The power of the Phytoncides in the Tropical Forest of Costa Rica

The air of tropical forests is loaded with the complex and powerful phytoncides. Your exposure to the phytoncides provides benefits that all the plants and animals are getting by living there

The phenomenon of phytoncides

Is beneficial when we take into account that the existence of all living creatures is closely related to the symbiosis with specific bacteria and viruses that inhabit our organism and are a fundamental part of own existence.

Garlic phytoncides contains allicin and diallyl disulfide

Garlic phytoncides contains allicin and diallyl disulfide

An average human being has 37 billion human cells, 48 billion bacteria, 40 billion viruses and billions of fungi and mites in our body, all working in perfect collaboration for the proper function of all our vital systems. Without this symbiosis, human beings could not exist, and when an imbalance occurs in this relationship, diseases arise.

Every day we encounter countless bacteria and microorganisms that live around us. Some of the microorganisms are human helpers, others are enemies causing diseases. The complex human defense system protects the body from the invasion of harmful agents. The plants also have a defense system from which the human being can benefit.

Eating vegetables is one of the ways to get the beneficial compounds for our body through digestion, another not so known way is to take advantage of its volatile substances called phytoncides emanated from the living plant. These phytoncides are capable of acting from a distance and annihilating many microorganisms harmful to the plant. According to the International Forest MedicineĀ© scientific studies, "all plants together release about 490 million tons of volatile substances into the atmosphere annually." By inhaling air laden with these substances, we disinfect the lungs, we also assimilate them in the body in many other ways taking advantage of their beneficial properties because they are a strong barrier against pathogenic microbes.

Why is visiting a tropical forest healthy?

The air of tropical forests is loaded with the complex and powerful phytoncides. Your exposure to the phytoncides provides benefits that all the plants and animals are getting by living there; they are so effective in purifying the air that studies have been done that show that in a cubic meter of air of a mature forest there are only about 450 microbes and according to international standards in the operating rooms, where everything must be sterile including the air, the allowed content in a cubic meter of air is about 500 microorganisms. We all know how good contact with nature makes us feel. The sounds of the forest, the smell of the trees, the light that makes its way through the branches and illuminates the different textures.

The air of the forests is loaded with phytoncides that secrete the trees and plants that inhabit it

The air of the forests is loaded with phytoncides that secrete the trees and plants that inhabit it

The results of scientific studies in Japan have shown that a person who walks in a forest and breathes the air loaded with phytoncides receives several positive effects on his body:

  • Reduction of blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increased functioning of the immune system, especially Natural Killer cells (NK cells)
  • Reduction of cortisol levels (stress hormone)
  • Increased parasympathetic nerve activity stimulating a greater sense of well-being, relief of depression and stimulates good mood
  • Increased creativity and concentration
  • Increase in sleep quality
  • Increased empathy
  • Increased conflict resolution capacity

The fresh and clean air of the forests offers those who visit them a revitalizing experience that connects them with the very essence of nature, it restores our energy and our vitality, refreshes and rejuvenates us.

In Mistico Park you can enjoy the benefits of the forest emersion in all our activities but especially on the path of the Hanging Bridges.