Experts say there is no clear evidence to support benefits, and moreover, those who consume such supplements are at risk.
The parasitic worm, Trichuris suis, living in the intestines of pigs, can make its appearance on the European market after it was successful in Southeast Asia. But there are some problems. His close rush causes trichocephalosis in humans. Because the pig parasite is adapted to life in this animal, its effects on humans are much smaller because it cannot live much in the human intestines.
Parasite egg supplements do not need to function to be accepted, but just be safe for use, writes Science Alert.
That is why Germany is considering the possibility of introducing these supplements. There is in Thailand from 2012 and the company that produces them, Tanawisa, wishes to introduce them to the European market.
But what would such a supplement need? This approach is based on the idea that modern people live too “clean” and some health problems arise precisely because we do not have enough exposure to the harmful organisms we have lived together for millennia. In other words, it’s like a person would swallow small doses of poison to create immunity.
Still, scientists have found no conclusive evidence of increasing resistance against microorganisms. Peter Hotez, from Baylor College of Medicine, stated that “in my opinion, worm therapies belong to the same category of cult pseudo-science as autism therapies.” Helena Helmby, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that “self-treatment with any kind of worm is not recommended, and it is important to note that they are in no way completely harmless.”