A new study suggests that there may be an effective alternative to medication for the treatment of depression: probiotic bacteria found in yogurt.
Researchers suggest that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt may help to treat depression. Researchers found that Lactobacillus – "friendly" bacteria present in live-cultured yogurt – reversed depressive-like behavior in mice by altering their gut micro biome, the population of microorganisms that reside in the intestines.
The study authors – from the University of Virginia School of Medicine – believe it is possible that the probiotic could do the same for humans. "The big hope for this kind of research is that we won’t need to bother with complex drugs and side effects when we can just play with the micro biome," says lead researcher Alban Gaultier, Ph.D., of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at Virginia.