Health Benefits of Cumin
Cumin is a spice commonly found in Middle-Eastern, African, Asian and Indian cuisine. Cumin seeds come from a flowering plant that belongs to the Apiaceace family. The seeds can be used ground or whole and they add a delicious warm and earthy flavor to dishes. Cumin is actually the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper. Not only does cumin add a unique flavour to your dishes, but it also has a number of health and nutritional benefits.
Cumin is rich in iron
Cumin is a great source of iron, which helps with increasing hemoglobin levels in the blood, improving blood flow and also promoting a healthy menstrual cycle.
Cumin helps with skin care
Cumin helps in protecting our skin against fungal and microbial infections due to its disinfectant and antifungal properties. Cumin also helps to reduce the signs of premature aging, such as wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. This is due to the presence of Vitamin e, which acts as an antioxidant and combats the free radicals.
Cumin helps regulate digestion
Cumin has been found to help in regulating digestive systems and is also a carminative, which means that it relieves you from gas troubles. It contains essential oils, magnesium and sodium content which promotes digestion and gives relief from stomach aches when taken with hot water.
Cumin helps boost immunity
Key nutrients in cumin, including essential oils, vitamin C and vitamin A help to boost our immune system in a number of ways. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that stimulates the function and activity of our white blood cells. It also helps to neutralize free radicals that lead to many diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Cumin promotes sleep
Cumin is simultaneously a stimulant as well as a relaxant. Some of the component of cumin’s essential oils are hypnotic in nature and have tranquilizing effects, which also helps relieve anxiety and stress that are common causes of insomnia.
Cumin helps fight common colds
The essential oils found in cumin help fight viral infections which are often the cause of common colds. Cumin also helps to suppress the development of coughing as it dries up the excess mucus. The high content of iron and vitamin C found in cumin also help to strengthen the immune system and keep infections developing or from becoming worse.
At Anat we incorporate a number of spices into our recipes, not just because of their flavour but also because of the health benefits they have on our bodies. You can trust that when you are eating Anat, your body and taste buds are benefitting!