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Cumin: Health benefits of the seeds and extracts

  1. Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum and is usually brown in color. The black variety is known as 'black cumin'. This spice has a distinct aroma and a woody and warm flavor unique to the herb. Cumin is available in the form of fully dried seeds or as a ground powder. The spice is a common ingredient in many savory dishes in Eastern and Indian cuisine. It adds a warm flavor and is especially delicious in soups, stews and curries. This spice can also be used to season vegetables or meat before roasting. Cumin may also be useful for the treatment of various medical conditions. The herb stimulates the immune system and fights bacterial and fungal infections. In addition, other health benefits have been linked to cumin consumption.

Treat Asthma

  1. Cumin seeds may be good remedies for congestion (blocked sinuses). Cumin helps improve mucus build-up in the airways, lungs, bronchi (trachea branches) and trachea. Patients with asthma (chronic inflammation)

Treating anemia

  1. Iron plays a key role in the proper functioning of the body. It is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. Low iron intake results in iron deficiency anemia (ferriprieve anemia). The person then has to deal with, among other things, little energy. Cumin is high in iron, which helps treat anemia

Lower cholesterol

  1. Overweight women who consume three grams of cumin powder daily get lower total cholesterol

Keeping diabetes mellitus type 2 under control

  1. In a 2016 scientific study published in the journal "J Tradit Complement Med.", Research was conducted in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus who used cumin essential oil. Participants received either 100 milligrams (mg) of cumin oil per day, 50 mg of cumin oil per day, or a placebo. After eight weeks, both cumin oil groups had significantly lower levels of blood sugar, insulin, and hemoglobin A1c. The cumin oil groups also saw improvements in insulin resistance symptoms

Losing weight with cumin

  1. Cumin may be helpful for people trying to lose weight. A study in overweight adults (the same study as this one for diabetes) compared the effects of cumin with a weight loss drug and a placebo. After eight weeks, the researchers found that the groups that were fed cumin lost significant amounts of weight. In addition, insulin levels decrease in this group. Another study found that overweight women took three grams of cumin powder in yogurt daily for three months

Soothe skin

  1. Cumin has a lot of vitamin E on board, which is useful for the skin. This antioxidant helps to keep the skin tight and moist, resulting in healthy, youthful skin. Cumin also helps with skin inflammation. The antibacterial and antifungal activity also prevents skin infections

Fight infections

  1. Cumin seeds contain vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system. Cumin also has many antibacterial and antifungal properties that can prevent infections and illnesses such as a cold, mild flu, or cough

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  1. A small 2013 study published in "Middle East J Dig Dis." Investigated the effect of consuming cumin essential oil drops on symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. After four weeks, the participants had fewer complaints such as stomach pain and bloating. At the end of the study, people with irritable bowel syndrome who primarily suffered from constipation were able to pass bowel movements more often. People mainly diarrhea

Reduce stress

  1. Cumin may play a role in relieving stress


  1. Allergy Consuming foods cooked with cumin is safe for most people. Some people are allergic

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