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health benefits of cumin for you


The aromatic seeds of cumin are a popular ingredient in North African, Middle Eastern, Western Chinese, Indian and Northern Mexican cuisine. The seeds closely resemble caraway seeds in appearance, but have a different flavor and aroma.

Apart from adding flavor to a dish, cumin boasts health benefits, too. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiflatulent, carminative, stimulant, and antispasmodic properties. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and minerals, such as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. It also has E, A, C and several B-complex vitamins.
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You can use both ground and whole cumin seeds to season curries, soups and stews. Even the powder of dry-roasted cumin seeds can be added to salads, yogurt, smoothies and juices. Here are the top 10 health benefits of cumin.

1. Aids Digestion
Cumin is a popular ingredient in Ayurveda for digestive problems, such as stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea and morning sickness. It stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes that support digestion. It even works as a great acid neutralizer to fight stomach acidity. Plus, being carminative in nature, it reduces gas-related problems.

A 2008 study published in Food Chemistry highlighted the digestive benefits of cumin.
Mix 1 teaspoon of roasted cumin seed powder in a glass of water. Drink it once or twice daily.
You can even add ¼ teaspoon each of roasted cumin seed powder and black pepper to a glass of buttermilk and drink it once daily.

2. Cures Bloating
Abdominal bloating makes the stomach feel full and tight due to gas buildup in the small intestine. This can lead to stomach pain and abdominal discomfort. Bloating can occur due to a number of factors, such as constipation, indigestion, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

A 2013 study published in the Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases says that cumin extract is effective in improving all IBS symptoms, including bloating.
  • Bring 1 cup of water to boil.
  • Add 1 pinch each of ground cumin, ginger powder and sea salt along with ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain, allow it to cool and drink it.
  • Repeat as needed.
3. Eases Colic Pain
  • Due to its carminative and wind-relieving qualities, cumin is also good for relieving colic pain, which is a common problem in babies.
  • Put 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds in a cup.
  • Pour hot water over it and cover it.
  • Allow it to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the solution.
  • Give 1 or 2 teaspoons of this cumin water to your child once a day to soothe colic pain.
4. Treats Anemia
Iron deficiency is one of the main causes of anemia. Being a good source of iron, cumin can help treat this condition. Iron aids the production of hemoglobin, a substance in your blood that transports oxygen throughout your body. Iron also aids in energy production and metabolism. In fact, 1 tablespoon of cumin provides 4 milligrams of iron.

Include ground cumin in your cooking to prevent iron deficiency and treat anemia while easing symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety, cognitive malfunction and digestive issues.

5. Induces Lactation
As cumin is rich in iron and calcium, it is very good for lactating mothers as well as pregnant women. It increases secretions from the mammary glands to stimulate milk production.
  • Furthermore, it provides strength and energy to new mothers after delivery.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of cumin powder in a glass of warm milk.
  • Add some honey for taste
  • Drink it daily at night (after dinner) for several weeks.
6. Aids Weight Loss
Cumin is an effective addition to any weight-loss diet. A 2014 study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice noted the positive effect of cumin powder on the body composition and lipid profiles of overweight and obese women. It even helps reduce body fat percentage, fasting cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL or the ‘bad’ cholesterol).

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