Even before there was any science to back it up, we’ve been trusting our guts to help us make important decisions. TV detectives have been using their guts to solve mysteries. Heroes often go with their guts in order to trust that suspicious side character who used to work for the villain. Some people in the scientific field even consider the mass of microbes brewing in our bellies a second brain due to the effect they have on our cognitive functioning and mental health. So if you’ve heard about the belly-brain theory, it’s probably easy for you to stomach the findings of this new study.
According to the research published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the use of probiotics was linked to a decrease in subjects reflecting on unhappy memories. This is important because depression tends to follow sessions of bad-memory brooding. Forty subjects participated in the study. For a period of four weeks, half were given placebos, the other half probiotics. Before and after the test, they were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their moods.
Test subjects taking a multispecies probiotics were significantly less likely to stew on their memorialized misgivings. This is the first evidence that probiotic use could affect mood.
From Medical XPress
“Even if preliminary, these results provide the first evidence that the intake of probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sad mood. As such, our findings shed an interesting new light on the potential of probiotics to serve as adjuvant or preventive therapy for depression.”
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