Lark L. Burnham,
â€œGut feelingsâ€ are more than wishful thinking? Some very interesting
research is being conducted that is investigating the microorganisms of the
gut (collectively called â€˜the microbiomeâ€™) and personality.
Research has already established extensive neurodevelopment throughout the
lining of the gut and the presence of the largest concentration of
neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, in the mammalian body. It
is now believed that substances secreted by gut microorganisms interact with
these neurotransmitters and have direct effects on the brain.
research has shown that personality traits can be transferred from one
animal to another by inoculating them with the fecal material (and the
resident microflora) of another animal. A timid mouse can suddenly become
bold, and vice versa.
Although no one is recommending such inoculations, probiotic species have
been studied for similar effects.
been known for several years that beneficial microorganisms can repair the
damage done by stress. Now it can be said that probiotics not only protect
against the effects of stress, they may change the perception of it
done with both animals and humans have shown that certain probiotic species
have a significant effect on emotions such as anxiety and depression. This
may be because these species change the hostsâ€™ perception of the trigger
stimuli, they become less reactive.
running out to buy probiotics, be aware that not all are created equal.
Microorganisms are highly vulnerable to heat and sunlight, be skeptical of
the claims made by products bought off the shelf. The actual number of
viable microorganisms consumed is more important than impressive numbers on
the label. Many factors can reduce these during processing, shipment, and
effective products will have initial CFU (colony forming units, a measure of
viability) of 108 of higher for each species, and those numbers
should be guaranteed. Lactobacillus sp. have been identified as
having psychobiotic properties, as well as Bifidobacteria sp., and
Streptococcus faecium. These species must be shipped in an insulated
container with an ice pack, and stored in the refrigerator after receipt to
insure their viability.
Natur's Way sells several concentrated
probiotics that have psych-active properties. MSE Calm Defense, MSE Natural
Defense, MSE Natural Defense Soluble, MSE Liquid Rescue, and MSE paste are
all sold in the
PETSTORE. MSE Max, Mse Microbial Drench, and MSE Microbial paste are
sold in the FARMSTORE. A
new product called MSE Perceptin is being developed s a calming agent for
BURNHAM if you have any questions or comments.