Good news for you mint lovers out there. An extract from spearmint that has previously been shown to improve cognitive performance in 50-70 year olds with age related memory issues, can also benefit the young.
The researchers gave 900mg of the proprietary spearmint extract or a placebo to 142 young, active individuals daily for 90 days. No significant differences were observed in mood, sleep or quality of life, but significant improvements were found in sustained and complex attention.
It does say that the supplementation was chronic so I’m assuming you would need to eat a lot of mint, or drink an unheard of amount of mint tea to get the same effect. But anyway, this makes my hot cup of mint infusion seem all the more enjoyable.