Researchers from the Shanghai Mental Health Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University have evaluated the evidence of 21 studies — involving 1,503 participants in all — that looked at different interventions set to regulate the intestinal microbiota and whether they had any effect on symptoms of anxiety. The findings are published in the Journal of General Psychiatry.
Of the 21 studies evaluated, 14 used probiotics — or "good" bacteria — as the main agent in regulating intestinal flora. The remaining opted for interventions such as adjusting a person's diet.
The team discovered that 11 out of the 21 studies (52%) concluded that interventions regulating intestinal flora helped reduce anxiety symptoms.
So if you suffer from disorders such as Anxiety or depression, it might be worth asking your GP for further advice on this topic. With some probiotic and/or dietary adjustments it might be possible to reduce by the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the medication used to manage it. Be sure NOT to stop your medication without advice first.
For the full article please follow this link: https://gpsych.bmj.com/content/32/2/e100056