Some of the health benefits of dill include are digestion aid, provide relief from insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual disorders, bone degradation, respiratory disorders, and cancer. It is a natural immunity booster and helpful in maintaining oral health.
Nutritional value of Dill
Dill (Anethum Graveolens) are also known as Sowa (Hindi), Sathakuppi Sompa (Tamil), Sathakuppa (Malayalam), Sabasiege (Telugu), Sowa (Bengali, Punjabi & Urdu), Surva (Gujarati), Surva, Shepu (Marathi) in many household.
Both the seeds and leaves of dill contain many medicinal properties. It is used as culinary herb and has a strong, tangy, appetizing flavor.
A 100 gram of dill has about 43 calories.
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.
It contains Dietary Fiber, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Vitamins ( Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid ) and Minerals ( Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese ).
The potential health benefits of dill in greater detail below.
Health Benefits of Dill
1. Aid in Digestion
The essential oils present in dill are stimulating in nature and helps to activate the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine, which makes bowel movements easy, helpful in indigestion problems and provide constipation relief.
2. Useful in Insomnia
The essential oils found in dill are rich in flavonoids and vitamin-B complex and act as stimulant and sedative . These essential oils helps to stimulate and activate secretion of certain enzymes and hormones that have calming and hypnotic effects, which help people to sleep well. People battling with insomnia can find great relief after including this herb in their diet.
3. Good for bone Health
Dill is excellent source of calcium which is useful for protecting bone against bone loss or loss of bone mineral density due to osteoporosis, after menopause and in rheumatoid arthritis. Eating dill daily helps in proper growth and development of bones, and repair of injured bones as well.
4. Helps control diabetes
Dill herb can be used for diabetes and insulin levels management. Few studies have shown, Dill can help reduce the fluctuations of serum lipids and insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced diabetes.
5. Prevent excess Gas
Dill has carminative properties that promote expulsion of gases and reduce gas formation.
6. Boost Immune System
Dill has strong antimicrobial property, which is quite useful to prevent a number of microbial infections throughout the body.
8. Prevent and cure diarrhea
Main cause of diarrhea is either indigestion or microbial action. Dill is the solution to both these problem. Dill contain monoterpenes and flavonoids, which are germicidal or bactericidal in nature. This helps to cure diarrhea by inhibiting microbial infections.
9. Prevent and cure dysentery
Main cause of dysentery is fungal infections. Dill is an effective disinfectant and help to inhibit fungal infections.
Dill is known an anti-inflammatory herb, which helps to reduce the inflammation and the associated pain of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and arthritis.