Mayur Deshpande
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Nutritional Supplements Library Peppermint

Nutritional Supplements Library

Peppermint


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Peppermint is a plant, crossbreed of watermint and spearmint. The stems are from 30-70 cm tall, rarely up to 100 cm, smooth, and square in cross section. The leaves are from 4-9 cm long and 1.5-4 cm broad, dark green with reddish veins, and with an acute apex and coarsely toothed margins. The flowers are purple, 6-8 mm long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm diameter; they are produced in whorls around the stem It was first discovered in 1750 in London, England. Peppermint is now grown throughout world.
The leaves and stems of peppermint have relatively high oil content and are the part of the plant used medicinally. Peppermint has high menthol content, and is often used as a flavouring in tea, ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste.It contains high manganese, vitamin C and vitamin A, fiber, iron, calcium, folate, potassium, tryptophan, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, riboflavin, and copper.


What is the effective dosage of peppermint?

For internal use, a tea can be made by pouring 1 cup (250 ml ) of boiling water over 1 heaped teaspoon (5 grams) of the dried leaves and steeping for five to ten minutes, two cups (750-1000 ml) daily between meals can be taken to relieve stomach and gastrointestinal complaints. Dose for Peppermint leaf in tablets/capsules form is 3-6 grams per day, can be taken or follow the directions written on product label.

What are the benefits of peppermint supplementation?

• Peppermint is ingested to relieve many ailments like gastritis, irritable bowl syndrome, motion sickness and stomach cramps.
• It may inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, and can help smooth and relax muscles when inhaled or applied to the skin. It eases headache when applied across the forehead and temples.
• It increases the saliva, which increases swallowing making it possible to improve appetite.
• When combined with rosemary, mint oil is a good hair conditioner and will control dandruff.


What are the side effects of peppermint supplementation?

Peppermint tea is considered safe for regular consumption. Peppermint oil may cause burning and gastrointestinal upset in sensitive people.


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