The surprising health benefits of everyday houseplants

It’s easy being green — and healthy, too.

Everyday plants in your home — yes, the kind in pots on your windowsill or desk — can result in physical and mental benefits, studies say.

The purported boons of specific species are laid out in a new book, “Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Plants to Help You Breathe Better, Sleep Better and Feel Better All Year Round” (Adams Media; $14.39).

In it, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based writer and wellness expert Jon VanZile compiles fast facts on the exact advantages, from heart disease prevention to asthma relief, attributed to each type of flora and its associated lotions and tonics.

An important disclaimer: Some researchers have challenged plant evangelists, saying that positive results gleaned in carefully controlled lab-conducted studies may not translate to real life.

The spice saffron is derived from filaments in this plant’s purple blossoms. It allegedly stores antioxidants that can fight heart disease, cancer, asthma and PMS. Famously expensive saffron has been linked to balanced levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for our happiness. The crocus sativus plant blooms between fall and spring

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