Cumin Seeds For Weight Loss

Cumin seeds ( Jeera ) : Health Benefits, Uses and Dosage

Cumin Seeds For Weight Loss

Cumin (Jeera in hindi) is a spice made from seeds of the cuminum cyminum plant. Cumin lends its distinctive flavour to chilli, tomatoes and various other Indian curries. Its flavour is earthy, nutty, spicy and warm. A number of studies have confirmed the health benefits of cumin. For a very long time, cumin has also been used in traditional medicine. Cumin is known as the oldest spice on earth. After black pepper it is also the world’s second most popular spice. Because of it’s multiple health benefits, cumin has gained massive popularity.

Three main issues where cumin is extremely beneficial are :-

  • Improving digestion
  • Increasing immunity
  • Improving blood circulation

Cumin because of it’s warm properties and nature helps cure cold, flu and also aids in weight loss. Cumin is also known for it’s healthy effect on skin and hair. Some of the beneficial plant compounds in cumin which function as anti oxidants and help in fat oxidation are :-

  • Terpenes
  • Phenols
  • Flavonoids
  • Alkaloids

Apigenin and luteolin are two other anti oxidants found in cumin seeds which aid in weight loss. Thymol is another stimulant found in cumin seeds which stimulates digestive juices and enzymes

Benefits of cumin seeds in weight loss

  • Aids digestion
  • Prevents formation of gas in gastrointestinal tract
  • Increases activity of digestive enzymes
  • Increases secretion of bile from the liver
  • Promotes fat digestion
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Cures constipation
  • Helps eliminate fat from the body

Other benefits of cumin seeds

  • Extremely rich in iron, 1 tsp of cumin seeds provides 18-19 % of iron requirement in a day
  • Improves irritable bowl syndrome
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts memory
  • Cumin is known to have anti cancer properties
  • Controls blood sugar, lowers insulin level
  • Treats diarrhoea
  • Fights harmful bacteria and parasites
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Treats insomnia
  • Strengthens bones
  • Assists women with healthy menstrual cycle
  • Helps fight cold and flu
  • Increases milk supply in nursing mothers
  • Helps cure respiratory disorders, known to clear mucus and cure asthma
  • Cumin contains decent amount of vitamin C and E
  • Can even be used as a face pack with turmeric powder (do a patch test before using on face)
  • Can be mixed in bathing water to reduce itchiness
  • Cumin seeds water is very good for the hair and can be used to cure hair fall, dandruff and hair thinning

How to use and consume cumin seeds ?

Method 1 : Cumin seeds infused water

  • Instructions
  • Heat 2.5 to 3 litre water in a pan
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Bring it to boil
  • Cover it and leave it overnight to infuse
  • Next morning, Drink this water the whole day, instead of plain water
  • While having it, you can keep the seeds in the water

Method 2 : Cumin tea for better digestion

  • Instructions
  • Take 250 ml of water in a pan
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seeds in the water
  • Start heating the pan
  • Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer
  • Let it simmer for 8-10 minutes
  • Strain and tea and have it warm
  • Add lemon juice and honey for taste
  • Foe more effect, you can add one pinch of turmeric and black pepper in the tea
  • To cure cold, you can add ginger to the tea

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