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Natural wonder – cumin seeds

The tiny cumin seeds or “jeera” are packed with nutritional benefits, which makes them one of the most widely used culinary ingredients, especially in India.

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Ranging from enhancing digestion to fighting off infections, cumin seeds promise holistic wellbeing of individuals. You can have some daily to bless your health in the following ways...

Digestive benefits of cumin seeds

The key compound present in cumin seeds is cuminaldehyde which stimulates your salivary glands to enhance digestion. They also stimulate the production of enzymes that aid in breakdown the macromolecules like protein, fat, sugar and starch. If you suffer from indigestion and acidity on regular basis, then you must add a pinch of cumin seeds to your food while cooking. This would help. Another way to receive the digestive benefits of cumin is to soak the seeds overnight in water and drink the water next day.

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Cumin seeds are packed with iron

You need iron for various reasons and it is quintessentially needed for anaemic people. The iron content of cumin seeds is quite high i.e. 15.5%, which is essential for making haemoglobin in your body. When iron levels are balanced, you can better cope with dizziness, weakness, lack of concentration, lethargy, etc.

Eliminates risk of cancer

Cumin seeds have anti carcinogenic properties. They contain many essential oils which protect your cells from free radical damage. Furthermore, they scavenge those harmful toxins from your body by enhancing the flushing mechanism of the liver. Thus, your organ function is boosted and your wellness is maintained.

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Improves respiratory function

Common cold and cough and similar other respiratory malfunctions are very well managed by cumin seeds because they contain vitamin C and many other antioxidants. Apart from offering you immunity the cumin seeds also help to dry up and expel the mucus from your respiratory tracks.

Management of piles

To receive the benefits in the best way, you need to consume cumin in powder form. Piles although is a consequence of severe constipation, also occurs from infection in the rectum. Cumin is loaded with carminative, antimicrobial elements and dietary fibres which protect the rectum from inflammation. Furthermore, the high fibre content makes it an excellent laxative, thereby regularizing smooth bowel movements.

Cumin for your skin

If you are regularly suffering from skin infections and microbial attack like acne, pimples, etc. then start chewing some cumin seeds or cumin water daily. You would experience the benefit in a few days. This is again credited to the antioxidants present in cumin and also to vitamin E, which preserves the health of your skin.

Miscellaneous wonders of cumin

  • Several research studies have supported the fact that cumin seeds can stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Cumin seeds being rich in zinc boosts production of sperm and helps in synthesis of nucleic acids
  • Minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous are utmost important for collective health like improving blood circulation, maintaining bone health etc.
  • The B group vitamins make cumin seeds an excellent mood enhancer and is a cure for insomnia
  • Cumin can protect you from boils and at the same time help you to get rid of them

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: January 14, 2016

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