Dill Weed

I got introduced to dill weed when I started to eat roasted potatoes.  So when I add something new to my diet,  I try to do some research on what I’m consuming.  Since I knew nothing about dill weed other than it made my potatoes taste good, I became pleasantly surprised to find the health benefits dill weed brought to my dish! 
 

Key Benefits

 
Nutrient Rich – As most spices I use they tend to be high in nutrients and dill weed is as well.  Dill weed is dense in Vitamin A, B6, Manganese, Potassium, Flavonoids, and Vitamin C.  It is also important to remember that the amount of spice you use per serving is very low, so in order to see a lot of the benefits of these spices you would have to consume a hearty amount.  DillWeed - Spice
 
Fresh Breath – Dill contains germicidal and antibacterial properties that help to disinfect your mouth. So consuming dill can help ‘clean up’ your mouth.  
 
Antioxidant – From the high concentrate of Vitamin C, dill weed is a good source of antioxidants for a herb.  
 
Helps with Digestion – Dill has excellent digestive properties that helps flush your system. An added bonus dill can help with diarrhea.   Two of the main causes for diarrhea are bacterial infections and indigestion issues.  While dill is high on flavonoids and monoterpenes which help fight digestion problems as well as bacterial infections.
 
Reduces Menstrual Cramps – Pretty much for the same reasons as dill is good for you digestion, it helps with your cramps. A flavonoids contained in dill are known as emmenagogue.  These help to maintain the health of the hormones involved with a women’s menstrual cycle.  
 
Helps with Depression – Again with the flavonoids, they have attributes that give a calming effect.  So for us living in the North where we don’t see the sun too much during winter, maybe try adding a little dill to your diet to help with seasonal depression?  Worst case your breath gets better! 
 

Conclusion 

 
I enjoy the flavor profile of dill, the Mediterranean flavoring always warms me up and helps me enjoy my meal just a little more.  I don’t go heavy with dill in my meals, but a 1/4 of a teaspoon here and there always does the trick in raising the taste profile of whatever I’m using it on… usually potatoes.  
 
What are your thoughts on dill weed?  Do you have any great recipes that use dill weed? if so please share.  Have any questions for me?  Please send me a message or start a discussion below.  Someone like you is think the same thing, however they are waiting on YOU to start the discussion.

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