I was reading an article today and it really caught me off guard with a number of research facts that it had.

The pilot study involved 44 adults with IBS and mild to moderate anxiety or depression. They were followed for 10 weeks, as half took a daily dose of the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001, while the others had a placebo. (Neuroscience News)

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  • Helps replenish your body’s good bacteria*
  • Promotes digestive health*
  • Supports the 70% of your immune system found in the digestive tract*
  • Promotes colon health*
  • Reduces bloating and discomfort*

You can find the full article here:

Probiotics May Help Improve Symptoms of Depression

 Summary: According to researchers, probiotics can help relieve symptoms of depression, as well as be beneficial in helping to treat IBS.

Source: McMaster University.

Probiotics may relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset, research from McMaster University has found.

In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that twice as many adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported improvements from co-existing depression when they took a specific probiotic than adults with IBS who took a placebo.

The study provides further evidence of the microbiota environment in the intestines being in direct communication with the brain said senior author Dr. Premysl Bercik, an associate professor of medicine at McMaster and a gastroenterologist for Hamilton Health Sciences.

“This study shows that consumption of a specific probiotic can improve both gut symptoms and psychological issues in IBS. This opens new avenues not only for the treatment of patients with functional bowel disorders but also for patients with primary psychiatric diseases,” he said.

IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world, and is highly prevalent in Canada. It affects the large intestine and patients suffer from abdominal pain and altered bowel habits like diarrhea and constipation. They are also frequently affected by chronic anxiety or depression.

The pilot study involved 44 adults with IBS and mild to moderate anxiety or depression. They were followed for 10 weeks, as half took a daily dose of the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001, while the others had a placebo.

At six weeks, 14 of 22, or 64%, of the patients taking the probiotic had decreased depression scores, compared to seven of 22 (or 32%) of patients given placebo.

Image shows an intestine.

The study provides further evidence of the microbiota environment in the intestines being in direct communication with the brain NeuroscienceNews.com image is for illustrative purposes only.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) showed that the improvement in depression scores was associated with changes in multiple brain areas involved in mood control.

“This is the result of a decade long journey – from identifying the probiotic, testing it in preclinical models and investigating the pathways through which the signals from the gut reach the brain,” said Bercik.

“The results of this pilot study are very promising but they have to be confirmed in a future, larger scale trial,” said Dr. Maria Pinto Sanchez, the first author and a McMaster clinical research fellow.

ABOUT THIS NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH ARTICLE

Source: McMaster University
Image Source: NeuroscienceNews.com image is in the public domain.
Original Research: Abstract for “Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 Reduces Depression Scores and Alters Brain Activity: a Pilot Study in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome” by Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez, MD, Geoffrey B. Hall, PhD, Kathy Ghajar, BSc, Andrea Nardelli, MD, Carolina Bolino, MD, Jennifer T. Lau, BSc, Francois-Pierre Martin, PhD, Ornella Cominetti, PhD, Christopher Welsh, BSc, Amber Rieder, BA, Jenna Traynor, BSc, Caitlin Gregory, MD, Giada De Palma, PhD, Marc Pigrau, MD, Alexander C. Ford, MD, Joseph Macri, PhD, Bernard Berner, PhD, Gabriela Bergonzelli, PhD, Michael G. Surette, PhD, Stephen M. Collins, MD, Paul Moayyedi, MD, and Premysl Bercik, MD in Gastroenterology. Published online May 27 2017 doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2017.05.003