains, which perform specific functions and may become powerful allies in fighting for immune tolerance.

An article on JACI by an Australian research group strengthens such indication: the results presented highlighted that the recovery of oral tolerance to food allergens is greatly improved by the co-administration of a probiotic, even in the case of severe allergies/anaphylactic reactions as those caused by peanuts (Tang ML et al, J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 March; 135 (3): 737-744.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.11.034. Epub 2015 Jan 13).

In the study, re-educating to tolerance was made possible by simultaneous administration of Lacobacillus rhamnosus, while gradually re-introducing the target food in small doses.

Such treatment resulted in more intense reactions after peanuts contact, but ensured a better effectiveness in reaching tolerance.

For all these reasons, the right probiotic is able to play a role on the whole body’s balance, pretty much replacing any anti-histamine drug.

Therefore, when treating rhinitis we can benefit both from classic supporting tools, but also from certain types of probiotics (such as Bion, one capsule a day, between meals, for a period of 2 to 3 months).

The direction ahead is quite clear and consists in using selected bacterial strains specifically geared towards the immune system and the intestinal wall.

Another great product, this time for kids, is Simbiox Infantis, which is specifically prepared in bags to be freely mixed with milk or water, with no additives or preservatives. It is useful in any case of antibiotic therapy and/or imbalance of bowel function, either related or not to allergy.

The efficacy of the product is down to two strains part of its composition, selectively chosen and purified: Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 (which are guaranteed by Danisco).

From the old generic definition of “lactic ferments”, we should be switching to a more specific notion of probiotics, which are capable to produce unimaginable benefits on numerous pathologies.

In a way, we are not sticking to the old-school “grandma’s recipe”, but we do appreciate and get inspired by “grandma’s” legacy.