Body & Mind: Flower Power

For your bones, brain and blood pressure, get gardening!

Stop and smell the roses has always been sound advice, but who knew it was also a medical prescription? A growing number of researchers and therapists have found that working with plants can enhance your physical and mental health, giving gardening fans yet another reason to dig into the dirt this spring.

Studies show that regular yard work can lower stress levels and provide a workout that compares with other exercise regimes. It's also an effective weapon in battling osteoporosis. Researchers at the University of Arkansas found that women over 50 who engaged in regular home gardening had higher bone-density readings...

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