Achieve anxiety reduction

By Nicholas Robinson

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Gut bacteria manipulation plays a role
Gut bacteria manipulation plays a role

Related tags Psychology

Prebiotic intake has the ability to reduce anxiety in consumers, new research from the University of Oxford has claimed.

The research, which was commissioned by the ingredients manufacturer Clasado and carried out at the university’s department of psychiatry, showed that intake of the company’s prebiotic Bimuno lowered the waking cortisol response in 45 subjects.


It also altered their emotional bias and increased their attention and vigilance, researchers claimed.

Results from the study were compared with those in subjects who took fructooligosaccharide and a placebo, researchers said.

Study results

“The results of the study suggest that Bimuno may have an anxiolytic effect and reduce stress reactivity in healthy subjects,”​ they added.

“The study had also demonstrated that manipulation of gut microbiota with Bimuno may alter hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity and processing.”

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