Australian study into probiotics offers hope for possible cure to peanut allergies

Researchers at the Australian Murdoch Children’s Research Institute have found a possible cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.

The study, which included giving a daily combination of peanut protein and probiotic Lactobacillus Rhamnosus in increasing amounts over an 18-month period, helped 80% of children in the study.

Lead researcher, Professor  Mimi Tang says “the study results are extremely exciting as they could potentially provide an effective treatment for food allergy.” Adding, “It appears that we have been able to modify the allergic response to peanut such that the immune system produces protective responses rather than a harmful response to the peanut protein.”

A follow-up study is planned to test whether the peanut tolerance continues in the future.

 

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