The potent health benefits of thyme

The potent health benefits of thyme

  • Thyme is a delicate and beautifully aromatic herb that is often used in meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The health benefits of thyme are truly potent.
  • In French cuisine it is often combined with bay leaves, sage, and other herbs to create a bundle called bouquet garni, which is used to prepare soups, stocks, and stews.
  • Let’s take a look at the health benefits of thyme.
  • Antioxidant benefits:
  • Organic thyme contains a volatile oil called thymol, which may be responsible for thyme’s antioxidant benefits. Thyme oil has been shown to significantly increase the amount of healthy fats in animal studies. Organic thyme is also a great source of manganese, which is considered to have antioxidant properties.
  • Colon cancer fighter:
  • Because of thyme’s antioxidant activity, it may help cancer. A Portugal study published in Natural Product Communications stated this: “The presence of these constituents identified by colon cancer cytotoxicity-guided activity indicates that extracts of Thymus mastichina L. may have a protective effect against colon cancers.”
  • Cough reliever:
  • Thyme tea is a natural and potent expectorant. It relieves cough and loosens phlegm. Extracts from thyme have shown relaxant and broncho-dilatory effects. A 2006 study showed that thyme extracts helped relieve bronchitis. Another study published in a journal called Biological Research showed that thyme extracts may help treat coughs by relaxing the trachea, which is the windpipe that connects the pharynx and larynx to our lungs.
  • Try our cough buster thyme tea.
  • Fights breast cancer:
  • Organic thyme may induce apoptosis (cell death) in breast cancer cells, according to a research team from Celal Bayar University in Turkey. They published their results in the journal Nutrition and Cancer and believe that wild thyme “may be a promising candidate in the development of novel therapeutic drugs for breast cancer treatment.”
  • Reduces blood pressure:
  • High blood pressure is a silent, but deadly condition. According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is a risk factor for damage to the heart, stroke, kidney damage, and more.
  • An animal study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition showed that thyme extracts may help reduce high blood pressure. More studies need to be conducted on humans before thyme can be recommended as a treatment for high blood pressure, or hypertension.
  • Treats eczema:
  • Thyme is often used in skin ointments because of its anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.
  • Research that was reported in the International Journal of Dermatology showed that anti-fungal creams with thyme essential oils healed about 66 percent of participants with eczema-like lesions.
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