GUT FEELINGS TRIAL

@ THE MELBOURNE CLINIC, AUSTRALIA


Exploring the impact of prebiotics and probiotics on mood and cognition 

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About

The University of Melbourne is conducting an 8-week clinical trial investigating the effects of dietary prebiotic foods and probiotic supplements on adult mental health and cognition

 Investigators: Prof Jerome Sarris, Ms Tanya Freijy, Prof Felice Jacka, Dr Jason Hawrelak, Prof Julia Rucklidge, Dr Rachelle Opie, Ms Georgina Oliver, Dr Jenifer Murphy, Ms Rosemary Arnold, Prof Chee Ng

What are probiotics and prebiotics?

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 PROBIOTICS are live bacteria that provide health benefits when ingested in adequate amounts. They help to balance 'bad' bacteria in the gut environment, protect you from disease, and produce vitamins and other beneficial compounds. Probiotics are found naturally in fermented foods such as yoghurt and sauerkraut. In this study, a multi-strain probiotic supplement will be used to maintain control over type and amount of probiotics administered. Fermented foods high in probiotic bacteria will be excluded from the diet. A PREBIOTIC is a non-digestible type of dietary fibre that feeds the gut bacteria, thereby beneficially influencing the composition and/or activity of the gut microbial population. GUT FEELINGS will be the first randomised controlled trial examining the effects of food-based prebiotics on mental health.    

What does the study involve?

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 If you are eligible to participate, you will be randomly allocated to take probiotic OR placebo capsules. You will be given capsules to take each morning and evening for the 8-week study period. In addition, you will be randomly allocated to follow a high-prebiotic diet OR make no changes to your diet.  ​ Over the 8-weeks, you will be required to attend 3 appointments at The Melbourne Clinic, Richmond, VIC. You will meet with one of the researchers and complete questionnaires and assessments regarding your mental health symptoms and physical health. At home, you will need to complete brief online assessments related to diet and mental health symptoms every fortnight during the study. Please note that participants are not paid for their involvement in the study. 

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Study Participation

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NO LONGER RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS STUDY AS WE HAVE REACHED OUR RECRUITMENT TARGET


 

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Contact Us

Gut Feelings Trial

The Melbourne Clinic Professorial Unit, 2 Salisbury Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121, Australia

03 9487 4748

Our Research Teams

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