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How Bacteria in Yogurt May Help Reduce Your Risk of Depression

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New research suggests that a bacteria found in fermented foods and yogurt may help your body better manage stress and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety. Fly View Productions/Getty Images
  • A new study in mice has found that the bacterium Lactobacillus helps the body manage stress, potentially preventing the onset of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
  • The results could pave the way for new therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
  • Experts say these findings support a growing body of evidence on the relationship between the gut and brain, and the impact diet has on our mental health.
  • However Lactobacillus should not be considered a substitute for mental health treatment.

Mental health is complex, but new research suggests that a bacteria found in fermented foods and yogurt may help prevent depression and anxiety.

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of

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