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Probiotics Seem To Influence Both Intestinal And Psychological Health

July 6, 2011: 09:47 AM EST
Probiotic intestinal microbiota that deliver certain neuroactive compounds to the intestines seem to have an impact on both gastrointestinal and psychological health, according to U.S. researchers who proposed the creation of a new field of research to be called microbial endocrinology. Texas Tech University researcher Mark Lyte said that when probiotics such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria are ingested they become part of an “interactive environment encompassing, microbiological, immunological, and neurophysiological components.” Neurochemicals generated by the bacteria  in the gut circulate through the bloodstream and seem to exert effects outside the intestines, including changes in behavior.
M. Lyte, "Probiotics function mechanistically as delivery vehicles for neuroactive compounds: Microbial endocrinology in the design and use of probiotics", Bioessays, July 06, 2011, © Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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