Probiotics: the new mood booster

Probiotic bacteria might be able to alter brain neurochemistry and treat anxiety and depression-related disorders. At the University College Cork, Ireland, they do some of the most progressive research on probiotics in the world. (Click HERE to visit their website.)

Researchers there found that mice fed Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1 showed “significantly fewer stress, anxiety and depression-related behaviours than those fed with just broth. Moreover, ingestion of the bacteria resulted in significantly lower levels of stress-induced hormone, corticosterone.”

Now, while I’d be interested to take a little side journey in this blog about how they determined those mice were less stressed, I’m going to trust that the researchers had a method for determining that.

In medicine, there’s always been an acknowledgement of the connection between your brain and your gut (just think about nerves right before you give a speech – where do you feel it?!). But this study identified a pathway through which gut organisms altered mouse brain chemistry and behavior.

It’s really exciting to see all the research being done and the connections being made. It makes me realize how important it is that I take my supplements – probiotics first, of course! – to get and stay healthy.  (Though always remember to check with YOUR doctor before adding any supplement to your diet.)

Go with your gut,

Probulin Team

This article was originally posted on by Dr. Shekhar Challa on Feb 13, 2012. With permission by the author we have reposted it on


Happy holidays from the Probulin Team!

It’s a wonderful time of the year! Friends, family, all the holiday gatherings filled with laughter and joy. It’s also a little crazy – at least around here. Baking and gift-buying, and then wrapping those piles of presents.

Remember to take your probiotics and prebiotics during this hectic time. One of the first places we feel stress is in our guts. Even when you’re having fun during the holidays, just being so busy adds stress and on top of that, you’re probably eating a little more than you usually do. (Kudos out there to those who AREN’T eating more during the holidays. Add a comment and tell us how you resist all those sugar cookies, fudge and decadent desserts.)

All of these things combined together are bound to affect the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. Get this, in a study published in the Los Angeles Times in August (click HERE to read the article)  ), an international research group found that mice who took drinks spiked with Lactobacillus rhamnosus (JB-1) were less anxious and stressed than the control group.

Most of you already know from your own experiences that when you get stressed, a stomach ache often follows. Doesn’t it make sense to keep that bacteria in balance as you face these crazy, fun holiday times?

Wishing you lots of joy and laughter to offset the busy-ness!

Go with  your gut,

The Probulin Team