Today is a great day to start learning about the health benefits of dill.
Dill is an herb from the celery family that is used both for cooking and for its health benefits.
Dill leaves, both fresh and dried, are commonly used as herbs in Europe and Central Asia.
Dill’s pungent fern-like leaves, like caraway, are used to flavor a variety of cuisines, including fish dishes, soups, and pickles.
Here is my list of the health benefits of dill.
1. Dill Is A Good Source Of Vitamins And Minerals
Dill is rich in vitamins and minerals.
You can get vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, and vitamin C from eating dill.
Some minerals that you can also get from dill are calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, and zinc.
It also contains protein and powerful monoterpenes like anethofuran, carvone, and limonene. Flavonoids like kaempferol and vicenin are also in dill.
2. Could Help Your Immune System
Dill has long been thought to have antibacterial properties.
As a result, using this herb in meals regularly may help to decrease the occurrence of a variety of microbial illnesses throughout the body, as well as infections that cause open wounds or minor skin injuries.
3. Dill May Aid With Having A Good Sleep
Dill’s essential oils contain flavonoids and vitamin B complex that helps in the production of certain enzymes and hormones that have calming effects.
All these factors eventually help you get better sleep and rest.
4. Could Help Your Heart
Flavonoids found in dill have been shown to help lower the incidence of heart disease and stroke.
Dill is thought to promote heart health for a variety of reasons.
Dill has been shown in animal studies to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
While it’s uncertain whether dill has the same effect on cholesterol levels in humans, this preliminary study is a promising start.
Because high LDL cholesterol levels are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, lowering cholesterol levels is critical for heart health.
5. Dill Is Good For Fighting Anxiety And Depression
Besides having a good night’s sleep and rest, consuming dill can also help with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
There have been studies that show dill has antidepressant and analgesic properties.
I’ve mentioned earlier that dill can give you calming effects, but it also can stimulate the secretion of dopamine, endorphin, and serotonin.
These hormones are the causes of our feeling of being happy.
6. Is Antioxidant-Rich
The seeds and leaves of the dill plant have been discovered to be high in flavonoids, terpenoids, and tannins, all of which have antioxidant qualities.
Furthermore, dill is high in vitamin C, which has been demonstrated to have potent antioxidant qualities.
7. Dill Keeps Your Bones Healthy
The calcium in dill contributes to your body’s need for calcium to protect you from the loss of bone density.
It can help develop and repair your bones as well as prevent osteoporosis.
8. Aids In Cholesterol Reduction
One of the health benefits of dill, according to an animal study, is its potential to decrease harmful cholesterol and triglycerides.
Another human study found the same effects, but without any influence on good cholesterol.
Strokes and heart disease are caused by these variables.
Dill can naturally lower cholesterol levels, but it works best in combination with other antioxidant foods like garlic, ginger, and turmeric, as well as exercise.
9. Dill May Help Manage Diabetes
There aren’t enough human studies yet but dill has been found to help decrease the fluctuations of serum lipids and insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced diabetes.
A published study in the journal Phytotherapy Research tells us that rats that were induced corticosteroid type 2 diabetes showed a decrease in insulin levels and serum glucose.
This was observed after the rats were given dill extracts for 22 days.
10. Has Antimicrobial Properties
Eating dill regularly may help you reduce the risk of getting microbial infections throughout your body.
It also works well with infections from open wounds or small cuts on your skin.
11. Dill Can Calm Hiccups
Hiccups can be caused by trapped gas in your food pipe or by certain allergies, hypersensitivity, and nervous malfunctioning.
Dill can help you with your hiccups in both cases.
Dill is a well-known carminative that helps you expel gas and lessen the formation of it. It’s also a sedative agent which can help calm down hiccups caused by allergies and nervous disorders.
12. Relieves Flatulence
Because of dill’s carminative effect, it’s a good way of preventing flatulence.
It forces gas down and promotes its discharge.
13. Dill Relieves Arthritis Pain
Dill is known as an herb with anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been used for years as a natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
14. May Help Stimulate Menstruation
Flavonoids in dill essential oils have emmenagogue properties.
This means that dill can stimulate the release of certain hormones that may help you with proper menstrual cycles.
15. Dill Aids In Treating Respiratory Disorders
The kaempferol, flavonoids, and monoterpenes in the essential oils of dill are antihistaminic and anti-congestive.
They help clear the congestion in your respiratory system because of allergies, coughs, and histamines.
16. Is Great For Oral Care
You can use dill seeds and leaves as part of your mouthwash and freshen your breath.
The antioxidants and antibacterial properties of dill are also a good way to alleviate microbial infections and swelling in your mouth.
17. Dill Helps In Your Digestion Process
There are many different ways that dill improves your digestion.
It first can stimulate your appetite. This is why it’s extensively used in meal preparations.
The essential oils in dill can then stimulate the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These help in stimulating peristaltic movement so that there’s an ease in the bowel movement.
This effect can relieve or prevents constipation.
Coriander is another great herb that you can use to improve your digestive process. I’ve collected coriander’s health benefits and wrote an article about it here.
18. Treats Diarrhea
Diarrhea is mainly caused by bacterial infections and malabsorption or indigestion.
As mentioned earlier, dill has excellent digestive properties that can help prevent indigestion which can result in diarrhea.
In the meantime, the flavonoids and monoterpenes present in dill help with microbial infections that cause diarrhea.
I particularly do not know of dill and I don’t think we’ve used it in our family meals.
Its potential of giving us so many health benefits is encouraging us to try it. I’ll look into dill more and see if it’s available in our local market.
As you may have already known, my dill health benefit pick is its effect on arthritis. Gout was even specifically mentioned. What’s your pick on my health benefits of dill list?
Like me who is unfamiliar with dill, I encourage you to first check with your doctor or medical professional first just in case you may have a condition that prevents you from consuming dill.
Other cooking herbs and spices have health benefits as well. More of them can be found here.
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