6 Health Benefits of Peppermint

Known for its distinctive aroma and medicinal value, peppermint has been shown to help with various health conditions.  With its ability to reduce pain, improve digestion and boost the immune system, peppermint's base element of menthol is the most valuable part of its organic structure.

1.     Remedy for colds and flu

Best known for cold and flu remedies, peppermint kills bacteria and viruses and dulls the pain of an aching body. Aside from offering a calming and numbing effect, the mint also effectively breaks up phlegm and thins mucus to relieve congestion and coughs. Although there is little evidence that peppermint actually cleans nasal passages, peppermint seems to trick the brain into thinking it does, according to Natural News.

2.     Protection against cancer

In animal studies, the phytonutrient called monoterpene, which is found plentiful in peppermint, has been shown to stop the growth of liver, pancreatic and mammary tumors. The powerful mint also protects against the formation of cancer in the lungs, colon and skin.

3.     Helps relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint tea stimulates bile flow and increases digestion to promote healthy bowel movements, according to Organic Facts. Known to be used as far back as 10,000 years ago, peppermint is a known carminative that helps to move gas through the body as it accumulates instead of causing cramping, bloating and stomach discomfort.

4.     Reduces heartburn and dyspepsia

Peppermint oil can help reduce feelings of stomach spams and fullness including acid reflux, heartburn, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. A study published in the journal Ailment Pharmacology and Therapy revealed that a combination of peppermint oil and caraway oil offered improved symptoms of functional dyspepsia by 67 percent.

5.     Helps with tuberculosis

A 2009 study revealed that inhaling peppermint essential oil rapidly regresses tuberculosis inflammation. Authors of the study revealed that, "This procedure may be used to prevent recurrences and exacerbation of pulmonary tuberculosis."

6.     Source of nutrients and minerals

Peppermint is a good source of Vitamin C, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and copper. Its vitamin C content was studied to reveal a decrease in the risk for colon cancer by 40 percent while potassium levels in peppermint can help control blood pressure and heart rates.

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