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Top health benefits of cumin

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 by: Sandeep Godiyal
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(NaturalNews) Cumin is an herb that is harvested by hand and grown in India, Mexico and Mediterranean countries. The hot summer months are the prime growing season, with white flowers appearing on the plant. The small and flat seeds are yellowish-brown and look rather unassuming.

Chefs in many cuisines prize the flavor that cumin brings to their cooking. The peppery taste is often used in curries that are popular in India and Middle Eastern countries. In addition, cumin is a popular herb for people who make Mexican foods as well as southern Chinese cooks who want to add unique flavors to their cooking. In addition to its versatility in the kitchen, cumin also offers a number of health benefits.

Relieves cold symptoms

Since it is high in vitamin C and has strong antifungal properties, when consumed regularly, cumin provides relief from fevers, sore throats and colds. To fight cold symptoms, boil one teaspoon of ground cumin with water and allow it to simmer gently for a few minutes. Let it cool briefly, then drink the mixture. For a sore throat, add some ground ginger to the mixture.

Increase iron stores

When it comes to keeping the immune system healthy, as well as regulating the metabolism and boosting energy levels, iron is tops. Cumin is a great source of iron, which is particularly needed by teenagers, children and women who are pregnant, nursing or going through menstruation.

May deter cancer

Cumin has anticarcinogenic properties, as scientists are learning. In a study that involved lab rats, those that were fed a diet that contained cumin did not develop cancerous tumors like the rats that were not fed the herb. Cumin is able to stop free radicals from damaging the body. In addition, it also detoxifies the liver.

Relieve constipation and improve digestion

Scientists have noted that the enzymes contained in cumin help break down food, aiding in its smooth digestion. This allows the body to absorb the nutrients it needs more easily. Due to the antifungal properties of the herb, the digestive tract is cleaned out.

Maintain youthful looking skin

Cumin contains ample amounts of both vitamin E and vitamin C. These vitamins play a crucial role in the formation of healthy skin. The essential oils in cumin also help keep microbial and fungal infections at bay.

Helps insomnia

For those people who suffer from insomnia, eating a teaspoon of cumin powder with a mashed banana before bedtime could help them sleep better.

Though the most health benefits are reaped by a diet that includes whole cumin seeds that are freshly ground with a mortar just prior to being used, powdered cumin is more convenient for today's cook. Store whole seeds in a cool and dark place, and use within one year. Use powdered cumin within six months.

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About the author:
Sandeep has written many health field articles for both Internet and print publication. He currently writing for insurancetips4u.co.

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