There is a long list of health benefits of probiotics. It has been studied for its effectiveness in preventing infant gut issues, helping women have healthy pregnancies, reducing the risk of diarrhea, and fighting belly fat – to name just a few of the hundreds of studies on the benefits of probiotics.

We may be able to add yet one more benefit to the long list! A new study showed that seasonal allergy sufferers had significant relief from itchy eyes when taking a probiotic. The study had 425 subjects, all suffering from seasonal allergies, and all being treated with an anti-antihistamine. One group was given the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei subspecies paracasei LP-33, the other a placebo. The group given the probiotic was found to have a higher quality of life score, using the Rhinitis Quality of Life global scores, and was also found to have significant relief of ocular (eye) problems.

As someone who has many friends who suffer from hay fever, I know that many find this symptom one of the worst to deal with, so it is really exciting that something as simple as probiotics could help so much. Unfortunately the study didn’t find any nasal relief from the addition of probiotics.

Some have had success using a neti pot for nasal relief, and also check out this list of possible ways to beat seasonal allergies, and this survival guide for seasonal allergies.

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Itchy eyes from hay fever? Probiotics may help
If seasonal allergies are causing your eyes to itch, this study gives hope that you might soon find relief.