The Health Benefits of Mint
By Sara Butler
Peppermint and spearmint are just two of over a dozen species of plant in the mint family. Many people love them for the cooling sensations they produce when added to foods and drinks. But mint’s value doesn’t lie merely in the sensations it produces on your tongue. It actually has several benefits when eaten and even inhaled. Here are some of the health benefits of mint you may not know about!
High in Nutrients
People don’t normally eat mint in large quantities, but the plant itself does have a good amount of nutrients contained within it. For example, a half ounce of spearmint has just six calories, but one gram of fiber as well as a significant of amount of manganese, folate, iron, fiber, and Vitamin A. It might be tough to munch on that much mint all at once, but consider adding it to a salad in order to pack a little bit more nutritional punch into your day.
Good for the Brain
There may be benefits to eating mint as well as smelling it. The aroma of peppermint essential oils has been found in many studies to improve brain function, improving memory in subjects who inhaled it before taking a test. Other studies have even found that mint essential oils increase alertness, as well as reduce frustration, fatigue, and anxiety. There’s no harm in adding a little peppermint oil to your diffuser – it might just help with that brain fog you’ve been experiencing!
May Improve Cold Symptoms
When you’re working your way through a cold if something makes you feel better, then you often give it a try. Well, the next time you’re feeling under the weather, go for some mint. Menthol is already found in a lot of cold remedies because people believe it helps to ease nasal congestion and improve breathing. Studies have shown that menthol has no merit as an actual decongestant, but it does have the effect of making people believe they can breathe better through their nose when stuffy. So, it’s OK to use mint just because you think it helps!
The bottom line is that mint is delicious and a healthy addition to any foods or beverages you want to add it to. So, find some inventive ways to add a little mint to your diet and reap the benefits while making your breath minty and fresh!
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