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A recent study suggests that the good bacteria that is found in yogurt, which has displayed a great many benefits already, may even lower rates of depression!
In this particular study, mice that were fed lactobacillus (one type of “good bacteria”) for 28 days displayed a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression when compared to mice that were not fed lactobacillus.
These positive results are attributed to chemical changes in the brains of the mice as a result of the lactobacillus consumption.
The brains of the mice that were fed lactobacillus proved to handle the chemical gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) differently than the others. GABA is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain and calms nervous activity.
In addition, these mice also displayed lower levels of corticosterone -- a stress related hormone -- as well as a decrease in anxiety and depression-like behavior!
Although this research is promising, there is a big gap between reactions in rats and humans and obviously, much more research needs to be done. However, this study reminds us of the many health benefits of probiotic-containing yogurt which include:
Calcium and vitamin D have both proven to be essential nutrients for both the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Many yogurts contain both, but for the best prevention, check to see if your yogurt has added vitamin D.
2. High Blood Pressure
In a two year study for high blood pressure, research found that individuals who ate 2 to 3 or more servings of dairy a day had a 50 percent reduction of risk for high blood pressure, when compared to those who did not have dairy.
3. Yeast Infections
We’ve all heard that the live active cultures in yogurt can help with intestinal health, but these active cultures have also been shown to help yeast infections. A study found that women who ate 6 oz. of yogurt every day had a decrease in vaginal pH from 6.0-4.0 (a much more normal range) while also reporting a decrease in yeast infections.
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