How often do you use dill in your cooking?
If you said “not much,” then it may be time to re-think your home-cooked meals.
You see, dill isn’t just another great-tasting herb to add to your dishes. It’s actually a powerhouse of health benefits that can improve your body inside and out.
This one little plant can give you vitamins and minerals, aid in digestion, boost your immune system and help control your weight. It’s truly an amazing piece of nature!
Want to learn more about how dill can help you achieve your health goals? Read on.
Dill is an herb typically found in Russia, the Mediterranean and West Africa. Both the seeds and leaves can be used for consumption, though the seeds tend to have a stronger taste. Most say the plant has a slight sweet and citrusy flavor that goes well with savory dishes. They taste similar to caraway seeds.
Dill has been in use across the world for centuries, both as a food and for its medicinal properties. It is even mentioned in the Bible, Egyptian texts and other historic writings.
Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, even used dill regularly in his work. In particular, he would use it in a recipe for cleansing the mouth (much like a toothpaste). Over the years, it was also used to promote healing, treat disease and much more.
How Dill Can Help You
The first thing to note about dill is that it’s extremely high in vitamins and minerals. It has vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidants, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin and more.
- It can help eye and skin health – Thanks to its high levels of beta carotene, dill can improve eye health and help you maintain healthy skin.
- It lowers blood sugar – There’s an oil in dill leaves called eugenol, which has long been used to treat diseases and adverse health conditions. Recent studies now show this oil can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin resistance – especially in people with diabetes.
- It can protect your oral health – Its high vitamin A levels help it protect your mouth from cavities, infection and even oral cancer.
- It fights free radicals – Dill is full of vitamin C, an antioxidant crucial to fighting off free radicals and prevent cell damage.
- It protects your heart – Because dill can lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides, they’re known to encourage heart health. They even help include HDLs – the good cholesterols your body needs.
- It can boost your immune system – Its vitamin C content also gives your immune system a boost, making it easier to fight of bacteria, viruses and infection. Additionally, dill also has polyacetylenes, compounds that have been proven to have anti-bacterial properties, and they have compounds that can inhibit the growth of microbes in the body. Many cultures realized the benefits centuries ago, and used dill leaves to treat cuts, wounds and visible infections.
- It can fight insomnia – Having trouble getting some shut eye? Dill may be able to help. It contains tons of flavonoids and B-complex vitamins, both of which can activate sleep-inducing hormones in the brain.
- It prevents osteoporosis – Does osteoporosis run in your family? You may want to start eating more dill today. Dill is one of the best plant sources of calcium around, and eating it can prevent bone loss and strengthen your skeletal system.
- It’s fibrous – Thanks to the fiber content of dill, it can actually aid in weight loss, too. Fiber actually makes you feel fuller longer, warding off unwanted cravings (and keeping your from overeating), and it helps keep your digestive system clean and clear.
- It can reduce inflammation – Dill is full of the flavonoid quercetin, which is known to both prevent and reduce inflammation in the body. This can be a huge benefit if you suffer from arthritis or chronic conditions.
- It can balance hormones – Dill is also great at balancing hormone levels – particular female, menstrual hormones. Research has even shown that regular intake of this herb can increase progesterone, treat infertility and make periods more regular.
- It aids digestion – Dill helps with digestion in two ways. First, it stimulated the movement of food through the intestines, leading to a healthier digestive system on the whole. The oils from dill seeds also work to protect the stomach lining, which ensures you don’t get ulcers or other painful stomach issues.
Best of all, dill has absolutely no cholesterol, and it’s extremely low in calories. You can add it to virtually any dish without changing the caloric intake by more than fraction – great news if you’re cutting back or looking to lose weight.
Eat Dill Today
Dill is extremely easy to work into your diet. Sprinkle it over fish or chicken breast, sprinkle it over a boiled egg or mixed it in with grilled veggies or potatoes.
Do you like dill? What are your favorite ways to eat it? Share your recipes with me in the comments.