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Can probiotics help allergy symptoms?

The changing of seasons often brings an unwelcome intruder: allergies. From sneezing and post-nasal drip to congestion and runny noses, sinus troubles abound. Researchers wondered if probiotics could help ease the symptoms of sufferers throughout the allergy season. The short answer is, yes. Their results were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.3

Researchers at the University of Florida recruited 173 participants with seasonal allergies to receive either a probiotic (Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 and B. longum MM-2) or placebo during eight weeks of the spring allergy season. Though the supplement group self-reported an ease in symptoms, their blood samples didn’t reveal significant changes in allergy markers. So, while the mechanism of action is still unclear, the study concluded that the probiotics did help increase quality of life for allergy sufferers.

3. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017;105(3):758-67.

Can probiotics ease the common cold?

During the course of two winter and spring periods, researchers enrolled over 450 participants to receive either probiotics or placebo for three months in a double-blind, randomized, placebo- controlled trial. If participants caught a cold, they recorded their symptoms daily.

As it turns out, total cold symptoms, cold durations and number of days with a fever were lower in the probiotic-treated group than in the placebo group. In all, probiotics seemed to strengthen immune system function during the common cold season, reported the study published in Clinical Nutrition.4

4. Clin Nutr. 2005;24(4):481-91.

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