Peanut allergy cure is on the way, thanks to probiotic bacteria
While nut allergies are generally common and found in people in geographic locations, these can be fatal at times. A team of scientists in Australia have said that a strain of probiotic bacteria could help cure the fatal peanut allergies.
The lead researcher Mimi Tang said that the families felt that the treatment changed their lives. “These findings provide the vital first step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly for all food allergies,” she said in a statement to Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
The randomized trial involved a group of nearly 30 children and it was conducted by Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. The trials were conducted on children aged one to 10 beginning with small amounts of peanut flour with the bacteria in the beginning which gradually increased up to two grams, the approximately the amount of six nuts.
Professor Tang said, “These findings provide the vital first step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly for all food allergies. It will be a major advance for medical science if we can find a treatment that is curative. It will change the lives completely for children and adults who have peanut allergies.”
Along with the flour, they were also given the daily doses of Lactobacillus rhamnosus found in yoghurt and it was given in quantities found in 44 pounds of yoghurt. After the treatment nearly 80 percent of the children were found to have tolerated the nuts.