Which Plants Produce the Most Oxygen?

We need oxygen not just to breathe, but also to provide proper function of every cell in our body. Our cells use oxygen as a fuel for every function they do, and with that, they keep us alive.

Being the most important nutrient for our body, the drop of oxygen levels compared to other molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere over the last 3 decades is a very concerning problem. The main reason for this is the growing air pollution, and the consequences can be especially felt in areas of higher population, such as the city we live in.

Which Plants Produce the Most Oxygen?

You may not have the power to change the molecule ratio in atmosphere, but you can change it inside your home. You can do that with the help of nature, or more exactly, with specific plants which produce oxygen.

These oxygen-producing plants will increase the oxygen levels in your home or work space, providing healthy levels of oxygen in your blood. This in turn will increase your productivity, and help you stay healthy.

The Indian environmental activist Kamal Meattle discovered the 3 best indoor plants which produce the necessary oxygen for our optimal health.

Top 3 Most Oxygen Producing Plants in the World

1. Areca Palm (“The Living Room Plant”)

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Areca palm removes toluene and xylene from the air, at the same time converting great quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen (O2) during the day. They grow up up to shoulder’s height, and having 4 of them per person in your home will give the required levels of oxygen. Considering the plant care, you need to wipe the leaves on a daily basis, and take them outside every 3 to 4 months.

2. Mother-in-law’s Tongue (“The Bedroom Plant”)

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This plant, also known as snake plant, is ideal for your bedroom, as it converts large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen (O2) during nighttime. If your bedroom has no air flow, you’ll need six to eight of them per person, considering they are of a height that reaches the waist.

3. Money Plant (“The Specialist Plant”)

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This plant removes the well-known carcinogen formaldehyde from the air. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formaldehyde is a universal sensitizer which makes a person sensitive to all hazardous chemicals when there’s enough exposure to them. Therefore, removing this chemical is beneficial to the health of your entire family. Having this plant in your home is a great way to achieve that.

Benefits of These Plants

As the researcher Meattle explains, these 3 oxygen-producing plants are so powerful that they can literally keep you alive even if you’re in a sealed bottle.

Studies have shown that having these plants inside your home or working space increase the levels of oxygen in your blood, reduce the risk of eye irritation, headaches, respiratory problems, lung impairment, and asthma. Beside these incredible health benefits, you will also notice significant boost in your energy and productivity.

Via TED