Cumin, a common household name, is a popular spice worldwide. From Indian curries to American barbecue sauce, cumin seeds holds center stage in so many varieties of dishes. It was originally used in India in various dishes because of its medicinal benefits, as well as for the wonderful flavor it provides. There are plenty of health benefits of cumin seeds ranging from weight loss to preventing cancer.
9 health benefits of cumin seeds
Benefit 1: Weight loss
Cumin seeds weight loss benefit has now been proven by a 3-month trial study made at Iran’s Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences where they split 88 obese women into two groups. Both groups received same nutrition counseling to reduce their daily calorie intake by 500. But only one group was given 3 grams of cumin daily. The end result showed that the women in the group which were given cumin daily in their diet lost more weight ( a few more pounds), compared to the women in the other group.
Tip: Soak one tablespoon of cumin overnight. Next morning, chew soaked cumin seeds and used the water to make tea. Follow this every day to reduce maximum fat from your body.
Benefit 2: Cures Indigestion
Cumin in the powdered form acts as a natural laxative due to the presence of essential oils. This characteristic activates the salivary glands thereby strengthening your digestive system and helping you to digest the food properly. Drink cumin tea every day (mentioned in the tip above) if you’re suffering from indigestion.
Benefit 3: Prevents Diabetes
Cumin helps to maintain your blood level in the body and reduces the blood glucose level in the blood thus reducing the risk of diabetes.
Benefit 4: Lactation
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should certainly consume cumin powder as cumin in rich and fiber and improves breastfeeding in lactating mothers. Taking cumin powder with honey will be most beneficial.
Benefit 5: Fights Cancer
Cumin contains varieties of antioxidants like vitamin A, Vitamin C and anti-carcinogenic agents like thymol that significantly helps in fighting various types of cancer like colon, stomach, and breast cancer.
Benefit 6: Prevents Anemia
Anemia is caused due to deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood. Iron is the main constituent of hemoglobin and since cumin is rich in iron, it helps to maintain hemoglobin content in the blood.
Benefit 7: Skin Disorders
Vitamins, especially vitamin E is necessary for maintaining good skin. Cumin seeds can help to have beautiful skin due to the presence of vitamin E. Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant which prevents anti-ageing. Additionally, cumin contains essential oils that have antifungal properties that help to prevent any skin infection and disorders.
Benefit 8: Rehydrate Body
Water with powdered cumin helps to keep your body hydrated and refreshed, especially in summers.
Benefit 9: Improved immunity
Antioxidants in cumin help to fight free radicles in the body thus boosting immunity and providing the ability fight various infections.
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