Mint can help fight cancer: CIMAP Researchers

Mar 28, 2016 14:17 IST

Researchers at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) Lucknow discovered that mint plant has medicinal values that can cure cancer.

As per their research, a compound called L-Menthol derived from Mentha plant, commonly known as mint, can also be used in anti-cancer drugs.  

The research was published in international journal, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology.

Key highlights of the research

L-Menthol compound can kill the colon cancer cell line without affecting the normal cell line.

Mentha compound inhibits the division of cancer cell and prevent its growth and spread to other organs of the body.

Production of L-menthol is cost-effective, non-destructive and easily available in comparison to anti-cancer compound used at present obtained from the bark of European Yew tree.

The Mentha is available in abundance across the world. While the European Yew tree is found only in Europe and some parts of Africa and Asia.

Menthol can be derived easily without damaging the plant. On the other hand, the European Yew tree has to be cut down for using bark for deriving anti-cancer compound.

The discovery can be very useful for farmers in India where Mentha is grown in large quantity.

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