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  • Writer's pictureNina Dmitreff

Gut microbiota and allergic diseases in children

"Here, we introduce the latest studies on the gut microbiota in children with allergic diseases and present the hypothesis that dysbiosis characterized by fewer butyric acid-producing bacteria leads to fewer regulatory T cells, resulting in allergic disease.

Our study and a study reporting that children with butyric acid-rich stool samples at 18 months of age tend to have fewer sensitized allergens support our hypothesis. If this hypothesis is correct, using prebiotics and probiotics to increase BAPB [butyric acid-producing bacteria] levels and postbiotics that are rich in butyric acid might be novel preventative or therapeutic approaches to allergic diseases."

NOTE: Foods supporting butyrate producing bacteria include BUTter, asparagus, artichoke, onions, potatoes, yams, legumes (and other *resistant* starches). And more.

Source: Allergology International via Science Direct

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