Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Mint is known for its health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, this versatile herb is an integral part of Indian cuisine.
Apart from giving a distinctevly tangy taste, this herb can now also be used as an anti-cancer drug!
Recently scientists at Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) Lucknow discovered that mint plant has medicinal values and can be used to cure cancer.
According to this incredible discovery, L-menthol compound derived from Mentha plant (scientific name of Mint) can be used in anti-cancer drugs.
The research, published in OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, revealed that the compound can kill colon cancer cell line without affecting the normal cell line.
Cancer is a deadly disease which is not directly curable. L- Menthol not only stops the division of cancer cells but also prevents its growth and spread to other organs of the body.
CIMAP scientists also claims that the production of L-menthol is cost-effective and can be derived easily without damaging the plants.