Thyme contains many active principles that known to have disease
preventing and health promoting properties.
Thyme herb contains thymol, one of the important essential
Thymol has been found scientifically to have antiseptic, and
anti-fungal characteristics. The other volatile oils in thyme
include carvacolo, borneol, and geraniol.
Thyme contains many flavonoid phenolic antioxidants like
zea-xanthin, 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
27,426-µmol 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 is 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 a role as stress buster.
Vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against
infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free
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
Thyme leaves offer significant levels of quality phyto-nutrients
profile. Just 100 g of fresh leaves provides (% of Recommended
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