CFS Cognitive Issues may be caused by Gut Bacteria…

A recent article is in agreement with the model of CFS that I am currently advocating on this site. The article title almost says it all:: Consumption of Fermented Milk Product with Probiotic Modulates Brain Activity

“Changes in gut microbiota have been reported to alter signaling mechanisms, emotional behavior, and visceral nociceptive reflexes in rodents. However, alteration of the intestinal microbiota with antibiotics or probiotics has not been shown to produce these changes in humans. ”

and found:

“Conclusions: Four weeks intake of a FMPP by healthy women affected activity of brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation. ”

So what is FMPP?

  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. Lactis,
  • Streptococcus thermophiles,
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and
  • Lactococcus lactis subsp. Lactis.

This does apply to CFS because IBS and CFS are often co-morbid. The researchers state ”

The specific FMPP was chosen because of preclinical evidence demonstrating a reduction in reflex responses to noxious visceral stimuli, and reports of beneficial effects on gastrointestinal symptoms in healthy people and IBS patients.

We now have some more study-backed probiotics to add to our treatment-chest.

CAVAEAT: Danone Research funded the study. So expect a new offering on supermarket shelves!

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