Ward off cancer, protect against radiation, and ease irritable bowel syndrome with mint

by: Carolanne Wright, NaturalNews


A seemingly humble herb, mint offers a variety of exceptional health enhancing  features. Research has shown that certain varieties of mint have properties that  help defend against cancer and damaging radiation. Not only does this herb offer  protective benefit, but it also provides those who suffer from irritable bowl  syndrome much needed relief.
Mentha piperita (peppermint) is native to  the Mediterranean and nutrient rich. The fresh herb contains ample amounts of  vitamin A, C, B12, K, along with folic acid, thiamine, and riboflavin. Mint also  provides many essential minerals such as calcium, copper, fluoride, iron,  potassium, selenium, and zinc. The essential oils found in mint include menthol,  menthone, and menthol acetate.

Powerful relief for distressing symptoms

Peppermint oil offers new hope  for individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Italian  researchers found that 75 percent of patients participating in their study had  substantial improvement in their IBS related symptoms when peppermint oil  capsules were taken for four weeks. It is believed that the menthol in the mint  blocks calcium channels, thus relaxing the muscles of the intestinal wall. This  helps to relieve the abdominal cramping and pain, diarrhea, bloating, and  constipation associated with the disease.

A broad spectrum protective herb

Peppermint holds promise as a potent  herb against cancer and the effects of radiation. According to a study in 2010,  liquid extracts of peppermint were shown to protect the gastrointestinal and  hemopoietic systems from radiation. The healing properties in the extract are  found to be metal chelating, antimutagenic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.  Additionally, DNA repair processes are enhanced. Tumors of the pancreas and  liver are particularly vulnerable to the bio-active components of peppermint.  Cancers of the skin, lung, and colon are also inhibited by this herb.
In  another study, researchers at the University of Salford found that the  extract of Scutellaria barbata (Skullcap barbat) starves tumors. It attacks the  blood vessels feeding the tumor, blocking the availability of oxygen and  nutrients that allow tumors to grow. The extract is very selective in targeting  only blood vessels associated with the tumor, leaving normal vessels that feed  healthy tissue unharmed. As noted by a spokeswoman for Cancer Research  UK, “Scutellaria barbata has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine  to treat several illnesses including certain types of cancer.” Scutellaria  barbata is a member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family of botanicals and is native  to China.
Whether seeking to alleviate the discomfort of IBS or  protection against cancer and radiation, mint provides a simple, effective, and  time-honored solution.

Sources for this article  include:
“Health benefits of peppermint” Healthbeat, Harvard Health  Publications. Retrieved on June 26, 2012 from: http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/HEALTHbeat_073107.htm
“Mint  leaf starves cancer to death” BBC News, Friday, July 9, 2004. Retrieved on June  26, 2012 from:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3870231.stm
“5  Health Benefits of the Peppermint Herb” Fitday. Retrieved on June 26, 2012 from: http://www.fitday.com
“Mint – A Powerful Antioxidant”  Karen Stephenson, April 8, 2009, Suite101. Retrieved on June 26, 2012 from: http://suite101.com/article/mint-a-powerful-antioxidant-a108135
“Peppermint  Herb Nutrition Facts” Nutrition and You. Retrieved on June 26, 2012 from: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/peppermint.html
“Radioprotective  potential of mint: A brief review” Manjeshwar S Baliga, Suresh Rao, Journal of  Cancer Research and Therapeutics, 2010, Vol.6. Issue 3.pp 255-262. Retrieved on  July 2, 2012 from: http://www.cancerjournal.net
“How to Grow Skullcap  Barbat” Eulalia Palomo, eHow. Retrieved on July 4, 2012 from: http://www.ehow.com/how_8333761_grow-skullcap-barbat.html
About  the author: Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change  in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef,  and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy  lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness, and joyful orientation for over 13  years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net  she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the  world who share a similar vision.



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