Mint component: Antioxidant and Antimutagenic properties
The Mint plant family (Lamiaceae) play an important part in many traditional medicine systems. It has been investigated for its medicinal & antioxidant properties due to its significant quantities of phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Flavonoids have been shown to have antioxidant and antimutagenic activities in different systems.
Gulluce et al, studied the mutagenic and antimutagenic activities of apigenin 7-O-rutinoside, a flavonoid isolated from Mint (Mentha).
The results showed that the above component has different inhibition rates against induced mutagenicity. Its properties are of great pharmacological importance and might be beneficial for reducing the risk of reactive oxygen species-related diseases.
See also: Orhan et al (Food Chem. 2012 Nov 15;135(2):764-9)