9 Surprising Health Benefits of Mint

Nov 14, 2020

Mint, (Mentha Arvensis Linn.) also known as menthe, is actually a genus or group of around 15-20 plant species including peppermint and spearmint.

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Health benefits of Mint are listed below:

  • Stay away from allergies: Mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid. This has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms, revealing a promising natural treatment.  
  • Avoid Nipple crack while Breast-feeding: Breast-feeding offers significant benefits for both infant and parent, but it can cause pain and damage to the nipple as the mother continues to feed the child exclusively for 6 months. A study published in April 2007 in the International Breastfeeding Journal suggested that application of peppermint water may help prevent nipple cracks and nipple pain in first-time mothers who are breastfeeding. Make sure you apply peppermint water/pepper mint paste on the nipples for relief.
  • Stay away from indigestion and gas: Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (and which may also support healthy cholesterol levels).
  • Prevent gas and flatulence:  Consumption of peppermint is also thought to relieve pain and discomfort from gas and bloating. Peppermint tea is a common home remedy for flatulence.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): The use of peppermint oil has been found to be an effective and safe treatment for those suffering from abdominal pain or discomfort associated with IBS. Enteric-coated capsules (an enteric coating is a polymer barrier applied on oral medication  that prevents its dissolution or disintegration in the gastric environment) are most effective and prevent the capsule from dissolving in the stomach, which could cause heart burn.  In one double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial, 75% of patients with IBS who took enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules twice daily for 4 weeks had at least a 50 % reduction in total IBS symptoms.
  • Gastric ulcers: In a study in animals, menthol was found to help protect the lining of the stomach from the negative effects of indomethacin and ethanol, giving it a potential role in preventing gastric ulcers associated with alcohol consumption and regular use of painkillers.
  • Pain relief: Applying peppermint extract externally has been found to increase pain threshold in humans. 
  • Skin: When applied topically in oil, ointment or lotion, mint has the effect of calming and cooling skin affected by insect bites, rash or other reactions.
  • Oral health: Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener.

Mint leaves can be included in daily diet or once or twice in week. It can be included in the diet as stuffed parantha, chutney, sambhar, masala idli, as refreshing drink.

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  2. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect of rosmarinic acid (RA); inhibition of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (SAR) and its mechanism, Biofactors, 2004; 21(1-4):
  3. Effect of peppermint water on prevention of nipple cracks in lactating primiparous women, International Breastfeeding Journal. Published 19 April 2007.
  4. Effect of aromatics on lung mucociliary clearance in patients with chronic airways obstruction, A. Hasani et al., J Altern Complement Med, published April 2003, abstract.
  5. Peppermint oil (Mintoil) in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective double blind placebo-controlled randomized trial, G. Cappello et al., Dig Liver Dis, published online 8 April 2007, abstract.
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Disclaimer: The information provided here is not exhaustive by any means. Always consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, procedure, or treatment, whether it is a prescription medication, over-the-counter drug, vitamin, supplement, or herbal alternative.