Dill (Anethum graveolens)

The calcium in dill is very impressive: one tablespoon of dill seed contains more calcium than one-third cup of milk.

 

Dill is high in Vitamins A & C, and iron, and it contains excellent amounts of other phytonutrients such as fiber, niacin, phosphorus, copper, riboflavin, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium.

 

Dill also contains flavonoids such as kaempferol and vicenin, and the monoterpenes carvone, limonene, and anethofuran.

 

One of the attributes of dill is the way its oils discourage bacteria and protects against cancer. The enzyme glutathione-S-transferase helps attach the molecule glutathione to oxidized molecules to prevent damage, making them antioxidants.

If your bird is on an iron-restricted diet you might want to steer clear of Dill.

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