Our 'For every day' is in the Mail on Sunday!
What a great start to our week! Our ‘For every day’ product was mentioned in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday by journalist Sarah Stacey, in her fabulous article ‘Why it’s time to love your gut’. “Good health starts in the gut” may be a familiar saying to many people, but evidence suggests that we should consider changing this age old advice to ”Good mental health starts in the gut”. The article suggests that the gut is being re-christened as our ‘second brain’, as more and more research is being dedicated to exploring the way that the gut-brain axis works, and emerging evidence suggests a role for our resident microbes in this interaction.
In this fascinating article, Sarah explains how the connection between our gut microbiome and our brain is being firmly established by some of the world’s most respected academics and medical professionals specialising in the field of mental health. Professor Ted Dinan, an eminent psychiatrist, and his team of researchers from University College Cork have been conducting research in this area for some years. The team at the University of Cork are particularly interested in finding out if certain strains of bacteria show more promise for the support of mental health than others. One of the strains used in their studies is Bifidobacterium longum 1714, though other strains are also showing promise. See the Probiotics Learning Lab for more information: More research links the microbiome to our mental health. Healthcare practitioners can also see: New study supports live cultures for daily stress.
Professor Dinan, who has christened these mood-altering microbes ‘Psychobiotics’, is very excited about these developments which could herald a radical change in the way that patients with mental health issues are supported:
‘We are witnessing a paradigm shift in neuroscience that could revolutionise the way we prevent and treat mental health problems and neuropsychiatric conditions’. Professor Ted Dinan - University of Cork
Professor Dinan is not the only academic to be embracing the power of psychobiotics: Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London is so passionate about the importance of gut health that he set up the British Gut Project, which focuses on the link between our gut microbiota and the development of common health issues.
If you want to read more about this subject, then take a look at the following pages over in the Probiotics Learning Lab: