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Health Benefits of Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds belong to the same family as caraway seeds, parsley, chervil and dill. This biological family is known as Umbelliferae. Cumin seeds, integral to Indian and Middle Eastern food, are known for their piquant taste and for their health benefits.
The taste is described as peppery with citrus overtones. It can be used as a seed or ground up and used as a powder. It releases maximum flavor when it is dry roasted before adding to curries and salads.
Research has shown that cumin seeds even have properties to prevent cancer but this is still being researched and has no medical veracity. Mythology has references that cumin seeds have been used in Egypt during mummification. Like most spices, at one time, cumin was good currency and is said to have been used extensively in the Middle Ages. Its therapeutic qualities make it a great inclusion in food today.
Cold & Flu:
The antiseptic properties of cumin seed make it a favored spice for home remedies for common cold and flu. Boil the seeds in water along with ginger and drink the concoction to soothe your fuzzy throat. You can drink this tonic as many times as you like as it will also reduce the symptoms.
Its antiseptic qualities also help when you apply cumin seeds like a salve on burns and boils. It prevents the skin from forming a black film. The spice also acts as a great immunity booster and helps keep chronic diseases and its symptoms in check.
Cumin seeds are also used in the diet for weight loss. It is a spice that is low in calories and can act as a replacement for salt. You can add seeds to salads and main dishes or sprinkle it over your food. It will also help you build immunity and keep your digestion intact. It is a spice high in fat but it is fat that is good for you.
Cumin seeds can even help in the treatment for kidney stones. A good home remedy for kidney stones is to add ground cumin along with turmeric to the bread or rotis you eat. This improves your digestive system and slowly helps in dissolving the kidney stones naturally.
Cumin seeds are also sometimes used for treating colitis. Black cumin, in particular, is used for ulcerative colitis. Black cumin oil has also been known to provide relief. This method of treatment is mostly used in Ayurveda–an alternate form of therapy that relies on natural ingredients. Colitis affects digestion, and cumin seeds are known to improve and regulate digestion.
Nutritional Value of Cumin Seeds
They have a lot of nutrition. Its nutritional value is usually of medicinal value. About 1 teaspoon cumin contains a lot of iron and manganese. You would have to eat a lot of cumin, as it provides you with your daily intake of iron and manganese.
Nutrition Benefits Of Black Cumin Seeds
There is another type of cumin seeds, frequently used in cooking and known for their distinct look and flavor. These are black cumin seeds and are also called ‘Nigella seeds’ or ‘Nigella sativa’. These seeds also have immense health benefits. Cumin is very aromatic, but black cumin seeds are not always aromatic.
Black cumin has been used historically with honey to cure bronchitis. This may be an old ladies’ tale, but like cumin, it definitely can help improve the breathing function and reduce the symptoms of bronchitis.
Nutritional Value of Black Cumin
It contains many compounds that are good for you, including thymoquinone, linolenic acid, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, protein, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous. Like in the case of cumin, you would have to eat large quantities of these seeds in order to receive proper nutritive value from them.
These seeds are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, but they can still be used like a spice, especially as a substitute for pepper.
In about 100 grams of cumin seeds, you will get 17.8 grams of protein and over 10 grams of dietary fiber. It even helps improve concentration and retention power.
Black Cumin Oil Benefits
Black cumin seeds also are the source for black cumin oil. There are many health benefits of black cumin oil.
Extracts of black cumin, like cumin, have shown some progress in laboratories to combat different cancers. Of course there is no treatment as yet. This extract has shown that it can inhibit leukemia but this is still only in laboratories.
Black cumin has been known to improve your skin and its elasticity. A mixture of apple cider vinegar and black cumin helps prevent and deal with acne and other skin eruptions. Black cumin oil can be applied like a lotion, regularly and as many times as needed.
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|Submitted on January 16, 2014|