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Asked 9th Jan, 2015

What are the health benefits of mint?

Some excerpts from a recent article in Medical News Today (2014):
"Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food. Learning how to use fresh herbs and spices like mint when cooking can also help to cut down on sodium intake.
Mint, also known as mentha, is actually a genus or group of around 15-20 types of plants including peppermint and spearmint. Mint oil is often used in toothpaste, gum, candy and beauty products while the leaves are used either fresh or dried for teas and food."
Allergies: Mint plants contain an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid, which has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Because of rosmarinic acid's anti-inflammatory properties, rosmarinic acid has been shown to be a promising treatment.
Common cold: Mint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus. Mint can also be effective, especially when combined with tea for relieving sore throats.
Indigestion: Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to improve the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): The use peppermint oil has been found to be an effective and safe treatment for those suffering from abdominal pain or discomfort associated with IBS
Skin: When applied topically in oil, ointment or lotion, mint has the effect of calming and cooling skin affected by insect bites, rash or other reactions."
Also, mint tea is very popular in Algeria, Tunisia, USA/Canada and Europe.
In India, mint leaves are used in many recipes and people are aware of some health benefits of mint in India.

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13th Oct, 2021
Arvind Singh
Banaras Hindu University
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From my own experience with my patients, peppermint oil is very effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome which is widely spread.
Mints is used frequently in the Jordanian food menu and we also added it to our traditional tea drink
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From my own experience with my patients, peppermint oil is very effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome which is widely spread.
Mints is used frequently in the Jordanian food menu and we also added it to our traditional tea drink
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9th Jan, 2015
Abedallah M Rababah
United Arab Emirates University
Dear @Sundar, In addition to the contributions of dears @Kamal and @Cecilia,  the following article entitled: "What are the health benefits of mint?" mentioned some of these benefits; 
Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food. Learning how to use fresh herbs and spices like mint when cooking can also help to cut down on sodium intake.
Mint, also known as mentha, is actually a genus or group of around 15-20 types of plants including peppermint and spearmint. Mint oil is often used in toothpaste, gum, candy and beauty products while the leaves are used either fresh or dried for teas and food.
This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides a nutritional breakdown of mint and an in-depth look at its possible health benefits, how to incorporate more mint into your diet and any potential health risks associated with consuming mint.  See the details at the link:
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Yes dear Cecilia,
In Jordan we also use mint in our salads, and even we put fresh mint over the rice
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9th Jan, 2015
Costas Drossos
University of Patras
All these information is useful! There is however a danger: to be "a manic" about the food supplements, and finally consume a lot of them, producing some bad aftereffects. So the issue to fix a balanced diet which you change carefully. 
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9th Jan, 2015
Krishnan Umachandran
NELCAST
Mint has many positive properties that can treat a host of issues in the human body. People have become very creative in harvesting its leaves and finding many ways to use this helpful herb. Whether a sprig of mint is added to a drink, the leaves are chewed, or its used in other forms, it should be a standard in any kitchen.
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9th Jan, 2015
Mahfuz Judeh
Applied Science Private University
There are many health benefits for eating mint. Some of these benefits are:
Respiratory Disorders and Coughs: The strong aroma of mint is very effective in clearing up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs, which gives relief for respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and the common cold. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing. This is the main reason why so many balms are based on mint. Unlike the inhalers that are based on aerosols, those with mint as the fundamental component tend to be more effective and eco-friendly as well.
Asthma: Regular use of mint is very beneficial for asthma patients, as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. That being said, using too much mint in this way can also irritate the nose and throat.
Breast Feeding: For many women, breastfeeding is a beautiful part of raising a child, but it can seriously damage your breasts and nipples. Studies have shown that mint oil can reduce the nipple cracks and nipple pain that so often accompany breastfeeding.
Depression and Fatigue: Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get your brain functioning on a high level again. If you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed, or simply exhausted, mint and its derivative essential oils can help. It can be ingested, applied topically in a salve form, or inhaled as a vapor, and all of those techniques can give you a much-needed boost! A popular way to get good results in an easy manner is to put a few drops of mint essential oil or menthol oil on your pillow at night and let it work on your body and mind while you sleep.
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9th Jan, 2015
Satya N Das
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Mint juice along with mango juice is used to prevent heat stroke. In India the preparation  is popularly called ''Panna".
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9th Jan, 2015
Afaq Ahmad
Sultan Qaboos University
Dear Dr. Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan,
Mint is blessed with antioxidants and phytonurients. Hence, helps in cramping stomach and lowering acidity. It is used for many purposes. Such as:
 - Skin infections
- Skin cleanser
- Mouth freshener
- Its strong aroma helps in stimulating brain functioning
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9th Jan, 2015
Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan
Vel Tech - Technical University
In Asian countries, mint is used a lot in cooking!
In Algeria and Tunisia, mint leaves are added to black tea for flavour.
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9th Jan, 2015
YOGESH CHANDRA TRIPATHI
Forest Research Institute Dehradun
Mint, well known for cool burst of flavor is an herb used since antiquity for its culinary, medicinal and aromatic properties. There are about 25 different species of mints; peppermint is actually a natural hybrid cross between Mentha aquatica (water mint) and Mentha spicata (spearmint). Peppermint is a good source of manganese, copper and vitamin C. Vitamin C is the main water-soluble antioxidant in the body is needed to decrease levels of free radicals that can cause damage to cells. Modern scientific investigations have revealed the potential health benefits associated with the use of different components of the peppermint plant, including aromatherapeutic, topical and internal applications. Research indicated that this plant has great value in treating gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome colonic spasm gastric emptying disorders functional dyspepsia infantile colic. it is reported to be beneficial in tuberculosis allergic rhinitis (hay fever), shingles associated pain (post-herpetic neuralgia, memory problems, chemotherapy-induced nausea, prostate cancer, radiation damage, herpes simplex virus type 1, dental caries/bad breath. Some studies have shown a link between increased vitamin C intake and a decreased risk for colon cancer, possibly by as much as 40%, while other studies have shown that vitamin C intake can help to decrease the incidence of colon tumors.
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10th Jan, 2015
Afaq Ahmad
Sultan Qaboos University
Dear Prof. Satya Das,
In "Panna" one more important ingredient is there and that is "green (unripe) mango". Mint is also added in Panna.
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10th Jan, 2015
YOGESH CHANDRA TRIPATHI
Forest Research Institute Dehradun
Mint is an important ingredient in Indian cooking due to its flavour and health benefits. It is widely used in chutneys, relishes, salads, sauces, teas and North Indian refreshing drink during summer..Mint is also perfect as a garnish for desserts, and goes well with fruits, iced tea, lemonade and yogurts as well as a variety of cocktails. Fresh mint combines well with many vegetables such as new potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and peas. A few chopped leaves give refreshment to green salads and salad dressings. In Indian during Summer Mint chutney prepared with raw mango and chillies is part of daily menu. Mint is also combined in popular snack ‘Panipuri’
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10th Jan, 2015
Satya N Das
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Dabur India, an indian pharmaceutical company is selling Mint syrup called 'Pudin Hara' for stomach ailments.
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10th Jan, 2015
YOGESH CHANDRA TRIPATHI
Forest Research Institute Dehradun
Yes Dear Satya, Dabur  India produced "Pudin Hara' is a popular medicine for stomach problems. One can find this OTC medicine in almost every household in India. 
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11th Jan, 2015
Afaq Ahmad
Sultan Qaboos University
Dear ALL,
We can learn more about Mint via the link pasted below:
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11th Aug, 2015
Mahamad Nabab Alam
National Institute of Technology, Warangal
I think it is like something: many problem one solution--- that is have some mint in your diet.
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1st Jun, 2018
Nafees Mohammad
University of Peshawar
We have two types of mint
One is good for digestion (enalay)
The other is taste enhancer (podina)
13th Oct, 2021
Arvind Singh
Banaras Hindu University
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