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Radioprotective potential of mint: A brief review

December 2, 2010

Baliga and Rao have produced an interesting review on mint.  I initially looked at PubMed with the objective of countering Stephen Fry’s recent Twitter about the cold weather (Enduring an alarming combo of windy chill factor from Siberia and chili wind factor from last night’s Thai curry) primarily to see if there was an effect of mint on settling a stomach after a hot curry or similar.  I found this which was equally interesting (more on chili later)……


Radiation is important in cancer treatment, however, the radiation-induced damage to the normal tissues limits the therapeutic doses of radiation that can be delivered.  The use of chemical compounds (radioprotectors) represents an obvious way to improve the radiotherapy.  Most of the radioprotective compounds have shown inadequate clinical application owing to their inherent toxicity and high cost.  A search for alternative agents that are less toxic and highly effective have shown that some medicinal plants like the aromatic herb mint, Mentha piperita and M. arvensis protected against the γ-radiation-induced sickness and mortality.   The radioprotective effects are possibly due to free radical scavenging, antioxidant, metal chelating, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and enhancement of the DNA repair processes. This review for the first time summarizes the observations and elucidates the possible mechanisms responsible for the beneficial effects.

For more information the full article can be accessed: HERE.


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