A new study found that young adults who eat more fermented foods have less social anxiety symptoms. A study out of the University of Maryland has shown that the consumption of fermented foods like pickles and kimchi and sauerkraut have been associated with reduced anxiety levels in the young adults who ate them. Likewise, it also found to have reduced neuroticism.
Researcher Matthew Hilimire said that it is likely that the probiotics in the fermented foods are favorably changing the environment in the gut, and changes in the gut in turn influence social anxiety.
He added that he thinks that it is absolutely fascinating that the microorganisms in one’s gut can influence his/ her mind.
Since the study was accomplished without an experimental phase, scientists can’t make a “causal connection” about pickle consumption. It needs further study and more tests.