And now, if you’re allergic or intolerant to cow’s milk, the good bacteria can help you. The gut bacteria of infants who developed tolerance to cow’s milk after treatment with probiotic formula showed significant differences from those who remained allergic, according to a new study published September 22, 2015, in The ISME Journal by scientists from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. The newly tolerant infants had higher levels of several strains of bacteria that produce short chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, which help maintain homeostasis in the gut. The discovery of bacteria that drive tolerance to problem foods like cow’s milk could be crucial to developing new treatments to help children with food allergies. To help your kids overcome allergies, look for Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG-supplemented formulas.
This also means that other food related allergies can be controlled with different strains of bacteria, hence increasing the quality of life for growing kids who have been on a restrictive diet due to their allergies. Probiotics ultimately strengthen the immune system, and make the immune system fight off the allergy instead of the allergy gripping the body. So the body may remain allergic to the food stuff, but the immune system can fight it off via probiotics, instead of succumbing to it.