Exploring Mentha's bioactive compounds and potential health benefits: A review
Manoj Kumar Sharma
Mint (Mentha) is a medicinal herb that has several bioactive components. One of the most significant herbal families, the Lamiaceae, contains a vast range of plants having biological and therapeutic uses. The most popular members of this family are several aromatic herbs and spices, including thyme, mint, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, self-heal, hyssop, lemon balm, and a few others with more restricted uses. All around the world, it has been used as a food flavouring agent. Since, there are phenolic acids and flavonoids present, it is assumed to contain more antioxidants. Although they are used as flavourings in food, their antibacterial and antioxidant capabilities are what make them so valuable. In general, peppermint oil and its numerous derivatives are used in mouthwash, sweets, alcoholic liqueurs, ice cream, teas, chewing gum, cough drops, toothpaste, jellies, syrups, confections, insect repellents, detergents, and soaps. Based on research, the current article reviews the bioactive components and health benefits of mint. Based on research, the current article reviews the bioactive components and health benefits of mint. The current article provides a thorough assessment of peppermint's antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-asthmatic, anti-headache, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, spasmolytic, and radioactive properties. Therefore, peppermint research and studies have a lot of potential in the future, and it must be used for its potential benefits for human growth. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 80% of the world's population still primarily uses plant-based medications.