A daily dose of peanut protein combined with a probiotic was given to 30 children who are allergic to peanuts, in an increasing amount over an 18-month period. The results of this experiment could pave way for a cure for peanut allergy.
Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave around 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period, Stuff.co.nz reported.
The probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus and the dose was equivalent to eating about 20 kilos of yoghurt each day.
At the end of the trial 80 percent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction. However, further research would be required to confirm whether patients could still tolerate peanuts in the years to come.