Cumin aka Cuminum cyminum is a flowering plant that belongs to the plant family Apiaceae. It was originally grown in Middle East and India. Cumin is also known as Jeera, Jeere and Jeerey in Hindi, Marathi and Bengali languages. Cumin seeds are found in the fruit of cumin plant. These seeds are brown in colour with striped patterns of ridges and canals.
Cumin seeds are hot and bitter in taste and have a strong aroma. Due to the spicy flavour, these seeds are commonly used for flavouring dishes. Cumin seeds are a rich source of vitamins, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, carbohydrates, fats and fatty acids. Due to these amazing nutritional qualities, it has been used for years in medicines and health supplements.
Benefits of Cumin Seeds
- Digestion: Water boiled with cumin seeds has a high percentage of anti-oxidants and helps in improving digestion. Even the powdered form can be used for improving digestive health. Gastric issues, bloating, morning sickness, nausea etc. can also be prevented with the use of cumin seeds. Cumin seeds help in easy breakdown of carbohydrates and fat which in turn prevents accumulation of fat in the body.
- Brain Health: Mineral and vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 help in improving memory and brain health. This spice is immensely rich in these vitamins and minerals. Cumin seeds are also very useful for patients suffering from amnesia.
- Liver Health: Cumin improves the production of bile juice in the liver which is an important component in the process of digestion. It also contains an organic compound cuminaldehyde which is responsible for activating salivary glands for better digestion of food. All these factors help the smooth functioning of the liver.
- Reduces Menstrual Pain: Periods characterized by pain have become quite common nowadays. Generally, the stomach and pelvic area experiences the pain. Jeera acts as a painkiller in such circumstances. It gives a sense of relief from bloating, stomach pain and indigestion during menstruation.
- Benefits of Skin: Cumin is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E which deeply nourishes the skin and controls free radicals. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which cure skin conditions like itching, boils, pimples, eczema and dryness. The essential oils of this herb work well on ageing effects like sagging skin, blemishes and wrinkles.
- Improves Metabolism: Good metabolism keeps all the processes in sync. Cumin is rich in minerals which helps in boosting the metabolic rate of the body. It is also very rich in iron which is an important constituent of haemoglobin. Thus, including this spice in our daily life can help in getting rid of many body issues like fatigue, anaemia and low metabolism.
- Detoxification: Cumin seeds are natural detoxifiers. The anti-oxidants help in flushing out toxins from the body. Better digestion prevents accumulation of waste in the body. It truly serves as an aid for reducing overall toxicity.
- Fights Cold: Viral infections like cold can be suppressed with the help of cumin seeds. The essential oils of cumin have disinfecting qualities that provide relief from common cold and cough.
- Mouth Freshener: The anti-bacterial qualities of jeera help in curbing bad bacteria from the mouth. Jeera can be eaten raw as a mouth freshener to get rid of bad breath.
- Relief from Insomnia: Insomnia is a state where a person finds difficulty in sleeping. Cumin oil has a calming effect on the mind that relaxes the body and induces sleep.