The science behind probiotics for preventing mania
Prescribing probiotics to people with bipolar disorder may help to prevent relapse, a small US study shows.
The randomised controlled trial found that probiotic supplementation was associated with a lower rate of rehospitalisation in patients who had been recently discharged after being admitted with mania.
The findings, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, add to a growing body of evidence that mood disorders may be related to changes in the microbiome.
In the 24-week study, 66 patients with