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Curative Cumin Benefits Your Health And Your Taste Buds

Curative Cumin Benefits Your Health And Your Taste Buds

 

Cumin is the spice equivalent of wrapping yourself in your favourite blanket. Its warm, rich scent and aromatic notes add a delicious and distinct flavour to a variety of dishes. It’s particularly popular in Indian, Mexican, North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. But cumin not only tastes good, it’s good for you too. Since ancient times, this amazing spice has been known for its medicinal properties. Not only is it an excellent source of iron, it also helps boost your immune system, aids in digestion and has anti-carcinogenic properties. Cumin benefits are indeed many.

 

Black cumin (or nigella) seeds, in particular, are extremely potent. In fact, they contain over 100 compounds, including minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins and fatty acids. The Bible refers to them as the curative black seeds, while Islamic culture believes they can cure anything – except death! Such was cumin’s value it was even used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans to pay debts and taxes.

Cumin Benefits

As we’ve already said, cumin is used to help treat a number of ailments, particularly those involving skin, hair, blood and digestion. Here are some of the more common cumin benefits:

 

  • Lowers blood sugar: There is convincing research indicating that cumin may have an effect on blood sugar levels, especially in people with diabetes. Cumin has been shown to increase insulin production, and this helps keep blood glucose levels under control.
  • Increases iron levels: Cumin seeds are naturally rich in iron, making them a natural treatment for anaemia. They help increase haemoglobin levels in the blood and promote the distribution of oxygen to our cells.
  • Promotes better digestion: Cumin contains enzymes that help break down food, making our digestion more efficient and reducing incidences of heartburn. Cumin also increases the release of bile from the liver (bile helps us digest fats properly).
  • Fights asthma – Cumin seeds contain Thymoquinone, which is a bronchodilator. It also helps to reduce the inflammation that causes asthma.
  • Boost immunity – cumin has many anti-oxidant characteristics that help eliminate free radicals and other impurities. This in turns increases our body’s ability to fight disease.

 

Of course, as with any ingredient, your body may struggle to process cumin in doses greater than it would normally experience in a healthy diet. Caution should, therefore, be taken when taking cumin as a supplement, and it’s advisable to consult your healthcare practitioner before doing so. If you’d like any help or advice on how you can enjoy the many health benefits of cumin, contact Dr Alain Sanua.

 

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