Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stress, Depression and Anxiety Are All Alleviated by Probiotics

On December 11, 2016 we published a post titled Study: Parkinson's Linked To Gut Bacteria. In that post we looked at a report from CNBC which focused on a medical study that had a high confidence of linking Gut Bacteria to Parkinson's Disease.

Today, we continue that discussion by looking at an article that recently appeared in which linked gut bacteria to stress, depression and anxiety.  The article written by Mae Chan and published on December 15, 2016 titled "Stress, Depression and Anxiety Are All Alleviated by Probiotics" looked at the relationship between bacteria in the stomach and various mental disorders. 

As the article pointed out there are "400 species of bacteria in your stomach that can be the key to health or disease."  The article continued.. "Interest in the gut-brain axis and emerging evidence that the intestinal microbiota can influence central nervous system function has led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation can have a positive effect on mood and psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety." 

The article does acknowledge that 'the research into the relationship between the gut and the brain is reasonably new and that researchers are just now starting to better understand this 'gut brain axis'.

However, as one researcher pointed out, "we don't know yet how far this could be used in the treatment of depression...and the treatment of cognitive and mood disorders....but it does appear that generally healthy people who are going through stressful periods could certainly benefit from adding probiotics,to their diet."


Probiotics May Treat Anxiety and Depression

Scientists have been exploring the connection between gut bacteria and chemicals in the brain for years. New research adds more weight to the theory that researchers call "the microbiome--gut--brain axis."

Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that mice fed the bacterium Lactobacillus rhamnosus showed fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression. Researchers theorize that this is because L. rhamnosus acts on the central gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, which helps regulate emotional behavior.
L. rhamnosus, which is available as a commercial probiotic supplement, has also been linked to the prevention of diarrhea, atopic dermatitis, and respiratory tract infections.

The More Bacteria the Better

While bacteria on the outside of your body can cause serious infections, the bacteria inside your body can protect against it. Studies have shown that animals without gut bacteria are more susceptible to serious infections.

Bacteria found naturally inside your gut have a protective barrier effect against other living organisms that enter your body. They help the body prevent harmful bacteria from rapidly growing in your stomach, which could spell disaster for your bowels.
To do this, they develop a give-and-take relationship with your body.
"The host actively provides a nutrient that the bacterium needs, and the bacterium actively indicates how much it needs to the host," according to research published in The Lancet.

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Source, Mae Chan,"Stress, Depression and Anxiety Are All Alleviated by Probiotics" December 15, 2016.

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