Combating the Symptoms of Depression with Probiotics
Depression affects people from all walks of life, all ages, and all demographics. Data reveals that in the United States, an estimated 16.2 million adults (6.7 percent) suffer from depression annually. It also affects an estimated 3.1 million adolescents (12.8 percent) aged 12 to 17.
Today, the main treatment for this disorder is medications to manage the symptoms. But with anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs often come unwanted side effects.
Now there may be another option.
Probiotics for Mood Support
It may be hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But the research into the world of the gut-brain connection is showing just how strong this link can be.
The latest published study found that probiotics may relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) showed probiotic use was associated with improved signs of depression.
The fact investigators demonstrated that consuming a specific probiotic improved both digestive symptoms and psychological issues opens up new avenues, not only for the treatment of patients with digestive issues, but also for patients with primary psychiatric diseases.
The Future of Probiotics
Depression is a serious disease and a healthcare professional should always be consulted before starting any type of treatment. However, this promising new research demonstrates that you can alter your gut bacteria in a way that boosts mood and brain function while decreasing stress and anxiety symptoms.
And just as importantly, with probiotics, there are very few any adverse events or side effects.
Although it cannot yet be recommended that probiotics completely replace medications for depressed patients, it does appear that probiotics seem to be able to treat both physical and mental conditions.