Cumin is a spice that originates from Egypt and it has been also used as a food and medicine in the Middle East, China and the Mediterranean. It can be used in anything from chili spices to curry. Maybe cumin is not a part of your every day diet, but it should be.
Cumin is capable of treating anemia, acid reflux, indigestion, diabetes, constipation and many other health issues. This spice is very helpful in the process of weight loss as well.
Cumin’s Weight Loss Experiment
The Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice published a study in which the scientists in Iran’s Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences tested a group of 88 overweight and obese women as they were subjected to a weight loss experiment. The women were divided into two groups: both consumed reduced calorie diet and received nutrition counseling. One of the groups consumed yogurt with 3 grams of cumin on a daily basis, while the second group consumed plain yogurt.
Within 3 months, the cumin group reduced 50% more weight than the group with plain yogurt. They also reduced their body fat percentage by 14.64% or three times the other group’s loss. The cumin group reduced their body mass index and waist circumference noticeably more than the other group.
The scientists believed that cumin’s weight loss capabilities are thanks to its ability to enhance the metabolic rate. They even recommend it for treating metabolic syndrome.
Lowers Blood Fats
Cumin reduces the blood lipids levels. It lowered the triglycerides by 23 points more when compared to the other group. The bad cholesterol also have been reduced by 10 points in comparison to the other group.
This means that the cumin can be helpful in treating atherosclerosis, heart disease and diabetes, issues related to increased triglycerides levels.
The scientists claim that the cholesterol lowering properties of this spice are due to the glycoside saponins included in it. They are capable of preventing cholesterol absorption and stimulate its excretion.
These compounds are also included in black cumin and they have anti-coagulant, anti-carcinogenic, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immune-modulatory, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant characteristics.
Reduces Cholesterol Absorption
Moreover, cumin includes a substantial levels of phytosterols that could positively modulate lipids by decreasing cholesterol absorption.
A study released in Annuals of Nutrition and Metabolism concluded that consummation of cumin cyminum L capsule in overweight people had the same effect of orlistat120. Orlistat is a medicine that acts as a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor for obesity management and acts by inhibiting the absorption of dietary fats.
Cumin also had similar impact on the body mass index and body weight, and even better impact on insulin metabolism.
If you don’t like the combination of yogurt and cumin, then you can add this spice in your meals like roasted veggies, chicken or veggie soup. You can also add it in your meal for breakfast in the morning.
You can also try this cumin tea recipe:
Boil the seeds in water and then leave them to steep for 8-10 minutes. This is an incredible soothing tea.