Shristi Goel, a mother to a four-year-old boy, used to visit the doctor every time her son fell ill. One day, when her mother had come to stay with her, her son suffered from a case of constipation. Instead of taking medicines, her mother suggested giving a teaspoon of cumin seeds for a few days. To Shristi’s relief, her son’s constipation seemed to ease considerably. Today, Shristi has discovered the wonderful health benefits of cumin seeds like many others.
Herbs and spices are used for seasoning food to provide a combination of flavours to otherwise bland meals. Spices have long been used in Indian cuisine and cumin, in particular, has been popularly used as a culinary spice. Indian cumin finds extensive use in foods, beverages, liquors, medicines, toiletries and perfumery.
Cumin seeds are an excellent source of dietary fibre (20 g contains 6 g of total dietary fibre). They are loaded with minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, iron and zinc, which are essential for your child’s growth and development. Cumin seeds also contain certain essential amino acids, which are commonly called as the building blocks of life.
Does cumin help combat diseases?
Parthasarathy et al., in their book "Chemistry of Spices" reported that, in traditional medicine, cumin has been used to treat hoarseness, jaundice and diarrhea; it has also been used for stomachic (promoting appetite and digestion), diuretic (increased urine flow), and carminative (anti-flatulent) properties apart from stimulant and astringent properties.
Cumin has an antiseptic property for healing cuts and wounds. It is a great spice for digestive disorders, as it stimulates the secretion of enzymes from the pancreas which can help absorb nutrients and boost the power of the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. It is also known to have anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) properties that reduce the risk of stomach and liver tumours. Overall, cumin boosts the body’s immune system and prevents diseases.
Health benefits of cumin:
1) Provides iron for Anemia and improves immune function:
Cumin seeds are rich sources of iron (100 g of cumin contain around 20.58 mg of iron, which meets about 75 per cent of your child’s daily iron requirement). Cumin seeds can be used as a nutritious supplement in your child’s diet if she is anaemic. In addition, the iron present in cumin is instrumental in keeping your child’s immune system alert.
2) Removes toxins, reduces boils"
Boils on skin are mere external outlets for removal of toxins and foreign matters such as microbes from the body. Studies show that cumin seeds help to keep the body free from boils, rashes, pimples, etc. Cumin seeds contain components such as cuminaldehyde and thymol, which act as detoxicants, removing toxins from the body through excretion and not through boils.
3) Aids the digestive system:
Cumin can be used to stimulate the appetite and relieve dyspepsia and diarrhea. It helps treat intestinal worms; treats colic (pain in the abdomen); activates salivary glands in the mouth, and facilitates the primary digestion of food. It also has anti-flatulent properties, improves gut function, and aids digestion.
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Cumin seeds contain numerous phytochemicals that are known to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is reported to treat respiratory, reproductive and nervous problems. It also has hypoglycemic (anti-diabetic) and hypolipidemic (lowers lipid levels) properties.
Cumin overdose may lead to the following side effects: Skin rash, respiratory reactions, liver disorders, and lowered blood sugar levels. It is better to use cumin with caution if your child suffers from an ulcer or other liver problems. Cumin may interfere with the action of certain drugs as well.
Parents should try to incorporate cumin seeds in limited quantity in their diet on a regular basis. This miracle seed is a convenient, natural way for the entire family to prevent diseases and stay healthy.
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