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Sum­mer is a great mood en­hancer it­self, but tak­ing ad­van­tage of the warm weather to grow your own ed­i­ble plants can ben­e­fit your health even more. Whether in a back­yard gar­den or in a few pots on your win­dowsill, hav­ing fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles can sup­port both men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing.

RE­DUCE YOUR STRESS. Gar­den­ing al­lows you to go out­side, get ac­tive, and con­nect with na­ture—all of which are help­ful when you wish to re­duce stress. It is well known that phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity gives a boost of en­dor­phins, and gar­den­ing is a great way to get that boost in the com­fort of your own back­yard. Ad­di­tion­ally, stud­ies show that in­creas­ing ex­po­sure to na­ture can im­prove mood and sense of com­fort for 24 hours af­ter out­side ac­tiv­ity. A re­cent study in En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Per­spec­tives re­ported lower mor­tal­ity rates for women who live closer to na­ture. In the peo­ple with the most na­ture in­ter­ac­tion, there was a 12-per­cent lower rate of all-cause mor­tal­ity. The re­searchers at­tribute the lower mor­tal­ity to the in­crease in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and de­pres­sion-re­duc­ing ef­fects of na­ture. The sea buck­thorn berry has be­come more pop­u­lar in re­cent years due to its hefty nu­tri­tional pro­file and ex­ten­sive list of beauty ben­e­fits. The power of this mir­a­cle berry may stem from its wealth of all 4 es­sen­tial fatty acids in the proper ra­tio: omega-3, -6, -9 and the rare omega-7, all of which are help­ful in main­tain­ing brain health. Sea buck­thorn also boasts both DHA and EPA, which fur­ther pro­tects against cognitive de­cline.

But the sea buck­thorn is not just for your brain. Cos­met­ics and other beauty prod­ucts have taken to in­clud­ing the berry in their for­mu­las to ad­dress prob­lem­atic skin is­sues like red­ness and in­flam­ma­tion. The po­ten­tial plant-based ben­e­fits don’t stop there, though. Here are even more fatty-acid pow­ers of sea buck­thorn:

• Im­mune sys­tem re­sponse sup­port • In­flam­ma­tion re­sponse sup­port • Gas­troin­testi­nal and di­ges­tive sup­port • Liver health • Car­dio­vas­cu­lar health • Women’s re­pro­duc­tive health • Vi­sion health and dry eye sup­port • Oral health, in­clud­ing teeth and gums • Skin health, in­clud­ing skin ail­ment man­age­ment • Weight man­age­ment • Sun/UV stress man­age­ment

Sources: Se­abuck­Won­ders and seabuck­thornin­

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