29 May 2017

FERMENTED FOODS REDUCE ANXIETY

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PEOPLE WHO CONSUME FERMENTED FOODS (LIKE YOGHURT, KIMCHI, AND SAUERKRAUT) HAVE FEWER SOCIAL ANXIETY SYMPTOMS.

The new study involved 700 university students, who completed questionnaires as to food consumption, exercise frequency, personality, and also social anxiety levels. They also conducted genetic tests to establish if there was a genetic tendency to anxiety.

As well as looking at the food questionnaires to establish fermented food intake the researchers also looked at fruit and vegetable consumption in order to, along with exercise habits, control in their analysis for healthy lifestyles outside of fermented food intake.

The results showed that people who consume fermented foods (like yoghurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut) have fewer social anxiety symptoms especially if they have neurotic tendencies.

The reason, according to the researchers, is that the beneficial effects of fermented foods on gut bacteria have an impact on mood. This is probably via by products of good bacteria that enter the bloodstream and influence neurochemistry. The researchers say there is a definite mind-gut connection and fermented foods could be used alongside other therapies in treating anxiety disorders.

Herbs that can help reduce anxiety include, Passionflower, Kava, Zizyphus and Lavender.

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