The Health Benefits of Dill

January 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Dill is an herb that contains many vitamin and minerals that has many health benefits. Dill contains folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, Beta-carotene, vitamin c, pantothenic acid pyridoxine, thiamine, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. With the flavonoids included in dill, dill has been used as an antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Dill also contains quercetin which has been studied to aid in the prevention of inflammation and reduces the risk of cancer. The vitamin A in dill is good for healthy skin and vision. Dill contains vitamin C which is important for the protection of cells from free radicals and strengthening the immune system. Dill contains calcium which aids in the increase of bone health which aids in minimizing of osteoporosis and bone density and promotes quicker healing of broken bones.

Dill has been used for treating bronchitis, colds, cough and fever. The essential oils contained in dill and the flavonoids contain natural antihistamines and are considered anticongestive and aid in clearing the respiratory system.

Research has shown those suffering with infections and nerve pain have used dill for treatment. Other treatments for dill use could be for digestive issues including appetite loss, intestinal gas, gallbladder pain, liver issues, kidney disease and urinary tract infections. Research for the use of dill for women and their menstrual cycles indicate that may help in the stabilization of irregular cycles. Because dill has a small amount of natural progesterone it may be used for infertility in women.

Studies for the use of dill as an antimicrobial shows that it can be effective against several bacterial strains including staphylococcus aureus and another study shows that dill can aid in the killing of several strains of fungus including  aspergillus niger and yeast infections such as saccharomyces cerevisiae and candida albicans. The dill leaves and seeds can be used as a breath freshener.

Research on dill and cholesterol have indicated an estimated decrease of 50 points in triacylglycerides and 20% decrease of total cholesterol.

Dill contains eugenol which indicates that diabetics can use dill for aiding in the regulation of blood sugar by decreasing the serum glucose and insulin concentration.

Another benefit of dill and the flavonoids and vitamin B it contains is that the oils contained may aid in certain enzyme secretion that could have calming benefits and aid those with insomnia to get a get additional sleep needed.

Continuous research regarding the antioxidants contained in dill are now focusing on the activation of the enzyme glutathione-s-transferase which has been effective in altering carcinogens which are a protection from cancer.

Dill itself is an herb that is used for adding taste to foods, and the Dill seeds, leaves, and essential oils are continuously being researched for the benefits of healing and detoxifying our bodies.

How can you get dill in easily?  One package of fresh dill, 2 cucumbers,  1 lime, and optional olive oil and jalapeno.  Put the dill in a blender with the two peeled and cut cucumbers and squeeze the juice of one lime into the blender. If you want a little kick to it then add one jalapeno and if you want more traditional oil flavor add olive oil. If you prefer light and fresh then just keep it simple and leave out the jalapeno and olive oil. This tastes great and is huge in nutrition and phytochemicals and antioxidants that counter cancer, candida, bacteria, viruses, decreases inflammation, balances your blood sugar, decreases your cholesterol, helps detoxify your liver and even aids your sleep. The dill must be fresh, not dried. God’s food is medicine indeed let your food be your medicine.

 

 

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