Probiotics: The mood alleviating elixir to combat depression or an overrated additive with intangible effects.
Category: #health  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2017-06-05
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Probiotics: The mood alleviating elixir to combat depression or an overrated additive with intangible effects.

A new scientific research study has recently stated that consuming a specific type of probiotic is likely to help battle both - the symptoms of depression and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers claim that this is a revolutionary discovery that may transform the dynamics of the medical sector with respect to psychiatric disorders and functional bowel diseases.

As per reliable sources, the masses have been experiencing a heightened sense of awareness regarding the benefits of probiotics for various bowel related disorders. In order to verify whether the consumption of probiotics promises positive outcomes or not, eminent researchers recently conducted a 10 week study program. The program apparently included the participation of 44 people who underwent two different ways of treatment pertaining to the disorders they suffered from.

Around 50% of the do-gooders consumed a daily dose of placebo, while the other 50% consumed a daily dosage of a strong probiotic. More than five and a half weeks later, it was observed that 22% of the people on the placebo had reduced depression symptoms, while a whopping 64% of the people on the probiotic had a decreased depression score.

One of the senior officials who conducted the study has reportedly stated that this research will open up a new line of treatment for psychiatric ailments as well as bowel disorders. Experts predict that this research will also positively impel global probiotics market share over the next few years.

While the above research study has provided ample evidence regarding the positive effects of probiotics on depression, the medical community demands a more stringent, closely-guarded set of experiments to be undertaken on similar lines. The limited sample space considered may have impacted negatively on the result interpretation, as sufficient data has been unavailable to carry out the post processing of the results. As per experts, brain scanning is deemed another way to monitor the effects of probiotic supplements on human behavior. However, it is rather difficult to predict which way of treatment has exactly influenced the diseases. Brain scanning provides a pattern of mood fluctuations in the brain areas. The results obtained during this scanning make for an interesting case study, however, they are not very conclusive.

Due to the lack of evidence regarding the available iterative results, researchers are still in the nascent stages of this investigation. The research regarding the use of probiotics supplement needs a strong result oriented backing to prove the effectiveness of the product on IBS and depression.

Medical research calls for a mature assessment regarding the effects of probiotic supplement on a person’s mood and behavioral patterns. In the event that the proposed R&D activities bear fruit and the scientific community is bestowed with positive, effective outcomes, pharmaceutical companies can expect lucrative opportunities not only for themselves, but also for the patients suffering from bowel disorders and psychiatric diseases.



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Saipriya Iyer develops content for Market Size Forecasters, Algosonline, and myriad other platforms. A computer engineer by profession, she ventured into the field of writing for the love of playing with words. Having had a previous experience of 3 years under her bel...

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