New CU Boulder research suggests there may be an additional One powerful influence: gardening.
The first randomized controlled trial of community gardening found that people who started gardening consumed more fiber and were more physically active.
They also noticed that their stress and anxiety levels dropped significantly. findings were published Jan 4 in The Lancet Planetary Health.
“These findings provide strong evidence that community gardening may play an important role in the prevention of cancer, chronic disease and mental health disorders,” said the lead author. Jill Litt, professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at CU Boulder.
“It doesn’t matter where you go, people say there’s something about gardening that makes them feel better,” Litt said. Global Health Institute of Barcelona.
Horticulture Research Details
291 non-horticulture adults, average age 41, were recruited from the Denver area.
surveys were conducted about them from time to time nutritional intake and mental health, They underwent body measurements and wore activity monitors. Those in the gardening group, on average, consumed 1.4 more grams of fiber per day than those in the control group, an increase of about 7 percent.
They also increased their physical activity levels by about 42 minutes per week. They also noticed that their stress and anxiety levels decreased.
People who entered the study most stressed and anxious saw the greatest reduction mental health problems.
With information from Medical Express.