Chilling Out with Probiotics

More probiotic news from Science Friday:

Probiotic Bacteria Chill Out Anxious Mice

Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write of reducing anxiety and stress in mice by feeding them a probiotic-laced broth. Study author John Cryan discusses how the gut influences the brain, and whether the same might hold true in humans.

And I’m sure I’ve experienced much the same with kombucha. My initial impression was just how ‘smooth’ it made me feel. And my wife’s friend calls it ‘feel good juice’.

Be sure to check out this Science Friday Podcast. And you can read about my kombucha experience here.


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4 responses to “Chilling Out with Probiotics”

  1. ceciliag says:

    huh.. maybe i should feed my mice our home made unpasteurised yoghurt and they can chill out long enough for one of my useless cats to get them! c

  2. An article in The Economist of September 3rd-9th 2011 talks about the experiments performed on rodents and suggests that bacteria dwelling in the gut can affect the brain, and thereby influence an individual’s mood and behavior. The role of probiotics in the diet has been mentioned.
    This idea is not new at all. Homeopaths have been aware of the effect of the bowel flora on the health for almost a hundred years. This was first highlighted by John Paterson in the early 1900s.
    It is heartening to note that what was published by a homeopath in the early 20th century is being confirmed by modern day researchers.
    Your readers may want to read more about this at:…e-our-behavior/

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