Australian scientists say a particular strain of probiotics could offer a possible cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.
Researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne gave 60 children who are allergic to peanuts either a probiotic along with a small dose of peanut protein or a placebo.
Lead researcher Associate Professor Mimi Tang said more than 80 per cent of children who received the protein and probiotic were able to tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms at the end of the trial.
"This is 20 times higher than the natural rate of resolution for peanut allergy," she said.
Twenty-three of the 28 children who received the probiotic with the peanut protein were able to eat peanuts after the study.
The effect lasted for two to five weeks after treatment.
The strain of probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus.
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