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Fight Cancer With Mint

What would Fresh Mint be without...mint? One of the most popular herbs to ever be cultivated in the world, mint is easily recognized through smell, sight and taste. It has been used for thousands of years for cooking, cosmetic use and health benefits. Here are some of them.

Health Benefits of Mint:

1. Aids Digestion

On the days that you to eat too much (it happens) or have trouble digesting your food, try some mint tea. Mint helps with digestion because it allows bile to flow more smoothly in your system. Menthol, an ingredient mint is known for, helps to sooth stomach spasms. It helps in relaxing the gastrointestinal tract, leading to easier digestion. In addition, the unmistakable aroma triggers the body to produce digestive enzymes while calming the stomach.

2. Packed with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances which counteract naturally produced free radicals in the body. Mint is packed with them! Antioxidants also help in keeping your skin glowing by protecting from sun damage. They increase eye health, immune system function and help to combat heart problems. Free radicals are produced in higher numbers than antioxidants, so make sure you keep your intake of these precious substances high! Luckily, mint has one of the highest numbers of antioxidants.

3. Fights Cancer

Since you’ve just read about the benefits of mint’s antioxidants, we’re going to point out that this helps with fighting cancer. Anything with a high antioxidant count will help. As a bonus, it has beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It contains phytochemicals, such as perillyl alcohol, which combats inflammation (cancer is a pro-inflammatory process) and suppresses tumor growth.

All these health benefits are working up your appetite, aren’t they? Here you go:

Fresh Mint dishes that feature mint:

Appetizers

#2 - Fresh Summer Rolls
#3 - Fresh Autumn Rolls
#4 - Fresh Cucumber Rolls

Salads

#7 - Fresh Mint Salad
#8 - Lotus Salad
#9 - Fresh Island Green Salad

Entrees

#16 - Imperial Roll Noodles (ask for mint on the side)

Refresh-mints (get it?)

Fresh Mint Lemonade
 

* Disclaimer: Please consult your physician or doctor before making any changes to your diet and health. This article is to be used for educational purposes only. *

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Detoxify Your Body With Basil

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Vietnamese cuisine is known for its use of fresh herbs. Basil is one of our favorite herbs to use here at Fresh Mint. It has an unmistakable scent and flavor that has given it the recognition and reputation it deserves! Known as the “royal herb,” it is heavily aromatic with a scent of anise, pepper and mint. The taste is sweet yet savory, making it a very versatile herb. Not only is its scent and flavor amazing, but it also has SO many health benefits.

Here are 3 health benefits of basil:

1. Detoxifying Abilities

One of the easiest and fastest ways to feel better is to detoxify. Many people choose to drink fruit-infused water to help with this process. Eating basil is another effective solution! And, if you’re up to it, you can even add it to your water for that spicy, aromatic flavor. One of the active ingredients in basil are terpenoids, which are known to have herbal remedial properties. One of these benefits is assisting the body with detoxification.

2. Lowers Inflammation

Millions of Americans suffer from inflammation. It is a major contributor to diseases, such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and fibromyalgia. The next time you’re dealing with any inflammation pain, consider eating some basil. It has the ability to inhibit the production of the cyclooxygenase enzyme in the body. This enzyme is tied to the production of inflammation.

3. Anti-Anxiety and Anti-Stress Benefits

It’s safe to assume that if you’re a human, you’ve experienced anxiety and stress at some point in your life. Anxiety and stress are known to cause physical ailments. If you’re looking for a natural way to feel more calm, turn to basil. It is a natural adaptogen, which is a class of healing plants that help to balance and restore the body. It has been found to help the body optimally function during times of increased stress.

Now that you’re up to speed on just a few of the health benefits of basil, we present...

Fresh Mint dishes that feature basil:

Salads

#6 - Green Papaya Salad

Soups

#10 - Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Soup
#11 - Spicy Lemongrass Noodle Soup (on the side)
#12 - (pho) Five Spice Noodle Soup (on the side)

entrees

#20 - Eggplant with Basil

Lunch menu

#1 Eggplant with basil
#8 (pho) five spice noodle soup (on the side)

 

 

Look at that. Now you know the health benefits of this royal herb and have a couple of dishes to choose from!

 

* Disclaimer: Please consult your physician or doctor before making any changes to your diet and health. This article is to be used for educational purposes only. *

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