The Health Benefits of Mint

\n\nMany people love mint, but don’t know much about this simple herb. There are different kinds of it, of course, from spearmint to peppermint to standard mint from a mint plant. Fresh herbs are often forgotten in a discussion of healthy foods, but we add them to so many recipes that we should be able to reap their benefits, as herbs have so many. This will focus on fresh mint, straight from the garden plant, also known as Mentha sachalinensis. You may not have  a mint plant, but they are not difficult to take care of, and fresh mint can add a burst of flavor to so many different recipes. But mint can add a lot of unique health benefits to different recipes, too. Take a look below:\n

The Health Benefits of Mint

\nTwo tablespoons of mint has 2 calories and it contains some potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin A. However, the health benefits of mint extend to its calming properties. Mint can help with the following:\n\n\nStomach issues and indigestion: Mint has been used for years to help with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is soothing and can help move bile through the stomach. This is another reason why mint is helpful for irritable bowel syndrome.\n\nThe flu or common cold: The menthol in mint acts as a decongestant, which can break down mucus and uncomfortable phlegm. Mint is also helpful for relieving the pain associated with sore throats and inflammation.\n\nAllergies: Mint is full of an antioxidant called rosmarinic acid, which can be effective in helping with allergies. Rosmarinic acid is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant.\n

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\n\n \n\nSkin: When there is mint in oils, lotions or medicines, it acts as a calming and cooling agent to help bites, rashes or poisons.\n

Food, Beverages and Mint

\nMint is a tasty addition to drinks, including plain water. It can brighten marinades or simply add a zing to your garnish. Mint is an easy addition to smoothies and helpful for those inclined to have anxiety that leads to stomach discomfort. Mint pairs well with other refreshing foods, such as watermelon, cucumbers and citrus. Try our Cucumber Mint Salad for a refreshing, easy recipe that includes mint.\n\n

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