Cumin is an oriental spice used in different cuisines thanks to its strong taste and amazing health benefits. The spice is a great source of iron, vitamin A, C and E, as well as calcium, potassium and fiber. According to studies, cumin can improve your digestion and help you in cases of insomnia and memory loss, and contains numerous antioxidants that can reduce the damage done by free radicals in your body.
The spice has been used against numerous diseases and conditions in Ayurveda medicine thanks to is antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are the top health benefits of cumin:
According to a study conducted at the University of Iran, cumin can accelerate your metabolism and help you lose weight. Incorporating it in your diet and leading a healthy lifestyle will help you burn a lot of fat quickly and will help you stay in shape.
Increases your iron intake
Only a teaspoon of cumin contains 4 mg. of iron, which is about 20% of the daily recommended allowance of the mineral. Iron is very important for your metabolism – iron deficiency can cause muscle weakness and difficulty breathing. It is also the main cause of amnesia.
Cumin contains sedative compounds which will relax your body and mind and help you sleep better. If you’re suffering from insomnia, try taking these cumin remedies: mash a boiled banana and add half a teaspoon of powdered cumin to it, then take the mixture before dinner. You can also drink cumin tea to get rid of insomnia – just add half a teaspoon of powdered cumin to a cup of boiling water, then cover it and let it steep for 5 minutes. Drink the tea before going to bed and your will get rid of your insomnia soon.
Cumin is one of the best natural remedies against type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Mysore, India, incorporating cumin into the daily diet of diabetic rats managed to reduce their blood and urine sugar levels. However, before using cumin against this disease, you should consult with your doctor as it can interfere with diabetes medications.
Digestive and intestinal problems
Cumin can improve the absorption of nutrients in your body and has a positive effect on your digestion thanks to its rare enzymes that can help the decomposition of food. It also cleans the digestive tract and can eliminate intestinal parasites. To get rid of them, boil a tablespoon of cumin powder in 400 ml. of water until the water evaporates to half. You should get about 100 ml. of liquid. Take 20-40 ml. of the solution twice a day in the morning and evening.
According to a recent study conducted at the Annamalai University in India, cumin extract can reduce inflammatory markers in the pancreas as well as your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. You can use cumin powder in your meals or use it in the form of essential oil.