Bacteria can improve your mental health

File:Lactobacillus bulgaricus.jpegDid you know that it has been nearly 100 years since researchers first discovered a link between bacteria and neuroendocrine hormones? In the decades since the first discovery in 1929, researchers have been able to find stronger links between the bacteria that live in our intestines and mental health.

In a study published in the journal BioEssays last year, researchers noted that some bacteria living in our digestive system actually produce neurochemicals that are found in our central nervous system. For example, look at the following table:

Bacteria Neurochemical
LactobacillusBifidobacterium GABA
EscherichiaBacillusSaccharomyces Norepinephrine
CandidaStreptococcusEscherichiaEnterococcus Serotonin
BacillusSerratia Dopamine
Lactobacillus Acetylcholine

The reasearch done over the years on microbial endocrinology is important for Truehope. Not only does ensuring positive levels of intestinal bacteria help us digest optimally, allowing us to better absorb products like Truehope EMPowerplus, but it seems proper microbial levels could actually help increase level of the neurotransmitters our minds need.

A diet that regularly includes probiotic foods could help us improve the levels of these beneficial bacteria in our bodies. Such foods include plain yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, microalgae, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, and kimchi.

Read the research abstract.

Did you know Truehope offers a probiotic product?

Truehope OMEGAPower BottleTruehope GreenBAC™ is a rich blend of the eight bacteria our digestive tract needs most. Each capsule contains billions of the following bacteria: Lactobacillus rhamnosus A & B, L. bulgaricusBifidobacterium longumL. acidophilus,B. breveL. casei, and Streptococcus thermophilus.

What sets our probiotic formula apart from others is our comprehensive collection of prebiotic ingredients to help the bacteria thrive.

Our prebiotic ingredients include alfalfa leaves, apple fiber, lecithin, apple pectin, barley grass, spirulina, wheat grass, chlorella, acerola berries, carrot, bee pollen, fennel seed, green tea extract, lacto-bifidus, licorice extract, peppermint leaves, royal jelly, spinach, amylase, bromelian, papain, milk thistle seed extract, eleuthero root extract, bilberry fruit extract, broccoli, ginkgo leaf extract, ginger root, and grape seed extract.