Saturday, 7 October 2017

Probiotics in yogurt and Depression

Probiotics from yogurt may improve Depressive symptoms.
More and more research shows that the gut microbiome has a key role in the regulatory brain function and in human behavior. This concept is a "paradigm shift in neuroscience" according to Gerard Clarke PhD, from Microbiome Institute at University College Cork in Ireland.
In a placebo-controlled clinical study, subjects received a daily probiotic for 4 weeks, Bifidobacterium longum; after that, they received a placebo for another month. Scientists found reductions in the stress hormone and reduced anxiety in the participants.
The results showed reductions in the stress hormone cortisol and a blunted increase in subjective anxiety in response to acute stress. More research is needed but there is hope, some probiotics strains may improve depressive symptoms.

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