Health Benefits of Mint

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Health Benefits of Mint

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Mint is the name for over a dozen plant species, including peppermint and spearmint, that belong to the genus  Mentha . These plants are particularly known for the cooling sensation they impart. They can be added to foods in both fresh and dried forms.

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This article takes a closer look at eight science-based health benefits of mint. 1. Rich in Nutrients While not typically consumed in large quantities, mint does contain a fair amount of nutrients. In fact, just under 1/3 cup or half an ounce (14 grams) of spearmint contains : Calories:  6 Fiber:  1 gram Vitamin A:  12% of the RDI Iron:  9% of the RDI Manganese:  8% of the RDI Folate:  4% of the RDI

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2. May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive tract disorder. It is characterized by digestive symptoms like stomach pain, gas, bloating and changes in bowel habits. 3. May Help Relieve Indigestion Mint may also be effective at relieving other digestive problems such as upset stomach and indigestion. Indigestion may occur when food sits in the stomach for too long before passing into the rest of the digestive tract.

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