Say "Here's to Your Health" with a Candy Cane

Say "Here's to Your Health" with a Candy Cane

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Say "Here's to Your Health" with a Candy Cane

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By Cari Martens

Who would’ve thought peppermint could help you lose weight?

We’re not sure this fits into the ongoing functional foods trend—e.g., people loading up on blueberries for antioxidants, or eating more fish to get those omega-3’s—but it turns out peppermint has some health benefits, too.

And there’s real science to back it up.

In a study from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia – People who regularly smelled peppermint ate 23 percent fewer calories per week.

Peppermint can help relieve headaches, according to two separate studies. In a double-blind study, researchers found that an ethanol solution containing 10% peppermint oil was as effective in relieving headache pain as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen. In the other study, 32 people with headaches massaged their temples with peppermint oil. Results indicated the peppermint oil substantially reduced their headache pain.

Scientific evidence shows that the aromatic Peppermint herb helps stimulate the body and mind.

Peppermint is said to be calming to the stomach and invigorating to the tissues.

Peppermint is used for indigestion and distress of the GI tract.

So when you give someone a candy cane this season, you’re not just saying ‘Happy Holidays,’ you’re saying ‘Here’s to your health.’

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