Modern scientists discovered that soil microbes and human health have a positive link. The study was further verified after further studies conducted on cancer patients, who displayed a better quality of life and less stress.
Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance found in dirt and has shown to mirror the effects that antidepressants have on neurons. It stimulates serotonin production–the happy chemical that makes people relaxed and happier.
The results were increased cognitive ability, lower stress, and better concentration.
Insufficient amounts of serotonin is linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. The bacterium acts as a natural antidepressant in soil that has no negative side effects on health.
Most avid gardeners consider their garden as their “happy place” because the physical act of gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter.
The mycobacterium antidepressant microbes in soil are also being analyzed for improving cognitive function, Crohn’s disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis.