Cure hay fever with yogurt

What does yogurt have to do with hay fever? At first glance you would think, nothing! Nevertheless, research is being conducted at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain into a remedy for hay fever using yogurt with probiotics.

Hay fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction that affects the mucous membranes of your nose, eyes and throat. The general symptoms of hay fever are a lot of blowing, sneezing and watery, itchy eyes. These reactions are usually caused by hypersensitivity to pollen in the air. Hay fever can strike suddenly at any age and you often have this annoying allergic reaction for the rest of your life. Not everyone with hay fever reacts the same. Some react very violently with red, puffy eyes and sneezing and blowing their nose all day long. Sometimes people can get very short of breath. Others only suffer from red eyes.

Not just in the spring

It is generally thought that hay fever only occurs in the spring. Nothing is less true. Different people have reactions to different substances. People who are allergic to tree pollen may suffer from it from February to May. Most tree pollen is released in April and is therefore by far the most difficult month. In June and July the grass pollen starts to swirl around. If you are allergic to grass pollen, you will have a lot of trouble, especially during these months. Pollen is also released in July and August, this time from nettles and goldenrod. Even in autumn you can suffer from hay fever, which is caused by spores and fungi.

Consequences of hay fever

As mentioned, hay fever can affect anyone and at any age. It can lead to sleep disorders and concentration problems at school or at work. Even asthma can be a consequence of hay fever and if one is already predisposed to asthma, a temporary form of asthma can occur during the hay fever season. In any case, it remains a very annoying allergy and if a solution can be found, it will benefit many people.

To research

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have proven through pilot studies that the bacteria Lactobacillus casei Shirota (LCS) have a beneficial effect on the control of hay fever. A pilot study is a small-scale preliminary study to check the feasibility of a large study. LCS falls under the lactic acid bacteria and is a species whose strain is probiotic. These probiotics appear to be found in yoghurt and according to the researchers, probiotics, in particular the LCS type, have anti-hay fever properties.

Properties of probiotic bacteria

Naturally occurring bacterial flora in the body can be influenced by probiotic bacteria. Nutritionists sometimes prescribe them after a course of antibiotics or as part of the treatment of a fungal infection. It has been established that probiotics can stimulate the immune system in the intestine.

Efficacy

A positive effect of certain probiotic bacterial strains or combinations of strains is claimed for:

  • Reducing diarrhea, both bacterial diarrhea and viral diarrhea
  • Reducing constipation
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Restoring the flora after a course of antibiotics
  • Reducing symptoms of Crohn’s disease and similar conditions
  • Preventive protection against food pathogens, such as salmonella

 

Finally

The aforementioned scientists at East Anglia University in Great Britain are said to have started research into the anti-hay fever properties of the probiotics in yogurt in 2010. No results are known yet. These facts show that yogurt and especially the probiotics found in yogurt are good against many discomforts. Whether yogurt is really a remedy against the allergic reactions of hay fever remains to be seen. In the meantime, we can continue to eat our healthy bowl of yogurt with peace of mind.

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