Probiotics for Depression?
Did you know that by improving digestive health, oftentimes brain health also improves? It's because the body is a WHOLE, and our organs are connected.
Here's just one more research study "Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 Reduces Depression Scores and Alters Brain Activity: A Pilot Study in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome" proves this gut-brain connection, where a probiotic (a fancy word for beneficial bacteria) was given to individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and depression.
Guess what happened?
"At week 6, 14 of 22 patients in the BL group had reduction in depression scores of 2 points or more on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale, vs 7 of 22 patients in the placebo group (P = .04). BL had no significant effect on anxiety or IBS symptoms. Patients in the BL group had a mean increase in quality of life score compared with the placebo group. The fMRI analysis showed that BL reduced responses to negative emotional stimuli in multiple brain areas, including amygdala and fronto-limbic regions, compared with placebo. The groups had similar fecal microbiota profiles, serum markers of inflammation, and levels of neurotrophins and neurotransmitters, but the BL group had reduced urine levels of methylamines and aromatic amino acids metabolites. At week 10, depression scores were reduced in patients given BL vs placebo." - (Credit to owner)
Depression scores IMPROVED! Thus improving quality of life (my ultimate goal for all of my clients!)
If you'd like to explore any of this information further or obtain an individualized nutrition plan, you can schedule an initial appointment at our clinic. We also take insurance and some of our clients get full coverage, which is great.
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