Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach, what about an upset belly while nervous, or experienced gut in your chest when scared. There is no denying the fact that our brain is directly connected via neural pathways to our gut. And new research from UCLA, Harvard, etc. have dubbed a new term Psychobiotics to illustrate how probiotics affect our mood.

I have compiled a list of Probiotics that have been shown to be effective to regulate mood:

Beneficial Probiotic Strands:

  1. Lactobacillus helveticus {Reduces levels of stress hormones and helps with anxiety and depression}
  2. Bifidobacterium longum {Normalizes Anxiety and Depression}
  3. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus {Reduces stress and alleviates OCD behavior}
  4. Lactobacillus acidophilus {Helps send message to the brain that happy chemicals are alive in the gut}
  5. Lactobacillus brevis {Minimizes Anxiety}
  6. Bifidobacterium infantis {Reduces depression and increases brain chemical – norepinephrine, which is linked with well-being}

Utilizing the kind that contain live cultures of the probiotic is a key element. Another important consideration is the storage of the supplements. Unlike vitamins that generally do well on any pantry shelf, probiotics should be stored in a controlled cool environment that is dry and out of direct sunlight. http://www.probiotic.org

Bowel MGRx™ by Welltrients has all of they key bacteria mentioned above. I do not endorse particular products but in my research has found this one to contain key strains. It may be purchased online or a local company Holistic Heaven has some in stock.