More than 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and although they are treatable, just 37% of these receive an anxiety treatment.
Since the number of people suffering from anxiety is on the rise, researchers continuously try to find the reason for the mental health problem.
Just recently, the Harvard Medical School released a short article which indicates that gut bacteria may be the main cause of it.
It explains the connection between the brain and gut in details, as the gut sends signals to the brain and vice versa. This connection is nothing new, but its effects on psychological health are a revolutionary discovery.
Apparently, more than 90% of serotonin, which is the neurochemical responsible for stabilizing mood, is produced in the gut.
Furthermore, the gut-brain signaling is affected by stomach or digestive intestinal distress, and if this interference is significant, stomach or intestinal stress can “be the cause or the product” of anxiety, depression or stress.
In addition, according to the findings of researchers at the University of Cork in Ireland, gene regulators or genes that encode proteins play a fundamental role in anxiety illnesses, and bacterial levels in the gut directly affect them.
Namely, researchers injected a gene regulator called microRNA into mice, and it caused a high level of anxiety in mice which did not have proper gut bacteria, and when it comes to mice with proper gut bacteria, the gene regulator reduced the previous anxiety symptoms.
For that reason, a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut is essential for the proper regulation of miRNA. According to Dr. Gerald Clark, the lead author of the study:
“This (study) is very important because these miRNAs may affect (processes) fundamental to the main nerve system and in brain regions, such as the amygdala and prefrontal cortex (PFC).”
The amygdala is a brain part that charge of emotions, while the prefrontal cortex is accountable for functions like decision-making, planning, and social behavior.
These findings can be of great help to physicians and scientists in their attempts to find an effective treatment form of this condition, which will target the gut instead of the brain.
The following video reveals beneficial tips on how to support your gut health, including a healthy natural juice recipe:
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