Which Probiotics Are Best for Mood?
Does This Sound Familiar? You had a great night’s sleep and woke up refreshed. You start your day right but by midday, your mood changes significantly, and it has completely thrown you off.
Your focus is no longer there as you suddenly feel stressed out and irritable. You are no longer productive because your thoughts and emotions are all over the place.
This is the typical day of someone who suffers from mood issues. And if you can relate to this, we want you to know about the power of probiotics.
Probiotics, brain, and gut: the connection
The brain and gut are connected. This connection is called the gut-brain axis. This means that what affects your gut will affect your brain and vice versa. This can also mean that the food you eat will affect how your brain works and how you think will affect your appetite and how the stomach functions. This is TWO-WAY communication at it’s finest.
Probiotics are known for boosting gut health, but several studies have also pointed to how probiotics can help with mood.
In a study by Frontiers, the research showed that probiotics could boost mood and cognitive function while reducing stress at the same time.
Here at Lifted Naturals, we believe you can get help with your mood through the use of probiotics. We’ve made sure that our Mood Boosting Probiotic is powered by nine nourishing strains that offer digestive and mood support.
After all, a healthy gut means a healthy mood, too.
The 9 nourishing strains of our Mood Boosting Probiotic
Just by looking at the label, it can be hard to work out what each of the species are and what they can actually do for your body. The names are scientific in nature, which is why we’re going to do you a favor in break them down each here to really make you understand how each of the probiotics we’ve included in our Mood Boosting Probiotic are essential probiotics for your health.
1. Lactobacillus Plantarum
The L. Plantarum strain is one of the best bacteria strains you should have in your body. One of its main functions is to control gut inflammation through strengthening the gut lining. As a result, the gut permeability is reduced, and there is less likelihood of developing a leaky gut which increases the risk of developing brain issues. L. Plantarum is also great in absorbing antioxidants, omega-3s, and vitamins, which boosts the immunity of the body to ward off pathogens that may cause infections.
2. Lactobacillus Acidophilus
There have been many studies proving how helpful yogurt is for gut health. One of the bacteria responsible for that is L. Acidophilus. This strain helps in increasing more healthy bacteria in the gut that helps fight off the bad bacteria, thereby improving the body’s immunity to diseases.
3. Lactobacillus Brevis
The L. Brevis is one brave strain and is definitely something you want working for you. This bug is excellent at fighting infections and gut pathogens, which helps in improving the immune function of the body. It also helps in increasing the number of T-cells in the body that hunt down and harmful germs. Best of all, L. Brevis helps in producing more brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)—a protein that aids in the growth, maturation, and survival of brain neurons.
4. Lactobacillus Helveticus
The L. Helveticus strain is lactic acid bacteria that you naturally have in your gut. However, having more of it will surely improve your overall health. For one, L. Helveticus promotes butyrate (a short-chain fatty acid) production, and this helps in making the gut more balanced and stable. This strain can also support good bacteria in the gut. Moreover, studies have shown that L. Helveticus is beneficial for mental health as it has the ability to tame the symptoms of stress.
5. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
Like all the lactic acid bacteria mentioned above, L. Rhamnosus is also valuable in achieving optimal digestive health. It fights off harmful bacteria in the gut that may colonize and damage the intestinal walls. Apart from fighting the bad bacteria, it also helps in the growth of good ones like the bifidobacteria, Bacteroides, and Clostridia. More importantly, L. Rhamnosus encourages the production of short-chain fatty acids which nourishes the cells that line your colon.
6. Bifidobacterium Animalis
Also referred to as B. Animalis, this good bacteria helps in improving the gut microbiota as well as boosting gut health. It can help relieve you from abdominal discomfort, reduce the frequency or severity of diarrhea, and can even protect the gut from frequent medicine intake. You’ll be happy to know that B. Animalis is also great for the brain. In a study by E.M.M. Quigley, B. Animalis can modulate brain activity and improve cognitive performance.
7. Bifidobacterium Longum
One of the bugs that you have since you are born is B. Longum. It improves the body’s lactose intolerance, food allergies, and prevents the spread of pathogens. A study on laboratory mice showed that it was able to improve the body’s stress responses. The study concluded that this strain could modulate brain activity as well.
8. Bifidobacterium Infantis
B. Infantis helps in lowering inflammation and is proven to help relieve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. But apart from helping improve gut health, B. Infantis is also helpful in increasing relaxation in neural processes based on a study. The same study found that the missing connection is the gut-brain axis as this strain was able to reduce stress symptoms.
9. Bifidobacterium Lactis
B. Lactis is one of the most well-known probiotics out there. Studies have proven its health effects, including improving the immune system, fighting the nasty bugs, and strengthening the gut lining. It helps support a healthy gut microbiota, too, which is essential for gut health.
Probiotics for mood…worth a try!
Each of the probiotic bacteria we included in our Mood Boosting Probiotic formula are committed and dedicated workers that make sure your gut is healthy so your mood can be, too. Why take a probiotic that *just* helps with digestion if you can get a mood boost, too? Boost your mood while keeping your gut microbiome healthy and strong. Give our Mood Boosting Probiotic a try and experience the difference!