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Probiotics may alter brain activity in healthy people, says Danone/UCLA data

Daily supplements of a fermented milk product containing five different probiotic strains may affect the parts of the brain linked to emotion and sensation, says a new study from UCLA and Danone.

The study is said to be the first to show chronic intake of a fermented milk product with probiotics can alter brain activity in humans, wrote the resarchers in Gastroenterology . “Even though a possible relationship between the gut microbiota profile and mood has been postulated based on preclinical data, and a recent report in IBS patients provides further support for such a hypothesis, this study is the first to demonstrate an effect of fermented milk product with probiotics intake on gut-brain communication in humans,” wrote the researchers, led by UCLA’s Kirsten Tillisch.
 
 

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