Cumin is a popular spice that originates from Egypt. It has a peppery taste, which can add a warm nutty flavour to your food. It has been used for centuries by people all around the world.
It is a key component in chilli powder and curry powder.
The journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice published a study that examined and tested the effects of cumin on 88 overweight women. The women were randomly divided into 2 groups.
The two groups received nutrition counselling and lowered their daily intake of calories by 500. In addition, one of the groups was consuming 3 grams of cumin powder every day, 5 ounces of yoghurt.
The other group received the same amount of yoghurt minus the cumin.
After 3 months, the women consuming cumin in their yoghurt had lost an average of 50% more weight compared to the women consuming plain yoghurt.
Moreover, the cumin group members reduced body fat by 14.4%, which is almost three times more than the control group.
Other improvements in the cumin group include decreased levels of harmful blood fats and triglycerides drop by 23 points.
They also had an average of about 10 points off their LDL cholesterol compared to only 1 point for the control group. This actually shows that the cumin consumers burn more calories by adding this healthy spice to their diets.
From all of this, it is safe to assume that cumin can help against heart disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Experts attribute this to glycoside saponins, which are found in cumin and have the ability to inhibit cholesterol absorption and increase its excretion.
People have also used this spice in the fight against many health issues such as respiratory disorders, anaemia, insomnia, and skin complications.
The compounds present in black cumin possess numerous anti-carcinogenic, anti-coagulant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, immune-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, euro-protective, and anti-oxidant properties.
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