Is kimchi good for your brain as well as your intestines?
According to professor Mark Lyte of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, probiotics promote not only health of the small and large intestines but also the well-being of the mind.
Lyte said research so far indicates that certain probiotics — notably, Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria — produce neurochemicals that encourage mental well-being.
Scientists have known for a long time that there’s a profound connection between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. The connection is so profound that some experts refer to the gut as a “second brain.”
Since lactobacilli are commonly found in kimchi, is it fair to call kimchi “brain food” yet?
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