It has been said that microbes on farms can help protect kids from allergies and asthma. But even non-microbial molecules are showing protective effects. This has been proven true by immunologist from the University of Zurich. Researches showed that sialic acid present in farm life is effective against inflammation of lung tissues. This study opened up many perspectives for the control and possible treatments of allergies.
More and more people are suffering from asthma and allergies. In the past years, these conditions have greatly increased in industrialized nations. Now, approximately 30% of kids have allergies – with the exception of those living in farms. Among farm kids, this condition is increasing less dramatically as compared to their friends who live in the same village but does not have a farm set-up. Microbes that are present in greater amounts and greater diversity on farms protect kids from asthma and allergy. A surrounding that is not highly hygienic somehow shows a positive effect on the development of the immune system. There is sensitization. The body learns not to react to harmless materials as is the case with allergic triggers.