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Thyme is a common herb and is generally used as a condiment or spice. Besides that, thyme is also used in herbal and domestic medicines. It’s botanically known as “Thymus Vulgaris". The medicinal properties of thyme come mainly from its essential oils which are extracted through steam distillation of fresh flowers and leaves. The chief constituents of its essential oil are alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, para-cymene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, borneol, beta-caryophyllene, thymol, and carvacrol. The interesting health benefits of thyme include its ability to relieve stress, reduce respiratory issues, improve heart health, boost the strength of the immune system, protect against chronic diseases, stimulate blood flow, and prevent fungal infections. 

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Health Benefits of Thyme: 

1- Thyme is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as, vitamin C, A, B6, fiber, riboflavin, iron, copper, manganese, calcium, zinc, folate, potassium, and phosphorus. (1,2,6,7)

2- The phenolic antioxidants found in thyme, including lutein, zeaxanthin, and thymonin contribute to neutralizing and eliminating free radicals throughout the body. These antioxidants help prevent oxidative stress present in your organs. (1,2,3)

3- Thyme oil is one of the strongest, natural antimicrobials, making it a serious weapon against sore throats. Its carvacrol content is a major reason why it’s one of the top essential oils for sore throat relief. (2,4)

4- The most active ingredient found in thyme is thymol. This organic compound has a wide range of effects on the body, including its ability to prevent fungal and viral infections, thereby reducing strain on the immune system. (1,5)

5- The high concentration of iron and other essential minerals in thyme make it ideal for stimulating the production of red blood cells, thereby boosting blood circulation and oxygenation to the essential organ systems of the body. (1,2,6,7)

6- The rich blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins in thyme have many small effects on the heart, but potassium and manganese are particularly important in protects heart. (1,2,8,9)

7- The concentration of carotenoids and vitamin A found in thyme make it an effective antioxidant agent for your vision health. (1,7,10)

8- The high levels of vitamin C found in thyme, which make it a natural immune system booster. In addition, vitamin C also plays a crucial part in the production of collagen, which is essential for the creation and repair of cells, muscles, tissues, and blood vessels. (1,7,11)

9- One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are directly linked to stress hormones, which means it boosts your mood. (1,2,12)

10- The properties in thyme have been shown to fight against tumors and cancer. More specifically, carvacrol is a major component of the thyme essential oil that displays antitumor properties, making this beneficial plant a potential cancer-fighting food. (1,2,13)

 

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