Allergy Prevention: Cats and Cows Protect Farm Children From Asthma and Allergy

Allergies and asthma are the subjects of constant study, but recently immunologists from the University of Zurich have discovered that a certain acid found in farm animals is effective against the inflammation of lung tissue. Read on for more about what this means for future allergy prevention.

Asthma and Allergies in the Modern World

The numbers of people suffering from allergies and asthma have dramatically increased over the course of the last few decades especially in industrialized nations. It is estimated that about 30 percent of children have allergies with the amazing exception of farm children. It seems to work in a non-logical manner in that an environment that is not considered hygienic helps to develop the immune system, which in turn learns not to react to certain materials, which occurs with allergies.

#1. Toddler Feeding Cows

Allergy Prevention: Cats and Cows Protect Farm Children From Asthma and Allergy
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The Door To Understanding Allergy Prevention Is Now Opening Wide

Sialic acid found in the saliva of farm animals is effective against the inflammation of lung tissue. On farms, these microbes occur in higher amounts and greater diversity and according to a new study, offers new perspectives for allergy prevention. The team of researchers headed by Remo Frei of the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research from the University of Zurich in cooperation with the Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE) in Davos and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Switzerland in St. Gallen have conducted a study which has indicated that “… Early childhood contact with animals and the consumption of food of animal origin seems to regulate the inflammatory reactions of the immune system.”

#2. Child Cuddling Cat

Allergy Prevention: Cats and Cows Protect Farm Children From Asthma and Allergy  Allergy Prevention: Cats and Cows Protect Farm Children From Asthma and Allergy
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