Study: Probiotics can help elevate mood and wellbeing

MENTAL health and emotional stress issues are on the rise in Malaysia, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Various factors contribute to this issue, such as career, income stability, family, social isolation and debt.

Another key factor is the recent surge in the cost of living, which affects a large part of the population. 

As such, authorities should take the initiative to raise awareness on the importance of caring for one's mental wellbeing in the post-pandemic era, developing a society that is emotionally and spiritually healthy. 

Malaysians can also practice a healthy, balanced diet by consuming food that is rich in protein, antioxidants and vitamin B, which also help to relieve stress. 

Recent clinical research conducted by the Gut Research Group, Faculty of Medicine, UKM revealed that lactobacillus found in VITAGEN helps to increase serotonin levels by almost 47 per cent. 

Lactobacillus, found in VITAGEN, may help increase serotonin levels by almost 47 per cent. - File pic credit (VITAGEN)

Serotonin is a natural "happy hormone" chemical in the brain that acts to regulate mood and improve focus. It also contributes to emotional stability, happiness and calmness when at normal levels.

The healthy bacteria work on the gut-brain axis, a bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system, which is important for a variety of physiological functions, including mood stability. 

Scientists also classified the gut as the "second brain", because not only is it connected to the brain through the neuronal system, but it also releases neurotransmitters such as serotonin. 

In fact, almost 95 per cent of serotonin is produced in the gut. 

The study also revealed that lactobacillus works to improve symptoms such as poor bowel habits and abdominal pain. 

This suggests a potential role for cultured milk in managing digestive health and alleviating the challenges associated with irritable bowel syndrome. 

VITAGEN contains billions of beneficial live probiotics in every bottle, with a variety of flavours to choose from.

It is a healthy and yummy option for those looking to enjoy the benefits of probiotics. Healthy gut, happy you!

Visit VITAGEN's website to learn more. 

This article originally appeared in Harian Metro, with rights to be republished in the New Straits Times.

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