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Lactofem Probiotic as Adjunct to SSRI Antidepressants May Enhance Mood & Sexual Satisfaction in Women (2024 Study)

The link between mental health and sexual function is complex and multifaceted, with depressive disorders particularly affecting individuals’ sexual satisfaction and functionality. Recent research has highlighted the potential benefits of probiotics in mitigating these impacts, especially among women undergoing treatment with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). A new study conducted in Iran provides promising evidence …

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Chronic Stress Alters the Gut Microbiome & Intestinal Barrier in Mice with Sex-Specific Effects (2023 Study)

The gut-brain axis, a complex communication network linking the gastrointestinal tract and the brain, plays a pivotal role in maintaining both mental and physical health. Recent studies illuminate how chronic stress disrupts this intricate system, particularly affecting the intestinal barrier in the jejunum, and contributes to the pathogenesis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This emerging …

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Ketogenic Diet for ADHD Treatment via Gut Microbiome Modulation (2023 Study)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder commonly found in children, characterized by symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Recent research has revealed a connection between gut microbiota and neuropsychiatric disorders like ADHD. A new study suggests that the ketogenic diet could provide therapeutic benefit in ADHD by modulating gut bacteria and …

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Gut Microbiome & Social Anxiety Disorder: Abnormal Bacterial Composition (2023 Study)

Recent scientific endeavors have unveiled a fascinating link between our gut microbiome and mental health, with a focus on Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). This complex relationship, highlighting the role of microbial inhabitants in our gut in influencing our brain and behavior, marks a significant shift in understanding mental disorders. Highlights: Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) affects …

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Psychobiotic “Lactobacillus plantarum” (JYLP-326) for Test Anxiety in Students (2023 Study)

Test anxiety among college students is a significant concern, affecting their mental and physical well-being. A new study suggests that a probiotic/psychobiotic intervention (Lactobacillus plantarum) could significantly alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, with changes observed in the gut microbiota and fecal metabolites. Highlights: Prevalence of Test Anxiety: 20%-40% of college students experience test anxiety, often …

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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) for Depression Treatment: 2 Case Reports (Pilot Study)

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) aims to modify the gut microbiome and holds promise as a new treatment approach for major depressive disorder (MDD). Early case studies report improvements in depressive symptoms following fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), but larger controlled trials are needed to substantiate its efficacy. Key Facts: Two patients with long-standing major depression received …

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Autism, Gut Bacteria, & Probiotics for Treatment: A Complex Puzzle

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder associated with poor social skills, deficits in verbal and non-verbal communication, and frequent engagement in repetitive behaviors.  On average, it affects boys more frequently (~5-fold) than girls and signs of the disorder become noticeable in early childhood [between ages 1 and 3].  Estimates suggest that over 21 million individuals throughout …

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