Cumin, a very commonly used spice is famous in many Mediterranean and south west Asian cuisines. It has a earthy, nutty and spicy flavor and is used in many different dishes to enhance the flavour. It has various health benefits, which are backed by science. Some of the amazing health benefits of cumin are given below:
The most common and famous traditional use of cumin is for indigestion. Modern studies have confirmed that cumin may help with the digestion of food it has been found to increase the release of the digestive protein in the nerves, stomach and small intestine, which increases digestion.
Cumin also helps in the release of bile from the liver, which is used for the digestion of fats and certain nutrients in the gut. In one study of 57 participants with irritable bowel syndrome IBS, they reported improvement in their IBS syndrome within just 2 weeks of taking the concentrated cumin extract.
Decent source of iron:
Cumin is a good source of iron. Just one teaspoon of ground cumin contains about 17.5 % of the RDI for iron for adults. Iron deficiency is one of the most common efficiency in the world effecting about 20% of the world’s population.
Children need iron for growth and women need iron to make up for the blood loss during menstruation. There are only a few foods as good a source of iron as cumin even if used in small amounts , like just as a sprinkling over a food.
Helps in treating diabetes:
Studies have shown that cumin has some compounds that may help in the treatment of cumin.it also has components that counter the long term effects of diabetes on the body. Diabetes affects the cells of the body by production of advanced glycation end of products, which are produced in large amounts when blood sugar is high.
They negatively effect the small blood vessels and nerves in the eyes, kidneys and other parts of he body . Cumin contains certain products that reduce AGES at least in test tube studies . Routinely using cumin can have an effect in people with diabetes.
Lower cholesterol levels:
Cumin also can lower blood cholesterol levels. In one study, 75mg of cumin taken twice daily helps in lowering unhealthy triglyceride levels. In another study , the levels of unhealthy triglyceride levels decreased upto 10% in people who took cumin extracts for one and a half months.
One study found that people who took 3grams of cumin in yogurt twice daily had a increase in the HDL good cholesterol levels then those who did not had cumin.
However, it is not yet known if the cumin used as a seasoning in diet has the similar effect as the supplement cumin which is used in many studies. Also, many studies have different results and so more studies are needed before any final conclusion can be drawn.
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