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Mint and Testosterone: The Negative effects of mint on androgens
Do you eat mint in some way, shape, or form?
If so, you’re definitely going to want to watch to the end of this video… especially if you’re a man. But women too - pay close attention, because I’ve never heard anyone give the advice I am about to give in the next few minutes.
Mint is everywhere.
It’s in our chewing gum, our teas, our desserts, toothpaste, mouthwash, and even soaps.
It tastes great, and I personally used to consume it in some form, every single day…
Until I ran across some shocking research I’m going to share with you today regarding its extremely drastic negative effects on human hormones.
Mint is a common aromatic herb used to flavor a wide range of consumer products, as well as popular cocktails, juices, and personal care items.
It’s also extremely popular when consumed as a tea, especially in European and Middle Eastern cultures where the plant species is native.
When I first saw this study in the Journal Urology I was a bit surprised, mostly because I’ve never heard anything specifically bad about mint in the mainstream… for example, if you Google ‘mint tea’ you will just find a massive list of me-too articles talking about how good it is for you.
However, if you know me… I don’t trust mainstream advice, especially not at face value.
The doctors in the study claim to have pursued the topic of the influence of several different types of mint tea on male androgen levels due solely to the fact that they were hearing persistent complaints of patients about loss of sexual and reproductive function when drinking these teas regularly.
They went into the study with no real agenda, just curiosity.
What they found was very interesting.
In testing 48 male wistar rats (it’s too bad they didn’t test humans) they split the subjects into four groups of 12.
The control group was given regular drinking water, one group was given 20 g/L peppermint tea, another 20 g/L spearmint tea, and the last group 40 g/L spearmint tea.
When compared to the control group, the peppermint tea at 20 g/L reduced total testosterone levels by 23%, whereas the spearmint tea at 20 g/L reduced total T by a whopping 51%.
The researchers concluded in the closing remarks…
“Despite the beneficial effects of M. piperita and M. spicata in digestion, we should also be aware of the toxic effects when the herbs are not used in the recommended fashion or at the recommended dose.”
Another study replicated similar anti-androgenic results just a few years later. Demonstrating how mint induces oxidative stress on the hypothalamus, thus leading to downstream depression of testosterone production.
I’m not sure why nobody has studied this in human men yet (probably because there is no money in it), but there have been a couple studies in women with hirsutism (ie. high testosterone causing masculine features) demonstrating similar anti-androgen influence of mint on the human endocrine system.
This study saw a 30% drop in free testosterone levels in women using mint tea in just 5 days.
Pretty interesting stuff!
So my recommendation??
Stay away from mint teas, that’s for sure.
I would also recommend limiting your exposure to common mint-containing products that could, in any capacity, be absorbed into your endocrine system and act as a hormone disruptor.
Toothpaste is probably fine since you’re just spitting it out quickly, but chewing gums (with steady saliva being swallowed), soaps being rubbed on your skin (your most highly absorbent organ), or shampoos and conditioners being rubbed on your scalp, as well as mint in foods and drinks are likely things you don’t want to be consuming regularly.
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