Common Probiotics Can Reduce Stress Levels, Lessen Anxiety
Using a zebrafish model, Daniel Davis and a research team from the University of Missouri determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety.
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Story posted: Nov. 21, 2016
By: Jeff Sossamon
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety. Studying how gut bacteria affect behavior in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of how probiotics may affect the central nervous system in humans. Their results recently were published in Scientific Reports a journal of Nature.