Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut

“Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research at Caltech, published in the April 9 issue of the journal Cell, shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin” – more

“While many think of their brain as the organ in charge, your gut actually sends far more information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut..” more

Never knew serotonin was produced in the gut but long thought  the answer to improving anxiety/depression was better diet and exercise. Anything which overly sedates people disturbs this balance.

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