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We all know about the emerging science regarding air pollution. It’s making headlines everywhere. As we are learning with each new study, air pollution is a major environmental risk to health linked to a range of diseases from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer to chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.

Inasmuch that outdoor pollution is a big concern, linked with a growing awareness about larger issues in relation to social-ecological responsibility and environmental-economic sustainability, clean air in one’s home is also vital to an individual’s overall well-being.

Houseplants can be of tremendous service in this regard, providing effective air-filtration. In a study by NASA, a list of the most effective indoor plants for removing toxic agents from the air was scientifically examined.

The study, led by Dr. B. C. Wolverton, found that some plants were effective at filtering out the likes of benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde from the air, helping to neutralise the effects of sick building syndrome.

The aptly named ‘Florist’s Mum’ proved most effective, alongside the Peace Lily, both shown to filter out amounts of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia.

While the research does date back over 25 years ago, the findings are have stood the test of time, and are regarded as the most comprehensive and accurate results to date.”

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