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Plant mint now - polyphenols, flavonoids and vitamin A are just part of the powerful package of this green plant that is available to everyone

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Among the popular home aromatic plants, we can certainly count the refreshing smell and taste of mint. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which contains about 15-20 plant species, including peppermint or mint. We consume this green treasure in really different ways, from toothpaste, refreshing drinks to essential oil. However, few of us are aware of the range of health potentials it provides.

Seven health benefits of mint

Apart from the pronounced vitamin A (4250 IU per 100 grams), most of the health benefits of mint come from its essential oil content, including flavonoids, menthol and terpenes. This unique nutritional structure gives this flowering plant the following benefits:

1. Strengthens immunity

"Polyphenols and flavonoids are two well-studied groups of plant substances found in mint. Along with many other antioxidants, they keep cells healthy and disease-free," explains dietitian Rhyan Geiger, adding that these bioactive substances also help reduce inflammation, further strengthening the immune system. .

2. Supports oral health

There's a good reason why mint is added to so many oral care products. Not only does it freshen breath, but peppermint oil is also rich in antibacterial, antifungal and antibiofilm properties to prevent or help treat a range of oral health problems. All the listed benefits justify the frequent use of this popular plant in modern dentistry.

3. Promotes better eye health

Since it is a good source of vitamin A, we can associate mint with eye health. This fat-soluble vitamin plays a role in several systems required for optimal eye function. Vitamin A also helps protect against certain eye diseases, such as macular degeneration.

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4. Brain health and good sleep

Recent research has found that mint has a positive effect on several aspects of brain health and sleep. A 2018 controlled trial found that peppermint improved cognitive function and reduced mental fatigue. In the meantime, Research conducted on university students in 2021 showed that peppermint intake improved memory and sleep quality while reducing signs of stress and anxiety.

5. Improves gut health

Peppermint is also associated with improved gut health as a muscle relaxant for the entire gastrointestinal tract. It has proven to be excellent for almost any digestive system problem, from gas and bloating to constipation and diarrhea. In addition, research has shown that this plant is particularly useful for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, writes Jinner leaf.

6. It helps the health of the heart and metabolism

Dietician Geiger believes that mint can have a beneficial effect on chronic heart diseases and diabetes due to the fact that it is full of antioxidants.

7. Supports the health of the respiratory system and sinuses

Peppermint can promote better respiratory and sinus health due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties that help fight the cause of irritation or infection. Also, mint acts as an expectorant that helps with persistent phlegm and phlegm and thus relieves cough. You will be happy to reach for this powerful plant in cases of sore throat and body pain.

How much mint to consume per day?

Although there are no official recommendations on how much of this herb should be consumed per day in order to take advantage of all the health benefits, it is certain that you can enjoy mint every day. Even if you enjoyed drinking a few cups of mint tea during the day, you can use this herb in other recipes without fear.

"Add mint to watermelon and cucumber salad, smoothies, water, or even pesto. Mint can also be a delicious addition to soups and baked goods," advises Geiger.

And while some will enjoy chewing fresh mint leaves as a natural alternative to chewing gum or fresh breath, others will decide to use this plant for aromatherapy purposes. Of course, if you use peppermint as an essential oil on your skin, remember to dilute it in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba first to prevent irritation.

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