One thing that many of us dread is allergy season.
Itchy, swollen, and teary eyes. Runny noses and a dry, irritated throat. It can be almost impossible to focus on important things that matter when you're dealing with allergies.
Well, for probiotics users, scientists have good news.
According to a recent study, two probiotic strains can be helpful in reducing allergy symptoms and improving quality of life in sufferers.
As you know, we always try to keep up with the latest research and development in the field of probiotics and gut health.
We recently came across some information we think you may find very interesting.
In a recent study, probiotic supplements helped reduce seasonal allergy symptoms in people with mild allergies.
These magical little anti-allergy strains used in this study were lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. When study participants took these, they found they experienced significant improvement in symptoms as compared to those who took a placebo.
Those taking the probiotic combination suffered less allergy-related symptoms and saw an improvement in their overall quality of life.
This is promising news. Finally, a natural, safe supplement designed to alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms.
These two strains were also shown to be helpful for allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. Allergic 'rhinitis' is the swelling and irritation of mucous membranes in the nose.
This swelling can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, a stuffy nose, earaches, and headaches.
So, if your standard over-the-counter allergy meds are just not doing it for you, adding a probiotic with both lactobacillus and bifidobacterium could be exactly the touch you need.
Taking an extra serving of a probiotic containing these two strains every morning during allergy season may provide the allergy relief you're looking for.
Both of these strains stimulate the production of T cells, which are associated with reduced inflammation.
The researchers suspect that this improvement in rhinitis symptoms may occur because of an increase in T cells, but aren't sure at this time. More research is needed to determine exact causes for improvement, but what they do know right now is that these two strains help allergy sufferers.
Taking care of everything from boosting the immune system to boosting our moods to regulating allergy symptoms, healthy gut bacteria is absolutely necessary for a healthy life.
If you or a loved one finds yourself struggling with the seasonal sniffles, try reaching for a bottle of your personally preferred probiotic (as long as it has lactobacillus and bifidobacterium in it.