Probiotics for the Mind: A Crossroads of the Microbiome and Mental Health

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In the medical world, significant research and literature demonstrates the importance of gut ecology on GI and mental health. This gut-brain connection is a familiar concept that underscores the mind’s capacity to affect digestive health; however, new research shows that this relationship also functions in reverse. Specifically, microbial residents of the intestinal tract can influence emotional state, mood, cognition, stress responses and social behavior. This has been proven with numerous animal and human case studies. Accordingly, as single agents or as adjuncts to traditional approaches, probiotics have many emerging applications in clinical psychiatry.

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In the medical world, significant research and literature demonstrates the importance of gut ecology on GI and mental health. This gut-brain connection is a familiar concept that underscores the mind’s capacity to affect digestive health; however, new research shows that this relationship also functions in reverse. Specifically, microbial residents of the intestinal tract can influence emotional state, mood, cognition, stress responses and social behavior. This has been proven with numerous animal and human case studies. Accordingly, as single agents or as adjuncts to traditional approaches, probiotics have many emerging applications in clinical psychiatry.

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