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Some friendly bacteria found in the soil may act on our brain like antidepressants. Research on mice by University College London and Bristol University found that a common soil bacteria acts on brain cells to stimulate production of the ‘happy chemical’ serotonin, altering mood in a similar way to antidepressants.
So best get out in those gardens!

We all knew this intuitively, I think.  I'm never happier than when I'm pottering in the garden.  Now I have science to back me up when I spend a lot of my time out there!


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 4,044
    Do you have to eat it to get the best result! 
  • Just don't be too particular about washing your hands after a session in the garden - all this modern thing about disinfectant wipes every time you move has at least proved to be hype..........especially if you are a mouse :D
  • I'm not totally sure that everything found in garden soil is beneficial to humans for one thing animals may use it as a toilet, mice included.
  • Aah @ barry island.  That may be why the research said the only "some" friendly bacteria may be beneficial.  I have no idea how you are supposed to filter our unwelcome contaminants.  But I live in hope of reaping the rewards!
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,472
    Now I know why worms are always so cheerful and friendly.
  • Pigs love it too.
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