A delicate looking herb with a penetrating fragrance, Thyme has been used since ancient times for its culinary, aromatic and medicinal properties.
It belongs to the mint family. With about 400 subspecies, Thyme is not only great for cooking but its range of uses is impressive. Here are the reasons why we love Thyme:
- It is known for its antibacterial properties and might have a future as an acne-fighting ingredient. When steeped in alcohol for days or weeks, it turns into a solution known as a tincture. The natural herb preparation fought pimples better than anti-acne products, which include benzoyl peroxide.
- Thymus linearis Benth. is a species of thyme found in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A recent study found that an extract was able to significantly reduce the heart rate in rate with high blood pressure, and was also able to lower their cholesterol.
- Thyme essential oil, which is obtained from its leaves, is often used as a natural cough remedy. A study shows the combination of thyme and ivy leaves helped to alleviate coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis.
- Getting all the vitamins the body needs every day can be challenging. Thyme is packed with Vitamin C and also a good source of Vitamin A, copper, fiber, iron and manganese.
- Thymol is an ingredient of many pesticides – both in and outdoor – and is commonly used to target bacteria and viruses, and other animal pests. A recent study shows that thyme essential oil can repel mosquitoes.
- Thyme has antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is a common ingredient in mouthwash and deodorants.
- Thyme is often used for aromatic and therapeutic purposes due to its intensity of an active substance called carvacrol. Carvacrol was shown to affect neuron activity in ways that boosted the subjects’ feelings of well being.
A deficiency in Vitamin A would result in getting infectious diseases and vision problems. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A required for an Asian Adult is 750mcg, while a lactating Asian woman’s RDA is 1200mcg.
Meanwhile, If you get too much vitamin A, you can become sick. Over-consumption of Vitamin A can lead to jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, irritability, vomiting, and even hair loss. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, and therefore, needs to be consumed with fat in order to have optimal absorption.
Acute Vitamin A poisoning usually occurs when an adult takes several hundred thousand IUs of Vitamin A. Symptoms of chronic Vitamin A poisoning may occur in adults who regularly take more than 25,000 IU a day. Babies and children are more sensitive to vitamin A, and can become sick after taking smaller doses of Vitamin A or Vitamin A-containing products such as retinol (found in skin creams).
Large amounts of beta-carotene will not make you sick. However, increased amounts of beta-carotene can turn the skin yellow or orange. The skin color will return to normal once you reduce your intake of beta-carotene.
Include these Top 10 food rich in Vitamin A in your diet to avoid deficiency:
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