Nutritional qualities and Benefits
Mint is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. It is considered as a very good source of fiber, antioxidant Vitamins A and C, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese, and a good source of protein, thiamin, Vitamin B6, zinc and phosphorus.
Calcium is widely known to be essential in building strong bones. But recently, studies showed that it may also be effective in preventing cancer. By 2010, a study showed that women who took calcium regularly were 40 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. This may be linked to calcium's capacity to repair DNA and prevent damage to our cells which can develop into cancer. On the other hand, women who took vitamin supplements but not calcium were 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Those who took calcium and Vitamin D were 60 percent less likely to develop cancer. These findings underscore the importance of making sure we get all the essentials nutrients, such as the calcium and vitamins contained in mint, in fighting off the negative consequences associated with aging and in leading a long and productive life.
Mint is also a very good source of riboflavin or Vitamin B2, which helps us maintain our skin, eyes, hair, nervous system and liver healthy. Like Vitamins C and A, riboflavin also hunts down free radicals and prevents them from causing damage to our cells and DNA, which can lead to cancer and heart disease. Riboflavin also helps people who suffer migraines by reducing the number and length of migraine attacks.
Mint is an excellent source of dietary fiber-the components of plants that our bodies can't digest. Insoluble fiber (doesn't dissolve in water) helps to maintain your regularity while soluble fiber (dissolves in water) helps to lower your blood cholesterol, sugar levels and blood pressure. It can also help you lose weight because it takes you longer to eat and helps you feel full and satisfied for a longer time. High fiber food also tend to have fewer calories for the same amount of low fiber food-for example 100 grams of carrots versus 100 grams of chicken.