The health benefits of dill include its ability to boost Digestive
health, as well as provide relief from Insomnia
disorders, and Cancer
. It is also good for oral care, and can be a powerful boost for your Immune
system and can protect you from bone degradation. It is also an Anti-inflammatory
substance, which means that it can protect you against Arthritis
. Furthermore, it can reduce excess gas, and is considered a Carminative
Dill, scientifically known as Anethum Graveolens, has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Both the seeds and the leaves can be used. Apart from giving a strong, tangy, appetizing flavor and taste, dill has many medicinal properties, which mainly come from certain compounds called Monoterpenes, as well as flavonoids, minerals and certain amino Acid
Dill can be a perennial or annual herb, depending on where it is cultivated in the world. This herb is used in almost every continent on the planet in some capacity, and although it is called many different things, it serves similar purposes in much of the world cuisine. It can be used dry as a topping for a number of meals, but it is also used as an ingredient in many meals. For those herbalists that want to grow their own dill, it is important to cultivate this herb in warm to hot summers, with plenty of sunshine.
ional Value of Dill
The health benefits of dill are derived from its organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals. These include powerful monoterpenes like limonene, carvone, and anethofuran, as well as flavonoids like vicenin and kaempferol. As for vitamins and minerals, dill has a significant amount of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as trace amounts of folate, iron, and manganese.
Let's explore these potential health benefits of dill in greater detail below.
Health Benefits of Dill
: Dill itself is an appetizer and therefore extensively used in culinary applications. The essential oils present in dill are stimulating and they activate the secretion of bile and Digestive
juices. These oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the Intestine
, easing the passage of Bowel
movements and relieving Constipation
: The essential oils found in herbs have peculiar and powerful properties. They are simultaneously stimulating, Sedative
, and hypnotic, that is, they stimulate as well as pacify. The essential oils in dill are no exception. The flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in its essential oils, since they are stimulating in nature, activate the secretion of certain Enzyme
s and Hormone
s which have calming and hypnotic effects, thereby helping people get a good night's sleep.
Bone Health: The calcium content of dill means that it is an important element in protecting you from bone loss and the loss of bone mineral density. Osteoporosis
affects millions of people each year, and calcium, along with other essential minerals, are a key component in the proper growth and development of Bones
, and the repair of injured Bones
: Dill has long been associated with Diabetes
and the management of insulin levels. Despite the fact that research is somewhat limited in this area, particularly on human subjects, studies have indicated that they can help reduce the fluctuations of serum lipids and insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced Diabetes
Excess Gas: As a well-known Carminative
, dill can help prevent the embarrassing condition of excessive gas. It is not only an uncomfortable condition to experience in public, but if gas continues to build up, it can actually be a dangerous situation where it presses on the delicate organs of the Chest
cavity. A Carminative
forces gas downward through the Digestive
tract, and allows it to leave the body in a safe way.
System: Dill has long been associate with Antimicrobial
activity, and it has been shown to prevent a number of microbial Infection
s throughout the body, both those in various organs and those potential Infection
s that land in Wound
s or small cuts on the Skin
occur for various reasons, but primarily, they occur due to trapped gas and repeated upward movement of gases through the food pipe. The second cause is due to certain Allergies
, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity and Nervous
malfunctioning. Dill can actually help in all of these situations. As a Carminative
, dill helps the expulsion of gases and also reduces gas formation while as a Sedative
, dill helps to calm down Hiccups
due to Allergies
, hyperactivity, or Nervous
is mainly caused by two thing, inDigestion
and microbial action. In terms of inDigestion
, dill can be quite helpful, as it has very good Digestive
properties. Secondly, dill can help due to the monoterpenes and flavonoids present in its essential oils, which are germicidal or bactericidal in nature. They can help cure Diarrhea
by inhibiting microbial Infection
s that try to attack the body.
is primarily caused due to Fungal Infection
s. For this condition as well, dill can help, since its essential oils are Disinfectant
in nature and help to inhibit Fungal Infection
: Dill has long been known as an Anti-inflammatory
herb, meaning that it helps to reduce the Inflammation
and the associated Pain
of diseases such as rheumatoid Arthritis
, and Arthritis
. Dill has been used since ancient times for precisely this reason.
Disorders: The flavonoids in the essential oil of dill are stimulating and Emenagogic in nature, which means that they stimulate the secretion of certain Hormone
s that help maintain proper Menstrual
cycles in women.
Disorders: Kaempferol and certain other components of flavonoids and monoterpenes in the essential oils of dill are anticongestive and antihistaminic in nature and help clear Congestion
in the Respiratory
system due to histamine, Allergies
Oral Care: Dill seeds and leaves are very good mouth and breath fresheners. Apart from that, the essential oils in it are germicidal, Antioxidant
in nature. Due to these properties, they help end microbial Infection
s in the mouth and their Antioxidant
s minimize the damage caused to Gums
and teeth by free radicals.
: Let's turn our attention to these monoterpense we've been talking about. Monoterpenes are chemopreventive, and since they are stimulating by nature, they activate the secretion of an Enzyme
called glutathione-S-transferase (the radical glutathione is an effective Antioxidant
) which is very effective in neutralizing carcinogens. It is particularly effective at neutralizing Cyano- and Benzo- derivatives and free radicals, thereby protecting the body from Cancer
. The other Antioxidant
s in the essential oils of dill also contribute to this Cancer
protection that people enjoy from adding dill to their diet.
Other Benefits: Dill is a relaxant, increases strength, and increases urination to help in the removal of Toxin
s, excess salts, and water from the body. Furthermore, it is a Carminative
(helps remove excess gas), Antispasmodic
), and an antiflatulent substance. It stimulates Lactation
(galactagogue) and endocrinal secretions, enhances the libido due to the presence of Arginine and last but not the least, it ensures bone and Dental
health since it is a good source of calcium.