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Probiotics Help Fight Depression

By    |   Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:45 AM

The list of athletes who have contended with depression may surprise you: the NFL's Terry Bradshaw, hockey player Dan Carcillo, NBA star Larry Sanders — and the list goes on.

Clearly, being a professional athlete doesn't protect you from the mental health challenges of depression.

But it turns out that probiotics might do just that.

A new study published in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health looked at research on the two-way relationship between your brain and your digestive tract — the gut-brain axis — and found that getting a regular dose of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidobacterium bifidum is linked to significant reduction in symptoms of depression.

The researchers also found that depressive symptoms decreased when probiotics were combined with a robust supply of prebiotics, which include foods such as leeks, asparagus, onions, garlic, chicory, soybeans, and Jerusalem artichokes, along with whole grains that feed the good microbes in your gut (probiotics).

Major and/or persistent depression affect around 20 million American adults, and unfortunately medications fail to sustain improvement for between 40% and 60% of those who take them. Adding talk therapy to the treatment can increase relief.

And now probiotics and prebiotics offer one more way to manage depression symptoms.

If you’re consistently feeling down, talk to your doctor or call a helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 800-662-4357 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273- 8255), and do some shopping for gut-loving groceries and probiotics that make it through your stomach acid, like Culturelle and Digestive Advantage do.

© King Features Syndicate


   
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