Mycobacterium vaccae

Did you realize that the country has a natural antidepressant? When people spend time in nature or gardening, they eat or inhale the bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae, which can be present in the soil. These bacteria stimulate the portion of the brain that produces serotonin.

The most passionate gardeners will tell you that their garden is their “happy place” and that the actual physical act of gardening reduces stress and lifts mood. Mycobacterium vaccae also improves cognitive function, it has an effect on Crohn’s disease and even rheumatoid arthritis. The natural effects of these antidepressant bacteria in the soil can be felt for up to 3 weeks.

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