7 Amazing Health Benefits of Spearmint
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7 Amazing Health Benefits of Spearmint

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 15 Jan 2016 - 08:13

Spearmint

Spearmint herb also known as 'common mint' or 'garden mint' has a lovely aroma that is often used by chefs in cuisines and is also used in medicine for its curative effects. This common herb is usually used for garnishing recipes, herbal toothpastes, mouthwashesnks, food products and cosmetics.

Spearmint is packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamins and essential nutrients. In spite of having a same aroma to peppermint, spearmint does not possess as much menthol as peppermint. However, it is a rich source of limonene, dihydrocarvone and cineol.

Spearmint leaves are deep green and oval in shape with pointed ends and rough margins. Spearmint oil and spearmint tea has the ability to treat various health disorders such as hormonal imbalances, digestion, boosts respiratory health, increase circulation, maximize heart health, strengthen immunity system and relieve stress.

Health Benefits:  Spearmint has been used for centuries in Ayurveda for its power to reduce nausea, vomiting and ease other gastrointestinal issues such as flatulence, stomach pains, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of this powerful herb.

  • Helps treat Nausea: Spearmint helps to alleviate nausea and vomiting due to its antiemetic properties.  A 2013 study published in the journal Ecancermedical science, examined the effect of spearmint on vomiting and nausea conditions in chemotherapy patients. Researchers found that patients who were administered spearmint oil, showed considerably less nausea and vomiting within a day as compared to placebo group. On the basis of this study, scientist conclude that spearmint oil has no side-effects and is completely safe and effective.
     
  • Hormone support: Hirsutism is the condition of a woman having excess hair in unwanted places, like on the upper lips, chin, chest and back. It occurs due to abnormally high levels of testosterone. According to The University of Maryland Medical Center, consuming about 2 cups of spearmint tea can help treat hirsutism. A 2007 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research-revealed that women suffering from hirsutism were given one cup of spearmint tea, two times a day, consecutively for five days.

The study found that those who consumed spearmint tea showed reduced levels of male sex hormones and an increase in female hormones. Spearmint tea is also known to offer health benefits for women suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome): a hormonal disorder that causes hirsutism. Powerful organic compounds existing in spearmint can suppress and induce the endocrine system in different ways, thereby helping to regulate the hormonal imbalance.

  • Helps defeat Bacteria: In a 2001 study, published in Microbios Journal, experts investigated the effect of spearmint oil on different types of pathogenic bacteria. Researchers discovered that spearmint oil conquered the growth of all bacterial strains. They found that the more amount of spearmint oil was applied topically, the more it suppressed the evolution of the pathogens.

             Spearmint oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties from its chemical constituents: cis-carveol and carvone. These                      components showed effectiveness against four bacterial strains including (Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coliBacillus                  subtilis, and Pasturella multocida) and fungal pathogens (Aspergillus niger, Mucor mucedo, Fusarium solani, Botryodiplodia                  theobromae, and Rhizopus solani), as mentioned in the Journal of Essential Oil Research.

  • Digestive Support: Spearmint is known to help alleviate flatulence, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms and abdominal pains due to its carminative effects. Spearmint plays a key role in the digestive system, especially as a gentle tonic to soothe stomach aches. This herb works wonders particularly during pregnancy to prevent from nausea, vomiting and morning sickness. Spearmint tea is often advised by experts to manage digestive disorders more effectively.
     
  • Respiratory Health: Spearmint tea has antibacterial, soothing and anti-inflammatory effect and therefore has a remarkable affect on the health of your respiratory disorders like chest tightness, irritation and sore throats. In addition, spearmint tea opens up nasal passages and congested sinuses. Certain experts believe that Spearmint’s powerful fragrance can also enhance mental clarity.
     
  • Reliefs Stress: Menthol, an active ingredient present in spearmint, has a anti-depressant effect on the body, which has been known to produce a calm and relaxed state. If suffering from anxiety or chronic stress, a cup of spearmint tea may help soothe the mind and get rid of the negative effects of chronic stress hormones on the body.
     
  • Chronic Disease: Limonene, cineole, pinene, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, and thiamine are the essential compounds found in spearmint that helps keep chronic diseases such as cancer at bay by neutralizing the free radicals and obviates them from the body.

Nutritional Facts; 100 gms of Spearmint Provides:

  • 81% and 22% respectively of daily requirement of vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • 26% and 10% respectively of Folate and Riboflavin
  • 27%, 7% and 2% respectively of dietary fiber, proteins and calories
  • 20% and 16% respectively of calcium and magnesium; 66% and 56% respectively of iron and manganese

    How to prepare spearmint tea?
     

  • Reap the Spearmint leaves just before the plant begins to blossom. The leaves can be dried in the sun for few hours and stored in an airtight container.
  • To prepare the tea, simply boil 2.5 cups of water and add 6 tbsp of fresh mint leaves in it. Cover and let it steep for nearly 5 minutes.
  • You can store the prepared tea for about 2 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container with an addition of 1 tbsp lemon juice that preserves active components.
  • According to the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, it is recommended to consume 3 cups of spearmint tea per day.

           

 

 Reference link:

Ecancermedical science, Microbios journal, Journal of Essential Oil Research, Phytotherapy Research; University of Maryland Medical Center ;  
http://www.livestrong.com/article/338231-spearmint-tea-benefits/

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/spearmint-oil.aspx

http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/health-benefits-spearmint-tea-5054.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/268884.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/spearmint....

 

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