Bloating is an uncomfortable feeling one gets when eating the wrong type of foods or simply eating too quickly. The condition is a tricky one as it can sometimes signal a far more serious health condition underlying and for this reason it’s imperative one monitors both their symptoms and their diet to ensure its nothing to worry about. To help relieve the symptoms of the condition experts advise the power of the mint.
“The decrease in the total IBS Symptom Score of 19.6 percent in the peppermint group at 24 hours was also significantly larger than placebo.
“At trial completion, patients in the peppermint oil group experienced greater improvement in multiple improvement in multiple individual gastrointestinal symptoms as well as in severe or unbearable symptoms, compared to placebo.”
The study concluded that peppermint oil formulation designed for sustained release in the small intestine is a safe, effective treatment capable of providing rapid relief of IBS and bloating symptoms.
Nutritionist Maeve Madden said: “Mint is a marvellous aid to digestion,” said Madden, in her book ‘Beat Your Bloat’.
“I suppose that’s why so many cultures have fresh mint tea after their meals.
“Mint contains a compound called menthol that aids in the normalisation of intestinal contractions.
“This is the perfect home remedy for anyone suffering with IBS.
“The natural oils found in mint help to break down and remove gas from the digestive tract.”
The use of peppermint oil has been found to be an effective and safe treatment for those suffering from bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort associated with IBS.
The healing properties of peppermint are apparently related to its smooth muscle relaxing ability.
Once the smooth muscles surrounding the intestine are relaxed, there is less chance of spasm and the indigestion that can accompany it.
The menthol in peppermint may be a key reason for this bowel-comforting effect and simply chewing on the mint has proven to be just as effective.