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20 Reasons Cumin Should Be on Your Spice Shelf

Health Benefits of Cumin

When it comes to healthy spices, the Mediterranean and Indian member of the parsley family known to the area from the time of the Sumerians and Akkadians is a must have in your kitchen.

Cumin seeds are known for their flavor and aroma, which distinct from most other spices. They have been in use for their medicinal purposes for many a millennium, the name itself stemming from the Sumerian “gamun”.

The Indians as well as the Arabic world revere the spice, ensuring they use it often in their cooking and specialty dishes. The health benefits, like sumac, are lengthy and, quite simply, wonderful.

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The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences points out a few of these benefits, including:
• Alleviating shortness of breath
• Increasing milk production in mothers and wet nurses
• Regulating urine production and the female menses
• Reducing swellings

According to an Indian health facility, other benefits include:
• Enhancing appetite and digestion
• Enhancing memory
• Promoting strength
• Strengthening eyes
• Fighting abdominal diseases and diarrhea
• Alleviating fever and vomiting
• Treating abdominal tumors

Multiple studies have unearthed more amazing health benefits of cumin:
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry speaks about the spice’s antibacterial properties and its use to control bacterial diseases.
Another study from Korea has found that cumin can be used to treat gynecological and respiratory diseases.
• One study looking at the Nigela Sativa black cumin seeds has found that a dose of 2 gm/day helps control oral hypoglycemic agents in Type 2 Diabetes patients. Furthermore, another study has shown this to aid through insulin sensitivity.
• The anti-asthmatic effects of cumin are also described in a study, showing how it reduces inflammation and opens airways.
• A 2009 piece of research has found cumin black seeds to display both anticholinergic, reducing spasms in smooth muscle, and antihistaminic, blocking allergic reactions, effects.

Cumin may not be the most common of spices in one’s pantry or on the spice shelf, but it is one of the most important. Throw a pinch in any dish you cook with beans or gas-inducing products and see the difference it makes. The spice has a special aroma and a lovely taste once it’s mixed with your dinner cooking in the oven.