Got hay fever? Take a probiotic.
A study from the Institute of Food Researchers reveals that probiotics, or friendly bacteria, might balance the immune response to pollen, a cause of allergic rhinitis, according to WebMD. Probiotics could provide support for the nearly 35 million Americans who suffer from seasonal hay fever symptoms.
In the study, the institute evaluated the effects of the probiotic Lactobacillus casei on randomly assigned volunteers. Participants that drank milk containing the probiotic had “significantly lower levels” of allergy-related immune substances in their blood, the story said.
Scientists have theorized that probiotics such as Lactobacillus casei, which has been the subject of many health-related studies, might affect immunity, WebMD reports. Probiotics can enhance digestive health, as well.