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A natural way to treat your seasonal allergies that your doctor never told you

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Researchers find probiotics could be natural way to quell allergy misery

New research shows there is a natural and inexpensive way to treat seasonal allergies that your doctor has probably never told you.


Seasonal allergies bring misery to millions of people. Medications have side effects and might interfere with other prescriptions you're taking.

Results of a newer study show allergy relief could be as easy as eating the right kind of yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement.

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How probiotics stop allergies

Recent studies show probiotics could be useful for treating a variety of ailments.

Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, a UF/IFAS professor of food science and human nutrition and a senior author on the new study and her team wanted to know if bacteria in foods could help allergy sufferers.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research team put a combination probiotic formula to the test, comparing it to placebo.

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For the experiment they enrolled 173 healthy test subjects who suffered from seasonal allergies and tested the probiotic effect at the height of spring allergy season.

One group was given the placebo and the other a combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria - sold as the probiotic supplement Kyo-Dophilus at the market and also available from a variety of online vendors.

You can also find yogurt brands containing the probiotics.

Researchers kept track of symptoms using online surveys from the study participants that described whether their symptoms were the same, worse, or better.

The researchers also took DNA samples from the study participant’s stool to see how gut bacteria had changed and to confirm who was taking the probiotic.

The finding is published in the American journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Those given the combination probiotics lactobacilli and bifidobacteria had fewer nasal symptoms and reported less misery from spring allergies.

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