Allergies can be a frustrating part of life for many people. Unfortunately, for some people, their allergies can literally be life threatening.
Peanut allergies, for example, are one of the most common food allergies, with the Australian government noting that it is the second most common food allergy in children, impacting 1 in 50 children and impacting 1 in 200 adults. They also note that:
“Peanut is the most likely food to cause anaphylaxis and death. It has been estimated that there is one death for every 200 eipsodes of anaphylaxis.”
Obviously, for some people, this is a very serious issue that they must deal with.
Fortunately, there is good news about potential treatment of peanut allergies. L.J. Devon writes,
“Now scientists in Australia at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are finding out that probiotics are the biggest step toward curing fatal peanut allergies in children. The 30 children involved in this study were allergic to peanuts at the onset. During the 18-month study, the children were given both peanut flour and a probiotic called Lactobacillus rhamnosus. After a year and a half, 80 percent of the children were able to tolerate peanuts. It appears that Lactobacillus rhamnosus is the missing piece of the children’s immune systems. Lead researcher Mimi Tang said the families involved in the study were so impressed with the probiotic treatment that they said it ‘changed their lives.'”
In other words, four out of five children who could have died from exposure to peanuts were able to tolerate exposure to peanuts and, thus, be freed from a death sentence by taking Lactobacillus rhamnosus and peanut flour.
So, the question begs to be asked: What is Lactobacillus rhamnosus and where can we get it. Devon answers,
“Lactobacillus rhamnosus is often found in yogurt, but the amount used in the study was highly concentrated and was equivalent to 44 pounds of yogurt. By the end of the 18-month study, the children were able to tolerate up to 14 peanuts per day or four grams of peanut protein. The normal recovery rate during this time period is only 4 percent. The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus boosts recovery from a meager 4 percent to an astounding 80 percent.”
Thus, intake of large quantities of yogurt may help to lower how toxic peanuts are to people with severe peanut allergies. If you, or a loved one, suffer from this debilitating allergy, you may want to do more research on Lactobacillus hramnosus and increase how much yogurt that you eat.