Spearmint has a pleasantly sweet taste and is frequently used to flavor toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and candy. One other common way to enjoy this herb is brewed into a tea, which can be made from either fresh or dried leaves.
Yet, this mint is not only tasty but may also be good for you.
Here are 10 surprising health benefits of spearmint tea.
- Help relieve symptoms of indigestion, nausea, vomiting and gas.
- Spearmint is high in beneficial antioxidant compounds that help protect against and repair damage caused by harmful molecules that can lead to oxidative stress which has been linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
- May have beneficial effects on hormones in women, including decreasing male hormones like testosterone and increasing hormones necessary for ovulation.
- Two cups of spearmint tea a day may help reduce facial hair growth in women.
- Spearmint has antibacterial activity against several types of harmful bacteria, including bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses, such as E. coli and Listeria.
- Though human studies on the effects of spearmint on blood sugar are lacking, animal research has shown that this herb may significantly lower blood sugar in rats with diabetes.
- Spearmint tea is commonly used to relieve stress. While studies are limited, this mint contains compounds that have been shown to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
- Spearmint has shown beneficial effects on arthritis pain in both human and animal studies. Additionally, tea made from this herb may help reduce stiffness and disability caused by arthritis.
- While evidence on the effects of spearmint on blood pressure is limited, studies have shown that it works similarly to common blood pressure medications.
- Easy to incorporate into your diet. Spearmint tea can be enjoyed hot or iced at any time of the day.