Botanical name: Cuminum Cyminum
Cumin or jeera is a commonly used ingredient in the preparation of various foods. Primarily helpful in digestion, Cumin is considered a great source of iron, manganese, and other vital vitamins and minerals. According to Ayurveda, it provides strength to these organs and reduces the chances of infections by fighting off microbes and bacteria.
- Jeera (cumin seed) has appetizer effects, which are due to its action on the stomach and liver.
- Cumin controls the accumulation of AMA (toxins) and promotes appetite, and improves the taste of the mouth.
- Cumin is native to Syria, where it thrives in hot and arid conditions.
- Cumin is found to pacify Kapha Dosha &Vata Dosha and increases Pitta Dosha and Pitta detoxifier (It reduces SAMA PITTA condition)
- In the Indian subcontinent, it has been used in food and now became a part of various recipes as a condiment to prevent water-borne diseases and gas formation in the abdomen.
Cumin- Health Benefits
- It is a great ayurvedic remedy to improve the desire to eat and loss of taste.
- It provides strength to the stomach, which also means improving the mucosal defence of the stomach and other organs.
- It keeps cancer cells from multiplying, according to some experiments.
- It may help treat diarrhoea
- It helps people with diabetes
- Cumin Oil has been used as a great larvicide and antiseptic agent.
- The active ingredients in cumin seeds have an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic effect.
- It helps in weight loss
- Cumin helps in the treatment of cramps, digestive spasms, nausea, and bloating.
Scientific Studies About Cumin
- A 2017 study in adults with type 2 diabetes looked at the effects of cumin essential oil on blood sugar levels.
- A study involving women with overweight and obesity also found that consuming 3 g of cumin powder per day resulted in lower levels of total cholesterol, lower low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol, and triglycerides.