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The A-Z continues: W = Wild Mint

January 17, 2012

W = Wild Mint

Mint is packed with natural antioxidants and this seems to be the key feature in its use as a natural functional ingredient.  So apart adding an interesting flavour in dishes Mint can also help with health.  Mint is used in the InnOrbit functional drinks: UP&GO, YOUNG&FUN, SLIM&FIT and CALM&RELAX.

The natural compounds contained in Mint have been shown to be powerful antioxidants which can combat oxidative stress.  This is important for day to day protection but may also have longer term implications on health and aid people maintain an active lifestyle

Wild mint, a ayurvedic herb, is a perennial plant with a characteristic odour.  It is native to the temperate regions of Europe and western and central Asia, east to the Himalaya and eastern Siberia, and North America.

The flowers are pale purple (occasionally white or pink), and contains a number of active compounds amongst them is menthol, which is  a flavouring agent.  Menthol also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can treat swollen gums, mouth ulcers, toothache, and  help eliminate the bacteria that cause halitosis (bad breath).

Mint is good against  pitta aggravation. Symptoms of excessive pitta are nausea, headache, vomiting of bile etc.  Excess pitta can be alleviated with mint.  Mint is rich in protein, vitamins A and C etc. and can also be used to treat urinary tract problems and headaches due to stress and heat.  Additionally, it helps with colds, flu, fever, poor digestion, motion sickness, food poisoning, rheumatism, hiccups, stings, ear aches, flatulence and for throat and sinus problems.

Mint has been studied by various researchers and  they have shown that it is

Modern research catching up with an old science!

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