Minster Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

Peppermint candy canes...don’t these just bring back childhood holiday memories?! Amazingly, peppermint is being shown in today’s research to actually benefit memory and cognition (and appetite control). The whiff of peppermint fills holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Minster Chiropractic Center wishes our Minster chiropractic patients and their families a peppermint-filled holiday that will make their journey to Minster back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!


Researchers and healthcare professionals involved in the care of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment welcome effective, simple, safe-to-use-long-term treatments. Essential oils are potentially just such treatments. Essential oils are taken from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources low in toxicity. Researchers propose that these work by reducing the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, managing the cholinergic (the part of the nervous system that processes acetylcholine) system, and improving neuroinflammation involving microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a lab experiment with mice, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil enhanced learning and memory ability as seen in hippocampal CA1 region neurons reverting back to normal and Aβ deposition decreasing among other changes that may enhance cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also shared a new term – metabolomics, the study of chemical processes encompassing metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites included arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at Minster Chiropractic Center found these quite interesting!


Much like cognition and memory are linked to the brain, appetite is, too. Issues like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few issues associated with appetite dysregulation. A review of published studies, many of which were studies done with mice, regarding essential oils or fragrant compounds that were reported to manage food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds amplified appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds decreased appetite. How? Several processes engaging the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They also noted that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also play a role in appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they uncovered hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control employing essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all know that being a bit overweight is not good for us, especially not for those of us with Minster back pain even though Minster Chiropractic Center is very good at managing that!) Minster Chiropractic Center would think our Minster chiropractic patients may be more motivated to enjoy peppermint throughout this year’s holiday season!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Rudy Kachmann, a neurosurgeon, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the connection between diabetes and back pain as well as a variety of other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He talks about the beneficial role chiropractic plays in healthcare and back pain management. Dr. Kachmann has presented at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Minster chiropractic appointment today. Share a peppermint candy cane with us at your next visit!

Peppermint for Minster Cognition & Appetite Regulation! 
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