Probiotic Found in Yogurt Can Reverse Depression Symptoms
Lactobacillus shown to affect mood, anxiety in mice; researchers optimistic findings will hold true in humans
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health. Based on their findings, the researchers are optimistic that their discovery will hold true in people and are planning to confirm their findings in patients with depression. “The big hope for this kind of research is that we won’t need to bother with complex drugs and side effects when we can just play with the microbiome,” explained lead researcher Alban Gaultier, PhD. “It would be magical just to change your diet, to change the bacteria you take, and fix your health – and your mood.”
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