Cumin – The Quintessential Spice

Benefits of Cumin

Cumin because of its any health benefits is considered an important spice to be eaten often. Here are the top 3 reasons to why having cumin in your diet is important.

  1. Promotes Digestion
    The most common traditional use of cumin is relieve indigestion. In fact, modern research has confirmed cumin may help rev up normal digestion. For example, it may increase the activity of digestive enzymes. Cumin also increases the release of bile from the liver. Bile helps digest fats and certain nutrients in your gut. In one study, 57 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported improved symptoms after taking
    concentrated cumin for two weeks
  2. It is a quick source of iron
    Cumin seeds are naturally rich in iron. One teaspoon of ground cumin contains 1.4 mg of iron, or 17.5% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for adults. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in humans, affecting up to 20% of the world’s population and up to 10 in 1,000 people in the wealthiest nations. In particular, children need iron to support growth and young women need iron to replace blood lost during menstruation. Few foods are as iron-dense as cumin. This makes it a good iron source, even when used in small amounts as a seasoning.
  3. May prevent food-borne Illnesses
    One of cumin’s traditional roles in seasoning may have been for food safety. Many seasonings, including cumin, appear to have antimicrobial properties that may reduce the risk of food-borne infections. Several components of cumin reduce the growth of food-borne bacteria and certain kinds of infectious fungi. When digested, cumin releases a component called megalomicin, which has antibiotic properties.

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