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Mint Sauce

March 25, 2012

Some interesting results in the scientific literature recently about Mint. We’ve summarised them below.  You can see that Mint has a pot-pourri of functionality.

Mint is packed with natural antioxidants and this seems to be the key feature in its use as a natural functional ingredient.  So, apart from adding an interesting flavour in dishes Mint can also help with health.

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

Traditional Uses:
Mint is popular in both cuisine and traditional medicines like Ayurveda. We know about mint sauce and its use with the Sunday roast and Mint can be used traditionally to treat many health conditions, amongst them:

Indigestion: Mint tea is popular in many cultures for treating indigestion problems. It can treat several problems related to the digestive system. For example: Mint is carminative and helps in reducing gases.

Respiratory problems: Mint can help with symptoms of cold, fever and sore throat. Mint is said to be antiseptic and anti-bacterial that cleans and purifies the blood.

Oral Health: 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).

Modern Science Catching Up:

Here is a summary of the results of recent scientific research on Mint and its components:

  • Neuro-protective. Amongst recent results, Rosmarinic Acid (a component of Mint), may play a key role in blocking the toxicity and early assembly processes associated with Aβ in Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Myrtenal, a mint active component, may have a potential role in preventing liver cancer.
  • Mint could be an important mediator of the immune response.
  • Protective effect against acid secretion and gastric ulcers.
  • A powerful antioxidant and can mediate radiation-induced damage by scavenging free radicals which may also have positive implications for inflammation.
  • A powerful inhibitor of various pathogens which could be important for the maintenance of a healthy body & digestive system.

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