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Kimchi Could Help with Social Anxiety Disorder

Welcome back to the Master Oh blog. Today we look at a study into Kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish made from Fermented vegetable, which has investigated the benefits of Fermented Foods on mental health.

Social Anxiety Disorder, or Social phobia, is an anxiety disorder where the person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. It is particularly debilitating – not just socially, but emotionally.


The researchers asked nearly 700 undergraduate students at William & Mary how much fermented food they had consumed in the last 30 days. At the same time, the students were tested against the so-called Big Five personality traits and the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory.

The Findings

The study concluded that students who ate more fermented foods had less social anxiety and the results were clearer among those who ranked highly for neurotic personality traits. The study’s results imply that fermented foods are more beneficial to those who have the most neurotic tendencies.

Research into probiotics has primarily focused on digestive benefits, and although science still isn’t certain how probiotics work to reduce anxiety, this study adds to the growing body of research into the positive effects of gut bacteria on mental health.

Since this study was only observational in nature, it’s difficult to establish that fermented foods actually caused the reduced levels of social anxiety, further experimental studies would be necessary.

As Dr. Hilimire explains, establishing a solid link between fermented food and improved mental health would allow doctors to “augment more traditional therapies (like medications, psychotherapy or a combination of the two) with fermented foods – dietary changes – and exercise, as well.”

Master Oh

Master Oh is a London based energy healer and natural health practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working with the original energy that creates life, which is Qi Energy. Having himself suffered and overcome chronic issues at an early age, he has dedicated his life to sharing his healing method with the world.

He has opened Qi centres in Australia, America and in Europe and is constantly looking to help more people live free from physical, emotional and mental pain. Master Oh believes that by developing our innate good-hearted, generous and compassionate nature we can not only bring health and happiness into our lives, but also bring peace and harmony into our world.

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