01/11Here is why you need to add mint to your diet

Here is why you need to add mint to your diet

The cooling sensation of mint is one of the reasons it is so popular around the world. The mint family refers to a group of close to 20 plant species, which includes peppermint and spearmint. You can use it in a variety of ways and consume it in teas, salads or hot dishes. The tender herb can also be used fresh or dried. Incorporating the plant into your diet should be a must as it has many health benefits. Here are some of the impressive benefits of mint you need to know.


02/11May treat nausea

May treat nausea

A great natural remedy for a bad headache or nausea is mint leaves. Its aroma alone will help put you in a better state. You can also try mint oil if you have a bad stomach ache. Another option is to boil a few mint leaves in water and sip it slowly.


03/11May aid weight loss

May aid weight loss

A 2003 study revealed that mint leaves can help stimulate the digestive enzymes that work to absorb nutrients from food, as well as consume it to make it into energy that is usable. Swap a soda beverage for a mint tea. It has fewer calories and will help you lose weight faster and more efficiently.


04/11May treat respiratory disorders

May treat respiratory disorders

Mint contains menthol that can offer relief from nasal congestion, according to researchers at the University of Wales (UK). It can also help clear up congestion of the lungs, throat and bronchi. Consuming it regularly could potentially protect you against asthma and the flu.


05/11Helps relieve indigestion

Helps relieve indigestion

Indigestion occurs when the food you consume sits in the stomach for too long. Researchers have found peppermint oil can help relieve symptoms of this issue and help the food pass through the stomach faster. Some studies have found the oil is better than dried or fresh mint leave to tackle this issue.


06/11Improves flu symptoms

Improves flu symptoms

Many flu treatments you get at the drugstore contain menthol, which is a compound found in peppermint oil. This compound reportedly can help tackle congestion issues and improve airflow so you can breathe more easily. The next time you have the flu, curl up with a nice hot cup of mint tea. It also has a very soothing effect.


07/11Rich in nutrients

Rich in nutrients

Even though it is often not consumed in large quantities, mint is rich in nutrients. It is added to many recipes in small amounts because its flavour packs a punch. The aromatic herb is loaded with vitamin A, which helps to improve eye health. It is also high in antioxidants, which helps to protect the body from oxidative stress, which is cell damage caused by free radicals.


08/11Improves brain function

Improves brain function

Just a whiff of mint oil's fresh smelling aroma can help improve brain function, according to researchers. A study conducted on144 young adults, found just five minutes of smelling peppermint oil significantly improved memory. Another study also found it helps people stay focused and refreshed.


09/11Improves skin complexion

Improves skin complexion

Mint is a natural remedy for acne and breakouts. This is because it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The leaves also contain salicylic acid, which has been found to be effective in fighting acne. You can also use mint juice as a skin cleanser. You can even make a face mask mixing mint leaves with honey. Leave it on your face for 20 minutes.


10/11Helps tackle depression and stress

Helps tackle depression and stress

Mint contains adaptogenic properties that help to regulate cortisol levels and even reduce stress. Using it as part of an aromatherapy treatment can help calm the mind. It also helps to release serotonin in the brain, which has been found to reduce depression symptoms. Add some mint leaves in your tea or use its extract on a vapouriser to get the most out of it.