With temperatures on the rise and flowers budding, it’s a time of the year that is loved by many. At last, spring is here! With more sunshine and warmer weather comes much discomfort for victims of seasonal allergies. The perpetrator? Those gusty spring winds often bring pollen and other irritants that result in an array of adverse reactions.
Probiotics and Your Allergies
Probiotics have been linked to numerous health benefits – digestive and even immune related. But in recent news, the science community has been studying probiotics and the impact these beneficial microbes could have on seasonal allergy symptoms. As suppliers of probiotics, we were pretty excited to learn about this development. So, we did some research and this is what we discovered.
How Probiotics May Help With Seasonal Allergies
Between all the sneezing and hoarseness that many people suffer in the spring and fall, there is much more happening inside of your body than just what is being exhibited on the outside. According to an article in Fitness Magazine, the release of histamine is to blame. Upon the release of histamine, your body shows all of the symptoms that people associate with allergies. Now, imagine if probiotics could help stop allergy symptoms before they even started.
Good news. In a recent study, that is exactly what happened. When individuals suffering from seasonal allergies supplemented with a probiotic-based drink with Lactobacillus casei, users experienced significantly lower levels of immunoglobin E (igE), the antibody responsible for otherwise triggering histamine. Unsure exactly what this means? It means that certain strains of probiotics like L. casei could help put an end to sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, and snotty noses.
Is Probiotic Supplementation Right for You?
As discussed previously, taking a daily probiotic may also strengthen your immune system, which helps your body stay better equipped for handling seasonal allergies. However, in more severe cases, additional treatment may be required. Talk to your physician about the best course of treatment for your seasonal allergies.
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