Living Juice Ingredient Spotlight: Mint

Mint in watermelon juice - O2 Living blog makers of organic cold pressed fruit and vegetable Living JuiceIn this Living Juice Ingredient spotlight, we’re focusing on MINT! The refreshing herb rounds out the flavors in our newest juice – watermelon lime mint! Mint is a popular herb that can be used fresh or dried, and is commonly found in dishes and beverages. You probably think of mint as just a fresh flavor, but it actually has many health benefits!

Health Benefits:

Sooth an Upset Tummy

For many years, mint has been used as a calming herb for indigestion, upset stomachs and nausea. Recent studies have shown that mint oils, such as peppermint, may also be a suitable treatment for IBS in adults, as the mint helps decrease inflammation. More research is necessary to confirm these benefits.

Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory

Rosmarinic acid is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory found in mint plants. Studies conducted on rats found that rosmarinic acid was able to reduce asthma symptoms, when compared to a control group. Additionally, a 2019 review published in Frontiers in Pharmacology concluded that mint family plants contain compounds that are common anti-allergens.

Calm Common Cold

Mint has long been used as an aromatic decongestant, thanks to menthol. Menthol supports the breakdown of phlegm and mucus, which is why mint is commonly found in cold remedies and decongestants. Mint is also a very popular addition to teas, especially for helping alleviate symptoms of a cold.

Adding Mint to Your Diet

watermelon lime mint - juice by O2 Living makers of organic cold pressed fruit and vegetable Living Juice

Mint is best when eaten raw or added to the very end of cooking. Many middle eastern dishes, such as soups and salads, use mint for its bright and refreshing flavor. Mint can also easily be grown at home, so you too can have a sustainable source of this delicious herb. Mint is also delicious when added to drinks – like lemonade or tea. Our favorite mint drink is our newest juice – Watermelon mint lime – perfect for summer! Order yours today!

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mint-benefits

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944

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