Struggling to cope with stress? This new probiotic injection can help

Are you stressed? This new treatment may help.

Neighbourhood Health Desk: New probiotic-based shot that could protect against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression — that are known to impact as many as one in four people in their lifetime could soon be on the anvil. Various studies suggested that stress-induced brain inflammation are boosting risk of such disorders, in part by impacting mood-influencing neurotransmitters like norepinephrine or dopamine.

Therefore in the new study, the researchers showed that immunization with beneficial bacteria can have long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, making it more resilient to the physical and behavioral effects of stress. Eight days after the final injection, they demonstrated significantly higher levels of the anti-inflammatory protein interleukin-4 in the hippocampus — a brain region responsible for modulating cognitive function, anxiety and fear.

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