What is Cumin Powder?…
Cumin powder is a spice commonly used in traditional Brazilian, Spanish & Middle Eastern cuisine.
It has long been revered for its distinct flavour & health supporting properties. Recently, new studies have even proven that cumin powder has a greater impact on body composition than anyone ever realised.
Cumin comes from a seed which is actually the smallest plant in the parsley family.
Use of this seed dates all the way back 5,000 years to the Egyptians who used it as both a spice & an ingredient in their mummification process.
At this time, Greeks & Romans also regarded cumin as an essential spice. They also believed that the cumin seed promoted love & fidelity so they made sure it was carried by attendees of weddings & cumin seed bread was sent with soldiers as they went off to battle.
In medicine cumin has been used for centuries as a gargle to treat laryngitis, to treat swelling & to relieve hiccups.
Cumin is a good source of Iron, Manganese & other vitamins.
It has also been shown to help stimulate digestion, protect against memory loss & to help lessen the damaging effects of stress on the body – essential in this day & age!
Cumin is high in antioxidants which help to eliminate harmful free radicals from your system & it may even have a role in helping fight cancer.
According to studies outlined in ncbi.nlm.nih.gov cumin powder has proven to reduce serum levels of fasting cholesterol, triglyceride & LDL levels. It was also shown to have significant effect on reducing weight, BMI, waist circumference & fat percentage.
All in all, this study suggests that cumin powder has a large effect in helping to improve overall anthropometric & biochemical parameters in overweight & obese women.
In the above study, overweight women ate 3 g/d cumin powder with yoghurt ate 2 meals for 3 months.
As with any new dietary change, it is important to check with your doctor to determine what levels will be best to suit your body & your needs.
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