By restoring the gut’s protective barrier and microbiome, scientists at the University of Chicago report that their technique can reverse food allergies in mice.
A study unveiled to the American Chemical Society (ACS) showed how dosing allergic mice with the treatment prevented a life threatening anaphylactic response.
If the treatment also works in people, it could be used to counteract many other types of food allergies, as well as inflammatory diseases.
A healthy microbiome produces butyrates as biproducts, which in turn foster the growth of good bacteria. The solution found by the researchers uses this to repair the microbiome.
Food allergies have been linked with a damaged microbiome
“The prevalence of food allergies and several other Chronic Diseases has increased dramatically over the last few decades” says Dr. Jeffrey Hubbell.
In conclusion, treating and restoring the gut microbiome and barrier could be the solution to the food allergy crisis.