(NaturalHealth365) The peppermint herb is considered by many cultures to be a true “superfood”. Superfoods are foods and herbs that have a unique concentration of nutrients that synergize together to boost potential. These foods and herbs are typically loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids.
Peppermint is a natural hybrid cross between mint and spearmint and thrives in Europe and North America. The plant and oil are commonly used in fragrances, soaps, cosmetics, foods and drinks. Peppermint has been shown to improve digestion and stimulate higher level brain function.
Herbs have the power to heal the body and calm the mind
Mint has been used for thousands of years for its culinary, medicinal and aromatic components. It is commonly spoken about in Greek folklore as a smell that was delightful to the senses. Around the world, mint has been used as a strewing herb to clean and purify the air.
Most people describe the taste of peppermint as a cross between chlorophyll and pepper.
Peppermint contains many vital nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, copper, vitamin A and C. The greatest benefits come from the menthol, menthone and menthyl esters. These oils have very powerful healing and soothing effects within the body and when applied on the skin.
Improve your digestion by using peppermint
Peppermint is a carminative herb that stimulates the digestive system to work better. Carminatives contain volatile oils that are effective at expelling gas and easing griping pains from the stomach and intestines. They help to tone the mucous surfaces and increase peristaltic activity to move food and wastes through the system gently. The menthol component of peppermint acts as a natural muscle relaxer and has been shown to relax the smooth muscle of the gut wall. This helps relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and acid reflux.
The anti-tumor properties of peppermint
Peppermint also contains a unique phytonutrient called monoterpene in the form of perillyl alcohol. Several animal studies have indicated that monoterpene’s inhibit the growth of mammary, pancreatic and liver tumors. It also protects against cancer growth in the colon, skin and lungs.
Peppermint is an anti-microbial agent
Other studies have indicated that peppermint essential oil acts as a potent anti-microbial. It stops the growth of helicobacter pylori bacteria which is the pathogen related to stomach ulcers. It also is effective against E Coli infections which are the most common form of urinary tract infection and are also associated with many cases of food poisoning.
Peppermint has been shown to inhibit the spread of anti-biotic resistant Staphylococcous aureus (MRSA) which have become a growing epidemic. Additionally, peppermint provides a powerful defense against Candida and other pathogenic yeasts.
Breath easier with the use of peppermint
Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid which has been shown to block the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes. Rosmarinic acids also encourage cells to produce key molecules that keep the airways open for easy breathing. This is especially useful for individuals prone to asthmatic attacks and high anxiety. It is also great for relieving nasal congestion and clearing the sinuses.
Brain function gets a boost with peppermint
The methanol component of peppermint has also been shown to improve circulation throughout the body. This is especially true in the brain where peppermint oil helps to enhance cognitive processing and stimulate creative thought. Increased circulation in the brain leads to new creative energies and elevated mental stamina and improved memory formation.
The most common health ailments that studies have indicated that peppermint is an especially good remedy for include:
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Morning sickness
• Cramps of the upper gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts
• Bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine
About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.
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