Anxiety Related to Gut Bacteria in New Research
Anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, according to a review of studies published in General Psychiatry.
Increasingly, research has indicated that gut microbiota can help regulate brain function through something called the “gut-brain axis.”
Recent research also suggests that mental disorders could be treated by regulating the intestinal microbiota, but there is no specific evidence to support this.
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The researchers concluded: “We find that more than half of the studies included showed it was positive to treat anxiety symptoms by regulation of intestinal microbiota.
“There are two kinds of interventions (probiotic and non-probiotic interventions) to regulate intestinal microbiota, and it should be highlighted that the non-probiotic interventions were more effective than the probiotic interventions.
“More studies are needed to clarify this conclusion since we still cannot run meta-analysis so far.”
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