Sauerkraut Could Be the Cure for Social Anxiety


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Sauerkraut could help cure social anxiety, full article here.

For the study, which will be published in the August issue of Psychiatry Research, 700 undergraduates were asked about their consumption of foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, fermented soy products, pickles and kefir.

They were also assessed for Big Five personality traits and social anxiety, which is characterized by the tendency to feel uncomfortable in social situations and to fear being judged by others.

As hypothesized, eating fermented foods was correlated with decreased social anxiety.

The link was strongest among individuals with high levels of neuroticism, a personality trait that's characterized by negative emotions like anxiety, fear, moodiness, worry, envy, frustration and loneliness -- meaning that the most neurotic people benefited the most from fermented foods.

Why? There are several possible mechanisms by which gut bacteria can influence mood.

For starters, increasing the balance of good bacteria in the gut may decrease intestinal permeability, also known "leaky gut" -- a condition that has been linked with depression.

More good bacteria also generally means less inflammation, which may be connected to a decrease in anxiety, stress and depression.

Probiotics may also reduce anxiety by increasing GABA, a neurotransmitter that tempers the brain's fear response.


perpetual student
Dec 3, 2007
Texas, USA
Good find, k2c. I love sauerkraut in a fresh cucumber and tomato summer salad. Also, sometimes on hot dogs. I always try to find it in the plastic bags, instead of canned. Canned kraut is void of the essential bacteria, otherwise it would explode. It needs to be stored cold or very cool.

Here's how to make a mason jar of sauerkraut in three days. If you search the web, you can find all kinds of recipes.


New member
Oct 28, 2015
Wow. It's amazing how our mind and our bodies are connected!