Cumin seeds, also know as the black seed, is touted as miracle seed due to its curing ability for many types of diseased including cancers, diabetes, immune problems, flu and colds, muscular dystrophy, skin and stomach disorders.
What is Cumin Seeds?
Cumin seeds are dried and used in whole or grounded form in different parts of the world. Cumin plant, also known as zeera, is a flowering plant grows to 30-50 cm tall and is often used as medicinal plant for treatment of anemia and the common cold.
Cumin had been used since ancient times in India, Egypt, Iran and the Mediterranean region. It’s use had since spread worldwide.
India produced and consumed the most cumin in the world. Cumin seeds are usually used as a spice due to its flavor and aroma. It has been integrated into cuisines all over the world and is also being added to chilli gravies, pickles and pastries.
Cumin seeds helps digestions and are widely used for improvement of saliva secretion and to relieve digestive disorders.
Cumin Seeds Nutrition
Cumin Seeds contain lots of essential nutrients required by our body with a relatively high amount of iron compared to other seeds. As cumin seeds is essentially used as spices and not taken as snacks or food, it does not serve as a significant dietary source though it has high nutritional values.
|Cumin Seeds Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Dietary fiber||10.5 g|
|Thiamin (B1)||0.628 mg|
|Riboflavin (B2)||0.327 mg|
|Niacin (B3)||4.579 mg|
|Vitamin B-6||0.435 mg|
|Folate (B9)||0.01 mg|
|Vitamin A||1270 IU|
|Vitamin C||7.7 mg|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||3.33 mg|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||0.0054 mg|
Cumin Seeds Benefits
– Aids in digestion.
– Improve immune system and prevent cancer.
– Treats piles.
– Treats insomnia, memory loss and stress.
– Treats respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis and common cold.
_ Treats anemia.
– Treat skin disorders and boils.
– Helps in diabetes treatment.
– Protects liver.
How to Eat Cumin Seeds
1. Grounded cumin seeds are used as spice in different cuisines. It can be added to seasoning recipes, curry powder recipes, etc.
2. Cumin seeds can be boiled to make cumin tea.
3. Cumin seeds can be added to brown rice, casseroles or breads as flavorings.
4. Cumin seeds can be used in canning, or extracted in wine or vinegar.
5. Cumin seeds can be added to tea or coffee for the flavor.
6. Grounded cumin seeds can be sprinkled on salads and stir fry dishes.
7. Cumin seeds mixed with honey and garlic are thought to enhance our immune system.
Cumin seeds should not be taken in excess of 25 grams each time as overdose might cause problems to our body.
Cumin seeds oil should not be taken on a full stomach (recommended to be taken an hour before meals).