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Cumin: health benefits, application effect of cumin seed

  1. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a plant of the umbelliferous family (Apiaceae), a family of flowering plants. The history of this medicinal herb dates back to the time of the Pharaohs. Cumin is an effective medicinal and herbal plant. It is mainly used for digestive complaints. Chewing on some cumin seeds helps with flatulence, bloating and stomach cramps. And if you put the cumin in hard-to-digest foods, such as legumes, you will prevent possible digestive complaints. In the Netherlands ground cumin seed is also known as 'djinten' or 'djintan'.

Occurrence and cultivation

  1. Origin As a spice, cumin has been used in the Middle East and Asia for at least 3,000 years. In ancient Egypt it is on the list of medicinal plants. Also cumin is mentioned in the Bible

Application and effect

  1. Cumin has a slightly nutty, slightly bitter taste, which is more pronounced if you first roast cumin seeds. The substance cumin aldehyde or cuminol is responsible for the taste. This substance is in the essential oil of the plant. When heated, the herb changes flavor. Cumin is indispensable in the kitchen of North Africa, the Middle East or India. The spice is part of several spice blends including Garam Masala which is very popular in Indian cuisine. Cumin is also often part of curry mixtures. Special spice mixes are also available for the Chili con Carne dish, which contain a high proportion of cumin. The herb is usually used in combination with cilantro

Health Benefits

  1. The essential oils in cumin are especially valuable for health. These have soothing properties for the stomach and intestines. Fatty and spicy foods are easier to digest and stomach cramps

Side Effects

  1. Cumin should not be consumed in large quantities for an extended period of time, otherwise liver and kidneys may be damaged. A daily dose of more than 300 to a maximum of 600 milligrams of cumin in supplement form is not recommended. During pregnancy and lactation, cumin as a supplement should only be consumed after consultation with a doctor.

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