Probiotic yoghurt could help treat depression, scientists say

Probiotic yoghurt is renowned for aiding intestinal health, but now scientists believe that it may also help treat depression.

A new study found that bacteria in the gut had a direct effect on the brains of mice, which is thought to also be the case in humans. If humans’ brains are influenced in the same way, researchers think it could stem a host of new ways to manage depression and also anxiety disorders.

Bowel disorders have been related with stress-related psychiatric disorders in the past, which inspired the researchers to study the link further. While experimenting on mice, the scientists fed them a broth containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1 (a species that naturally lives in our digestive system).

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