Memory problems can be solved by drinking more peppermint tea, according to a study from researchers at the Northumbria University in England. They found that peppermint tea improves healthy adults’ long-term and working memory.
The study involved 180 respondents drinking random drinks that included hot water, peppermint tea, and chamomile tea. These participants filled out a questionnaire beforehand and 20 minutes afterwards, were asked about their mood.
The researchers found that peppermint tea improved long-term memory as well as the respondents’ working memory. On the other hand, drinking chamomile and even the simple hot water increased the individual’s alertness.
However, the research team observed that the participants experienced slower memory and slower attention speed after drinking the chamomile tea. These consequences were more significant than the ones observed in participants who drank the peppermint tea and hot water.
“It’s interesting to see the contrasting effects on mood and cognition of the two different herbal teas,” says researcher Mark Moss. “The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming/sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.”
The new findings support previous research that showed peppermint tea’s health benefits. Apparently, peppermint contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants.
Peppermint tea has also been known to alleviate problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, fever, and cough. It can also relieve the pain in an individual’s digestive tract if the food is not digesting properly.
Drinking it can also boost one’s immune system and relieve stress. Other experts believe that peppermint tea can also improve asthma.
Nevertheless, like most things, too much of this tea can result in serious health problems. Excessive intake of this tea can lead to muscle cramp, drowsiness, tremors, muscle pain and reduced pulse. It can also lead to miscarriages and interact with medications, causing serious adverse reactions.