What is cumin?
The cumin It is a plant called Cuminum cyminum whose seeds are those that are used to create the spice that we know with the name of "cumin".
Although in general it is likely to be ground, especially in supermarkets, it is also possible to find whole seeds both in bulk and packaged.
Therefore, it is a plant that is used as an aromatic and condiment, but the properties of cumin at a medicinal, curative and digestive level are multiple.
There are two different types of edible cumin seeds. The most common (in fact it is called "common cumin") is the seed of the aforementioned Cuminum cyminum, but there is also another variety called black cumin, whose scientific name, of the plant, is Bunium bulbocastanum.
The properties of cumin are mainly gastronomic, but they are not far behind in the rest.
In addition to promoting the richest dishes in the world, such as the delicious humus (originally from the region of present-day Syria and Lebanon, where the spice also comes from historically) serves to make them more digestive.
As for its vitamin and mineral properties, cumin stands out among all spices. For example, it contains large amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium, all of them minerals that are very important for health and maintenance. It should be noted that the mixture of calcium and magnesium is ideal for the maintenance and strengthening of the bone system.
But of all the minerals in what stands out most is iron. The amount is 66.4 mg of iron per 100 grams of cumin. It is clear that nobody is going to eat 100 grams of cumin. It is not comparable in terms of the amount of food to eat, but in terms of the general iron content it contains.
For example, the animal liver contains 17.9 mg of this mineral per 100 grams, and lentils 3.3 mg. Therefore, in comparison, the amount of iron present in this species is huge. In fact, it is the food with more iron that exists.
In addition, among the properties of cumin we can not ignore the vitamins A and E present in the spice, both very useful for the maintenance of health.
Cumin brings numerous health benefits. Although it is usually consumed as a spice, either in powder or with its seeds, another way to consume cumin and benefit from its properties is through cumin essential oil, with compresses, poultices for the skin or infusions of seeds.
The general benefits of this seed and its main medicinal uses are for:
Reduce cholesterol A study by Shahid Sadoughi University Medicine (Iran) has shown that the consumption of cumin helps lower levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. Therefore, it is an excellent ally for people who are struggling to reduce their body's cholesterol.
Bronchitis. The use of cumin in bronchial diseases, such as bronchitis, has proven to be very effective.
Antimicrobial Cumin is a natural antimicrobial, useful for counteracting bad breath, tooth decay and other oral problems.
Reduce blood sugar. Another use of this spice is to combat blood hypoglycemia.
Natural relaxing. The relaxing and calming properties of cumin help you fall asleep, reduce tension, stress and anxiety, as well as fight insomnia.
Antioxidant Another of the outstanding benefits of this food is due to its ability to combat cell deterioration.
Iron deficiency anemia By containing huge amounts of iron, it is recommended to prevent anemia or to counteract the disease.
Strengthening of bones and teeth. By containing magnesium and calcium, the benefit to the bones is greater than if it contained only one of the two minerals. Although calcium is usually talked about, bones also need huge amounts of magnesium to stay healthy. The same applies to teeth that are composed of, among other elements, these minerals.
Cumin is a food that has no toxicity levels in normal consumption, but there are certain contraindications such as, for example, Cumin essential oil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, as with most of these oils. It is also not recommended for children under 5 years.
Can have side effects consumed with other medications. Thus, consult your doctor about itThere are people who could have allergy to the cumin without knowing it, by the mere fact of not having consciously consumed it in the past.