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Mint: Protects human skin cells

July 21, 2012

Isomenthone is a constituent of the essential oil of Mentha arvensis L. Wild Mint is used in natural health drinks from The Wise Herb Company.

 

In a study by Jung et al, they investigated the protective effects of isomenthone against TNF-α-induced cell death and its mechanism in human skin fibroblasts.

A fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen, the structural framework for animal tissues, and plays a critical role in wound healing.

Investigations found that the mint component isomenthone inhibited the TNF-α-mediated reduction in cell viability and inhibited the increase in apoptosis. Isomenthone also blocked downstream apoptotic events.

Results indicate that isomenthone has the potential to protect fibroblasts against TNF-α-induced (inflammation) cell death.

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