A diet rich in probiotics may help protect against depression by promoting a balance of neurotransmitters
Besides keeping your gut healthy, consuming a diet rich in probiotics -- also called as “good” or “helpful” bacteria -- may help protect against depression, finds a mice study.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for health, especially the digestive system.
The findings showed that rats which lived solely on the fatty diet were found to develop behaviour similar to depression, while the rats receiving the probiotics-enriched drinking water remained neutral in their behaviour.
Further, the rats that did not receive probiotics had an increased number of white blood cells in their brain tissue, which can be a sign of chronic inflammation, and is also seen in the fatty tissues and livers of overweight people and diabetics.
Conversely, these cells were found to have decreased in the brains of the rats with probiotics in their drinking water.
After 12 weeks, the researchers observed that the rats on the fatty compound feed without probiotics behaved more depressively when they were given a swimming test.
Although it is difficult to say whether the results can be transferred to people with depression, it is possible to imagine some of the people who suffer from depression benefiting from probiotics, Abildgaard said.
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