Monday, June 10, 2013
Probiotics Affect Brain Activity
That’s the headline from a recent article in Medscape - http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/805012
The article goes on to say that “A new study provides the first evidence in humans that probiotics in the diet can modulate brain activity.
“In a proof-of-concept study using functional MRI (fMRI), researchers found that women who regularly consumed probiotic-containing yogurt showed altered activity of brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation.“
Ok, so why is this important?
"This study is unique because it is the first to show an interaction between a probiotic and the brain in humans," lead author Kirsten Tillisch, MD, associate professor, Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, told Medscape Medical News.
Ok, the author of the study thinks it’s important…what about some other smart researcher?
"This is a very important study as up to now most of the evidence that the gut microbiota can influence brain and behavior have emerged from studies in mouse models including our own work (Bravo et al., PNAS 2011)," John Cryan, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland, who was not involved in the study, told Medscape Medical News.
Ok,now that you’ve read that endorsement, here’s the link, again, to the full article: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/805012
On the other hand, if you prefer the “Cliff Notes” version, here’s a link to the shorter MensHealthNews posting: http://news.menshealth.com/the-bacteria-thats-good-for-your-brain/2013/06/03/
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