Cumin is a really healing spice because it not only encourages the strengthening of the immune system, but it can also help with weight loss.
Cumin is very effective against free radicals and toxins in the body so thanks to that it is known as a great fighter against cancer-causing agents. This spice soothes the cramps, and has a beneficial effect on the kidneys. Cumin is also great choice for those who suffer from insomnia.
Tehran Institute of Medical Sciences carried out an interesting study with two groups, each consisting of 44 women who are overweight. For three months both groups were fed by the same scheme (1,200 calories a day) except that the daily menu of the first group included 1 teaspoon cumin (Indian cumin). This spice was added in low-fat yogurts or salads.
The result was impressive: the women in the first group (group with cumin) lost on average 14% more body fat than women of other group. This effect is explained by the fact that cumin contains phytosterols, which have the ability to reduce the level of cholesterol in blood.
Women who consumed cumin on a regular basis had lower cholesterol and generally better blood count.
Also, this spice is rich in calcium, phosphorus and iron and also it stimulates the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Cumin is a good diuretic and due to the improvement and acceleration of lipid metabolism in the body, it is considered a great asset in the fight with overweight.
How to consume it?
For improving the metabolism you should take 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds daily. Add this spice to dishes with eggs, meat, cheese, and also to yogurts and salads. Whenever you’re making homemade mayonnaise, mustard, or hummus, be sure to add at least 1/8 teaspoon of cumin.
Contraindications for consumption of cumin: increased acidity, gastritis, stomach ulcers, heart disease, and diabetes.