Cumin was used many centuries ago. Even the ancient Egyptians used it to save the mummies of the pharaohs. According to a recent study, cumin has been proven to help burn extra pounds. Iranian researchers wanted to know about the effect of this amazing spice on body intake and the level of fat in the blood. They selected 88 random women with overweight and obesity, who were divided into 2 groups and adhered to a diet with a low calorie content, and also received nutrition advice. One group ate yogurt with 3 g of cumin 2 times a day, while the other ate plain yogurt.
The results of the study were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. After 3 months, the group that consumed cumin lost almost 50% more weight than the other group. In addition, fat deposits decreased by 14.64% or 3 times compared with the control group. The body mass index and waist circumference were significantly reduced in the caraway group. According to the researchers, this may be the result of a high temperature, which comes from a powder. It can also increase the metabolic rate. Lipid levels were lowered, triglycerides decreased by 23 points, and LDL cholesterol decreased by 10 points compared to the control group.
There are more than 100 different chemicals in caraway, as essential fatty acids and essential oils. According to researchers, this spice lowers cholesterol levels, and this can be attributed to its glycoside saponins. Such compounds are able to prevent the absorption of cholesterol and increase its excretion. There is a significant amount of phytosterols that can modulate lipids by lowering the absorption of cholesterol. Supplement of caraway reduces the level of triglycerides and cholesterol. Moreover, they reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome. However, cholesterol deficiency can damage health, so levels should be kept in normal.
Cumin refers to the family plant of cumin, dill and parsley. It resembles cumin, but its taste is nutty and spicy. Powder is often used in curry mixtures that are popular all over the world. Cumin has a long list of potential health benefits.
A study was published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, where caraway seeds showed that cumin seeds prevent the loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen. Nevertheless, cumin did not contribute to weight gain or uterine cancer.
Cumin is used in folk medicine to maintain digestion and, according to modern studies, cumin is able to stimulate the secretion of enzymes of the pancreas, bile and acids. There is a compound in cummin, called cuminaldehyde, which activates the salivary glands for food pretreatment. In addition, it helps in dropping gas, improves appetite and relieves IBS symptoms.
Another study, published in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology (2010), showed that caraway reduces blood sugar levels on a par with glibenclamide (glyburide). The powder reduced oxidative stress and suppressed advanced glycated end products (AGE), which participated in the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications.
Animal studies have shown that cumin is even more effective than a drug that reduces inflammation, cholesterol, blood glucose, free fatty acids and triglycerides – Gilbenclamide.
This powder showed anti-cancer effects, as preclinical studies have shown that it suppresses cervical and colon cancer. Other studies have found that it enhances memory function, and also has antimicrobial properties.
Get more caraway in your diet
- Add this to the pot when you cook soups, stews, beans, lentils, chili, rice;
- Sprinkle it with vegetable sauté, especially potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini and sweet potatoes;
- Add it to meat mixes for meat grinders, hamburgers and meatballs;
- Fried nuts and chickpeas will have an excellent taste with cumin;
- You can add it to marinades, mayonnaise and salad dressings;
- Make yourself a delicious caraway tea;
- Eggs of an omelette will have an amazing taste if you sprinkle a little cumin.
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