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The many known and unknown health benefits of mint

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-09-28

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People usually think of mint as only a breath freshener or a garnish for food. This is because of the very small quantities that are usually consumed by people. There are actually hundreds of different specie and varieties of this plant. It is used in many daily products that we use. There are many more health benefits than the mouth fresher part that every one knows.

The many health benefits of mint are:

1. Digestion:
Mint is one of the few naturally occurring foods that help in digestion. This use in digestion of food helps as an appetizer too. This is the reason that mint has been used in preparing various dishes all over the world. This health benefit of mint can be used to prevent various digestive disorders and can also prevent constipation.

2. Oral care: The mouth freshening ability of mint has been used in preventing tooth decay. It also gives a fresh smell in the mouth, thus increasing the confidence of people. Mint also prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria produce the foul smell in the mouth of people. Mint prevents the growth of these bacteria and thus prevents the foul smell too.

3. Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, magnesium and manganese, Selenium and fluoride are some of the most common minerals that are found in mint. These help the normal functioning of the body.

4. Anti oxidant: Mint is a powerful anti oxidant. There are many diseases that can be prevented because of this anti oxidant property. In fact this property of mint is a very important health benefit that can prevent and even treat cancer.

5. Bactericidal: As mentioned above in oral care, mint has a powerful bactericidal effect. It kills many types of bacteria and other organisms. Thus in case of infections, intake of mint will help the person decrease the severity of infections.

6. Nausea: The wonderful smell that is present in mint helps to prevent the nausea that can occur in pregnant women. It is also used for this property in people with motion sickness including sea sickness. Mint leaves that are crushed can be smelt or mint oil extract can be used for this purpose.

7. Respiratory problems: Another health benefit of mint is the use of mint in various cough preparations. It helps to prevent and even treat cough. This is because when mint is eaten, it helps in breaking down mucus and also opens the congestion in the respiratory organs. Regular use of mint has been seen to help in preventing and also treating the severity of asthma.

8. Dermatological problems: Mint has properties that help to treat various skin conditions. This is another health benefit that is derived from mint. The bactericidal property of mint is again used to get this benefit. Mint is used for treating various problems like acne, itching and other such conditions.

The health benefits of mint are not limited to all those mentioned in this article. There are many other uses and benefits of mint that are present.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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