Cumin has an exceptional peppery taste and it is an inevitable ingredient in many dishes. It adds a warm flavor to your food and it is traditionally used in the Indian, Mexican, and North African cuisine. It has been a very popular spice all around the world for centuries. Cumin originally comes from Egypt, and it is the main component in curry powder and chili powder.
The Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice journal, published a study in which the focus was on testing the effects of this powerful spice on overweight women. The study involved 88 overweight or obese women, who were randomly divided into 2 groups. During a period of 3 months, both of the groups received nutrition counseling and decreased their daily intake of calories by 500. One of the groups was also eating 3 grams of cumin powder every day, which is a little less than 1 teaspoon. It was swirled into 5 ounces of yoghurt, which is the same amount of yoghurt, without the cumin that was also prescribed to the control group.
After 3 months, women who were eating cumin combined with yogurt, managed to lose half more weight compared to the women consuming plain yogurt. Moreover, the cumin group participants decreased body fat percentage by 14.4%. This percentage was three times higher compared to the control group, as a result of the presence of the fat-burning spice.
The cumin group had other benefits too. Their levels of harmful blood fats were decreased and their triglycerides fell down to 23 points. On the other hand, the control group had only 1 point in that category. This analysis revealed that the members of the group who were eating cumin, burn significantly more calories when this healthy spice is added into their eating regimen.
So, based on this examination, we can conclude that cumin can treat atherosclerosis, heart disease and diabetes, since all this health problems have a relation with high triglycerides levels. Experts explain that the main ingredients which have the ability to prevent cholesterol absorption are the glycoside saponins. People use this healthy spice to treat many health problems such as: sleeping disorders, respiratory disorders, anemia, and even skin-related problems.