Friday, 6 October 2017

For better mental health, follow your gut

The importance of the gut to physical health is well known. Now, an emerging field of research has found that the trillions of microorganisms living in the digestive tract, known as gut microbiota, can communicate with the brain too.

Tweaking this gut microbial balance through the use of a new class of probiotics known as psychobiotics, for instance, could tip it in favour of better mental health, some experts believe.

Psychobiotics are “a game changer” that could potentially provide new treatments for conditions such as depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism, said Professor Tsai Ying-Chieh of the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan at the Vitafoods Asia conference held here earlier this month.

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