Psychobiotics are relatively new discovery. This term refers to specific probiotic bacteria that affect the intestinal-cerebral axis what results in benefits for the broadly understood mental health. They alleviate depressive-anxiety disorders symptoms, improve mood, raise motivation and willingness to act. In addition, they increase resistance to stress and facilitate relaxation.
Psychobiotics use different mechanisms of action and they influence nervous, immune and endocrine systems. The research has shown that psychobiotics increase the intestinal barrier tightness and lower the extra-inflammatory compounds level. They also reduce both the amount of pathogenic bacteria that produce toxins, and the amount of other compounds that constitute a serious threat to health and well-being.
Psychobiotics are particularly recommended for people who are exposed to chronic stress or those who struggle with mild depression and anxiety disorders. They are also successfully used in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and help with gastric problems (abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, diarrhoea, nausea) that occur in stressful situations.