Have hay fever? Then the approach of allergy season probably has you running to stock up on tissues with lotion. But new research from the University of Florida[1. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2017/02/22/ajcn.116.140012.abstract] may help: turns out that taking probiotics for allergies could help you find relief.
The Probiotics For Allergies Study: Two Bacteria
One of the most powerful combinations of bacteria for boosting immunity and overall gut health are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (the same two found in femMED’s Probiotic supplement.). Scientists decided to see if the combination would also help increase people’s tolerance to hay fever.
In the height of spring allergy season (picture pollen everywhere) they took a group of 173 adults and divided them into two groups: probiotics people and placebo people. They were monitored over an eight-week time period for symptoms of discomfort, using a variety of methods:
- a weekly online survey
- two fasting blood samples
- stool sample DNA tests to check bacteria levels
The result? At the end of the trial, scientists had clinical proof that lactobacilli and bifidobacteria reduced the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Participants reported fewer nose-related allergy symptoms (a big deal if you have ever had your nose running for three weeks straight!) and other improvements to their overall quality of life.
[quote] To our knowledge, this is the first randomised, placebo-controlled trial addressing the clinical relevance of this particular combination of 2 probiotic strains on quality of life related to self-identified seasonal allergies.[2. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2017/02/22/ajcn.116.140012.full.pdf+html] [/quote]
Although scientists still don’t understand the mechanism that causes probiotics to help seasonal allergies, they think it has something to do with the percentage of regulator T cells (Tregs).
Other Ways to Get Natural Relief
Interestingly, most other ways to get natural relief will sound familiar to anyone trying to improve overall immunity:
- eat lots of leafy green vegetables
- add lots of deep-colored vegetables for beta-carotene
- ensure you are drinking half your body weight in ounces of water
- include these foods with natural anti-histamines or anti-inflammatory properties: onions, turmeric, kale, garlic, ginger, horseradish
Here’s a smoothie that may help:
1 cup raw spinach
1 cup kale
fresh ginger to tolerance
Have you had any help from natural remedies for hay fever? Let us know in the comments below!