24 Oct 2015

Probiotics and the brain

From This Way Up, 1:15 pm on 24 October 2015

There's a saying that the heart rules the head, but new research is showing that our guts could play an important role too.

A team of researchers in Ireland have found that people taking a specific kind of probiotic bacteria experienced positive effects on their stress levels and memory. Although it's a preliminary study with a small sample size, it raises the prospect that some probiotics could play a role in improving cognitive function, easing anxiety and even in treating mild depression.

Simon Morton talks with Ted Dinan, head of psychiatry at University College Cork.

stressed woman

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