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Cumin, a.k.a Jeera in Hindi is one of the most commonly used condiments in Indian food.
So common in fact that I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that these minuscule spice seeds pack such a strong punch when it comes to keeping us hale and healthy.
And that's exactly what we are going to discuss in today's episode of Fact vs. Fiction - the phenomenal health benefits of cumin. Specifically, the benefits of having cumin water (a.k.a jal jeera), which you can easily prepare by boiling a few seeds in water for a few minutes.
And since cumin seeds are actually delicious, you really don't have any excuse to not adopt this healthy habit!
Note: If you missed out yesterday's episode of Fact vs. Fiction, where we dug up the good dirt on cardamom, the queen of spices, then you can read it right here.
#1 Cumin seeds can boost your digestion like no other!
Cumin seeds are usually the first spices to hit the hot oil in every Indian's cooking vessel. And there's a reason behind that.
Since ancient times, Indians have known that these tiny seeds have really powerful digestion-aiding properties. From stimulating the secretion of gastric enzymes to relieving gastric disturbances, like acidity, bloating, nausea, and morning sickness, cumin is exceptionally good at accelerating your digestion and reducing the heaviness in your stomach.
#2 Cumin water can prevent dehydration.
Cumin seeds are high in potassium and other nutrients. That's why drinking cumin water every day is a great way to maintain your body's water and electrolyte balance.
#3 It boosts your immunity.
Cumin seeds are rich in antioxidants and iron, which helps reduce your risk of developing infections by increasing your body's immunity.
#4 It’s a natural cure for anemia.
Cumin seeds contain a high amount of iron in them, which is why those who drink cumin water every day rarely develop iron-deficiency anemia.
#5 It can regulate your blood pressure.
Cumin might be great for maintaining the electrolyte balance in your body (as mentioned in point #2), but the high potassium content of these seeds aid you in two other ways as well. Namely, regulating your blood pressure (if you are hypertensive), and maintaining the function of your heart.
#6 It can help you lose weight.
It true! Drinking cumin water every day is a great way to lose weight because this potent tonic boosts your metabolism and suppresses your appetite. Both of which increases fat loss in your body.
Plus, it is a powerful detoxifying agent!
#7 Cumin water can reduce your risk of diabetes and regulate your blood sugar.
Cumin seeds are natural anti-diabetic agents and can help you regulate your blood sugar. Just remember to stop taking it 2 weeks before any scheduled surgery as it can lead to complications related to low blood sugar.
#8 It can prevent cancer.
Cumin contains a chemical compound named thymoquinone, which is known to stop the growth of cancer cells. In fact, studies have shown that this compound is extremely potent against prostate cancer.
#9 It can reverse the aging of your skin.
Cumin seeds are packed with antioxidants and vitamin A & E, which reduces the level of free radicals in your body, increases the absorption of essential nutrients, and ultimately gives you smooth and supple skin minus the fine lines and wrinkles.
#10 It can get rid of bloating.
We all have experienced bloating. Especially after heavy meals or when we eat too fast. And we all know the excruciating pain of it first hand.
So the next time you get a bad case of gas, just boil a few cumin seeds in water and drink it. That will immediately relieve your bloating and stomach pain.
#11 It increases lactation after child birth.
Cumin water is known to increase the secretion of milk from the mammary glands. So if you are a lactating mother who is facing issues with milk production, then you should definitely have one glass of cumin water every day to help you out.
But please ask your gynecologist before you adopt any natural remedies as they can interfere with your unique condition.
#12 It can get rid of mucus in your lungs.
Lung congestion can be dangerous as it hampers your breathing, which reduces the oxygenation of your blood. Cumin water can help get rid of this.
#13 It can boost your energy.
Cumin seeds are known to boost your metabolism and energy. So if you are tired and fatigued, you should definitely add cumin water to your daily diet once a day.
#14 It’s good for your liver.
Cumin is a powerful detoxifying agent and can flush out the toxins in your liver. Plus, it is known to enhance bile production in your body.
#15 It reduces period pain.
Cumin water has a relaxing effect on your uterine muscles, and therefore, great at reducing menstrual cramps and pain.
#16 It can get rid of acne.
If you have a face full of acne and want to get rid of them, then you should add drinking cumin water to your daily routine as it is a great adjunct to other acne treatments like hydrating yourself and washing your face frequently.
#17 Drinking cumin water can prevent hair loss.
Cumin seeds are packed with micronutrients that help maintain the health of your hair and prevent hair loss.
#18 It can help you sleep better.
Insomnia is a very common problem in the 21st century. And the most common causes of it are indigestion, stress, and certain medical conditions.
Cumin water helps counter indigestion and stress and is therefore good for those suffering insomnia.
#19 It’s a good source of calcium.
Drinking cumin water is very good for your bones and joints because it is a great source of calcium.
That means it can help you build strong bones, relax your sore muscles after a tough workout, and prevent arthritis and osteoporosis.
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