Probiotics may boost brain health.

In one small but exciting new study, patients with Alzheimer’s who took supplements of beneficial bacteria, called probiotics, for twelve weeks showed moderate improvements in cognitive functioning. While this study may not prove repeatable, results of other, preliminary studies suggest that probiotics might help to improve memory and even mood. Here’s how it works: Along what scientists call the microbiota-gut-brain axis (translation: the belly-brain superhighway), there’s two-way communication between the bacteria in your gut, your GI tract, and your brain. This “superhighway” is the source of the stomachache you may get in stressful situations and the apparent brain-health benefits of probiotics. You can support your microbiome – your body’s bacterial make-up -- by eating a whole-foods diet with lots of fiber-rich plant foods and fermented foods like yogurt and miso, and adding a probiotic supplement may help, too. Check out some of the established research on probiotics and stay tuned for more information on the gut-brain connection.  

Effect of Probiotic Supplementation on Cognitive Function and Metabolic Status in Alzheimer's Disease: A Randomized, Double-Blind and Controlled Trial

“Ingestion of viable probiotics or prebiotics is associated with anticarcinogetic(anti-cancer) effects.”
Wollowski I. Rechkemmer 


Posted on April 20, 2017 and filed under nutrition.