Cumin seed (jeera) is an important Indian spice that not only makes your food delicious but has numerous health benefits. No spice can match the multiple benefits of cumin, and its unique aroma and taste. It is abundant in a phytochemical compound called cumin aldehyde and exhibits medicinal properties that fight diabetes, epilepsy, tumours and increases immunity.

Health Benefits

1.   Promotes Digestion

Cumin is one of the most gut-friendly herbs, and promotes pancreatic enzymes, assisting in the digestion process. Cumin seeds contain thymol and essential oils that stimulate the salivary gland, thereby easing digestion. People with a weak digestive system are recommended to drink jeera water early in the morning on empty stomach for better digestion and to decrease flatulence.

Cumin is also Carminative i.e. relieves you from flatulence and thereby improves digestion and appetite. The presence of essential oils, magnesium, and sodium content provide relief from stomach ache when taken with hot water.

2.  Treats Haemorrhoids

Cumin is a rich source of dietary fibre, exhibits carminative, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. The essential oils cumin aldehyde and pyrazines in jeera act as a natural laxative, aids in curing infections or wounds in the excretory system and relieves haemorrhoids.

3.  Weight Loss

A study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice reveals the benefits for those on diet. Cumin not only helps in losing the weight quicker but also influences the body’s fat profile in a positive way by reducing the levels of harmful lipids in the blood.

4.  Fights cancer

Cumin possesses detoxifying and chemo preventive properties. As per the study conducted by the Cancer Research Laboratory USA, the active compound cuminaldehyde found in cumin aids in retarding the growth of a tumour.

5.  Treats Insomnia

The essential oils in cumin are hypnotic in nature and have tranquilizing effects, which eases stress and anxiety that commonly causes insomnia.

6.  Relieves asthma and cold

The powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of cumin seeds, make it a wonderful remedy for treating asthma and cold. It acts as an expectorant, loosen up the phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate. The essential oil act as a disinfectant and helps ward off infections and boost the immunity.

7.  Better memory

Packed with a bunch of minerals and vitamins such as riboflavin, vitamin B6, zeaxanthin, and niacin consuming cumin is beneficial for the brain to function properly. Cumin helps in promoting better mental health and sharpen the memory by nourishing the brain cells.

8.  Soothes the Skin & Treats Acne

Cumin well known for its anti-inflammatory properties can help you in getting an instant relief from allergies and stings. It soothes the skin and assists in controlling any inflammation caused due to allergy.

The anti-bacterial properties of cumin aids in killing the bacteria on the skin and cures acne. Washing your face with cumin water quite often during the day can keep skin infections at bay.