Can Bacteria in the Gut Fight Depression?

by Savitha C Muppala on  July 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
What has gut bacteria got to do with reducing symptoms of depression?

This is the present preoccupation of researchers from The University of Canterbury who are conducting many experiments to check if probiotics found in the gut, can actually combat depression.
 Can Bacteria in the Gut Fight Depression?
Can Bacteria in the Gut Fight Depression?

Researchers found that there is a manner of communication between the gut and the brain and that inflammation of the gut can increase the risk of depression.

Researchers wish to explore the use of probiotics in the treatment of depression. A trial for 16 weeks with the use of probiotics to treat 80 people with symptoms of depression is slated to begin soon.

It is important to find other ways to treat depression, especially when many people that are prescribed anti-depressant medication are not finding it effective and are unable to manage the side-effects.

Source: Medindia

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