Pharmacist and patient with probiotics

Community Psychiatry’s Leela Magavi, M.D. was featured in Healthline discussing the association between mental health and gut health. 

A Combination of Probiotics and Prebiotics May Help Ease Depression

By: Tony Hicks | Healthline

Probiotics — the microorganisms introduced to the human gut for their beneficial qualities — may also help relieve depression.

That’s according to a study released earlier this month.

Taking them with prebiotics can help as well, according to researchers involved in the study that was published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.

The researchers also said the jury is still out on how probiotics might help with anxiety.

The study is part of a growing interest in recent years in what scientists call the gut-brain axis.

“Some literature study results indicate an association between gut health and mental health,” Dr. Leela R. Magavi, the regional medical director for Community Psychiatry, California’s largest outpatient mental health organization, told Healthline. “Depression and anxiety are intertwined. If probiotics and prebiotics improve depressive symptoms, many could experience an improvement in anxiety as well.”

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