Savory – Nutritional information

Savory is a type of herb which is quite aromatic and makes delicious spice. It can also be used for various medicinal uses such as treating cough, upset stomach, headache and others. It’s in the mint family.

It’s not clear if savory is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their babies. Also, the summer savory should better be avoided if you have bleeding disorder due to slowing down the blood clotting. Also, if you have a scheduled surgery, stop eating summer savory for 2 weeks before the surgery. And don’t apply summer savory oil directly to the skin because this can irritate it. If you want to use summer savory oil on your skin, always use carrier oil to dilute it.

Nutritional value

Per 100g raw savory

Protein 6.7g
Fats 5.9g
Carbohydrates 68.7g
Calories 272
Dietary fiber 45.7g
Vitamin A 5130 IU
Vitamin C 50mg
Thiamin 0.4mg
Niacin 4.1mg
Vitamin B6 1.8mg
Calcium 2132mg
Iron 37.9mg
Magnesium 377mg
Phosphorus 140mg
Potassium 1051mg
Sodium 24mg
Zinc 4.3mg
Copper 0.8mg
Manganese 6.1mg
Selenium 4.6mcg

General information

It has been found that the savory leaves contain thymol and carvacrol – those are specific essential volatile oils. The thymol has anti-fungal and anti-septic properties which means that it can be used to fight off various fungal infection. In the same time the carvacrol has antibacterial effects and can be used for treating different bacterial infections.

The savory also has plenty of vitamins and minerals which are essential for the proper body functioning. The potassium moderates the blood pressure and promotes healthy heart. The iron benefits the development of blood cells. At the same time, the vitamin C and the zinc help the proper functioning of the immune system.

It also has high amount of antioxidants – like polyphenolic flavonoids and vitamin C. They can help stop and prevent different types of cancer. The antioxidants are beneficial for fighting off the free radicals in order to reduce and stop them from damaging the cells. Free radicals are the
main culprit of various types of cancer – like cancer of the prostate or of the colon. And due to the savory being able to reduce the damage caused by those chemicals it can have beneficial anti- cancer properties.

This herb has plenty of dietary fibers and contains vitamins of the B group. They are very important for the proper digestion and promote the regular bowel movement. They help to properly eliminate the wastes through the stools which prevents the risk of constipation, bloating, gas, digestive ulcers and others. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of the savory also promote healthy digestive system.

Savory benefits the cardiovascular system due to containing high amounts of magnesium, manganese, potassium and copper. These minerals help prevent strokes, hearth attack. According to various studies savory may be good for the reduction of the bad cholesterol and it may increase the good cholesterol. That way it control the levels of cholesterol preventing different diseases of the cardiovascular system.

The potassium in the savory can lower the blood pressure which reduces the chance of blood pressure related diseases. This mineral is a vasodilator – aka it dilates the blood vessels reducing their tension and promoting healthy blood flow through the vessels.

The vitamin A and C which are found in the savory leaves boost the function of the immune systems. Vitamin C is beneficial for increasing the production of white blood cells which are the main ‘fighting’ cells in our body responsible for killing viruses and bacteria.

Savory is helpful for the detoxification of the body due to being a natural diuretic – this means that it promotes the urination, thus being beneficial for the liver and kidneys by helping to flush out the toxins, uric acid, extra calcium, urea and extra water from the body.

It can also decrease the chance of different skin conditions due to having antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Since it fights off the free radicals it helps to protect the skin against wrinkles, aging and others.

It’s beneficial for the bones, as well, due to having plenty of minerals – phosphorus, calcium, copper and others. Some studies have shown that the bone health is enhanced by the frequent consummation of savory.

Its anti-inflammatory effects achieved by the thymol and carvacrol – specific essential oils – are beneficial for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

With what foods can we eat savory?

This herb can mix really well with thyme, basil, rosemary and marjoram. It can be used in
different salads or in tea. It’s also a part of different recipes for marinating fish, meat and
chicken. Savory is used in various soups and sauces, as well.
Summer savory can be put in sausages.
The savory is popular for a seasoning for barbecues.

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