SAVORY HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Savory leaves and tender shoots carry incredibly high-quality chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. In addition, dietary fiber in this herb helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholesterol levels.

Savory leaves contain many essential volatile-oil phenols such as thymol and carvacrol, as well as compounds like linalool, camphene, caryophyllene, terpineol, myrcene, and other terpenoids.

Thymol, one of the important essential oils, has scientifically been found to have antiseptic, anti-fungal characteristics.

In addition, another phenolic compound, carvacrol in savory inhibits the growth of several bacteria strains like E. coli, and Bacillus cereus. Carvacrol, therefore, has been used as healthy food additive for its anti-bacterial properties. It also gives pleasant tangy taste and marjoram like flavor to the food.

Savory herb is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves and tender shoots are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.

The herb is also a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex group vitamins, vitamin-A, vitamin-C, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine.

Dry savory provides 1.810 mg of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine; furnishing about 130% of RDA. Pyridoxine keeps up GABA (soothing neurotransmitter) levels in the brain, which has stress-buster function.

Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that are required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for good eye-sight. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids like vitamin A, carotenes helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value:  100 g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Energy

272 Kcal

13.5%

Carbohydrates

68.73 g

53%

Protein

6.73 g

12%

Total Fat

5.91 g

30%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

45.7 g

120%

VITAMINS

Niacin

4.080 mg

25.5%

Pyridoxine

1.810 mg

139%

Riboflavin

0.471 mg

36%

Thiamin

0.366 mg

30.5%

Vitamin A

5310 IU

177%

Vitamin C

50 mg

83%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

24 mg

1.5%

Potassium

1051 mg

22%

MINERALS

Calcium

2132 mg

210 %

Copper

0.847 mg

94%

Iron

37.88 mg

474%

Magnesium

377 mg

94 %

Manganese

6.100 mg

265%

Phosphorus

140 mg

20%

Selenium

4.6 µg

8%

Zinc

4.30 mg

39%

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