Antioxidant Spice Peppermint
peppermint

An excellent stimulant for a sluggish digestive tract, peppermint has also been shown to help protect against cancer formation in the colon, skin, and lungs.

The oil of peppermint is anti-microbial, preventing the growth of bacteria, including Salmonella and E-Coli, and inhibits the growth of certain types of fungus. The rosmarinic acid in peppermint helps our cells to create prostacyclins, substances that keep the lungs open for easy breathing (helpful for those with asthma). Peppermint reportedly eases IBS, indigestion, headaches, shingles, and athlete's foot.

References and Other Resources:

  1. Tsai, Tzung-Hsan et al., "Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Several Commonly Used Spices," Journal of Food Science, 2005, vol. 70, no1, pp. C93-C97 (37 ref.)
  2. Shakila, R.J., et al., "Inhibitory effect of spices on in vitro histamine production and histidine decarboxylase activity of Morganella morganii and on the biogenic amine formation in mackerel stored at 30 degrees C.," Z Lebensm Unters Forsch, 1996, 203:71-6
 
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