Health Benefits of
Eating Thyme Herb
- Thyme is rich in flavonoid and phenolic antioxidants which include luteolin, lutein, naringenin, pigenin, thymonin and zeaxanthin. The
herb contains among the highest antioxidant compared to other herbs.
It has an ORAC value of 27,400 umol TE / 100 g.
- Fresh thyme has an abundant amount of thymol, a beneficial volatile
oil that has clinically been proven to be antiseptic and
anti-fungal. Some other essential oils in the herb include borneol,
geraniol and carvacolo.
- Thyme leaf is an excellent source of many types of vitamins
including vitamin A, beta carotene, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C,
vitamin E and vitamin K.
- Vitamin A is one of the antioxidant vitamins that is essential to
keep healthy skin and mucus membranes and to maintain healthy
vision. Eating of flavonoid-rich foods such as beta carotene and
retinol helps prevent oral cavity and lung cancers.
- Thyme offers 0.35 mg of pyridoxine (vitamin B6) per gram; supplying
27% of RDA. Vitamin B6 maintains GABA levels in human brain that
helps to eliminate stress.
- Vitamin C builds body resistance to protect us from infectious
agents and harmful free radicals.
- Thyme contains a good deal of minerals that are important for
perfect health. The herb is rich in calcium, iron, potassium,
manganese, selenium and magnesium. Potassium is an essential element
of that is useful for managing blood pressure and heart rate, while
Manganese often function as a co-factor for superoxide dismutase
enzyme, a beneficial antioxidant enzyme. Iron, on the other hand is
needed for formation of red blood cell.
- Thyme oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal. When
inhaled, it helps relieve common cold and influenza as well as
increase one's appetite.
Facts about Thyme Herb
One of the favorites among culinary herb, thyme
(scientific name Thymus vulgaris) is native to
Mediterranean regions and southern Europe. It carries a lemony flavor which blends perfectly with vegetables, fish, poultry, meats,
sauces and stuffing, and comes in both dried and fresh form at the
markets. The herb can be planted in a windowsill garden easily, as
it prefers partial to full sun with dry soil. Besides being used to
prepare foods, thyme is also good to make fragrant ground cover for
your garden, because the plant is known for creeping growth and can
spread really fast.
Types of Thymes
You can find more than one hundred varieties of different thyme,
with the most prevalent being Lemon Thyme and Garden Thyme. They are
very similar in appearance, thus not easy to distinguish them.
Facts and Calories
Nutritional Value of
1 g Dried Thyme
Make: 2 cups
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (or 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves)
2 cups boiled water.
Pour the water into the thyme leaves and allow to steep for 5
minutes. Serve warm.
Thyme Side Effects
Thyme can be quite strong for some people to apply externally, so
please take caution. Certain individuals have shown allergy to the
volatile oil, so it is best to conduct patch tests before use. The
herb is usually advised by herbalist to help
children, but it really mustn't be given to children except if it is
recommended by a specialist. Even though it remains safe and secure
to make thyme a seasoning when pregnant, large amounts have to be
avoided as it is a definite uterine stimulant.
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