How To Use Probiotics For Depression Treatment

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Probiotics for depression treatment! Sounds highly improbable, Doesn’t it? Depression occurs when the mood centers in the brain function abnormally, and can affect men, women and children alike. Anti-depressants may have some adverse effects on the body, but pobiotics like their name are pro-life. They not only help is relieving depression, but help in maintenance of gastrointestinal health, fight infections and boost immunity. The following sections would give you tips on how to use probiotics and how they help.


 


How Probiotics Help Treat Depression


Depression is caused due to neurotransmitter imbalances in the body. Probiotics consumed on a regular basis or therapeutically can help improve symptoms of depression, including major depressive disorders like dysthymia- a seasonal affective disorder and depression with psychosis. Probiotics when ingested


  • Lower systemic cytokines (inflammation causing molecules) by normalizing their level of production – Inceased cytokine levels can provoke neuroendocrine and brain neurotransmitter changes that contribute to the development of depression.

  • Improve gut microflora – Reestablishment of beneficial bacteria in the intestine affect the central nervous system and improve mood.

  • Decrease oxidative stress – Free radicals are produced internally due to exposure to as cigarette smoke, pollution, excess alcohol consumption, radiation and infections, damage human cells. Probiotic supplementation reduces free radicals thereby reducing oxidative stress, which in turn helps improve depression

  • Improve micronutrient absorption – Reduced levels of serotonin, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and zinc are associated with depression. Improvement in gut microflora enhances absorption og vitamins and minerals in the gut, thereby reducing depression.


 Even small doses of probiotics included in diet have been shown to influence the neurotransmitters responsible for regulating and processing emotions related to mood and anxiety.


 


How To Incorporate Probiotics To Treat Depression


  • Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt.

  • Probiotics can also be added to daily diet by incorporating soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, rejuvenac, kombucha, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.

  • Probiotics are also available as a wide variety of dietary supplements in capsule, tablets or liquid forms for easy use.

  • Prebiotics promote growth of probiotics in the body, thus improve their efficacy.


 


Best Probiotics for Depresssion


Some of the probiotics that work best on depression are Lactobacillus casei and  Lactobacillus rhamnosus.


You can choose from a variety of commercial probiotic products like Acidophilus liquid, Primadophilus optima, Bifidophilous chews, Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.


 


Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy


Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and is extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection. If probiotic supplements are used it is best id used under medical supervision. Probiotics when consumed initially can cause gas and bloating, but these symptoms subside with constant use.


 


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