Probiotics may help relieve seasonal allergies
Here's more good news about yogurt. According to an analysis by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, probiotics found in yogurt and other foods with live active cultures, may help relieve some of the suffering of people with seasonal allergies.
Researchers believe that probiotics may change the balance of bacteria in the intestines in a way that could protect the immune system from flaring up and in doing so, reduce allergy symptoms. They analyzed the results from more than 20 previous studies, reviewing data from 23 randomized trials and more than 1,900 people. They found that 17 out of 23 of these studies showed that when people consumed probiotics, they showed improvements in at least one outcome measure, such as allergy relief or improvement of general quality of life, compared with people who took a placebo.
More studies will need to be done to determine if probiotics can actually be used as a treatment for seasonal allergies, which affect an estimated 50 million Americans.