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IMPORTANT NOTE: Cumin is not meant to take the place of any medication, it is merely suggested that adding cumin in your daily food intake might help in a lot of issues.
I add cumin to any food that I can. I add a little to some, and a lot to others. My most favorite way is to add it to yogurt in the evening before I sleep. I have a bowl of Mediterranean yogurt (My favorite brand, Karoun), if you can’t find this in a Mediterranean type market near you, just make sure you get one that has probiotic cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Acidophilus & Bifidobacterium) which are the good bacteria to help with your Gut Flora.
So I sprinkle some Cumin and some nuts, like almonds, pistachio, walnuts and/or pecans (just a handful, be careful, they have a lot of calories) It helps me sleep better (Almonds are great for that – Tim Ferriss Recommendation) and regulate the good bacteria in my gut (Yogurt with cultures are great for that). Some studies show that pickles (Specially the pink pickled turnips) carry good bacteria called (Lactobacillus brevis KB290), that might help also, I eat this every so often, specially with sandwiches etc. You can buy this from Mediterranean stores, Falafel Arax (My favorite) if you are in the Los Angeles area or make your own (Recipe). Sorry, went off on a tangent.
A lot of references say that ancient Egyptians used this spice, Cumin, in the mummification process. Also it is a spice known throughout the ages, it’s even mentioned in the bible. But the fact is, that cultures that consume a lot of cumin, and the cumin seeds are used to make a lot of the modern day medicines.
Although it is not known hot it works exactly, people take or ingest cumin in the treatment of a multitude of problems such as gas, Lactose intolerance (Reduces gas), digestion problems including diarrhea. Cumin is also used to increase urine flow to relieve bloating (as a diuretic); to start menstruation; and to increase sexual desire, as a mild aphrodisiac (No wonder the Indians consume this a lot, even the Kama Sutra contains a remedy with Cumin – Chapter 2 Verse XI).
In spices, foods, and beverages like tea. Cumin is used mainly as a flavoring component. (Not verified) but Times of India says it is also good for the following:
Common cold: Antiseptic properties of cumin can help fight flu, by boosting your immune system.
(A cup of water boiled with cumin seeds, ginger, basil leaves and honey, can give great relief)
Anemia: Cumin seeds contain a good amount of iron. Iron is an essential element for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood required for transport of oxygen. Anemia [lowered levels of hemoglobin in the blood] has always been a concern in women.
Digestion: Cumin helps control stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness.
- Lowering Blood sugar levels
(Careful if already low – HypoGlycemic)
- Diarrhea & colic
- Help lower inflammation
- Increase urine flow
- Gas, flatulence
- Lactose Intolerance
- Bowel spasms
- Fluid retention
- Menstrual problems
- Increasing sexual desire
- Anti-Fungal (mix in water, spray on plants)
- Other conditions
Although the above are some benefits of ingesting cumin, it is just incremental gains and benefits, don’t expect miracles, as in anything else, use it in moderation, and just make it a part of your daily food seasoning, and your body will benefit over time.
How does it work?
It is not really known. But the body knows how to use it. So sprinkle some on complimentary foods. You can sprinkle it in beans, on meats, in yogurt, on Hummus (Mmmm), in other dips,
Special Precautions & Warnings (WebMD):
Although Cumin is safe in food and moderate doses, WebMD does put out this warning, which is the case with most ingested foods and spices. It is to err on the side of caution.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cumin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Cumin might lower blood sugar levels. Some experts worry that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using cumin at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medication Interaction: If it lowers blood sugar levels, it is needless to say that a diabetic patient on medication needs to make sure the spice is ingested or avoided consistently. If it is intermittent, it might interfere with the diabetes medication, so the patient would need to make sure the levels of both are balanced from day to day.
Ref: Times of India, WellnessMama.com, WikiPedia,