Cumin - Wonder spice

June 18, 2018

 

 

Cumin – An indispensable part of the Indian kitchen

Known for its slightly bitter but warm flavor, it belongs to the family of parsley and is lightly green in color. Cumin or otherwise known as ‘jeera’ in Hindi, has a central place in Indian dishes, especially the North Indian dishes. Mostly used in the powdered form, it lends its unique flavor to the dish and is used for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

 

Before we move on to the health factor of Cumin, why not understand its history?

 

Grown in several parts of the world such as India, Africa, China and Middle Eastern countries, cumin belongs to the family of Apiaceae and it is believed that the history of cumin cultivation dates back to five thousand years. It was widely used by Greeks and Romans and roman even kept it on the table while having meals just like today we keep salt and pepper. The actual roots of Cumin lie in the Mediterranean region and to be more specific, the place is Iran. According to the Egyptian legends, cumin was even used in the mummification process. Among the major producers of cumin, India produces almost 70% of it after China. What’s more, it is even mentioned in the bible!

In India, the cumin is mainly cultivated in Westerns states such as Rajasthan and Gujarat where it has loamy and well-drained soils with a rich content of organic matter. The ideal climate for the cumin cultivation is sub-tropical climate.

Apart from the unique flavor, it lends to the dish, it is also a treasure house of health.

So read on to know more about the healthy factor of the wonder seed.

 

Cumin – A treasure trove of nutrition

When it comes to essential vitamins and minerals; cumin supplies many such as vitamin B1, Vitamin A, C and E and minerals such as Copper, Zinc and B6. It is quite rich in protein, amino acid and carbohydrates and dietary fiber. If you consume a spoon of cumin on a daily basis you can meet your daily requirement of nutrition.

 

Let’s move on to the health benefits:

 

Regulates the digestion process

 

If you are feeling bloated after having a heavy meal and in need of respite, then cumin is your solution. It’s healing properties helps you deal with the gas formation in your tummy and improve digestion and appetite and this is because of the presence of minerals such as magnesium and sodium which improves digestion. You need to take it with a glass of warm water and your tummy will come back to the earlier condition.

 

Do you have low iron levels? Have some cumin

 

The low iron level is a major problem in today’s population especially in women and therefore to boost the level of iron, you just have to consume cumin on a daily basis. Also, women who face problems in their menstrual cycle can take cumin to regulate the menstrual flow and get some relief from the excruciating abdominal cramps.

 

Low Immunity? Cumin to the rescue!

 

If you are suffering from low immunity, then a healthy dose of cumin is what you need because of the presence of essential and immunity boosting vitamins such as Vitamin A and C and Vitamin C is considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants which has the ability to improve the function of the white blood cells which results in the improved immunity. So along with that daily dose of chyawanprash, make sure that you have some cumin too!

 

Cumin – Medicine for the breathing disorders

 

The ones who are suffering from the respiratory problems such as Asthma and Bronchitis can take cumin as the natural medicine to combat these disorders. What makes it so? The cumin contains caffeine which is a stimulating agent and has the essential oils which do the job of disinfectants and help you to clear the congestion and help you to breathe better.

Or if you are suffering from a chronic cold or wet cough, then this can help you overcome real quick because it eliminates mucus and phlegm to clear the path of your respiratory organs.

 

An essential skin is an ingredient  - Cumin

 

We use a lot of chemical product to maintain the health of the skin but have you ever wondered what the solution to most of your skin problems lied within the kitchen cabinets? Well, now you know. Cumin, as mentioned above, has the essential oils and also anti-fungal properties which help it to moisturize the skin and prevent ageing, sagging skin and age spots. So instead of investing in highly expensive chemical products which will harm your skin in the long run, why don’t you put some cumin on your skin for a change?

 

Can’t sleep at night? Insomniac? Well, have some cumin!

 

If cumin can act as a stimulant because of the caffeine, it also has the properties of a relaxant. The essential oils present in the cumin ensure that the person feels relaxed after the consumption and help him or her to have a good night’s sleep. So why don’t you switch your routine glass of warm milk with some cumin and experience a night’s worth of sleep?

 

Cumin – a blessing for the diabetic patients

 

It is not your fault if you inherited diabetes from your family member (s) but it is your fault if you do not take strict measures to keep it under control and what could be the best way to do other than consuming cumin as part of your daily diet? Cumin goes a long way to help you battle hypoglycemia and aids your body’s own warriors to combat the glucosuria so that the overall sugar level remains within the permitted range.

So what do you think? Does this answer some of your health problems? I hope so but remember the list doesn’t end here? There are many more benefits of cumin which will help you lead a healthy life! Read more article to know more and lead a healthy life!

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