Urinary tract infections are one of the primary reasons women turn to probiotics, but our report today will explore other applications, including boosting immunity, helping emotions, preventing high blood pressure, and reducing recurrent vaginal infections. Like our recent article on men and probiotics, this article focuses on specific ways that probiotic supplementation can benefit women. If you think probiotics are only included in yogurt for their taste, you will want to read the rest of the story here.
While probiotics are commonly thought of to help gastrointestinal issues, they are beneficial for a number of other things as well. In fact, Dr. Julia Chen wrote in the Huffington Post (October 3, 2012) about a patient who came to her for gastrointestinal issues. After supplementing with probiotics, the woman discovered that not only had her original issues been improved, she also suffered from far fewer colds than normal – a tribute to the effectiveness of probiotics to raise immune levels.
Those Crazy Emotions
Guess what, research says that taking probiotics can help improve your mood! No, seriously. Although the connection had previously been demonstrated in rats, the UCLA’s School of Medicine conducted research on women by giving probiotics and conducting MRIs. The results showed that the areas of the brain associated with pain and emotion showed less activity, while decision-making regions demonstrated greater activity. According to researchers, this effect indicates probiotics can improve women’s moods. [Read more…]