Probiotics improve gut health. Improved gut health improves nutrient absorption. Improved nutrient absorption heals all sorts of mental and physical illness. Get a clue mainstream western medicine. This has not been a secret among those who really understand how the body works for at least a decade if not more.
For some of my multiple posts praising the glory of probiotics and how to heal your gut see here.
Taking a daily probiotic supplement appears to improve anxiety in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, new Canadian research suggests, a finding that might one day impact how depression and other mental disorders are treated.
The researchers, led by A. Venket Rao of the University of Toronto, found that giving patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) a probiotic for two months not only boosted so-called “good” bacteria in their stomachs, it also led to a significant decrease in their anxiety symptoms.
A probiotic is a dietary supplement, most often in pill or powder form, that contains live bacteria such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria. These bacteria help maintain gut flora, microbes in the stomach that perform a variety of functions, including aiding digestion, boosting the immune system and warding off harmful bacteria.
“We were quite excited with the fact that these were positive results and we felt that probiotics truly have a role to play in the management of neurophysiological disorders such as anxiety, such as depression and other symptoms associated with that,” Rao told CTV News.
“Rather than going into medications, which may result in side effects, it’s a safe, it’s a very easy way to manage problems such as that.”
The findings are published in the journal BMC Gut Pathogens.
Patients who are diagnosed with CFS often experience a broad range of symptoms, the most significant being persistent fatigue. Nearly all CFS patients also experience neuropsychological problems, such as cognitive dysfunction, sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression. In fact, according to the researchers, about half of all CFS patients meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder. (read the rest)