Ahmed Zayed Mint is a popular herb consumed across the globe. The aromatic plant is used for cooking meals, making teas, and essential oil extraction. Well, to find out, here are some facts about mint that you should know, including what exactly it could do to your reproductive health. About Mint Mint or menthe is a genus of plants from the mint family.
It grows on almost every continent and there are numerous hybrids of this plant with taxonomic treatments recognizing 13 — 18 species, but the number is probably much higher. Spearmint and peppermint are two of the most popular varieties used from bubble gum flavoring to tea making. Studies on spearmint produce have recognized its antifungal, antimicrobial, antitumor, and antioxidant benefits. The herb is also used in treating nausea, anxiety , and menstrual pain. Other constituents of spearmint are limonene, cireole, and volatile oil.
The herb can also be toxic at certain doses causing allergic reactions and changes in organ tissue. Spearmint and Rat Studies Studies on rats have found that mint truly does affect the reproductive system.
A study published in the journal Urology in set out to find if consuming peppermint tea had any adverse effects on the hormonal status in male rats. The rats in this study were given either mint tea or water for control. The control group showed no such changes. Human Studies Later studies were performed on human subjects. Because hirsutism is a condition caused by either too much circulating testosterone or follicular sensitivity to androgens, the researchers believe peppermint tea was beneficial for women with hirsutism.
If a man has low testosterone levels, then his erectile function may be compromised. A medical school in Turkey did a study to determine how mint specifically effects testosterone levels in the body.
A group of 48 Wistar albino rats were used in the study — all of these rats were male. The rats were split into four different groups and each were given a different dose and type of tea. Is Mint Toxic to the Reproductive System? A more recent study examined the effects of different doses of spearmint extract on the reproductive health of male rats. The rats were given spearmint for 45 days straight and their reproductive tissue weight, sperm count, sperm mobility, and serum testosterone levels were measured.
The rats were also mated with female rats to see if mint had an effect on the health and number of offspring. The researchers found that spearmint seemed to negatively impact serum testosterone levels and sperm count and mobility.
Conclusion Whether eating mint could cause erectile dysfunction or not is currently unknown. There are claims from men taking large doses of mint tea that the herb causes a decline in sex drive and a lower sex drive can lead to short-term erectile dysfunction.
After all, moderate is key to good health.