As knowledge of the gut-brain link grows, psychobiotics is a name being given to probiotics that have an impact on the brain10.
To fully understand what psychobiotics are, it is important to understand the vital connection that scientists have discovered between your gut and your brain. The bacteria living in our gut (our microbiota) communicate directly with our brain via the nervous system, and may be integrally linked to the workings and the health of our brain. This communication between the brain and the gut is referred to as the gut-brain axis10.
The term psychobiotics was coined in 2013 by clinical psychiatrist Professor Ted Dinan10 and neuroscientist Professor John Cryan. It refers to the friendly bacteria that play a role in the gut-brain axis and influence the health and activity of your brain. More recently, the definition has expanded to include prebiotics, which act as food for our good bacteria and encourage their growth11.
It has now been shown that psychobiotics can produce and deliver neuroactive substances which act on the gut-brain axis10.
A dysfunctional microbiome may alter the gut brain axis and may affect mood, emotions and cognition13. Research has shown that greater diversity of your microbiome may relate to a healthy gut and hence a healthy gut-brain axis10.
Psychobiotics adjust your intestinal bacteria and research suggests that the right bacteria may help improve cognition, performance and coping skills - influencing your emotions, how you behave and how you react to stress10. A healthy gut means a healthy mind.
The special 1714-Serenitas live culture in Zenflore was discovered and developed by PrecisionBiotics, in partnership with scientists and clinicians from one of the world’s leading centres of research on the microbiome and the gut-brain axis.
The 1714-Serenitas live culture showed that it increases activity in the areas of your brain that are associated with emotions, learning and memory, and improved coping while under stress1.
Zenflore contains the unique 1714-SerenitasTM live culture, as well as specially selected B vitamins, to help support mental performance and reduce fatigue.*