Probiotics could be the key to curing children of peanut allergies, and might also point the way to breakthroughs on treating any food allergy at all.
New research published recently in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal finds that a course of probiotics and peanut oral immunotherapy helped children kick their peanut allergies and remain desensitized to peanuts for at least four years.
These study results suggest the addition of probiotics to treatment could lead to higher rates of success than if children underwentoral immunotherapy on its own. A randomized controlled trial comparing the effects of oral immunotherapy and oral immunotherapy plus probiotics would be the next step in assessing its viability as a treatment, said study author Mimi Tang, a researcher at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, in a Lancet audio interview about her findings.
We were very excited by these findings because to us, it really shows that the probiotic peanut combination can actually change the immune response to peanuts and provide benefits, long term, years after having stopped the treatment, said Tang.
Tangs original research on probiotics