Food allergies can be reversed in mice by targeting the microbiome

People with serious food allergies face potentially fatal consequences if they’re accidentally exposed to triggering foods. But tests in allergic mice show that swallowing a form of butyrate — a compound produced by healthy gut bacteria — offers protection against peanut allergy, scientists report. The treatment might also counteract other food allergies, as well as inflammatory diseases.People with serious food allergies face potentially fatal consequences if they’re accidentally exposed to triggering foods. But tests in allergic mice show that swallowing a form of butyrate — a compound produced by healthy gut bacteria — offers protection against peanut allergy, scientists report. The treatment might also counteract other food allergies, as well as inflammatory diseases.

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