With Mother’s Day right around the corner and birthdays and anniversaries occurring year-round you have the perfect opportunity to select a life-giving gift she will cherish literally for years to come. According to a Harvard health study, women who live in a home surrounded with lots and lots of plants were found to have. mortality rates a whopping 12 percent lower than those of women who lived in plant-less homes and areas. See why less chocolates and more flowers and plants make such an incredible difference.
Just in case you might be thinking that the sample was small, and the findings were not relevant or applicable to most women. The research data was based upon findings involving 108,630 women collected between 2000-2008. The study was groundbreaking because it was the first of its kind to measure a casual connection between health and plants.
Even the researchers were pleasantly surprised by the study findings. Peter James, research associate in the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology, emphasized, “We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates.” He added, “We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health,”
A healthy longer life is a distinct possibility and the proof is in the data. In fact, the greener a women’s surroundings are the higher life expectancy she has from respiratory-disease and cancer mortality according to the researchers. Be heart and health smart this Mother’s Day and give your mom, wife, daughter or friend the gift of life with lots of plants and flowers.
(H/T Daily Headlines)