15 Incredible Dill Benefits

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The health benefits of dill include its ability to boost digestion, as well as provide relief from insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual disorders, respiratory disorders, and various types of cancers. It is also good for oral care and can be a powerful boost for your immune system. It can also protect you from bone degradation. It is also an anti-inflammatory substance, which means that it can protect you against arthritis. Furthermore, it can reduce excess gas, and is considered a carminative.

What is Dill?

Dill (Anethum graveolens) has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Both its seeds and leaves can be used. Apart from giving a strong, tangy, appetizing flavor and taste, it has many medicinal properties, which mainly come from certain compounds called monoterpenes, as well as flavonoids, minerals, and certain amino acids.

Dill can be a perennial or annual herb, depending on where it is cultivated in the world. It can be used as a flavoring and garnish for a number of meals, but it is also used as an ingredient in many meals. For herbalists who want to grow their own dill, it is important to cultivate this herb in warm to hot summers, with plenty of sunshine.

Dill Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

Spices, dill seed
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]7.7
Energy [kcal]305
Protein [g]15.98
Total lipid (fat) [g]14.54
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]55.17
Fiber, total dietary [g]21.1
Calcium, Ca [mg]1516
Iron, Fe [mg]16.33
Magnesium, Mg [mg]256
Phosphorus, P [mg]277
Potassium, K [mg]1186
Sodium, Na [mg]20
Zinc, Zn [mg]5.2
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]21
Thiamin [mg]0.42
Riboflavin [mg]0.28
Niacin [mg]2.81
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.25
Folate, DFE [µg]10
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]3
Vitamin A, IU [IU]53
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.73
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]9.41
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]1.01
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA
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. As for vitamins and minerals, as per the USDA, it has a significant amount of vitamin A and C, as well as trace amounts of folate, iron, and manganese.

Health Benefits of Dill

Let’s explore these potential health benefits of dill in greater detail below.

Promotes Digestion

Dill has been used as a traditional medicine for gastrointestinal ailments such as flatulence, indigestion, stomachache, according to studies. The essential oils present in it are stimulating and they activate the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also stimulate the peristaltic motion of the intestine, easing the passage of bowel movements and relieving constipation.

Prevents Insomnia

The essential oils found in herbs have peculiar and powerful properties. They are simultaneously stimulating, sedative, and hypnotic, that is they stimulate as well as pacify. The essential oils in dill are no exception. The flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in its essential oils, activate the secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which have calming and hypnotic effects, thereby helping people get a good night’s sleep.

Dill is used as a traditional medicine for gastrointestinal ailments.

Maintains Bone Health

The calcium content of dill means that it is an important element in protecting you from bone loss and the loss of bone mineral density. Osteoporosis affects millions of people each year, and calcium, along with other essential minerals, is a key component in the proper growth and development of bones and the repair of injured bones as well.

Manages Diabetes

Dill has long been associated with diabetes and the management of insulin levels. Despite the fact that research is somewhat limited in this area, particularly on human subjects, studies have indicated that they can help reduce the fluctuations of serum lipids and insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced diabetes. A study published in the Phytotherapy Research journal (December 2008) stated that laboratory rats which had corticosteroid-induced type 2 diabetes showed a decrease in serum glucose and insulin levels when they were given dill extract for 22 days. 

Prevents Excess Gas

As a well-known carminative, dill can help prevent the embarrassing condition of excessive gas. It is not only an uncomfortable condition to experience in public, but if gas continues to build up, it can actually be a dangerous situation where it presses on the delicate organs of the chest cavity. A carminative forces gas downward through the digestive tract and allow it to leave the body in a safe way.

Boosts Immunity

Dill has long been associated with antimicrobial activity. It has been shown to prevent a number of microbial infections throughout the body as well as the infections that may result in open wounds or small cuts on the skin.

Calms Hiccups

Hiccups occur for various reasons, but primarily they occur due to trapped gas and its repeated upward movement through the food pipe. The second cause is due to certain allergies, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity, and nervous malfunctioning. Dill can help in these situations. As a carminative, it helps the expulsion of gases and also reduces gas formation; while as a sedative, dill helps to calm down hiccups due to allergies, hyperactivity, or nervous disorders.

Cures Diarrhea

Diarrhea is mainly caused by two things; indigestion and microbial action. In terms of indigestion, dill can be quite helpful, as it has very good digestive properties. Secondly, the herb can help due to the monoterpenes and flavonoids present in its essential oils, which are germicidal or bactericidal in nature. They can help cure diarrhea by inhibiting microbial infections that try to attack the body.

Treats Dysentery

Dysentery is primarily caused due to fungal infections. Dill essential oil is disinfectant in nature and it helps to inhibit fungal infections effectively.

Relieves Arthritis Pain

Dill has long been known as an anti-inflammatory herb, meaning that it helps reduce inflammation and the associated pain of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and arthritis. Dill has been used since ancient times for precisely this reason.

Stimulates Menstruation

The flavonoids in the essential oil of dill are stimulating and emmenagogic in nature, which means that they stimulate the secretion of certain hormones that help maintain proper menstrual cycles in women.

dillinfographicTreats Respiratory Disorders

Kaempferol and certain other components of flavonoids and monoterpenes in the essential oils of dill are anti-congestive and antihistaminic in nature. They help clear congestion in the respiratory system due to histamines, allergies or coughs.

Oral Care

Dill seeds and leaves are good mouth and breath fresheners. Apart from that, the essential oils in it are germicidal, antioxidant, and disinfectant in nature. Due to these properties, they help end microbial infections in the mouth and their antioxidants minimize the damage caused by free radicals to gums and teeth as well.

Prevents Cancer

Monoterpenes in dill are chemopreventive, and since they are stimulating in nature, they activate the secretion of an enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase (the radical glutathione is an effective antioxidant) which is very effective in neutralizing carcinogens. It is particularly effective at neutralizing cyano- and benzo- derivatives and free radicals, thereby protecting the body from cancer. The other antioxidants in the essential oils of dill also contribute to cancer prevention.

Other Benefits

Dill is a relaxant, and it increases strength and urination to help in the removal of toxins, excess salts, and water from the body. Furthermore, it is a carminative (helps remove excess gas), antispasmodic (prevents cramps), and an antiflatulent substance. It stimulates lactation (galactagogue) and endocrine secretions, enhances libido due to the presence of arginine and last but not the least, it ensures bone and dental health since it is a good source of calcium.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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