Psychobiotics: Bacteria For Your Brain?

Psychobiotics: Bacteria For Your Brain?


'Every functional medicine psychiatrist has case stories of the 'probiotic cure' – of a patient with debilitating symptoms, often obsessive compulsive range, whose symptoms remitted completely with dietary change and probiotic supplementation. Is this voodoo or is it based on a growing understanding of the role of the microbiome in mental health and behavior? For two decades now, pioneering researchers have been substantiating inflammatory models of mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. 

 Research has focused on markers that indicate immune distress in an important subset of patients, many of whom are labeled "treatment resistant."

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