Health Benefits of Cumin
Cumin seeds have been used for various purposes, both medicinal and culinary, since a very long time. Cuminum cyminum, most often known as ‘jeera’ in India is used for a variety of seasonings in Indian food. This is a flowering plant and is a native of East Mediterranean and Southern Asian regions. Cumin is actually the dried seed of the herbaceous plant Cuminum cyminum. It is an annual herbaceous plant. It has a stem that is green or greyish in colour. Its flowers are small and can be found in colours like white and pink. It can grow up to a height of 30-50cm. The leading producers of cumin around the world are: Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Mexico, Chile and China. Cumin is grown from seeds. The best thing about the cumin plant is that it is drought-resistant and grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Let’s see how Cumin is used in ways other than just for culinary purposes.
Primary Use of this herb
Cumin seeds have a very pleasant aroma and taste. Hence, as mentioned above, cumin seeds are used in South Asian, North African and Latin American cuisines for flavour on a large scale. It is globally popular. Cumin also finds place in cheeses like Leyden cheese and in some breads in France. In Indian cuisine, it is mixed with coriander powder for elevating the flavour. In Mexican cuisine, cumin powder is mixed with chilli powder. The compounds in cumin like certain enzymes help in breakdown of food and hence, are very good for digestion.
Chemical And Nutrient Content in Cumin
The herb contains
- Essential oils: cuminaldehyde, various pyrazines.
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
Health Benefits of Cumin
Treatment of acne and boils
Acne and boils are nothing but accumulation of toxins in the body. With regular use of cumin in your diet, you can let the toxins through other channels, not via acne and boils. This is because of components like Cuminaldehyde, thymo and phosphorous present in the cumin seeds that are great detoxifying agents.
Cumin is full of Vitamin E that helps the skin stay youthful. Sagging and wrinkling of skin are prevented by regular use of cumin in your food.
Treatment of other skin disorders
Cumin is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. This resists all kinds of microbial skin infections. Hence, it is one of the most helpful treatments in skin disorders like psoriasis, acne and eczema. Cumin powder with any mixture of face packs when applied on affected areas makes an excellent cleanser.
Curbs body itch and heat
Cumin seeds when boiled in water can be used to have a bath. This helps in lessening the itchiness and heat in body.
Reducing hair loss and gaining shiny healthy
Black cumin reduces hair thinning, baldness and hair loss in all. Black cumin also help in hair repair and gives shiny, long and lustrous hair.
Cumin seed oil is used for stimulation of hair follicles. It is diuretic, anti-oxidant and carminative in nature. This oil is commonly used in oil massages and aromatherapy.
- Anaemia: An excellent source of iron, cumin helps in increasing the haemoglobin level. This is used in treatment of anaemia.
- Regulates blood sugar levels in Diabetes. It can lower the blood sugar levels.
The compound ‘Thymoquinone’ present in cumin is a bronchodilator. This helps in reducing the inflammation in asthma.
Cumin is known to help make a woman’s menstrual cycle healthy.
The anti-oxidants in cumin help reduce the free radicals in the body, giving protection against diseases by boosting the immunity.
Compounds in cumin like thymoquinone, dithymoquinone, thymol and thymohydroquinone are anti-carcinogens and help treat cancers like colon and breast cancer.
As cumin is rich in Vitamin C and anti-fungals, it cures respiratory disorders. Healthy kidney regulation is also observed on consumption of cumin.
How to Use
The different parts of the plant of Brown mustard used are as follows:
- Cumin seeds are used in dried and powdered form.
- Fresh cumin seeds can be consumed with water.
On excess consumption it can cause drastically low sugar levels, heartburns, heavy menstrual flow, narcotic effects and allergies. Hence, excess consumption should be avoided.