Spices play a crucial role in making food delicious. In India, no dish is complete without the addition of spices and flavours. Cumin is a herb having a nutty, peppery flavour and is very commonly used in almost all households. The scientific name of these tiny seeds is Cuminum cyminum.
Cumin is a spice that originated in Egypt and now used all over the world. This spice is used as seeds or grounded into powder. It resembles caraway seeds but is lighter in colour. Cumin seeds have amazing medicinal properties and are used since ancient times. Traditionally, it was used to reduce inflammation. It was consumed to prevent gas, increase urination and it aids in indigestion.
Benefits of Cumin Seeds
The health benefits of cumin seeds are plenty. Various researches have been carried out to understand more about the medicinal properties of the small aromatic seeds.
1. Rich Source of Iron
Iron is an essential element needed by the body for energy production and immune function. Iron is a crucial component needed by the body for transportation of oxygen. It is an important part of haemoglobin and is required for the production of red blood cells. Cumin seeds are an excellent source of minerals and iron. Iron is needed in right quantities by menstruating women, elderly and children. Deficiency of iron leads to anaemia, etc.
2. Aids In Digestion
Cumin contains thymol and other oils which stimulate the salivary glands. It also stimulates the secretion of various pancreatic enzymes. Cumin also helps in the digestion of food and strengthening of the digestive system along with nutrient assimilation.
3. Cancer Prevention
Cumin seeds may have anti-carcinogenic properties. Cumin possesses potent free radical scavenging abilities. It also enhances the secretion of liver’s detoxification and anti-carcinogenic enzymes. It contains high amounts of antioxidants, which are beneficial for preventing cancer.
4. Healing of Piles
Piles occur mainly due to constipation and infections in the anal tract. Cumin is stimulating, carminative and has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. The fibre content in cumin is high. Also, Cumin contains essential oils comprising of Cuminaldehyde and certain pyrazines which act as a natural laxative in powdered form. Cumin helps in healing of infections or wounds in the digestive and excretory system.
5. Respiratory Disorders
Cumin has rich aromatic essential oils which are ideal anti-congestive. These oils help in controlling of respiratory problems like bronchitis, asthma, etc.
6. Helpful in Skin Disorders
Cumin is an abundant source of Vitamin E and essential oils which have disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. The antimicrobial content helps to protect skin from infection and Vitamin E aids in keeping the skin young and glowing.
7. Aids In Detoxification
Cumin contains various components like Cuminaldehyde, Thymol, etc. All these essential components are good de-toxicants and help in the regular removal of toxins from the body.
Regular consumption of cumin seeds helps to get rid of harmful elements from the body. Organic cumin is best to consume as it is produced without the use of any chemical fertilizers and harmful pesticides.
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