Numerous benefits of cumin for health
PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines
Cumin, a small seed from a parsley family plant, is native to the Mediterranean, a very important species for the cultures of the Middle East, Indies, North Africa and other regions. The special aroma of cumin has great application in the kitchen and since ancient times a great utility for health, but it has to be used in moderation because it can also have negative effects.
There are over 100 compounds in the seeds, including carbohydrates, minerals, proteins, vitamins and fatty acids. Apart from its numerous medicinal properties, it has remarkable benefits for the skin.
We highlight the following 11 properties.
Researchers at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a study of 88 women with obesity or overweight for three months and divided them into two groups. During that time both groups decreased by 500 calories per day in their dietary intake and received nutritional assistance at the same time.
One group was given 5 ounces of yogurt with about three grams, a little less than 1 teaspoon, of ground cumin and this same amount of yogurt but not including the spice was supplied to the other group.
By the end of the three months, the first group to which yolks had been included in the yogurt, lost 3 pounds more than the members of the second group, with a total of 13 pounds in 3 months. Most notable was that the group that consumed cumin had 14.64% less of body fat, compared to only 4.91% of the control group without consumption of cumin, apparently due to the effects of cumin.
At the end of the 3-month trial, cumin group members had lost 3 pounds more than the cumin group for a total of 13 pounds of weight loss. More impressively, members of the cumin group decreased their body fat percentage by 14.64%, almost triple the loss of 4.91% recorded by the control group, apparently due to the addition of the spice to burn grease.
The study also showed a reduction in cholesterol levels and, as it was said, body mass.
Prevents premature aging
Good levels of vitamin E present in cumin can benefit from premature aging such as the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles or appearance of fine lines. In addition to its proven antioxidant properties, cumin, combating free radicals that advance signs of aging and damage the skin and is also antibacterial, is an ideal food to maintain youthful and healthy skin.
Prevents and treats pimples and acne
The spice contains thymol, phosphorus, and cumin aldehyde that have detoxifying properties which are useful for treating and alleviating acne that originates from toxic substances, microbes and foreign matter in the body. Regular consumption of cumin can help eliminate impurities and toxins from the body.
To combat pimples and acne you can prepare a mask by mixing cumin powder with apple cider vinegar and applying this paste for about twelve minutes on the affected area.
Drinking a solution of this spice or adding it to your food can improve your digestion. Pancreatic enzymes that are stimulated with cumin are important for nutrient absorption and proper digestion. It also stimulates important salivary glands for better digestion. It is also ideal for eliminating accumulated gases.
Accelerates skin healing processes
The high contents of vitamin E of the seeds confer a beautiful and bright appearance to the skin, in addition, its many essential oils help in the effective cure of eczemas, pimples, psoriasis, boils, etc.
Since ancient times, it has been used topically to accelerate healing processes of the skin, this is due to its disinfectant and antifungal properties. Cumin is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
Cumin consumption may aid the release of acetylcholine in the brain that plays a major role in the memory process. Including it regularly in meals can help for this purpose which is increased due to its antioxidant power.
Prevents common cold
Especially in winter times, colds are very common and it is very common for these colds to drink a tea of cumin seeds to protect against viral infections. In general, the respiratory organs benefit from the warm nature of this species and the ability to prevent the formation of mocos. Due to its content of vitamin C and iron helps to keep at bay the common cold. When mixed with cumin seeds with honey, basil and hot water also relieve symptoms of cold such as a sore throat and cough.
Anti-carcinogenic enzymes have been found in the cumin that can inhibit the development of cancer cells and additionally its high contents of eugenol and lemon have antitumor effects. Its anti-cancer properties are most useful in cases of cancer of the liver, colon, stomach and breast.
Cumin Seeds Health Benefits
Although research is still ongoing, there is strong evidence that different spices, including cumin, may have a large impact on prevention and occasional reduction of hypoglycemia. Animal experiments showed a marked decrease in hypoglycemia in animals fed with cumin seeds. Studies in humans are ongoing and the first report indicates strong evidence that consumption of this species can be a powerful tool to combat diabetes.
Sleep deprivation and stress management
Main causes for sleep deprivation are depression and stress. Vitamin B from the spice can reduce depression, stress and improve sleep. Spice essential oils are valuable in improving the quality of sleep. A very effective recipe to help you fall asleep is to mix a ripe banana with ground cumin and consume it before bed. Significant relief in the mental field is also achieved.
Improve Skin Disorders
The properties of vitamin E are known for healthy skin and for the prevention of premature aging of the skin. With high doses of vitamin E, the skin remains shiny and youthful. And the spice has plenty of vitamin E and essential oils with antifungal and disinfectant properties that prevent microbial skin infections. Not all skin problems are caused by infections or disorders, many cases are simply due to signs of aging and in these cases, the antioxidant ability of spice fighting free radicals reduces the signs of premature aging such as sagging skin and wrinkles.
WARNING. Consumption cumin in moderation, NEVER in excessive amounts or for long periods of time, because this spice can have undesirable effects. Before consuming cumin, check with your doctor.
NOTE: Luis Quiroz Ravines is a Peruvian journalist specializing in Natural Health, author of an effective treatment to lose weight naturally. Learn MORE at http://www.weightlossperuvianrecipe.com/