Health Benefits of Thyme

Thyme has been used for centuries, not only as a herb, but for medicinal purposes too.  Fragrant and delicious thyme has a number of uses in the kitchen too. Learn more about the health benefits of thyme and add more thyme to your diet.

Rich in nutrients
Thyme is packed with flavonoids that have antioxidant capacity. It is also a good source of manganese and vitamin K, which allow for antioxidant protection. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage and oxidative stress, which increase the risk of cancer and heart disease and accelerate the aging process.

Anti-inflammatory benefits
Several different studies have found that thyme contains anti-inflammatory properties and may help prevent chronic inflammation of the body. 

A healthy heart
The antioxidant protection of thyme combined with its anti-inflammatory effects help to prevent cardiovascular disease as chronic inflammation is one of the leading causes of heart disease. 

Fight off bacteria
Thyme has antibacterial properties which are proven to help fight a variety of bacteria and fungi, includinge.coli. Lab studies found that thyme oil extract showed fighting power against antibiotic-resistant strains of several different types of bacteria.

Breathe easy
Thyme helps to improve respiratory health and has been used for centuries to treat chest and respiratory conditions like coughs and bronchitis. Try making your own thyme tea by steeping a few leaves in hot water and allowing to brew. Drink the tea to help treat respiratory conditions and a cold.

Get some iron
Thyme is a great source of iron, providing nearly 20% of the recommended daily allowance for an adult in only 2,8 grams. Iron is essential for energy production and iron deficiency may cause anemia, fatigue and make the body more susceptible to infection.

Feel it in your bones
Thyme can also help to improve bone health as it is an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of iron, calcium and manganese which are all essential to promoting proper bone growth, maintaining strong, healthy bones and preventing bone disease.

Skin health
Thyme acts as an effective fighting agent against the bacteria that causes skin acne. Herbs like thyme are thought to be gentler on the skin than other products because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
So add some thyme to your life and reap a range of rewards.

Thyme Nutritional Profile and Recommended Daily Allowance:
Thyme leaves offer significant levels of quality phyto-nutrients profile. Just 100 g of fresh leaves provides (% of Recommended daily allowance) 38% of dietary fiber, 27% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), 266% of vitamin C, 158% of vitamin A, 218% of iron, 40% of calcium, 40% of magnesium and 75% of manganese but no cholesterol.

Selection and storage
Both fresh and dried forms of thyme herb are available in the herb store. Buy fresh thyme whenever possible since it is superior in nutrients and rich in flavor. The leaves of fresh thyme should feature fresh and be a light green, and free from any dark spots or yellowing. Fresh thyme should be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Dried thyme can be kept in a tightly sealed glass container and stored in a cool, dark, and dry place where it will keep fresh for up to six months.

Culinary uses
Thyme herb imparts intense flavor to the recipes and should be added sparingly. In order to keep the fragrance and flavor intact, thyme herb is generally added at the last moment in the cooking recipes. This is because, prolonged cooking results in evaporation of its essential oils.

Here are some serving methods:
Thyme herb tea is a popular health drink.
Thyme has been used in the preparation of season soups, and sauces.
The herb is one of the ingredients in bouquet garni along with bay leaf, parsley, and celery.
Thyme, along with other spicy items, has been used to marinate and stuffing to chicken, fish and meat recipes.

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