A brand new review of the actual research on the effects that both probiotics and prebiotics have on symptoms such as depressions and anxiety have a surprising result: it would appear the probiotics, either in combination with prebiotics or by themselves, reduce the depressive symptoms of an individual, but they have no impact on their anxiety. The study has also revealed that neither depression or anxiety are significantly affected by prebiotics.
Of course, the research on these topics are still limited, but the authors of the research argue that more research is still needed to look into these findings. The current results have been published in the academic journal called BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.
How Depression Works
The National Institute of Mental Health has a lot to say about depression. They say that it is a mood disorder that can last for more than 2 weeks and presents a wide array of symptoms. These symptoms range from feeling angry, sad, worthless, helpless, guilty to being irritable. Some people suffering from depression might stop being interested in their hobbies and could even end up feeling tired, unable to concentrate, or suicidal.
Around 7% of adults in the United States have been depressed at least once during the past year. The treatment for this condition usually involves therapy, medication, or a combination of both. There are a variety of factors that are involved in causing depression. These can be genetic, biological, psychological or environmental. In most cases, there is a combination of factors that leads to depression.
Why Probiotics Help
Recent studies seem to indicate that the gut-brain axis is a highly important factor when it comes to depression. It would appear the array of microorganisms that live in the gut of an individual relate strongly to the person’s spinal cord and to their central nervous system in general.