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Magic in a Dill Pickle?

Go ahead, take a bite of that crunchy dill pickle. Bet you didn’t know the dill adds more than a little flavor. Am I right?

In ancient times, hanging dill over your door was a good way to keep out witches.

Now, I’m not sure it really has those magical properties. But dill does have some medicinal benefits.

Recently I came across this article that lists 10 ways dill is good for your health. I always like to check these things, so I found another source that agreed. Dill does have antioxidants like Vitamin A and C, as well as niacin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium and copper.

Just what medical benefits does dill offer?

1. Digestion: Dill oil is an active stimulant that helps your body produce bile and digestive juices. The oil also helps to stimulate the intestines peristaltic motion, which helps relieve constipation and ease bowel movements.

2. Insomnia: Dill helps the body secrete hormones and enzymes that have a hypnotic and calming effect on the body and mind.

3. Bone Health: Dill is a great source of calcium, which supports natural bone health.

4. Diabetes: Dill has been used for many years to help manage insulin levels. Though there aren’t a lot of studies done on humans, the research that has been done shows that it helps reduce fluctuations of the serum lipids and the insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced diabetes.

5. Excess Gas: Dill is well known as a carminative, which can help you avoid some embarrassing situations. The carminatives help gas move down the digestive tract, allowing it to leave your system.

6. Immune System: Dill is also associated with antimicrobial activity and can help your body fight off microbial infections such as small wounds on the skin.

7. Arthritis: Dill also helps as an anti-inflammatory, which helps with joint and muscle pain. It also helps with rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

8. Menstrual Disorders: Dill essential oils have flavonoids, which can help to stimulate the hormone secretion that can help regulate proper menstrual cycles.

9. Respiratory Disorders: Kaempferol and monoterpenes in the dill oils are anti-congestive and antihistamines. Dill can help clear up congestion, allergies, coughs and histamines.

10. Oral Care: Believe it or not, dill seeds and leaves can function as breath fresheners. Dill oil can help as a germicide, disinfectant and an antioxidant. It can help clean and protect your teeth and gums while keeping away diseases.

I like it for its fresh taste and aromatic smell. Just a whiff makes me think of summer.

It’s great in salads. I make my own salad dressing from vinegar and oil. To liven it up, I often add a half teaspoon or more when I’m whisking my dressing with salt and pepper. Sure beats the bottled dressings, and there’s no added preservatives or sugar.

So be adventurous. To get the most benefit, add a generous amount of fresh, minced dill to your salad. Or sprinkle it on your soup. Or layer it on a sandwich.

Who knows, it might also help keep witches away.

Stop over to FitLife.TV to read the rest of the article, including the bonus recipe.

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