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Thyme

Description

Thyme herb is packed with numerous health benefiting phyto-nutrients (plant derived compounds), minerals and vitamins that are essential for wellbeing. One of the popular among culinary herb plants, thyme originally is native to southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.

Botanically, it belongs to the family of limiaceae of the genus of thymus, which includes many subspecies among which the most popular variety is Thymus vulgaris or French thyme.

 

ORAC

Thyme has One of the Highest Antioxidants, it’s ORAC(Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) is 157,385 trolox equivalents (TE) per 100g

Source: USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2 - Prepared by Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - May 2010

Shelf Life and Storage

Dry thyme can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dark place and in airtight containers. Best if used within 18 months.  Store in a dry location away from sunlight.

Nutritional Information

Health benefits of thyme herb

  • Thyme contains many active principles that are found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

  • Thyme herb contains thymol, one of the important essential oils which scientifically have been found to have antiseptic, anti-fungal characteristics. The other volatile oils in thyme include carvacolo, borneoland geraniol.

  • Thyme contains many flavonoid Phenolic antioxidants like zeaxanthin, lutein, pigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. Fresh thyme herb has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs, a total ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 27426 umol TE/100 g.

  • Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.

  • The herb is also a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C and folic acid.

  • Thyme provides 0.35 mg of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine; furnishing about 27% of daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine keeps up GABA (beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain) levels in the brain which has stress buster function.

  • Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

  • Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids like vitamin A and beta-carotene helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Thyme leaves offer significant levels of quality phyto-nutrients profile. Just 100 g of fresh leaves provides (% of Recommended daily allowance)

Other Facts

Medicinal uses

  • Thyme contains many important essential oils which are found to have anti-septic and anti-fungal applications.

  • Throat gargling with tepid thyme water or drinking few sips of thyme tea may help relieve coughs, sore throat and bronchitis symptoms.

  • Thyme based formulations has been used as anti-septic mouthwash in the treatment of caries and gingivitis.

 

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