Increase in dietary fiber dampens allergic responses in the lung

A new study in mice provides a link between dietary fiber intake, amounts of intestinal and systemic short-chain fatty acids, changes in the microbiome and allergic responses in the airways. The findings support the growing appreciation of a potential therapeutic role of diet in treating allergic diseases (pages 159–166).

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Figure 1: Different amounts of dietary fiber intake can change allergic airway responses and modify susceptibility to inflammatory disease.

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Huffnagle, G. Increase in dietary fiber dampens allergic responses in the lung. Nat Med 20, 120–121 (2014).

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