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Anxiety might be alleviated by regulating gut bacteria

Review of studies suggests a potentially useful link between gut bacteria and mental disorders Source: BMJ People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies.

Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially in disorders that are related to stress.

Research has indicated that gut microbiota, the trillions of microorganisms in the gut which perform important functions in the immune system and metabolism by providing essential inflammatory mediators, nutrients and vitamins, can help regulate brain function through something called the "gut-brain axis."

Probiotics are living organisms found naturally in some foods that are also known as "good" or "friendly" bacteria because they fight against harmful bacteria and prevent them from settling in the gut.


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