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Another example of how probiotics and the gut flora can affect many issues including mood. I think I'd better start loading up on fermented foods. I don't have the kind of anxiety they have but "anxiety" certainly is a part of my ME/CFS. They belief the probiotics may be increasing GABA levels in the brain.
‘It is likely that the probiotics (friendly bacteria) in the fermented foods are favourably changing the environment in the gut, and changes in the gut in turn influence social anxiety,’
Eating fermented foods like pickles, yoghurt, and even some types of dark chocolate could help treat extreme shyness, according to a study.
People who ate more of these foods had fewer symptoms of social anxiety, the researchers found.
‘It is likely that the probiotics (friendly bacteria) in the fermented foods are favourably changing the environment in the gut, and changes in the gut in turn influence social anxiety,’ said the researchers from the University of Maryland and the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Social anxiety – also known as social phobia – is a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations, and is one of the most common anxiety disorders, according to NHS data.
People with the disorder may dread everyday activities such as meeting strangers, talking in groups, speaking on the telephone, or shopping.
It can interfere with work, school, and relationships, and treatment usually involves cognitive behavioural therapy, or antidepressants.
It’s thought up to one in 10 people may suffer from it, with women twice as likely to have it as men.
For the study, which was published in the journal Psychiatry Research, the psychologists assessed 710 people.
They gave them a series of questionnaires designed to assess their personalities as well as lifestyles, including the amount of fermented foods they had eaten over the last 30 days.
These foods included yoghurt, fermented soy milk, miso soup, sauerkraut, some types of dark chocolate and pickles.
Those who ate more fermented foods had fewer social anxiety symptoms, with the effect being greatest among those at genetic risk for social anxiety disorder as measured by a high score on the neuroticism scale during the personality assessment.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3118743/Could-probiotics-cure-extreme-shyness-Friendly-bacteria-yoghurts-pickles-help-tackle-social-anxiety-study-reveals.html#ixzz3cs5tmpsu