The Health Benefits Of Mint
Mint is a key ingredient in many delicious concoctions, used in everything from vibrant salad to the classic Summery jug of Pimms we dive into as soon as the first rays of sun appear. But what are the benefits of the herb?
Mentha, known as mint, is a species of herb popularly used around the world. It was known as the herb of hospitality in Greek mythology and has uses in the culinary realm, as well as medicine, aromatherapy, and cosmetics.
What are the benefits of mint?
- High in vitamin A, and is a powerful antioxidant. This means that a handful of mint added to your favourite salads could help protect your body against oxidative stress caused by free radicals, meaning they can help prevent cell damage. Vitamin A also helps maintain eye health, too.
- Can help alleviate symptoms of IBS. Peppermint oil has been shown to help relieve common IBS-related digestive problems, as studies have shown the oil helps relax the digestive tract, resulting in less discomfort.
- Can help alleviate cold symptoms. One of the most uncomfortable effects of a cold is the congestion — no one can deny how annoying and inconvenient it is to constantly have a blocked nose. Mint can help improve nasal breathing when you’re feeling ill, studies have shown.
- Helps with fresh breath. There’s a reason our toothpastes are minty, but drinking mint tea or eating mint may also help maintain fresh breath, as it kills odour causing bacteria and masks bad breath.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.