Cumin seeds are used as a spice to add flavours to foods as well as a medicine due to its medicinal properties. They help to improve digestion, promote weight loss, control blood sugar & cholesterol and food born infections.
It has been cultivated in various countries like the Middle East, China, Egypt and India for thousands of years. It is a member of the parsley family and it has a distinct flavour as well as having a warm aroma. In the Middle Ages when the spices were rare it was one of the most common spices. Today it is cultivated & grown in many countries and it is quite easy to grow & adapts well in many climates.
Cumin seeds are known for its medicinal properties since Ancient times and are a good source of Iron. They contain Vitamins like (Vitamin A, C, E & K), Minerals such as (Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus & Zinc), Fatty Acids and healing properties as well. Here are the health benefits of Cumin seeds:
- Contain a decent amount of Iron, a full teaspoon of it provide 20% of daily requirement.
- Helps to keep your skin free from boils, rashes and pimples if you use it on a regular basis. It also contains vitamin E that keeps your skin healthy and glowing.
- Cumin contains antioxidant properties that stabilize free radicals and help to reduce inflammation.
- Controls blood sugar and cholesterol levels if used on a regular basis.
- Improves immunity and helps to reduce weight.
- Fights infectious bacteria and fungi, which help reduce bone illness.
- Blend and apply equal quantity of cumin seed oil and extra virgin organic olive oil to teat hair loss and get rid of dandruff.
- Contains Thymoquinone that reduce inflammatory process, which cause asthma.
- It is rich in Vitamin C that helps to cure cold and other respiratory diseases.
- Contain enzymes that help to break down food and aid digestion process in the body.
- Protects against memory loss and treats damaging effects of stress on the body.
- Its essential oil helps to kill bacteria that cause infections in the stomach, intestine, colon and urinary tract.
- Cumin seeds oil help prevent wounds from becoming septic.
- Its oil relieves pain and ease stiffness caused due to arthritis.
If you wish to use cumin oil make sure you dilute it first in the extra virgin organic Olive oil or organic Coconut oil.
If you consume it raw the taste is bit bitter but you can roast it a little to make a mild taste. You can add it into various dishes like pasta, soups, fried rice, curries, egg scrambles, omelettes and salads. Here is one of my favourite recipes; take a quarter teaspoon of cumin seeds, a cup of water, boil it for up to 10 minutes, strain the seeds and drink while its warm.
Cumin seeds are available in supermarkets all year round. When you buy it try to select one that is organically grown and is of good quality. They are available in whole or ground in powder. It is wise if you buy them whole and grind at home before using in the recipe. You need to store them in an airtight glass jar at a cold and dry place.
You must always need to seek a professional medical advice before consuming the large quantities.
Just because some foods have medicinal properties doesn’t mean that we should start consuming them in large quantities. In order to get medical benefits from it, make it a small part of your daily diet.