Ever wonder what King Tut or Hippocrates used in their medicinal tool box to cure everything from parasites to hypertension?

Well, if the title of this article didn’t give enough clues, then hopefully this article will enlighten you with the amazing, powerful Cumin health benefits, specifically black cumin.

What do you know about cumin?

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Cumin seed, a spice used in Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, is among one of the first herbs to be cultivated in Africa, Asia, and Europe.  Today, scientists are increasingly becoming more aware of the medicinal and pharmacological power contained within this small but tasty seed.

If flavor isn’t enough to persuade you, perhaps the following top 4 health benefits will.

So if you’re ready to up the ‘anti’ on a healthy flavor packed diet, then, cumin is a great way to start!

1. Anti-carcinogenic

Recent studies found the ingestion of dietary cumin through supplementation to suppress the occurrence of colon cancer in rats. In fact, studies have shown cumin seeds ability to inhibit gastric squamous cell carcinomas.

Translation – cumin has natural cancer-fighting capabilities fit for everyone not just King Tut!

2. Anti-diabetic

Animal and human studies have found that adding cumin to the diet decreases hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) while increasing the sensitivity of insulin. Leading even the American Heart Association to recommend diabetics to cook with cumin and other spices.

Black cumin works so well that one should beware of pairing cumin if taking diabetic medication as blood sugars may be reduced to dangerous low levels.

When in doubt, monitor and ask your physician.

3. Antimicrobial

If you are looking for a natural antimicrobial, then you will be ever so happy to hear that scientists have also found the essential oil extract of this seed to have strong antibacterial/antimicrobial activity.

4. Antioxidant

cumin health benefits_2Multiple studies have found that the oil extract of cumin contains high levels of polyphenolic and flavonoids among other compounds.

Translation – cumin contains high amounts of free-radical quenching antioxidants.

You know those beautiful, anti-aging molecules that prevent oxidation, which nature gives us for free? Cumin has plenty. So eat or drink up!

Of course, trying new species and herbs can sometimes be a scary proposition; thus in lieu of committing to a full cumin packed recipe or dish, try a cumin tea.

Here’s my very own antioxidant-rich, cancer-fighting cumin tea recipe to get you started

Cumin tea recipe ingredients:

– ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
– ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
– ¼ teaspoon ground Turmeric
– ½  teaspoon of Cinnamon
– 1 cup of boiling water

Preparation:

Blend all ingredients in cup of boiling water with a stirring stick and enjoy!

Not feeling the tea?

No worries. I’d rather see you experimenting with food and spices! That being said, next time try adding some cumin to flavor your homemade soups, meats or grains.

Hungry for more healthy facts, recipes or cooking?  Well then, don’t hesitate to drop me a line, comment, ask questions or simply email me via my expert profile page here at WatchFit. I am always interested in helping you achieve your healthy goals!

Cheers to your good health!

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References:

1. Bansal A, Bansal V, Singh R. Cumin: A Spice or a Drug? World Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2321-3086.

2. Karnick C.R.1991. A Clinical Trial of a composite herbal drug in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Aryavaidyan. 5: 36-46

3. Nadeem M, Riaz A. 2012. Cumin (Cuminumcyminum) as a potential source of antioxidants. National Institute of food Science and Technology. Pak. J. Food Sci. 22(2):101-107.

4. Rathore S, Saxena S, Singh B. 2013. Potential health benefits of major seed spices. National Research Institute on Seed Spieces. International J. Seed spices 3(2) 1-12

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