Benefits of eating Mint

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People have long used mint leaves for their health benefits. They were used as cleansers in the Middle Ages, and sailors relied on them to help freshen and purify water during long trips at sea.

 

Today, mint has a firm place in our cooking and meals, and it's also used to make sweets and cosmetics. Fresh mint, peppermint and spearmint leaves all contain beneficial nutrients.

 

Contains Manganese and Copper

 

The copper from your diet helps you make phospholipids -- fats needed for healthy nerve function -- and regulates brain cell communication. Manganese helps your body make proteins needed in wound healing, and it helps maintain your bone strength.

 

Vitamin A

 

Incorporate whole mint leaves into your diet as a source of vitamin A. Both peppermint and spearmint provide generous amounts of vitamin A. This vitamin also helps maintain visual function and prevents night blindness. It also nourishes your skin and stimulates the function of white blood cells, which support your immune system.

 

Iron and Folate

 

Spearmint, but not peppermint, also provides a significant amount of iron and folate. Both of these nutrients play a role in the healthy development of red blood cells, and a deficiency in either folate or iron causes anemia. Iron also helps your cells produce energy, while folate supports protein metabolism.

 

Other benefits are:

 

  • Helps relieve fatigue and depression
  • Improves oral health
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Effective remedy against nausea and clears up congested nose and throat.

So as well as tasting quite nice and giving a fresh flavour to our palette it also has amazing health benefits.

 

Try adding Mint leaves mint leaves to roasted green beans, or wilt mint leaves into whole-grain pasta dressed with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. As an alternative, blend mint leaves into smoothies. Try a mixture of orange juice, frozen cantaloupe and mint for a frosty melon-mint smoothie, or chop mint leaves into strips and add them to iced green tea for a refreshing beverage.


 



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