Do you remember when you were young and you had curry that little black bits in it? That was cumin and, whether the younger or older version of yourself knows it or not there are plenty of health benefits of cumin. It’s primarily used as a spice or condiment in many places around the world. Here are five of the best health benefits of cumin.

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Diabetes
The research isn’t completely finished yet but it looks like spices such as cumin are able to prevent diabetes from forming. They do this because they reduce the risks of hypoglycaemia. The animals involved in the study showed a large decrease in hypoglycaemia when they had cumin seeds added to their diet. The animals involved also showed a reduction in glucosuria. This is a condition wherein there is too much glucose in the urine and it can also lead to diabetes and hypoglycaemia. Humans are still being tested but the early results suggest that the same effects can be seen in humans and that cumin could be a great natural cure for diabetes.

Asthma
Cumin contains both caffeine and essential oils, making it a great natural anti-congestive to help people who suffer from respiratory problems including bronchitis and asthma. Cumin works as an expectorant, which means that it can loosen up the mucus and phlegm clogging your respiratory system. This makes it much easier for your body to get rid of them through coughing and sneezing. Getting rid of the phlegm and mucus means that your body has an easier time treating the underlying condition that caused it.

Insomnia
One of the strange things about cumin is that it works as both a stimulant and a relaxant. There are a number of reasons for this, just as insomnia can be caused by a number of reasons. Studies have suggested however that getting enough vitamins, particularly getting enough B-vitamins, and healthy digestion can help you sleep at night. Cumin is great for both of these things. The essential oil of cumin is almost hypnotic and induces tranquilising effects, which can reduce stress and relieve the anxiety that is preventing you from sleeping and causing insomnia.

Nursing Mothers
Cumin contains a lot of iron which makes it an ideal choice for lactating mothers, women undergoing menses, and pregnant women because they naturally have iron deficiencies and need as much as possible. Cumin is also believed to increase how much we secrete from our glands and this includes the milk that a mother will secrete from her mammary glands. Combining cumin with honey makes it even more effective in this regard. Cumin is also super rich in calcium, which is an important component of milk; further showcasing how great cumin is for nursing mothers.

Immune System
A study performed on mice shows that cumin is excellent for bolstering the immune system. The mice were fed oral doses of cumin and it reduced the size of their adrenal glands and also reduced their cortisol levels. Cumin replenished their T-cells and increased the size of their spleen and thymus, all of which makes for a healthy immune system.

There are a lot of health benefits of cumin so consider using it to spice up your dishes today. It adds some real flavor to just about any dish and so it shouldn’t be difficult at all for you to find creative and fun ways to include it more in your diet.

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Sources
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043661802001317
http://nopr.niscair.res.in/handle/123456789/7964
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-007-5653-3_3#page-1
http://nopr.niscair.res.in/handle/123456789/1009
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20156427

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Do you remember when you were young and you had curry that little black bits in it? That was cumin and, whether the younger or older version of yourself knows it or not there are plenty of health benefits of cumin. It’s primarily used as a spice or condiment...