Cumin is one of the oldest plants known to men. It was used as a spice by many civilizations, including Celts and ancient Romans. Today, cumin is cultivated in France, India, Turkey, North Africa, Brazil, and Egypt.
Cumin seeds are valued primarily because of cumin essential oil, which contains up to 70% of carvone. In addition, they also contain up to 22% of fatty oils, proteins, pigments, resins, tannins, and other useful substances.
Cumin seeds contain a large amount of nutrients, including pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin, tocopherol, β-carotene, ascorbic acid, and phylloquinone. They are also rich in calcium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus. All of these components are necessary to ensure the normal functioning of the body.
Cumin seeds are a very healthy spice. They help the body assimilate fats and improve the function of the gallbladder. The distinctive taste of these seeds can be combined with almost any dish as they do not overpower any taste. Cumin seeds can be eaten dried or fresh.
- Excellent antiseptic properties.
A pinch of cumin seeds helps cure food poisoning by causing the fermentation processes in the digestive tract. They fully eliminate harmful bacteria in drinking water, so it is recommended to put 2-3 teaspoons of the seeds into previously unfiltered water that you are intending to drink.
- Expectorant action.
Tea made from cumin seeds helps remove excess mucus and therefore, it is recommended for allergies. It is also recommended to drink tea with these seeds when the first symptoms of colds appear.
- Normalization of the digestive system.
In combination with turmeric and pepper, cumin seeds help the normal operation of the digestive system. By taking them after a meal, you can reduce abdominal pain.
- Improvement of appetite.
If you have little to no appetite, add some cumin seeds to your food. Your appetite will improve right away.
- Antispasmodic properties.
Cumin seeds help relieve symptoms of bronchitis, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis. They help remove phlegm from the respiratory organs and relieve bronchopneumonia.
1 oz (28 g) of cumin seeds contains:
- Potassium – 378.28 mg (7.7% of RDA)
- Phosphorus – 159.04 mg (21.8% of RDA)
- Iron – 4.5 mg (43.17% of RDA)
- Calcium – 192.92 mg (16.4% of RDA)
- Vitamin A (retinol) – 0.005 mg
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.1 mg
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – 5.88 mg (7.05% of RDA)
RDA – Required Daily Amount