Cumin has a number of health benefits ranging from burning fat to the ability to fight off diseases. It also has the ability to lower blood sugar levels, detoxify your liver, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, fight off colds and virals and it is highly anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial and antibiotic.
Trace Minerals & Vitamins
Cumin seeds are an excellent source of iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin b1. Now most Indian meals and most Indian curries consist of ‘jeera’ added to them. You can have it raw, sprinkle it over vegetables, or you can make a tea out of it. It has the ability to lower blood sugar levels when you consume a teaspoon or half a teaspoon with water or with your meals or just before your meal. It is also used to improve digestion because cumin has the ability to stimulate appetite when taken before your meal and when cumin is consumed post a meal or consumed with your meal it has the ability of stimulating digestive enzymes to break the food that we eat thus preventing indigestion, bloating, flatulence and acidity.
Cumin seeds also stimulate pancreatic enzymes in the pancreas and this is extremely important to help break down carbohydrates proteins and fat from the food that you eat into useable form by the body. So it basically helps you with the assimilation of the nutrients that you get from your food and again in most diseases and most normal people our digestive enzymes are depleted because of environmental pollutants and contamination in foods. So cumin can stimulate these digestive enzymes which are extremely important.
Antibiotic & Antibacterial
Cumin contains an ingredient called thymol which is highly antibiotic and antimicrobial which means it has the ability to chase viruses’ bacteria and fungi in the human body. So the next time you’re down with a flu or you’re falling sick or whatever ailment you have try to get cumin into your diet because it has the ability to fight viruses and bacteria and fungi which means it clearly boosts immunity.
So how can you get cumin into your diet?
So making something as simple as cumin tea where you take cumin and you boil it in water and you consume that water it aids digestion it boosts your immunity and it has the ability to detoxify your liver which is why researchers research is strongly showing that cumin has the ability to prevent certain kinds of cancers like liver and stomach because it has the ability to clean out the liver especially from excessive alcohol intake, medication, chemotherapy, radiation, everything that toxifies or slows down the liver. For all nursing mothers I suggest adding cumin to your diet as it also helps in lactation which is why we usually have a habit of mixing cumin or jeera with fenugreek or methi to increase breast milk production which is simply lactation in a nursing mother.
You have it before your meals, you sprinkle it onto your dals, and you can roast the jeera and grind it into a powder. Now a lot of people prefer to chew it. You know chewing is great but a lot of it will just pass out of your system if it doesn’t digest too well. So roast it or don’t roast it; make a powder of it but keep a jar full of cumin powder at home you can sprinkle it in your chaas, lassies, dals and your lentils and just have it with plain water before your meal or after your meal depending on how you want to use cumin for your body.