Probiotics and hay fever

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tansy, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich (UK), have just published a study(1) indicating that probiotics (‘good’ bacteria) may help to keep hay fever symptoms at bay.

    The researchers of this small study wanted to investigate whether the ‘good bacteria’ Lactobacillus casei Shirota (found in many probiotic supplements, yoghurts and drinks) played a role in modulating the symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis).

    Hay fever sufferers were given a milky drink, with or without the good bacteria, each day for five months. The scientists kept track of, and compared the changes in, the immune system of the participants by collecting blood samples before, during and after grass pollen season.

    It was found that the probiotic being tested changed the way the body's immune cells responded to grass pollen. The hay fever sufferers that had been drinking the probiotic containing drink had lower levels of the chemicals (interleukin 5 and 6 and interferon-gamma) partly responsible for the production of hay fever symptoms in the body. They also had higher levels of specific antibodies (immunoglobulin G and E) which are associated with playing a protective role in allergy reactions.

    The authors of the study conclude that “These data show that probiotic supplementation modulates immune responses in allergic rhinitis and may have the potential to alleviate the severity of symptoms.”

    This was only a small study and the authors plan to do further work to further elucidate the role that probiotic ‘good’ bacteria may play in changing the immune status of hay fever sufferers. As I mentioned in my post dated 19th May the good/friendly bacteria in our digestive system have been linked to positively enhancing the action of our immune system through their production of a variety of substances. This study adds to the growing body of evidence which suggests that the bacteria in our digestive systems may be very important in affecting our overall health.

    (1) Ivory K et al. 2008. Oral delivery of Lactobacillus casei Shirota modifies allergen-induced immune responses in allergic rhinitis. Clin Exp Allergy. 2008 May 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. pansylady

    pansylady New Member

    Thanks Tansy for printing this. I suffer terribly with hay fevr & am bad at present. I am taking Zertec & have tried all the antihistimanes & hoped this would help with my nose, Hives & itching but for some reason I still sneeze & itch but not as bad as i have and the hives arent as bad.

    I am not great at present with my Candida,FM. I went off St. Johns Wort & Passiflora as I read somewhere antihistimanes were not great while taking these Herbs.
    I felt great on St. Johns Wort but it didnt help my allergy symptons so I can see me going down the drug route again and I dont wnat to because of the side effects & ingredients they all have.

    Do you know of any Doctor in the UK preferably London that specialise in FM. There isnt any here but I would be prepared to travel if I thought it would help. I take Zertec at tea time & use Lavender oil on the soles of my feet & on my pillow and at least I get a nights sleep. The only thing about Zertec it makes me depressed sometimes.

    I have higher Nature Briobitic powder so I will sprinkle it on my cereal or mix it in water and see how it goes

    Hope this isnt to long winded.

    Pansy Lady