I am encouraged by this very accessible and readable summary of much research in the field of gut microbiome composition, probiotics, prebiotics, and mental wellness. It’s by the American Society for Microbiology: Of Microbes and Men: Eating for Mental Wellness.
It basically reinforces what other studies referenced in this blog have underlined, which is that the science on how to precisely manipulate one’s microbiome to enhance mental health is not yet there, but eating fiber, colorful fruits and veggies, and perhaps eating fermented foods (which contain active cultures) might all help to promote a gut microbiome that is generally better for mental wellness than otherwise.
I apologize for not updating this site more often; it’s a long story as to why but I have been struggling a fair bit with bipolar disorder as well as attempting to finish old projects and start promising new ones, and those are not really in the field of medical microbiology. I am very interested in pursuing this research project still (Project: Cancer-Fighting Gut Bacteria), but I still lack funds and actual support when it comes to writing grants that could fund the work I have in mind.
If an opportunity opens up I will take advantage of it, but for now the project is on ice.