Jaw-Dropping Science Facts Everyone Should Know About Kombucha, Part 1
Probiotics, often referred to as 'good bacteria', are known to promote a healthy gut, but did you know they can also promote a healthy mind? In a 2011 study researchers were excited to discover something completely new to science: probiotic bacteria administered to the gut can positively affect your brain chemistry.
Dr Mark Lyte from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center found that microbial strains in fermented food produce neurochemicals including serotonin, the neurotransmitter credited with boosting happiness levels. In Lyke’s study, serotonin was found in the bloodstream of test subjects after probiotics were administered to the gut, leading to the exciting conclusion that probiotics function as ‘delivery vehicles’ for neurochemicals.
Kombucha fans often say the drink boosts brain power, cures hangovers and gives clarity of mind. The news that it could directly cause serotonin production gives us some clues as to why this might be…so what are you waiting for? Crack open a bottle and get happy!
Professor Mark Lyte from M. Lyte. Probiotics function mechanistically as delivery vehicles for neuroactive compounds: Microbial Endocrinology in the design and use of probiotics. BioEssays, 2011; DOI: 10.1002/bies.201100024