Mint is an easy to grow herb with a refreshing sent and diverse
in its uses; enjoy mint fresh, dry or boiled for tea.  Mediterranean cultures use it with salty
dishes and in salads, while western cultures prefer it in sweets, fruit salads
and with chocolate.  But all around the
world people enjoy mint tea and in most cultures it even has medicinal uses.
 

Mint has been subjected to many test tube and animal
experiments but not until recently has researchers started to challenge folk
uses of mint.  For centuries, cultures
have used mint and mint teas to treat everything from stomach problems such as
cramps, nausea and vomiting to the common cold [1].  In modern day researchers’ attempts to find
the truth, it has been found to relieve stomach pain, induce relaxation, aid in
digestion [2]
 and symptoms of irritable bowel disease
in children and adults [3].  Additionally, multiple studies have found a
preparation of mint and caraway relieved dyspepsia symptoms [4].  On the other hand, mint does not just relieve
pain but it is full of nutritional goodies.

Chemists found that mint teas have the third highest concentration
of antioxidants among teas [4];
therefore, mint tea is a good alternative for individuals who want to avoid
caffeinated teas.  Mint also exhibited
antibacterial, antiviral, and antitumor abilities [1, 4-5].  That’s not it; mint tea contains potassium,
calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, and selenium [4].  So whether you want to relax in the evening
or have a mild stomach ache, mint tea may help you feel better while supplying
wonderful nutrients. 

 

References:

1.            Rodriguez-Fragoso, L., et al., Risks and benefits of commonly used herbal
medicines in Mexico.
Toxicology and applied pharmacology, 2008. 227(1): p. 125-135.

2.            Spirling,
L. and I. Daniels, Botanical perspectives
on health peppermint: more than just an after-dinner mint.
The Journal of
the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 2001. 121(1): p. 62.

3.            Webb,
G., Nutritional supplements and
conventional medicine; what should the physician know?
Proceedings of the
Nutrition Society, 2007. 66(04): p.
471-478.

4.            McKay,
D. and J. Blumberg, A review of the
bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita
L.).
Phytotherapy Research, 2006. 20(8):
p. 619-633.

5.            Tapsell,
L., et al., Health benefits of herbs and
spices: the past, the present, the future.
Medical Journal of Australia,
2006. 185(4): p. S4-S24.

 

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