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