March 16, 2017

Health Benefits of Cumin | Nutritional Value

Basic Characteristics of Cumin

Cumin, also called Indian caraway carries the Latin name of Cuminum cyminum

It is characterized by the unusual and intense taste and take part as ingredient in Indian spice - curry

Another characteristic of cumin, which sets him apart from other herbs, is power to speed up metabolism and helps in weight loss.

History of cumin

Homeland of cumin is Egypt. Today, cumin mostly grows in India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan and Turkey, and somewhat less in Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico and Chile.

Cultivation of cumin dating from the time of the Egyptians, where cumin is not only used as a culinary spice, but also as an ingredient for mummifying pharaohs.

Nutritional Value of Cumin

A seed of cumin is an excellent source of an important element for the development of bones and teeth, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium. 

It contains a lot of vitamin B1, enough iron, as well as essential oils that contain certain bitter and aromatic substances that give it its specific and strong smell and taste.

Health Benefits of Cumin

A seed of cumin is an excellent source of an important element for the development of bones and teeth, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium.

- Improves digestion, relieves flatulence

- Affects the normal secretion of digestive enzymes

- Relieving pain in the stomach

- Speeds up metabolism and helps to reduce overweight

- Significant in the health of women as compensation for the loss of iron and calcium from menstrual blood

- Reduces problems related to the urinary organs

- It has anticancer property as efficiently affects the liver detoxification

Recipes for application of cumin in order to preserve health

1. Against flatulence and stomach cramps

Take 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, place in the pot filled with water and warm up to boiling. 

Cook after boiling for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and allow cooling. Drink this tea every half hour in sips.

2. For indigestion and bad breath

After each meal, eat a teaspoon of roasted seeds.

3. In case of prostate problems and urinary tract

Stir cumin, fennel, coriander, in a ratio of 1: 1: 1. One teaspoon of this mixture pours with one cup of water and let it boil. Remove from heat, cover and allow cooling. Drink two cups a day while problems persist.

4. Following childbirth

Cumin is beneficial for the heart and uterus and increases the quantity of breast milk. 

Because of its properties to neutralize gasses, the regular use of cumin in the diet of mothers has beneficial effects on the digestive system of a newborn child.

The use of cumin in  Ayurveda

Indian cumin is an ingredient of a large number of complex Ayurvedic preparations for improving digestion and rejuvenation. 

Application of cumin in cooking

In conjunction with coriander, cumin serves as an excellent tool to neutralize the harmful effects of excessive spiciness of chilli, pepper and other "hot" spices. 

Cumin is an excellent condiment for vegetables and legumes because it emphasizes the natural sweetness of the ingredients and neutralizes their pungency and a tendency towards the creation of gas in the intestines.

Indian cumin is mandatory ingredient of curry, some kind of Dutch cheeses and traditional French breads and Brazilian cuisine. 

Create own source mix of spices that you keep in a large glass jar and use as needed (mix of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, dried celery, salt, pepper, chilli peppers and little turmeric).