The Health Benefits of Peppermint & Tips on Including this Herb in Your Diet

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Nutrients in Peppermint

Peppermint is a great source of magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C. These vitamins are not only essential to everyday health, they have also been proven to decrease the risk of certain diseases, such as colon cancer, rectal caner and colon tumors.

In addition to the healing properties that can be associated with peppermint, here are some other dietary nutrients that can be found in peppermint:

  • Fiber

  • Folate

  • Iron

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin B2

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Potassium

  • Copper

How to Enjoy Peppermint

Although all forms of peppermint are flavorful and beneficial, fresh mint may be more palatable than the dried herbs. The freshest mint will appear vibrant and rich in color. The leaves will be green and lush—free from spots and yellowing.

Dried herbs and spices are widely available and can be found in most supermarkets; however, exploring a spice store may allow more options. The quality and selection may be superior in a specialty shop. In addition, organically grown products are typically a better alternative and can be found in such stores.

Storing Peppermint

To store the fresh mint leaves, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place inside of a loosely closed plastic bag; store in the refrigerator. The mint will stay fresh for days. Like all spices, dried mint can be kept in a sealed glass container, in a cool dry place. This version will stay fresh for an extended amount of time (close to a year).

Consuming Peppermint

Peppermint can be enjoyed in many ways. A cup of peppermint tea can be a soothing after dinner treat. Use two teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves; breathe in the therapeutic aroma as the tea steams. Pour hot water over the leaves and cover the cup as the brew steeps for 10 minutes. Remove the leaves by straining them. Now you have a delightful elixir that can calm the stomach as well as the nerves.

Other ways to add peppermint to your diet include: tossing on salads, topping yogurt, sprinkling on soups, or enjoying with other garden fare such as tomatoes.

Peppermint has long been a part of American tradition. It has traveled from the Old Word to modern day, still being honored for its zesty flavor and therapeutic properties. Make this versatile herb a part of your diet.