Good news, women in yogurt commercials who go absolutely bananas over their yogurt! Scientists have figured out why all of you look Stepford Wives-ish all the goddamned time while eating yogurt.
According to researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed the symptoms of depression in mice by feeding them probiotic bacteria found in live-culture yogurt.
The research team behind the study discovered that the gut bacteria plays a part in depression and noticed the change in the mice before and after they were subjected to stress. Feeding the mice the bacteria Lactobacillus returned them to a normal mood, and the absence of the bacteria brought the depression symptoms back.
They found that the amount of Lactobacillus bacteria in the gut affects the level of kynurenine in the blood, which has been shown to cause signs of depression.
Alban Gaultier, who is leading the research team and study, tells the university’s publication UVA Today that his findings could mean patients won’t have to “bother with complex drugs and side effects,” and says instead they can just “play with the microbiome,” which is the gut’s bacteria. He goes on to say, “It would be magical just to change your diet, to change the bacteria you take, and fix your health — and your mood.”
Because this is the internet, it is important to note that this isn’t a panacea for depression. While there’s no harm in consuming yogurt, provided you don’t have an allergy or aversion to it, this isn’t a substitute for medication and therefore should not be seen as such. More studies, the researchers noted, are needed.
Still though, I think we can all agree that yogurt still needs to cool down. It’s still yogurt.