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Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function

‘Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function’,, Harvard University (bezocht op 28 juli 2018)

Second brain

Research shows that the gut and brain are connected, a partnership called the gut-brain axis. The two are linked through biochemical signaling between the nervous system in the digestive tract, called the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The primary information connection between the brain and gut is the vagus nerve. (…) The gut has been called a “second brain” because it produces many of the same neurotransmitters as the brain does, like serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid, all of which play a key role in regulating mood. (…) What affects the gut often affects the brain and vice versa.

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