Spearmint, Fresh

ORAC Value:
μ mol TE/100g.

The antioxidant value of Spearmint, Fresh described in ORAC units is: 1,270 μ mol TE/100g.


Does mint have any health benefits or nutritional value? Well, the antioxidant activity of mint is reasonable but not high. Spearmint, as reflected above, has an ORAC amount which is less than its popular cousin, peppermint.

So when it comes to choosing a mint for your recipe, you may want to opt for peppermint. Other known benefits of mint including helping with indigestion and gas, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and offering pain relief. Since it has microbial properties, it lends itself well to the health of your teeth and gums. That, along with its pleasant smell, is a reason why its such a popular flavoring for dental products. Last but not least it contains menthol, which has a cooling sensation on sore throats - the reason why so many cough drops use it! It can also help with mucus and phlegm.

ORAC Source

Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't: Carlsen MH, Halvorsen BL, Holte K, et al. Nutrition Journal NIH Jan 2010