You probably have some candy canes left over from the holidays, that weren’t eaten, and that’s a good thing.
You’ve already read about the perils of sugar earlier this year. Although I do have to say that peppermint candies aren’t entirely bad.
Peppermint oil is very good for digestion—and after a good, balanced meal, it’s a bit easier for your body to digest a little sugar.
But the main reason why you should keep your leftover holiday peppermint candy around is to see if it passes the smell test.
Why? Because losing your sense of smell for peppermint (and other scents) can be an early warning sign of dementia.
Your nose knows if you may be developing dementia
Researchers recently evaluated the ability of about 2,900 men and women, ages 57 to 85, to detect five different scents: peppermint, fish, leather, orange, and rose.1
A large majority of 78 percent recognized four out of five scents, while 14 percent detected three, five percent identified two, and two percent recognized one. Only one percent of the study participants were unable to recognize any of the scents.
Five years later, nearly all of the subjects who couldn’t recognize any scents had been diagnosed with dementia. And among those who could only recognize one or two scents, a whopping 80 percent developed dementia.
So, what does your sense of smell have to do with dementia? Well, one of the study authors noted that your olfactory system (which determines your sense of smell) has stem cells that self-regenerate. So if you can’t identify scents, that may mean your brain is having trouble rebuilding key components that decline with age… which can be an early warning sign of dementia.
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Confusion, sleeplessness, and mood swings are other well-known signs that dementia may be developing. And now, sense of smell may help predict dementia in time to do something about it.
Mainstream medicine has been trying to “sniff out” reliable tests to determine risk of dementia well before the disease actually develops. Of course, the mainstream still has nothing to offer to treat this disease—despite big pharma’s failed billion-dollar Alzheimer’s drugs.
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In the meantime, peppermint also has a number of other health benefits, beyond helping you detect Alzheimer’s.
The many uses of peppermint
Along with its ability to sniff out dementia and improve digestion, peppermint has many common uses.
I remember a friend of mine in Idaho, Mark Noble, whose father was a major businessman investing in high tech. But Mark wanted to be a farmer instead. He and I were involved in a project to get farmers (and the USDA) to move from growing sugar beets to much more profitable and predictable (compared to the crazy sugar-commodity markets)—not to mention healthy—herbs for medicinal remedies.
I would visit Mark on his large ranch on the Snake River near Twin Falls and Pocatello, Idaho. Gazing out on his acres and acres of fragrant peppermint plants (which also acts as a natural pesticide), I thought what a pity it is that manufacturers extract the oil from these versatile herbs and then only add a few drops to sugar confections to make various kinds of candies. Tons and tons of sugar consumed along with just a few drops of peppermint.
But peppermint has so many more uses than flavoring toxic sugar bombs. Peppermint tea can provide relief for colds, coughs, bronchitis, allergies, digestion, and asthma. It can also give you a natural energy boost and help to reduce hunger cravings.
And, of course, peppermint oil applied topically is a natural pain reliever for everything from headaches to overworked muscles. If you don’t have some in your medicine cabinet, I suggest you “remedy” that right away.
“Olfactory Dysfunction Predicts Subsequent Dementia in Older U.S. Adults.” J Am Geriatr Soc 2017.