The Unexpected Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Depression and Anxiety

I love the breakthroughs that science is making in the area of the gut.

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How depression and anxiety are connected to bacteria in the gut.

Consuming a prebiotic bacteria can have an anti-anxiety effect, the first ever human study of its kind has found.

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered that a prebiotic bacteria can reduce levels of anxiety in a clinical trial.

Like foods containing probiotic bacteria, prebiotics are functional foods: they have benefits beyond their purely nutritional value.

While prebiotics are non-digestible, they provide sustenance for healthy probiotic bacteria in the gut.

The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, involved 45 women taking either a prebiotic or a placebo for 3 weeks (Schmidt et al., 2014).

The results showed that compared with a control group, those taking the prebiotic had a reduced tendency to pay attention to negative information, which is a key component of anxiety and depression.

Women who took the prebiotic also had lower levels of the stress…

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