Being a part of The Fresh Edit means coming up with fresh stuff. And you know what, this isn’t hard at all! It may be music, new recipes or new products we use, but leave it to us to provide you with good tunes & flavors! This Tuesday is exceptionally fresh, because the Product Highlight of the week is one of the most favorite herbs of all time: Mint!
It is yet another product that has so many benefits and has been used for centuries. When you think of mint, the first thing what comes to mind might be a nice mint tea with some honey or your favorite toothpaste or gum which leaves you with that minty fresh feeling we all love. However, there is so much more to this multi-functional herb, which is not only very popular in food and beverages, but also has a range of medicinal purposes.
- Mint stimulates your brain to be alert, improves your memory retention and cognitive functions. Try some fresh mint in your tea or add some leaves to your morning smoothie.
- It is rich in many antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin-C and vitamin E. The leaves of mint also contain many important B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine and is an excellent source of vitamin-K.
- Not only can it make you lose weight faster due to its capability of stimulating digestive enzymes to absorb the nutrients in food faster, but also does the consumption of mint relax your intestinal wall, which is advised for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
- Mint is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
- Did you know that there are fruit-flavored mints, such as Pineapple mint, lemon mint, banana mint, apple mint and many more? How cool is that?!
Tip: when you use fresh mint, try to use the stalks if possible, because those contain the best flavor. So when you love drinking fresh mint tea, don’t just put the leaves in, but bruise the stalks a bit before you add them
Tip: store fresh mint in a damp paper towel in your fridge, which will keep it fresh for several days