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Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome

Probiotics And Mood

A randomized controlled clinical trial, which examined participants with low urinary free cortisol levels, reported that Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175 improved mental well-being, and could have a preventive role against stress-related psychological changes (Messaoudi, Violle 2011).

In a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial on human volunteers, a probiotic formulation containing L. helveticus R0052 and B. longum R0175, taken for 30 days, led to beneficial psychological effects, including improvements in scales that measure depression, anger-hostility, and problem solving. This same probiotic combination also reduced anxiety-like behavior in rats (Messaoudi, Lalonde 2011). In another rat model, the combination of probiotics reduced depression scores after a heart attack and restored gut permeability (Arseneault-Breard 2012), and it decreased cell death in various brain regions (Girard 2009). In mice, it prevented brain changes that occur as a result of chronic psychological stress (Ait-Belgnaoui 2014).

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