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Animal Study Points To Potential Behavioral Benefits Of Drinking Kefir

May 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

As demand for the fermented milk drink Kefir rises, a new APC Microbiome Ireland study in mice reports that two varieties, Fr1 and UK4, had positive effects on the immune system and behavior. The research supports the recent broadening of the definition of psychobiotics to include fermented foods and could optimize future generations of kefir products. The results are among the first to clearly show effects of kefir consumption on behavior. The researchers said it is unclear whether the study results can be replicated in human trials, but more studies on the validation of kefir as a dietary intervention to improve humans’ mood are warranted. [Image Credit: © Anshu A from Unsplash.com]
Anni Schleicher, "Kefir shows potential as psychobiotic, mouse study finds", Nutrition Insight, May 19, 2020, © CNS Media BV
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