Mint can be beneficial for our digestive system

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Leaves of this aromatic vegetable favor the organism; know your properties better

Credit: PommeGrenade / PixabayMint can benefit the digestive system; get to know the plant better

That fennel tea is an old recipe to calm the digestive system. But mint it also has an important beneficial effect on the stomach, esophagus and intestine.

A study published in NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) says that the oil made from peppermint leaves helps to improve irritable bowel syndrome, among other disorders.

“Peppermint oil is a natural product that affects physiology throughout the gastrointestinal tract,” say researchers Bruno P. Chumpitazi, Gregory Kearns and Robert J. Shulman, from the United States. “It has been used successfully in several clinical disorders and appears to have a good safety profile.”

According to research, this substance acts in muscle relaxation and in the modulation of visceral sensitivity and psychosocial suffering. In addition, it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. The oil also benefits the esophagus and even the gallbladder.

Credit: Silviarita / PixabayMint can benefit the digestive system; get to know the plant better

The researchers claim that the extract has been used to facilitate examinations of the digestive tract and also to combat dyspepsia, abdominal pain in children and nausea after surgery. “Few adverse effects have been reported in studies with peppermint oil,” say the researchers.

Aromatic and healthy

The main actions of peppermint are antimicrobial and spasmolytic, according to the Ministry of Health. In addition to improving the undesirable belly pain, Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) points out the vegetable as an expectorant and carminative – that is , also fights intestinal gases.

Another study, this time Brazilian, recalls that the leaves are food flavorings. In addition to being used in medicine and folk medicine, peppermint is used in the tea, cosmetics, alcoholic drinks and chewing gum industries.

In 100 grams of mint, we found proteins, carbohydrates, fibers, minerals, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and vitamins C, B6, B12, A and D. And, in addition, it is an antioxidant, according to research by Unirio (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro).


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