We’re forced to turn down a number of snacks and treats during the holiday season for the sake of our health, but there’s at least one wintertime snack we can rely on to keep us fit, both mentally and physically: peppermint. Don’t put down those candy canes just yet, because this natural ingredient offers health benefits that every one of us can use.
Read on to learn five surprising health benefits of peppermint. Here’s to a guiltless holiday season!
1. It aids indigestion
Peppermint can help cure health issues in the abdominals and digestive tract, reports Harvard Medical School’s HEALTHbeat newsletter. Multiple studies have pointed to the ingredient’s effectiveness in treating and relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which include cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. One 2007 experiment found that 75% of patients who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks saw a major decline in IBS symptoms, compared with just 38% of patients who took a placebo pill.