The spices are used in the meals long time ago. For example, in ancient Egypt cumin was used in order to preserve the mummies of pharaohs. Also, peppery spice cumin in the Bible was used as a seasoning for bread and soup.


Miracle Spice


The Iranian researchers wanted to know the effects of this amazing spice on body consumption and at blood fat levels. They picked 88 random overweight and obese women who were separated into 2 groups and followed a reduced calories diet and also received nutrition counseling. One of the groups ate yogurt with 3 grams of cumin 2 times a day, while the other one ate plain yogurt.

The study results were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. In 3 months the group that consumed cumin lost almost 50% more weight than the other group. Moreover, the body fat was decreased by 14.64% or 3 times compared to the control group. The body mass index and waist circumference was significantly lowered in the cumin group. According to the researchers, this might be a result of the heat that comes from the powder. It can also increase the metabolic rate. The lipid levels were reduced, triglycerides dropped by 23 points, and the LDL cholesterol dropped for 10 points compared to the controlled group.

There are above 100 different chemicals in cumin like essential fatty acids and volatile oils. According to researchers, this spice lowers cholesterol levels and this can be attributed to its glycoside saponins. Such compounds are able to prevent cholesterol absorption and increase its excretion. There is a substantial amount of phytosterols which can modulate lipids through the reduction of cholesterol absorption. Supplementing cumin reduces triglycerides and cholesterol. Moreover, they lower the risk factors for metabolic syndrome. However, cholesterol deficiency can damage health, thus the levels must be kept at normal.

Cumin belongs to the family plant of caraway, dill, and parsley. It resembles caraway, but its taste is nutty and peppery. The powder is often used in curry blends which are popular throughout the world. Cumin has a long list of potential health benefits.

There was a study published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine where cumin was showed that the seeds of cumin inhibited loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen. However, cumin did not promote weight gain or uterine cancer.

Cumin is used in traditional medicine for supporting digestive system and according to the modern research cumin is able to stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, bile, and acids. There is a compound in cumin named cuminaldehyde which activates the salivary glands for predigesting food. Moreover, it helps in relieving gas, improves appetite, and relieves IBS symptoms.

Another research which was published in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology (2010) showed that cumin lowers blood sugar on a par with drug glibenclamide (glyburide). The powder lowered oxidative stress and inhibited the advanced glycated end products (AGE) that implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications.

An animal study discovered that cumin is even more effective than a drug which reduces inflammation, cholesterol, blood glucose, free fatty acids, and triglycerides – Gilbenclamide.

This powder has shown to have anti-cancer effects as preclinical research showed that it inhibits cervical and colon cancer. Other studies discovered that it enhances memory function and also has antimicrobial powers.

Get more cumin into your diet

  • Add it into a pot when you cook soups, stews, beans, lentils, chili, rice;
  • Sprinkle it over vegetable sautés, especially potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, squash, and sweet potatoes;
  • Add it to meat mixtures for meatloaves, hamburgers, and meatballs;
  • Roasted nuts and chickpeas will have a great taste with cumin;
  • You may add it to marinades, mayonnaise, and salad dressings;
  • Make yourself a delicious cumin tea;
  • Scrambled eggs will have an amazing taste if you sprinkle some cumin over them.

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