Psychobiotics …. the new “happy pill”?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide with approximately 350 million people affected by it.

Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It is characterized by low mood, loss of interest, feelings of guilt, hopelessness and changes in appetite and sleep.

We have known about the gut-brain axis for more than a century, but recent research is showing that gut microbiota can have an influence on mood and by altering your gut microbiome you could, in fact, reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and mental illness.

The microbiota-gut-brain axis is the connection between beneficial gut microbes living in the gut and physical and mental health. It is a bidirectional communication system between the gut microbiome and your brain.

Changes in your gut bacteria or a lack of beneficial gut bacteria could lead to changes not only in your immune and nervous system, but also in your brain, potentially playing a role in mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress.

Bacteria in the intestines produce neurotransmitters, that play a very important role in mood regulation and a lack of these cause an imbalance which has long been linked to depression.

The Proof

Research has shown that the microbiome of people suffering from depression differs in terms of composition and diversity than the microbiome of a non-depressed person.

A recent study found that 64% of people with mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression who took a SPECIFIC daily probiotic formula for six weeks had fewer depression symptoms during that time.

Probiotics help to re-establish, beneficial microorganisms in the gut, especially when there is a deficiency of good bacteria. They boost levels of good bacteria population in the intestines resulting in good feedback to the pathways in the brain that regulate mood. 

Specific Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, key ingredients in MiBiotix MOOD, are now being referred to as “psychobiotics” for their potential therapeutic benefits.

Psychobiotics work on the brain-gut axis to produce health benefits for people suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.

Probiotics have the ability to produce active compounds, such as neurotransmitters. When these neurotransmitters are secreted within the gut, they may trigger cells within the gut’s lining to release molecules that signal brain function and affect behaviour.

Probiotics act on the brain through their anti-inflammatory actions. This inflammation can stem from the gut and the probiotics have their effects in the brain by lowering inflammation.

High levels of inflammation in the body and brain are known to be one of the major underlying causes of depression and other mood and cognitive disorders.


MiBiotix MOOD, taken once a day, is made up of Lactobacillus acidophilus Howaru, Lactobacillus rhamnosus Howaru, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium lactis Howaru, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum.

MiBiotix MOOD enhances the gut-brain connection, boosting mood, decreasing anxiety and easing depressionand is safe to take every day.

MiBiotix MOOD promotes a healthy mood balance, helps with memory andcontributes to a natural healthy gut flora.

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