Finnish Study Suggests Probiotic Cultures for Treatment of Birch Allergies

For those who suffer from birch pollen allergies, a recent study conducted in Finland may provide new information, according to Danisco Health & Nutrition (Danisco; Copenhagen).

For those who suffer from birch pollen allergies, a recent study conducted in Finland may provide new information, according to Danisco Health & Nutrition (Danisco; Copenhagen). Researchers from Turku University Hospital and Turku University (Turku, Finland), and Danisco tested the effects of a dose of two probiotic cultures on children diagnosed with birch allergies.

The study, published in World Journal of Gastroenterology, used 47 children between the ages of 4 and 13 and found an importance related specifically to the ratio of probiotics used.

Previous studies have combined probiotic strains at a ratio of 1:1. The innovative aspect of our study was that we used an adapted ratio in an attempt to find the right probiotic mix, said Dr. Arthur Ouwehand, lead researcher for Danisco.

These new findings are promising for probiotics as a possible alternative to antihistamines, which can cause various side effects like drowsiness and dry mouth.

Danisco's full press release can be read at www.danisco.com/cms/connect/corporate/media%20relations/news/archive/2009/july/businessupdate_300_en.htm.