Probiotic yogurt has been popular for some time now and yes, there is good reason to eat it. Probiotic yogurts contain active, good bacteria that provide many health benefits including aiding in digestion and immune function. Now a new study shows that eating probiotic – rich yogurt twice a day for a month could help relieve anxiety and stress by reducing activity in the emotional region of the brain.
The New York Daily News reported that a small study was conducted by researchers from UCLA’s School of Medicine in the US. They recruited 36 women in a study that found a twice daily yogurt habit was linked with lower levels of activity in areas of the brain responsible for emotion and pain. Also the yogurt eaters had increased activity in areas associated with decision making, the researchers said.
The researchers found that, compared with the women who didn’t consume the probiotic yogurt, those who did showed a decrease in activity in both the insula — which processes and integrates internal body sensations, like those form the gut — and the somatosensory cortex during the emotional reactivity task.
We’ve long known that yogurt is a healthy choice and probiotic yogurt has become increasingly popular in recent years (especially with the middle-aged and seniors). It’s clear however, that it’s a good food choice for many of us.