There are many spices that can be added to your diet that can help with weight loss. More and more researches are proving cumin seed benefits that can help to jumpstart weight loss, melt away body fat, and naturally improve your cholesterol levels.
What Are Cumin Seed Benefits?
Cumin (a.k.a. jeera) originally grows in Egypt, but it’s been used for cooking and healing in India and the Middle East for generations. The seeds are long and brown, and have a wonderful flavour! You can buy ground cumin or cumin seeds from most major grocery stores.
In Southeast Asian countries, cumin seeds are often used in cooking to help with digestion and digestive health, but it has many more health benefits:
Anti-cancer: Studies have found that cumin has anti-carcinogenic and chemo-preventive properties that help your body to fight the free radicals and to detoxify.
Anemia: Drinking cumin seed water or adding the ground seeds in your food, helps to provide iron to your body. Iron is needed for the synthesis of hemoglobin in the blood to prevent anemia.
Blood pressure: Due to its high content in potassium, drinking cumin seeds water helps to regulate your blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium.
Cholesterol levels: Cumin seeds seem to lower “bad cholesterols” and increase good cholesterol levels! It is also great for reducing oxidation of cholesterol, preventing hardening of the arteries.
High content of antioxidants: Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals in your digestive system. This helps your digestive tract to function the best it can, and make the most of the food you’re eating.
Immunity booster: These seeds are rich in various minerals and powerful antioxidants. As with many other spices, cumin seed has the ability to stimulate white blood cells to fight free radicals in the body as the first defence. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties that have been tested against certain disease-causing bacteria.
Liver health: It has hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) qualities, meaning it helps protect the liver from damage. When your liver is functioning in a healthy way, it cleanses your body from the toxins you ingest in your food.
Prevents bloating: Cumin has some anti-inflammatory properties, which can help you digest your food. If your intestines become inflamed, as a reaction to certain foods you eat, they’ll be less effective in absorbing nutrients. As a result, you have to eat more to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. Prevent this by reducing gut inflammation with cumin seeds.
Respiratory health: Cumin has anti-congestive properties that help your body to get rid of mucus accumulated in your sinuses and chest. Drinking jeera water regularly helps to reduce inflammation and reduces asthma attacks.
Skin health: Drinking cumin seeds (jeera) water regularly helps to rejuvenate your skin and gives it a healthy glow. Thanks to its high content of minerals such as potassium, calcium, copper and manganese. Add some ground cumin powder to your face pack to treat skin issues such as pimples, acne, eczema, itchiness and other skin breakouts.
Speeds up metabolism: One of the most notable weight loss characteristics of cumin seeds, according to scientific research, is that cumin can help your body to digest and absorb lipids (fats) efficiently. As you exercise and choose to eat healthy foods, cumin can maximize on those positive life changes.
Suppresses appetite: Some researchers recommend eating cumin as part of a weight loss plan, based on a study they conducted. In this experiment, they found that eating cumin for 6 weeks led to a decrease in body weight and in food intake.
Weight loss: One study compared the weight loss of women who ate 3 grams of cumin every day with women who didn’t eat cumin. While both groups reduced their calorie intake according to dietary advice, the women who consumed cumin showed an almost 15% decrease in fat after 3 months. Those who didn’t eat cumin daily had only a 4.9% loss in fat. By consistently consuming cumin seeds, and eating a healthy diet, you may be able to see loss of a few pounds weekly. Continue till you achieve your goal.
Related reading: The incredible health benefits of black cumin seeds.
How To Use Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds are flavorful and can be used in its various form:
- Cumin seeds
- Ground cumin powder
- Cumin essential oil
We like to use ground cumin seeds in our cooking. You can get the cabbage soup recipe here where we use ground cumin to triple weight loss efforts.
Below, is an easy way to prepare “jeera water” using cumin seeds to enjoy all of its health benefits.
How To Prepare Cumin Seed Tea
You’ll be happy to know how easy it is to start using cumin for weight loss. Our favourite trick is to make it into a hot beverage. This recipe works best when you make and drink it before eating breakfast. It’s so easy!
What You Need:
What to Do:
- Heat water in a pot over medium heat (watch for small bubbles to start rising)
- Add cumin seeds. Boil for 5 minutes
- Strain water into a drinking mug
- Add honey if desired and stir well.
You can also try seasoning your cooked veggies with some ground cumin, or mixing it into your homemade hummus or guacamole (my personal favourite). Don’t be afraid to get creative—cumin seeds are versatile to be used in almost any food preparation.