Dill, which is used as an ornament on many dishes, actually stands out as a very valuable food for those who diet and eat healthy with its low calorie. Dill, which can be consumed as a spice with its cumin-like taste, also contains many essential vitamins, including vitamin A. From Memorial Şişli Hospital Nutrition and Diet Department Dyt. Sinem Türkmen gave information about the benefits of dill.
Dill is one of the plants with alternating soft leaves, green color and a slender stem. Dill is aromatic in taste. It is widely used to elevate the flavor of various dishes. It is often paired with salmon, potato, and yogurt-based sauces. Dill has high fiber and low calories. Dill is also rich in nutritional value. There are 100 calories, 43 mg sodium, 61 mg potassium, 738 mg vitamin C, 85 mg calcium, 208 mg iron, 6.6 mg magnesium in 55 grams of dill. Vitamin A and vitamin C in dill support the immune system.
Benefits of dill
Rich in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin A, dill may have several health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer. It is possible to list the benefits of dill as follows:
- Dill is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds that help protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. As a result, research suggests that consuming foods rich in antioxidants may help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent or even treat certain conditions, including heart disease, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis and various types of cancer.
- Both the seeds and leaves of the dill plant have been found to be rich in several plant compounds with antioxidant properties, including:
- Dill is also rich in flavonoids. These compounds have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. This may also play an important role in brain health.
- Terpenoids are also found in dill. These compounds also contain essential oils, which may protect against liver, heart, kidney and brain diseases.
- Dill also has effects on heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. But the world
- The Health Organization predicts that about 75 percent of heart disease cases can be prevented by reducing risk factors such as poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise.
- Dill can help lower high blood sugar levels. It is a concern as having chronically high blood sugar levels can increase the risk of conditions such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Dill is thought to have blood sugar lowering effects.
- Essential oils such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in dill have antibacterial effects that fight potentially harmful bacteria. In this way, dill can be useful for urinary tract infections.
- Dill contains calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, which are important for bone health.
- The essential oils in dill can help relieve pain from cramps during the menstrual period. However, research is currently limited.
- The essential oils in dill can give soothing and calming effects. In this way, it is also useful for night sleep.
- With its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, dill can act as a mouth and breath freshener. It removes bad breath.
Dill alone does not make you lose weight
Dill can be easily consumed in diets, but dill alone has no effect on weight loss. No single nutrient has a weakening effect. They can only contribute to a healthy diet and exercise. Since dill is low in calories, it can be consumed in diets in moderation.
Do not use dill supplements for thyroid without consulting a doctor.
It is known that dill can be effective in the treatment process of hypothyroid, hyperthyroid and Hashimoto's disorders. However, supplements containing dill should not be used without consulting an endocrinology and nutrition and diet specialist.