Spearmint has many health benefits such as protect the integrity and strength of the immune system, maximize heart health, increase circulation, relieve stress, optimize hormonal levels, boost respiratory health and ability to improve the digestion. The scientific name of spearmint is Mentha spicata. This is one of the most recognized flavors for chewing gums. Spearmint is native to Asia and Europe and it has spread throughout the rest of the world in the recent centuries and nowadays it has been naturalized on 5 continents. This is herbaceous perennial plant which has square – shaped stem, white/pink flowers and broad leaves. The value of spearmint is in its leaves because they have many active ingredients and a high concentration of flavor and scent. Spearmint has many different applications including its culinary uses to flavor entire dishes, dips, sauces, cocktails and even as a garnish. Also the spearmint is used in hygienic products, body scrubs, soaps, mouthwashes and toothpaste. There are some people who are highly sensitive to mint and they can experience allergic reactions while consuming or touching the spearmint. These reactions are usually mild, such as dizziness, headache, throat irritation and skin rash but you should avoid spearmint if you suffer from allergy and find other home remedies for your condition.
Spearmint health benefits
Chronic disease: Spearmint has chemical compounds such as thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, pinene, cineole and limonene. The combination of metabolism – balancing substances and antioxidant compounds make the spearmint a powerful home remedy to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and many of the chronic diseases are caused by free radicals which are attacking healthy cells. Antioxidants can help to neutralize the free radicals and they can eliminate them from your body.
Stress relief: There are some studies in which are shown that the spearmint has menthol which is one of the most powerful active ingredients in it that has a soothing, almost sedative effect on the body and it is producing a calm and relaxed state. You should drink a cup of spearmint tea if you suffer from anxiety or chronic stress because it will ease your mind and it will eliminate the negative effects of chronic stress hormones which on your body’s systems.
Heart health: Spearmint has high amounts of potassium which are very important for maintaining the healthy blood pressure. Potassium is a vasodilator which means that it can give a relief from the stress on arteries and blood vessels, therefore helping to prevent heart attacks, atherosclerosis and stroke.
Improves circulation: It is known fact that in a single serving of spearmint the iron content is more than 100% of the daily recommended amount and this can stimulate the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells. This health benefit of spearmint can help to prevent anemia and it can increase the circulation to the body’s extremities, boosting the energy levels and wound healing.
Hormonal balance: There are some studies in which are shown that the spearmint can help to manage or treat polycystic ovary syndrome and other forms of hormonal imbalance. Spearmint has powerful organic compounds which can help to inhibit and stimulate the endocrine system in different ways. This can help to optimize your hormonal balance and it will prevent complicated metabolic side effects, including hirsutism by reducing the excessive testosterone levels in women.
Aids in digestion: This herb has many roles in the digestive system, particularly as a gentle tonic to ease an upset stomach. This home remedy is very popular during pregnancy because it can help to prevent vomiting, nausea and morning sickness. Also it can be used by other people who are suffering from such gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, cramping and excess flatulence. In the recent years number of people who are affected by IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is increasing. Chewing spearmint leaves or drinking spearmint tea is often recommended as a natural treatment to treat or manage IBS more effectively.