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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Probiotic in food could improve your mood

IRISH scientists are investigating a new probiotic that could be added to food to alter moods and fight depression.

The research team at UCC have uncovered a strain of harmless bacteria that could be included to significantly reduce stress, anxiety and pain.

The 'mood food' can ultimately affect chemicals in the brain passing into the system faster than drugs would in blood.

Professor of Psychiatry at University College Cork Ted Dinan explained that a patent has been filed on this breakthrough in collaboration with researchers in University College Cork.

"Most of us end up being stressed in our jobs and in our lives so anything that helps reduce stress is positive," he told the Herald.

"The main stress hormone is cortisol. We have probiotics capable of decreasing this.

"It might alter behaviour in a positive way."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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