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Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) And Its Side Effects

Cumin (Jeera) Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera) Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) Uses of Cumin (Jeera) Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera) Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)
Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) And Its Side Effects

Indian Kitchen without cumin seed is next to impossible. Using cumin flavor in Indian recipe is a trend, that is followed since ages. Cumin is a fruit of cumin herb. In India, you will hardly find people who don’t love the tinge flavor of cumin seeds in their food. The cumin seed is acclaimed for its aroma and flavor that it adds to every dish. In addition to benefits, there are various side-effects that are associated with over-consumption of seeds.

Cumin (Jeera)

Cumin seeds are native to Asia. They are also called caraway, jeera, shahi jeera, kala jeera, apiumcarvi, haravi, semences de carvi, and krishnajraka roman cumin among others. It is indeed a fruit but once dried becomes a seed. It is a valued spice in India, as there are many medical benefits attached to it like flatulence, dyspepsia, and digestive condition. Including cumin to your spice cabinet helps in fighting infections and prevents chronic disease. It is highly rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and is also an antioxidant.

Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)

2 tablespoon of cumin is enough to add flavor to your dishes. Various nutrients that are present in cumin are Energy (375Kcal per 100grams), Carbohydrates (44,24g per 100grams), Proteins (17,8g per100grams), Fat (22.7g per 100grams), Dietary Fiber (10.5per 100grams), Vitamins like folate (10 µg per 100 grams), Niacin (4.58mg per 100grams), Pyridoxine (0.435mg per 100 grams), Riboflavin (0.32mg per 100grams), Thiamin (0.628mg per 100grams), Vitamin A (1270IU per 100grams),Vitamin C (7.7mg per 100grams), Vitamin E (3.3mg per 100grams), Vitamin K (5.4 µg per 100 grams). It also contains Sodium (1788mg per 100 grams), Potassium (68mg per 100grams). Among minerals it contains Calcium (931mg per 100grams), Copper (0.867mg per 100 grams), Iron (66.36mg per 100grams), Magnesium (366mg per 100 grams), Manganese (3,3mg per100grams), Phosphorous (499mg per 100 grams), and Zinc (4.8mg per 100 grams). Among python nutrients, it contains Carotene-ß (762 µg per 100 grams), and Lutein-zeaxanthin (448 µg per 100 grams).

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

375 Calories
22 g Total Fat
168 mg Sodium
1,788 mg Potassium
44 g Total Carbohydrate
18 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

25 % Vitamin A
0.93 Calcium
12 % Vitamin C
368 % Iron
20 % Vitamin B-6
91 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)

Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cumin (Jeera)

Cures Piles

The main reason of hemorrhoids or piles is constipation added with infections in the anal tract due to wound that is primarily caused because of constipation. Since carminative and dietary fiber content is present in cumin and it also has antimicrobial, antifungal, and stimulating properties, it serves as natural laxative. Therefore, if you add cumin to your diet it helps healing of wounds or infections in excretory and digestive systems and also speeds up your digestion level. This means that will clear up all the causes and symptoms of piles.

Regulates Digestion

Cumin is very helpful for digestion and problems related to it. The aroma which is extracted from the presence of organic compound named Cuminaldehyde immediately activates the all the important salivary glands, which helps in facilitating the digestion of food. Another essential compound which is present in cumin is thymol, which helps in stimulating the glands that secrets bile, enzymes, acids which are entirely responsible for the digestion of food in the intestines and the stomach.

Cures Insomnia

This is a unique property of cumin. Studies have proven that intake of vitamin B-complex and proper digestion is enough to have a sound sleep,. Since it helps in both in treating insomnia. Having said that; some components present in cumin oil are actually hypnotic in nature and also have some tranquilizing effects. It in turn helps in relieving anxiety and stress that are the leading cause of insomnia.

Cures Bronchitis & Asthma

The presence of highly rich aromatic oils and caffeine makes cumin one of the best options ,for people who suffer from major respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma. Consumption of cumin helps in elimination of phlegm and mucus and thus treats respiratory problems.

Fights Cold

Viral infection leads to common cold and such a condition bothers our immune system, that makes it vulnerable and weak. The presence of rich oils in cumin act as disinfectants and in turn helps in fighting viral fever, that is the primary cause of common cold.

Increases Lactation

Since cumin contains a significant amount of iron, thus it is a must for women who are having menses or women who are pregnant, as they need more iron. Thus for lactating mothers consuming cumin could benefit a lot.

Prevents Anemia

Cumin is a good source of iron, as it contains around 66grams of iron per 100 grams, that is more than five times required by an adult daily. Since iron is the main component of hemoglobin present in RBC, it is responsible for transferring oxygen to the cells, and deficiency of this is the main cause of anemia. Thus adding cumin in your daily meal will help fight the symptoms of anemia.

Lowers Cognitive Disorders

The significant of iron present in cumin helps in increasing the production of hemoglobin which eventually prevents anemia. Having said that increased blood flow has various other benefits as well. If blood circulation speed is high, the required amount of oxygen reaches the brain and the organs subsequently help in optimal performance of body systems. When the adequate amount of iron and oxygen reaches the brain, it increases cognitive performance and thus helps in curing cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Skin Care

Like every other herb, cumin too contains an adequate amount of Vitamin E which is very helpful for skin. Thus daily consumption of cumin helps in keeping skin young and also glowing.

Treats Boils

Removal of regular toxic substances from body is of utmost important. The presence of components like phosphorus and thymol helps in detoxifying toxic substances and removes toxins through excretory medium. Thus helps in treating boils.

Boosts Immunity

Presence of iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C boosts your immune system in various ways.

Prevents Diabetes

Like various other spices, cumin also helps in declining the hypoglycemia and diabetes. Thus consuming cumin seed can be powerful weapon in battling this massive problem.

Uses of Cumin (Jeera)

Adding two tablespoons of cumin with fenugreek powder, make fenugreek tastes sweet. Adding with red pepper flakes makes it spicier. Adding it to cloves powder, ground cardamom, turmeric root and coriander among others can add up to your flavor in vegetables, meats, and chicken. It is regularly used in the preparation of homemade spice blends.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)

In addition to several medical benefits, it has various side effects as well. Though it has gas-relieving properties, if consumed in higher quantity it can cause some of the most common gastric and digestive problems like heartburn and belching. The presence of oil in cumin is volatile and an overdose of cumin, in the long run, can damage the kidney and liver. Therefore, consumption of cumin has to be moderate. It should be taken with caution, as it has some narcotic properties. Overconsumption of cumin can result in drowsiness, nausea, and mental clouding among others. It is advisable for women to consume it in limited quantity, otherwise it leads to heavy bleeding during menstruation. It is essential to maintain blood sugar levels, but cumin intake consumed in large quantity, can lower your blood sugar level. f you’re heading for surgery, its advisable to stop consuming cumin at least two weeks before any major surgery. If consumed in large quantity, it can harm more than it can do good. For lactating mothers, it can also lower the production of milk, if not consumed in moderate quantity.

Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)

In addition to several medical benefits, it has various side effects as well. Though it has gas-relieving properties, if consumed in higher quantity it can cause some of the most common gastric and digestive problems like heartburn and belching. The presence of oil in cumin is volatile and an overdose of cumin, in the long run, can damage the kidney and liver. Therefore, consumption of cumin has to be moderate. It should be taken with caution, as it has some narcotic properties. Overconsumption of cumin can result in drowsiness, nausea, and mental clouding among others. It is advisable for women to consume it in limited quantity, otherwise it leads to heavy bleeding during menstruation. It is essential to maintain blood sugar levels, but cumin intake consumed in large quantity, can lower your blood sugar level. f you’re heading for surgery, its advisable to stop consuming cumin at least two weeks before any major surgery. If consumed in large quantity, it can harm more than it can do good. For lactating mothers, it can also lower the production of milk, if not consumed in moderate quantity.

Popular Questions & Answers

What are the major benefits of consumption of cumin seeds? Can cumin water also used empty stomach in early morning?

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Ayurveda, Thane
Hi , there are many benefits of cumin seeds . It’s a carminative, digestive, reduce blood sugar, useful in obesity etc. for more details can online consult
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I am struggling from pain, due to fissure problem, what is the best solution pl kindly suggest.

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Hello doctor, is black cumin is good for health. If good, can I mix with honey? Would like to know the benefits of mixing cumin with pure honey. Thanks & regards jamil hussain.

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As per your concern I will be happy to assist you. Yes, black cumin is good for health but it can not be taken without knowing the medical history. Let's connect over a call so that we can discuss your concern in detail and help you in better way.

How much quantity of cumin seeds I can consume for acidity to avoid the over dose of cumin seeds?

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General Physician, Guwahati
Ders lybrate-user, there is no such thing as cumin over dose. The best way to vinsume cumin for gerd is to soak it overnight and take it early morning empty stomach, as suggested by some practitioners. Take care.
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My baby is 5 month 17 days. Usko breastfeeding krne main bht prblm ho rahi hai. Woh dudh pina hi nhi chahta hai. Aur thodi bht jo pita hai woh v ulti kr deta hai khane k baad hi. Dr. ne usko digipen, esomac, graniforce diya hai. Kya graniforce dena thik hai ya nhi? please help.

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