9 Powerful Health Benefits of Cumin

This Story will review nine evidence-based health benefits of cumin.

1. Cumin aids digestion by increasing the activity of digestive proteins. It may also reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Many people around the world don’t get enough iron. Cumin is very dense in iron, providing almost 20% of your daily iron in one teaspoon.

3. Free radicals are lone electrons that cause inflammation and damage DNA. Cumin contains antioxidants that stabilize free radicals.

4. Cumin supplements may help improve blood sugar control, though it is not clear what causes this effect or how much is needed.

5. Cumin supplements have improved blood cholesterol in multiple studies. It is unclear if using cumin in small amounts as a seasoning has the same benefits.

6. Concentrated cumin supplements have promoted weight loss in multiple studies. Not all studies have shown this benefit and higher doses may be required for weight loss.

7. Cumin’s traditional use as a seasoning may restrict the growth of infectious bacteria and fungi. This may reduce food-borne illnesses.

8. Cumin extracts reduce signs of narcotic addiction in mice. It is not yet known if they would have similar effects in humans.

9. Cumin contains multiple plant compounds that decrease inflammation in test-tube studies. It is not clear if it can be used to help treat inflammatory diseases in people.

Should You Use Cumin?

You can get many of cumin’s benefits just by using small amounts as seasoning. Other benefits may only be available at supplemental doses.

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