Benefits of Dill Seeds
Dill seed, having a flavor similar to caraway but also resembling that of fresh or dried dill .
Dill or sowa is used in Ayurveda as a medicine for various diseases such as bronchitis ulcers spermatorrhoea cardiac disability fever gleet and syphilis. Dill or sowa is a small annual plant with smooth and fine leaves. The flowers are small yellow with elliptic and flat fruits. The plant is used in Ayurveda for various ailments such as digestive disorders diarrhoea dysentery respiratory disorders menstrual disorders and inflammation.
Dill or Sowa is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region but it also grows in regions such as India North Africa and in many tropical countries in the world. In India it is cultivated in many states ranging from Punjab Uttar Pradesh Gujarat and Maharashtra to Assam and West Bengal.
3. Chemical constituents
Investigations into the chemical composition of biochemicals present in Dill revealed the presence of A pinene A thujene o cymene B phellandrene limonene terpinolene undecane dill ether camphenol lilac alcohol B dihydroumbellulone myristicin apiol A selinene and phytol.
4. Anti microbial properties
The extracts from dill or sowa were tested for their anti microbial properties on a wide range from bacteria and fungi. Sowa extracts were able to control the growth of bacteria and fungi to a significant extent.
5. Digestive disorders
Eating dill on a regular basis can keep your digestive system healthy. Ayurveda prescribes dill for digestive disorders in children as well as in adults. The essential oil obtained from the seeds can help in reducing hyperacidity flatulence and indigestion.
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Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Required for energy production, nerve and muscle function, enzyme reactions, and fatty acid production. Deficiency causes beriberi, a disease that affects cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, and gastrointestinal systems. Deficiency is common in developing countries; in North America it occurs in alcoholics, those with kidney disease, malabsorption syndromes (celiac disease), and in those with poor diets. Drugs that deplete vitamin B1: furosemide, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and phenytoin. Most people get adequate thiamine from diet and/or a multivitamin.
Food Sources : Brewer’s yeast, organ meats, whole grains, legumes, and nuts Adequate Intake : (mg/day)
Men = 1.2
Women = 1.1
Pregnancy = 1.4
Lactation = 1.4 Upper Limit : Not determinedSide Effects : No adverse effects known with food or supplements