DILL SEEDS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits:

1.  Dill weed contains numerous plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.

2.  This popular herb contains no cholesterol and is very low in calories. Nonetheless, it holds many anti-oxidants, vitamins like niacin, pyridoxine, etc., and dietary fibers, which help in controlling blood cholesterol levels.

3.  Dill leaves (sprigs) and seeds carry many essential volatile oils such as d-carvone, dillapiol, DHC, eugenol, limonene, terpinene and myristicin.

4.  The essential oil, Eugenol in the dill has been in therapeutic usage as local-anesthetic and anti-septic. Eugenol has also been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. (Further detailed studies, however, require to establish its role.)

5.  Dill oil, extracted from dill seeds has anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, galactagogue (helps breast milk secretion), and sedative properties.

6.  It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, ß-carotene, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum metabolism inside the human body.

7.  Vitamin-A, and beta carotene are natural flavonoid antioxidants. 100 g of dill weed sprigs provide 7718 IU or 257% of recommended-daily levels of this vitamin. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and is essential for good vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps the human body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

8.  Fresh dill herb is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C. 100 g contain about 85 mg or 140% of vitamin C. Vitamin-C helps human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

9.  Dill weed is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Minerals:

Nutritive value per 100 grams

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

43 Kcal

2%

Carbohydrates

7 g

5.5%

Protein

3.46 g

6%

Total Fat

1.12 g

4.5%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

2.10 g

5.5%

VITAMINS

Folates

150 µg

37.5%

Niacin

1.570 mg

11%

Pantothenic acid

0.397 mg

8%

Pyridoxine

0.185 mg

14%

Riboflavin

0.296 mg

23%

Thiamin

0.058 mg

5%

Vitamin A

7718 IU

257%

Vitamin C

85 mg

140%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

61 mg

4%

Potassium

738 mg

16%

MINERALS

Calcium

208 mg

21%

Copper

0.146 mg

16%

Iron

6.59 mg

82%

Magnesium

55 mg

14%

Manganese

1.264 mg

55%

Phosphorus

66 mg

9.5%

Zinc

0.91 mg

8%

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