- By Jason Howland
Mayo Clinic Minute: Gardening grows benefits for body and mind
Harvesting a vegetable garden may bring more than just dinner. Nutrition experts at Mayo Clinic say gardening is good for your body and mind.
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Go ahead, dig in. You may go from an empty plot to a bounty. Anya Miller, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, says tending a garden offers an abundance of health benefits.
"You will increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, ultimately because you have them right in your backyard," says Miller.
"Different vegetables have a variety of different health benefits unique to each of them," says Miller.
Chili peppers and banana peppers, for example, contain capsaicin, which has been shown to have a number of health benefits. And then there's eggplant.
"Eggplant actually grows surprisingly well in a home garden. It's easy to grow and it can feed a lot of people in the family."
"If you don't have the option to garden at home, keep in mind that community gardens are another option," says Miller.
By embracing your green thumb, you may be able to unpack your vegetable basket instead of a grocery bag.
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