Trees are one of nature’s many wonders. They’re beautiful to look at and can house animals and produce fruits that we enjoy; they also provide us with shade when we need it on those hot and hazy summer days. As if that weren’t enough, new research from the University of Exeter has concluded that being around trees makes us happier, functioning as natural antidepressants.
The researchers discovered a link between loneliness and the levels of a blood-clotting protein, fibrinogen, which can cause heart attacks and stroke. Fibrinogen accumulates when the body’s “fight or flight” stress signals are activated. Too much of this protein is bad for health; raises blood pressure & cause the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries.