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Dill Weed: A Dillicious and Healthy Herb

              While not a superstar in the holistic and healthy world of spice, Dill weed is one spice that lays close to our hearts for its signature flavor and the fact that it highlights some of our best spice mixes. Anything that tastes great while remaining healthy for you is a star in our book. Setting all that aside, Dill still has quite the variety of healthy benefits, and should be admired for that. Although little of the research is absolutely conclusive, multiple studies hint at Dill having quite the diverse range of health benefits.  Ranging from bone health, digestion, insomnia, and even hiccup remedies, what Dill lacks for in depth it makes up for in width.

                In ancient times, Dill was seen being utilized for a variety of tasks in home remedies. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of most of the uses. Starting with the basic molecular makeup, Dill contains quite a bit of calcium, helping combat weak bones. To put the exact amount in perspective, a cup of milk has about 125mg of calcium, while a tbsp. of Dill seed contains 100mg. Beyond that, Dill was often used for in teas or just as supplemental medicine to help with digestive problems, both for excess gas and constipation. Simply eating some of the herb will help stimulate digestive juices and other digestive functions, neatly avoiding the aforementioned problems altogether.

                Even with more modern problems, Dill still remains relevant.  This herb is associated in antimicrobial activity as well as known to regulate bacteria, helping strengthen our immune system. With all the different medication we take in this day and age, corticosteroid-induced diabetes/ drug induced diabetes is a much more prevalent problem that it once was. Here too, Dill manages to help. While it is nowhere near an absolute cure and doesn’t help enough to remain conclusive in any extensive studies, the reduction of fluctuation of serum lipids and insulin levels can be a nice quality of life boost for anyone suffering this illness.

                Additionally, the oil within Dill has been found to activate enzymes within our body that emit calming effects, helping aid anyone dealing with insomnia. Between this effect of a sedative and its ability to prevent gaseous buildup, Dill has often been seen to work well as a cure for hiccups whether the hiccups are from gaseous build-up or allergies, hyperactivity, or a nervous disorder. Finally, as seems extremely common with most spices the more we learn of them, Dill once again has a correlation to reducing risk of cancer due to the monoterpenes and antioxidants it contains.

                 While Dill doesn’t have a tremendous impact upon any one issue one might experience, the sheer variety of small ways Dill can help is plenty of incentive to make it a common and frequent addition to anyone’s diet. Add on top of that its memorable taste and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular, as well as one of our favorite spices.

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