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Can Probiotics Improve Your Mood?  

Bacteria appears to do a body a lot of good, from bolstering immunity to easing digestion. Recent evidence also points to certain bacteria as influencing mood, by producing compounds that travel from the intestine to the brain. (There's even the name for this feel-good superhighway: the gut-brain axis.)

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Any dietary intervention that improves gut microbial health will improve mood by reducing the entry of bacteria into the blood where it can initiate inflammatory responses via toll-like receptors. However, prebiotics, such as polyphenols, may be more important than probiotics for improved gut health because they are less susceptible to destruction during intestinal transient.

 

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