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Can prebiotics help to ease anxiety?

Can prebiotics help to ease anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition which has gone hand in hand with human beings since the dawn of time, and in Australia, it's particularly prevalent. Indeed, according to depression and anxiety organisation Beyond Blue, some 2 million Australians live with the sometimes debilitating condition. What's more, anxiety can often lead to depression, or vice-versa, so it's important to recognise the signs and seek professional help if you believe that yourself or a loved one could be suffering from their symptoms.

Thanks to the advances of medical science, there are a whole host of prescription drugs, natural remedies and innovative measures designed to keep anxiety in check, with varying degrees of success. However, a new study has emerged claiming that microbugs, known as prebiotics, could well be the future when it comes to treating anxiety. How did this groundbreaking discovery come to light?

Micro machines

A collaboration between researchers from the University of Oxford and renowned biotech company Clasado Biosciences analysed a cross-section of 45 volunteers, the only proviso being that they were physically healthy before the study was carried out.

Firstly, the participants had their salivary cortisol awakening response sampled - a usual indicator of stress.  The group were then administered one of two prebiotics - bimuno-galactooligosaccharides (B-GOS) or fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Some were handed a placebo. The participants were instructed to take their dose every day for three weeks, before the salivary cortisol awakening response was measured once again. 

Microbugs, known as prebiotics, could well be the future when it comes to treating anxiety.

When the experiment came to an end, the volunteers were asked to complete particular tasks on a computer that would show just how their mind addressed what's known as 'emotionally relevant information.'

A living anxiety aid?

It was discovered that those who had been administered B-GOS displayed a markedly lower salivary cortisol awakening response, especially in comparison to those that had been given a placebo.

Additionally, the B-GOS group also had a lower 'attentional vigilance to negative versus positive information' according to the study's authors. Though the B-GOS results were astounding, those that were handed FOS displayed no remarkable effects. Even so, the study was still deemed a success, especially given the B-GOS results.     

"Mental health problems affect a significant proportion of people in the western world. Indeed, depression and anxiety account for 40 percent of reported disabilities worldwide. This latest study is a valuable addition to our knowledge of brain gut interactions and may pave the way for alternatives to existing drug therapies with their associated side effects," said Graham Waters, CEO of Clasado Biosciences.

Could microbugs be the answer to eradicating anxiety?Could microbugs be the answer to eradicating anxiety?

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Can prebiotics help to ease anxiety?

A new study has found that certain prebiotics - microbugs - may help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, perhaps with greater effect than artificial prescriptions.

Anxiety is a condition which has gone hand in hand with human beings since the dawn of time, and in Australia, it's particularly prevalent. Indeed, according to depression and anxiety organisation Beyond Blue, some 2 million Australians live with the sometimes debilitating condition. What's more, anxiety can often lead to depression, or vice-versa, so it's important to recognise the signs and seek professional help if you believe that yourself or a loved one could be suffering from their symptoms.

Thanks to the advances of medical science, there are a whole host of prescription drugs, natural remedies and innovative measures designed to keep anxiety in check, with varying degrees of success. However, a new study has emerged claiming that microbugs, known as prebiotics, could well be the future when it comes to treating anxiety. How did this groundbreaking discovery come to light?

Micro machines

A collaboration between researchers from the University of Oxford and renowned biotech company Clasado Biosciences analysed a cross-section of 45 volunteers, the only proviso being that they were physically healthy before the study was carried out.

Firstly, the participants had their salivary cortisol awakening response sampled - a usual indicator of stress.  The group were then administered one of two prebiotics - bimuno-galactooligosaccharides (B-GOS) or fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Some were handed a placebo. The participants were instructed to take their dose every day for three weeks, before the salivary cortisol awakening response was measured once again. 

Microbugs, known as prebiotics, could well be the future when it comes to treating anxiety.

When the experiment came to an end, the volunteers were asked to complete particular tasks on a computer that would show just how their mind addressed what's known as 'emotionally relevant information.'

A living anxiety aid?

It was discovered that those who had been administered B-GOS displayed a markedly lower salivary cortisol awakening response, especially in comparison to those that had been given a placebo.

Additionally, the B-GOS group also had a lower 'attentional vigilance to negative versus positive information' according to the study's authors. Though the B-GOS results were astounding, those that were handed FOS displayed no remarkable effects. Even so, the study was still deemed a success, especially given the B-GOS results.     

"Mental health problems affect a significant proportion of people in the western world. Indeed, depression and anxiety account for 40 percent of reported disabilities worldwide. This latest study is a valuable addition to our knowledge of brain gut interactions and may pave the way for alternatives to existing drug therapies with their associated side effects," said Graham Waters, CEO of Clasado Biosciences.

Could microbugs be the answer to eradicating anxiety?Could microbugs be the answer to eradicating anxiety?
Can prebiotics help to ease anxiety?
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